This Thursday from 5-7pm is the opening reception for my solo show at Greenhut Gallery in Portland, ME. The painting above is one of many paintings in the show. The painting above is 12×16.” It ended up being a study for a much larger piece. This was done from a photo, which I was drawn to for the complexity of the composition. The pilings create an irregular grid of verticals, and through those pilings we see patches of color that come together into a harbor scene as we take in the whole painting. When I finished this up I started seeing how it could make a fun large-scale painting.
I blew this scene up to 52×76,” and widened the composition just a bit. The larger painting is below.
In the larger painting I still wanted to play with the simple color shapes created where the pilings get the busiest. They can create a kind of rhythm as the viewers eye moves across the stripes of color. I also like the way a big painting can open a scene up and have a few moments of interest for the viewer to engage with; the dinghies in the lower left, the docked lobster boats in the middle ground, the outer harbor and distant horizon, the architecture of the structure. Each of these elements has it’s own interest, but also helps build up the whole composition.
Both of these paintings will be in my show at Greenhut Gallery. The opening reception is open to the public, and I’d love to see a good crowd, so come on by if you’re in the area Thursday evening.