SkyscapesForTheSoul

"I paint the skies with peace and passion, because that's the way they paint me." I create realistic, impressionistic and abstract skyscapes in oil, acrylic and mixed media.
My signature refractured watercolor medium starts as transparent watercolor on watercolor paper. I paint each sky or water reflection sometimes up to fifteen times, depending on the size I am working to. Each variant is in slightly different colors and because it is wet in wet it is always a little different each time. Then I cut them and collage back together. I like to juxtapose pieces that have a partially matched edge which gives an interesting mix of flow and clash. Finally, I may add foreground – often the hills and reflections in the initial inspiration – dawn off my back porch looking across the Salton Sea, sometimes random horizons, sometime no land, just trees, sometimes words are incorporated.

I also describe the creation of the refractured watercolors thus: I start with an abstract subject – the sky, and paint it realistically (though loosely). Then I cut it up and rearrange it to give a level of impressionism.

My move to including words is one of the ways I have found of combining that other half of my creativity – poetry. I will create a painting, write a poem about it and paint it into the painting. Another step in my journey to depict skies is to not fill the entire panel with refractured watercolor, and then finish the un-collaged area in acrylic. The latter step into increasingly mixed media is also a step towards – or back to - abstraction. The other way of combining my creativity is in poetry and painting books.

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