Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Nisqually Flats--Original American Landscape Oil Painting

It has been difficult for me to post the past few days because I'm spending some time on the Washington coast. Wind, rain, and very brief moments of sunshine have sprinkled my days. Because of the weather, I've been able to grab a number of spare moments to paint. My subjects have been of sunshine and warmth, waiting for spring to arrive. This painting is 9x12 inches on a hand-stretched gallery-wrapped canvas. I used a heavily textured canvas and began this painting of the Nisqually Flats with a red wash. Most of the time I paint on gessoed hardboard panels, so painting on this little canvas was a nice change. Since I'm travelling and since canvas can be tricky to transport, this was the only canvas I brought along. Now I am anxious to do more paintings on some more of this heavy canvas. I'm not sure the weight--it was left over from another project--but it is heavy with a knobby texture that made a great surface for painting the grass of this landscape.
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6 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh your work is so beautiful. I lived in Washington for 12 years and I miss it so much. I knew when I saw the title of the piece that you lived in WA. I should have read the bio, but I keep adding artist blogs to my faves list and haven't explored them all completely yet. I will definitely add your blog to my links!

Hapi said...

hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

Nancy Merkle said...

Thanks for stopping by. Visit again soon!

Kay Wyne said...

Love this landscape...great colors, texture and I love the light/dark contrasts. Beautiful!

Mel said...

Ooh! I LOVE the brushstrokes in this one. The movement is really great. Keep up the good work!

Nancy Merkle said...

I'm so glad to hear it turned out well. Thanks for taking the time to comment!