In celebration of Grandpa's farm, big Kansas skies and a little serendipity, I'm sharing "Traveling Caravan" 12x24, a painting from my last visit.... and as chance has it, the frame was finished yesterday!
For the past several years, I have participated in Sullivan Gos’ 100 Grand Exhibition. This year I painted a series of four 12×12 paintings inspired by the movement of the sun and moon across the sky from various locations. While Malibu Sunrise and River Sunset are currently hanging in my studio, Santa Rosa Moon and Desert Moon are beingfeatured at Sullivan Gos.
While spending many early pre-dawn mornings driving to Malibu, gathering ideas for my submission to the Weisman Museum Exhibition earlier this year, I was mesmerized by this unfolding sunrise. There was a spectacular display of reflective light bouncing from the neighboring clouds. The square mass of the main subject defined for me the almost
square dimension of my canvas.
While watching the sunrise in Malibu, I looked over my shoulder and saw a caravan of clouds moving west. The sun’s first rays were lighting the sky and drifting clouds ever so softly. The contrast between the two vistas were wildly different and poetic. As my eyes adjusted to the subtle light facing away from the sun, I could still make out the twinkling of a planet
in the new day’s sky.
I painted Pacific Sundown as a companion piece to Morning Drifters. The sketch was started in 2011 during our annual painting trip to the Channel Islands. It is Anacapa Island that is seen in the distance.