Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Composing a landscape painting from concept first

Berries, Goldfinches and Koi © Maud Guilfoyle, acrylic on canvas 30 x 40"

Just completed the fourth painting of set for a local health care center. Each of the four were designed to be placed in separate 'cottages' or wings and the design challenge was to fit the imagery to the each name. Berries, Goldfinches and Koi will represent Berryfield Cottage. In warm weather there is a koi pond in it's courtyard. 

Goldfinches are New Jersey's state bird and they eat berries. The flashes of gold in foliage is beautiful so I included them. Also, currently  a real life painting called The Goldfinch, painted in 1654 by Carel Fabritius, and on display at New York’s Frick Collection through Jan. 19 — is the subject of Donna Tartt’s third novel, The Goldfinch.
So far the response has been very positive. One of the staff said they felt like they could walk right into the paintings, which is the sensation I was striving for. Thank you Hank Gans for photographing the paintings and processing the images for me.

No comments:

Post a Comment