The Field – acrylic painting

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance – by Charles Lindbergh

The Field, an acrylic painting (9″ x 6″), was done on a gesso prepared hardboard using Liquitex and Golden brand acrylics. I tried out Princeton Select “Deerfoot” brushes (sort of like mini-mop brushes) to blend the clouds.  I discovered I was also able to lay down many layers of paint that allowed a fuller body to the cloud structure giving nice depth.  These brushes stood up well to the task and in the end held their shape.  I love them.

I started this painting with a specific end in mind, but trust me when I say, the piece had a mind of its own.  What was to be a quiet brook with a figure standing at the bank, turned out to be one large expansive field leading the viewer right to a mountain range.  As the elements developed, the more satisfied I became – I had that ah-ha moment.  Sometimes you have to go with the flow and allow a painting to take you where it leads.  The final piece actually brought a calm and peaceful feel to the scene – I knew this is where I was suppose to be.

I don’t know about you, but my summer and fall months flew by – it’s time to say hello again to my wordpress friends.   I hope you are well.  Thank you for stopping by ~

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.  Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

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54 Responses to The Field – acrylic painting

  1. poppytumpno4 says:

    Now there’s a place I wouldn’t mind being now Mary 🙂 Lovely trees and peaceful scene and Derrick is so right !
    Those ah-ha moments are very precious but wonderful to work with .

    • Mary says:

      Love your comment and am so glad that you enjoyed this painting Poppy – wouldn’t you love to just step into the scene and get lost wandering around. I am smiling through your comment – love the ah-ha moments when they come. Have a wonderful weekend and again, welcome back!!

  2. Hello Mary. I know what you mean when you said that the piece had a mind of its own. I think this is the most rewarding part of the creative process. The fact that sometimes the result is not what you had in mind when you started, but something that was “born” during the creative process. Have a great day!

  3. Nice to see you back, Mary

  4. Great to see you again and your beautiful paintings, Mary! Love the layers! 🙂 xoxo

  5. restlessjo says:

    Obviously in a good place, Mary 🙂 🙂 Long may it continue! Wishing you a wonderful festive season.

  6. Enlarging this is pleasantly revealing of your lovely technique

  7. Elaine says:

    Nice to see you back with such a lovely painting Mary 😊

  8. Beautiful piece, Mary. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful painting as ususal Mary. Wishing you a Merry Christmas….

  10. cmartzloff says:

    Such a beautiful and engaging painting Mary! I really liked hearing about your process. Thank you for sharing your work.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Catherine, great to hear from you – thank you so much for your kind words, love your description of it. I’ve been absent for quite a while and looking forward to seeing your latest paintings.

  11. Resa says:

    Warm, inviting and intriguing.
    So happy to see another of your wonderful paintings.
    Now that summer has flown by (so has the fall) will you be around more? I’m always thrilled to see another Mary painting!

    • Mary says:

      So great to see you Resa – I’ve missed your graffiti findings and amazing gown creations! Thanks so much for visiting and leaving such a beautiful comment. I’m really going to try to be on wordpress a bit more – it has been difficult these past months. Plus I haven’t had time to paint, this piece was done in September. But close to a new year, time to make some reasonable new year resolutions that I will be able to manage. I hope you are well and I’m looking forward to seeing what you have been up too.

  12. Martha Hayes says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Would so love to own a piece of your work. It touches my heart. Hope you and Rich are well. Let me know if any works come available for purchase. 

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

    • Mary says:

      What an awesome surprise Martha!! We were just wondering how you have been. Thank you so much for checking in and leaving such a wonderful comment, and so appreciate your compliment w/re to purchasing. I still have not sold any paintings, but if I ever get to that point I’ll let you know. We hope you and Bill are doing well also – you have made my day! What a great surprise!

  13. It’s lovely,Mary, so serene and comforting. I love that little fence.

  14. So nice to see this new work, but I can only see it on my phone not the best to appreciate art! I’ll come back in a few days in front of my computer! I m sure I’ll enjoy it more!

  15. Wow, beautiful Mary 😊

  16. Anonymous says:

    That’s so beautiful Mary. Hugs, Holly

    • Mary says:

      Wonderful to see you Holly – thank you as always for your kind words, means a lot. I can only imagine how much writing you’ve gotten done since I last visited your blog. Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up too!

  17. What a great way to stop by – letting us enjoy your beautiful art work. You have skills, lady. 🙂

  18. Karen Lang says:

    Just beautiful Mary 💕💚

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