Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bristol Mint

      This piece "Bristol Mint" (30"x40") is one of the few survivors of the great war of 2010-2011 winter. This war took place at my easel and many tubes of paint are gone, resting peacefully (and empty)  for the freedom of my brush stroke...
 Seriously though I must have used a gallon of white this winter and have a coffee can full of brushes that are paint frozen solid and worn or just worn. All this waste and usage seems quite worth it when you get that one you are really proud of.. This is one of those pieces.
 I would love to hear what you think of it. 

  Even though we recently received a gift of about 4 inches of snow I am confident that spring will start any time now and boy am I ready for it. I am sure because I wrote that, we will get snow again.... thanks for stopping in.

8 comments:

Bill Guffey said...

I'd be proud of that one too, Dan. I really like your use of color, your palette. Not just in this one, but overall.

I'm going to Breckenridge, Colorado next month for 5 weeks artist residency, so I'll be thrown back into winter. It's been 70 here lately. Breck has had over 400 inches of snow so far during ski season, and there's still a month to go. I'm taking a lot of white with me.

rahina q.h. said...

how can anyone not love this: the peppermint sky, the colours dancing amongst the snow... you are right to delight in this as i do also!

Mick Carney said...

The study from a couple of posts ago certainly did the trick and this is a powerful piece. Colour and wide value range really capture the impact of strong light on snow. Those blues of yours are striking and becoming something of a signature.

Dan Corey said...

thanks a lot Bill. Personally you couldn't pay me to deal with snow for another month.. But I think your weather avg is a little milder then mine. Best of luck on your residency. I look forward to seeing what you come out of it with.

thank you Rahina. That's very kind of you.

thanks Mick! I have really been focusing on color/temp relationships to find my colors as opposed to starting that way and letting it go towards the end..

John D. Wooldridge said...

I know that war all too well Dan. I seem to be fighting one myself at the moment. The wasted paint is piling up from left overs and scraped passages that, despite seeming to start off well just veer off into the ditch. It's terribly disheartening and I sometimes wonder at the worth of the efforts. Will all this waste ever pay back? Sometimes I even wonder at my judgement of what is even good!

I definitely think you've crafted something to be proud of here. Your war was worthwhile in the end. May your spring be full of more like this and much less waste!

Dan Corey said...

Hi John, I feel you feelin my pain.. LOL.. I have scraped more paintings than ANYONE I know of.. the reward is you are only accepting what says what you are saying.. Most take whatever they get. Keep the faith!

Eric Merrell said...

Hey Dan, those temperature shifts in the snow bank look beautiful, great sense of light -
Eric

Dan Corey said...

Hey Eric, Thank you! I gotta get out there to paint with you.