Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Looking Glass


The Looking Glass, originally uploaded by Mark Nesmith.

We've had a freak ice storm here in North Texas, so I thought I'd fantasize about warmer days at the Lake! This is my daily painting of Lake Mineral Wells. Landscape artists are always looking for connections, and reflections in the water are a perfect way to connect the sky to the land and momentarily disrupt the horizon. This provides an overall unifying element, with the horizon only being there for variety. I often work small bits of the colors of the sky in the ground elements of my paintings for this reason, whether in pools of water or as highlights on grasses or trees. This is an 8" x 10" oil on canvas. I've never worked this small on a consistent basis before I started this series, but I'm finding it to be rather liberating and enjoyable.

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