Ice Floe



Ice Floe
Watercolor, 6 x 6"
$95 (no mat)
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I love order, especially in presentation. I love coherent series of paintings that demonstrate orderly forethought and creation. That said, I am surrendering to the lack of coherence and order in my presentations on this blog from 12/24/08 through the end of January (I'm predicting here). This passage is a normal (and regular) part of the creative process and there is a lot going on behind the scenes.

Report from the studio....

I played around with some pastels and, as much as I love the medium, it is too, too messy for my personal liking (or requires noxious fixative chemicals that I don't want to use). I am luxuriating in taking time over four water soluble oils of various sizes. I'm sorting through art work never aired publicly, cleaning up generally and throwing out what I can. Also am giving in to hobbling around for a while. And rearranging the inner workings of my blog.

Keep an eye on my Studies and Sketches blog where I'm posting daily.

Also, I'm posting some forgotten articles on the history of Landscape painting at My Great Day.

More soon...

15 comments:

RHCarpenter said...

This is beautiful - cold and crisp - really fits the frozen north.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Thanks, Rhonda. I love leaving all that white. It never ceases to amaze me how the same white can look cool or warm, shadowed or sunlit depending on the color it interacts with. I don't think Albers did anything with transparent paint and white paper. I'm not going to do it but it's definitely a project for someone. And I know just the person to ask! To be continued....

Dawn said...

well this looks like you painted it from here. very nice Suzanne!
hope your ankle is feeling better!

Suzanne McDermott said...

Hi Dawn, and thanks. Put myself in the pool for over half a mile this morning and, now that I'm taking extra good care, there's nothing for my ankle to do but heal.

Art with Liz said...

Another absolutely stunning painting.

Dianne said...

Beautifully painted, Suzanne! I just love the texture in the sky!
So sorry to hear that your ankle is still causing you problems - it is so difficult to paint with an injury causing you pain.
Yes, stay away from those noxious fumes, they are deadly! Have you used acrylics? They take quite a bit of getting used to but once you are in to them, they are incredibly versatile.
I enjoy being able to switch mediums every now and then, it kind of sparks things up!
Love Dianne x x

Suzanne McDermott said...

Thank you, Liz!

Suzanne McDermott said...

Hi Dianne. I'm afraid that the ankle is a long-term project. It's not the painting that is a problem, but just about everything else takes at least twice as long. Not terribly fond of the idea of painting with plastics, nor do I care for the color quality of that medium. However, I do have a little side project where I'll be using a particular kind of acrylic soon. I'm quite happy with my watercolors and that is my primary medium, though and enjoy these irregular ventures into oil.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Brrrrr. You really captured the cold. Great when a painting makes you shiver.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Today I should make a painting of hot tomato soup. There's more color in ice floe than in the day I'm looking out on.

Josemari Larranaga ACUARELAS said...

Querida Suzanne.
De nuevo me ha impresionado esta pintura, aunque hay otras que también me gustan.
Feliz año 2009.

Cloudia said...

Art on the hoof! Skill & vision demanding a pause of appreciation.
Brava & Aloha-

Mineke Reinders said...

Cold, but beautiful, even the sky seems made of ice crystals.
I feel the same about pastels, they're lovely but not for me. I'm curious about your watersoluble oils though, I hope you will post them when they're finished.

Kim said...

Suzanne, this is really a beautiful painting. The title says it all.

I am not an ordered person at all. I do not do well with things which are rote and feel confined with anything regular...all of this drives my poor engineer husband absolutely crazy (but he loves it and we create some kind of balance for each other, too.)

Pastels...I also love and hate them. I suppose I mainly use them from time to time to scrape the powder across wet paint. I do like using oil bars, however...they are kind of a combination of oil paint and pastels (dry firmer than oil pastels).

Thanks Suzanne!

caseytoussaint said...

What a great metaphor. I'm really interested to see where you'll go with your art this year. I'm also playing around with some new directions - it must be in the air.
I love this painting by the way!