While living at the beach in New Jersey, I started painting plein air more often, and also developed a series of paintings of the screen porch. I looked at Matisse quite a bit and worked towards capturing the differences in color between interior and exterior light.
This screen porch was a great subject to play with. For one the architecture of the room was a great framing element to organize the space. The view of the landscape outside is a series of sand dunes with sparse vegetation, which also made for some interesting shapes.
There are parts of these paintings that I still enjoy very much. I think they have a great energy and spirit to them. There are also things I wish I could change, but that is true with almost every painting I see again after a few years away from it. I guess that is the nature of the beast with painting, but it also makes me feel vulnerable posting some of these older images. It’s weird posting paintings that I am proud of, but also are things that I did 10+ years ago.