Stronghold is the painting that launched this series. I had so much fun painting the large sky that I just wanted to do it over and over again.
With the paintings that followed, I kept to the same three colours (plus white and black), a restriction I had not obeyed with Stronghold. Can you see the difference? However, my main objective with these paintings was to keep the horizons relatively low, and at times obscured. For this reason, Big Sky was the original name for this series.
Over time and with each new painting, it seemed that the sea factored in as much as the sky, and more so when the weather was stormy and the sea was a bit rough. To call these Big Sky paintings didn’t make sense so much anymore, so I have decided to rename the series Sea and Sky Series.
All are acrylic on canvas, and with the exception of Lake View (12″x 12″, $75) and Rocky Shore (30″x 24″, gallery canvas unframed, $600), are 20″x16″ canvases set in black floating frames, $250 each.
I find I am still adding to this series. My newest piece, Ship and Storm, is a particular favourite of my husband’s. Even though at times a painting in this series emerges as a storm at sea, I find it utterly relaxing to paint in this style and palette and therefore keep going back to it when I find I need a break. More recently, I have added a chilly North Sea, a stoic Outcrop, a calm and bright Safe Passage, and a Tumbling Fog coming ashore.
Step into one of these paintings and be prepared to be moved, or soothed, or both.