Sunday, December 30, 2012

Windy Pines

Here is another painting that was completed on location in my final weeks in Croatia. I was fascinated by the form of the pine trees on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. They are hardy and majestic as they stand with and against the sun, wind and salt of the sea. Their form is nothing like the pines we see in the US. I saw them as dominant graphic shapes in the landscape. They all seemed to be leaning dramatically...pushed by the wind since early growth. This gouache was painted in the mid afternoon facing south near a shady path on Lokrum Island

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ancient Olive Grove

This is a small gouache painting that I completed on location in the final weeks of my stay in Dubrovnik. It is from an ancient olive grove on Lokrum Island that has dozens of these sculptural, twisted olive trees. Peacocks and hens were everywhere in the grove and they will make appearances in future paintings that I create in the studio based on this site.