Study - Moonlight oil on canvas begun 2015, finished 2017
I started this small painting from memory of the walks Ryan and Gia and I took in the evenings as the moon rose back when we moved to Santa Clara in autumn 2015. I was never satisfied with it, however, and put it away and didn't think much about it until I was unpacking my art supplies in my new studio and found it packed in a box with some blank canvases. I thought it had some potential still and did a few more glazes on it, and now I feel that it passes for a study, as Van Gogh called his rougher work. It gives me some ideas for more finished night scenes I might be able to do in the future. It also makes me think it would be worthwhile to stretch and gesso lots of small 8 x 10 inch canvases and use them to experiment and make little rough sketches/studies on that might help me in my more lengthy and sometimes larger canvases and panels.
We are now settled in Utah, trying to get used to its paradoxes and surprises. Ryan got a new job in Salt Lake City, so we are living close by, near the colorful feet of the Wasatch Front. We took a break from cleaning and organizing our new space last week to drive into those mountains to see the fall colors, only to be astonished by snow on the ski slopes at the end of our route. No one is skiing yet, but it was cold when we got out of the car to take a few pictures, and shocking to think we had been in a patchwork blanket of autumn color only ten minutes further down the same mountains.
I am looking around on our daily walks, thinking of new subjects to try. I will share the first thing I finished in my new studio as soon as I've photographed it, although it is actually an old study that I abandoned two years ago and found again while I was unpacking my supplies. With a few more glazes and details, I think it is now passable, and has some potential as a subject to be tried again. But more on that when I get it posted here. I have three paintings I started in California that still need to be finished. . . And new subjects to start sketching as I try to get a feel for my new home. . .