In Part 1 we shared the backstories behind five of Andy’s paintings from his February show, “Breathe”. Here is the second half of our mini-series!
A typically stunning weather day on Puget Sound. This cloud study shows a wonderfully unusual cloud formation, reminiscent of a sail boat, off the southern tip of Whidbey Island.
This painting is simply the celebration of light and warmth and contrast. The shadow over the hill on the right is a subtle hint that fall is waiting around the corner, as is the slight touch of color in the tree to the left.
A simple flash back to the little (and unfortunately named) village of Lower Slaughter in the English Cotswolds.
The fantastic colors of the Skagit Valley in the spring are used to provide a vivid flash across the bottom of this soft northwest landscape.
While the majority of the pieces in this collection are positive, there is a tendency in all creative people to slip into a darker side from time to time. “Fading Light” is a result of and an expression of that side. When I find myself in one of these darker moments I the best way to get out of it is to paint my way out. To paint what I feel. This allows me to move through whatever the difficulty is and to recapture the light and energy I need and desire for the majority of my work. Some of these darker pieces never get completed as just the initial journey through them provides the “artistic therapy” I need to move on. Out of the 15 or so pieces in this series there were only two of these darker paintings, done towards the end of the series and brought on by exterior influences, not through any sort of artistic malaise or lack of direction. Consider this painting a heavy downpour on an otherwise gloriously sunny road trip.
As a painting, without the background story, it simply depicts the very last light of day, leaving the majority of the landscape which we normally clearly see, in moody silhouette. We don’t know what the rest of the night holds, but we have faith that the sun will rise again in the morning and all will be good.
You can view Andy’s collection here.