Crashing against the rocks, the wave rises up in a fan of spray. I take a quick step back and lower my brush. Out of range of the wave, I will stay dry. I am in the calm of my studio, but I want the painting on my easel to evoke the live energy of the event.
Landscape painters often depict the lay of the land in a broad view. With my current work, I narrow the field of vision. Taking the focus of the eye's direct gaze, I put the viewer right in the thick of it whether the subject is the raw beauty of a Pacific wave, the remoteness of an Adirondack summit, or the serenity of local fields and a small nearby pond.
Calling myself a painterly realist, I keep the architecture of the landscape absolutely accurate and recognizable, but use my paint with a free hand, because for me, the thrill of painting is about the paint.