This is more or less a close up view of the Lambertville Overlook painting that I recently did. The focus is solely on the churches in town. I love how the churches and houses arise and peek out from the trees below. The playful sky and trees in the background are composed of light and airy beautiful pastel colors. The brushstrokes are very gesture-full as they dance on the canvas. The subject matter gives me a sense of peace and solice, yet while I was applying the paint I felt energy and faith with each brushstroke.
Having faith is so critical as a painter, and I’m not talking about religious faith. I’m talking about faith in yourself that you can be a great painter, that you will capture something special and evoke emotion in your viewer. Faith in your brushwork that when you lay that brushstroke down, it’s going to hit it’s mark with the right color, value and gesture all at the same time. Faith takes time to acquire, sometimes years. It’s like confidence in yourself plus a higher power at work. I don’t know what this higher power is, it’s intangible, it’s a flow of energy, requiring only subconscious thought. I just know that sometimes I manage to achieve it. It’s like a sports figure who is playing “in the zone.” God it feels good and I feel blessed when it happens!
It along with it’s predecessor can be found in the Lambertville gallery.