Sunday, January 13, 2008

Road to the Wind

Road to the Wind - 48 x 60

This is the third painting in my series: Power of the Wind. It has special meaning, in addition to the expression of a massive wind turbine towered over by clouds and sky. The winding road came from my imagination, and as I worked on it I realized that winding roads are part of everyone's life. Mine has taken some surprising turns recently, leading me down a different path than I could have imagined. Life is funny that way. Have you ever heard the song, "A Long and Winding Road?" I think it was by the Beatles.


People who know me may recognize certain elements of this painting. Michael, the cloud?

In this painting the wind turbine is standing tall, like a sentinal of sky and earth, embraced by the gently waving rows of crops. When I painted the fields, I subconsciously remembered the yellow, waving fields of wheat I saw every time I visited my daughter at college in eastern Washington.


The paintings in this series are being done on the largest canvases I have ever worked on (5 feet tall by 4 feet wide). I wanted to work large to symbolize the massive nature of my subjects--behemoth wind turbines! Since I can't stretch canvases that big, Allan gets them for me from an artist in Portland.


Here are some photos showing the development of this painting.



Here you can see the underpainting.





Painting journal showing all the color tests I made before deciding which colors to use.
References for the painting: some photos I took myself, a sketch, a magazine about wind energy, and a little model of a wind turbine.

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