Leonardo da Vinci

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Friday, March 23, 2012

Flyin' with Gray

Gray all the Way
This past weekend i had my brushes on six different paintings. Some being completed, some just beginning, and some obtaining both in the same sitting. This one, i would be willing to bet, maybe has thirty minutes into it.
I had just finished cleaning my palette and was deciding on which subject was to be my next victim for the day when i walked upstairs to find it snowing outside; and so, i took this as a sign that i needed to paint a snow scene i had been thinking of.
At least that's what i intended to paint.....
As i began, those three large piles of gray scrapings (light, med., dark) started calling me and i couldn't resist scooping into the juicy piles of mud and without much thought, the frenzy began. I started laying down massive globs of paint and with every twist and turn and slide of the brush, i could feel the tension of a structured, hard thought through painting go right out the window.
Unfortunately, the snow painting went out with it too. But, that's ok for a few reasons.
One, it was therapeutic; two, i can still re-do the composition in a more structured and true snow scene; and three, it was a great use of my scrapings and out came an interesting little painting.
I say interesting, for the chunky, sculpted shapes, and broken color are really fun to see - especially up close.
Most of my scrapings wind up in the next painting session, but i don't recall every painting almost entirely with my grays and i have to admit it felt like one of those guilty sins - like eating an extra donut, even when you know you shouldn't.
So, the next time you get the chance, do something a little off-color, and eat the extra donut.


  1. extra donut indeed! I like that you still employed warm and cool in a very deliberate way....I like this!

  2. There's something very interesting about this painting Michael. It keeps drawing my attention as I scroll down the blogs I follow. It's the energy and your use of yellow in a gray, winter dull scene. Haunting quality.

    1. Thank you Linda. I was certainly in a different mood when i painted it. I love the way you describe how a certain painting makes you feel. You have a very keen eye and i am honored by your comment. For i would imagine, most people would not care this piece.

  3. Hi, I just got your card and I am a first time visitor to your blog. I feel like I connect with your paintings. They convey an organic natural world that I respond to. I will come back to see what you are doing and to get inspiration. Thank you.