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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Across The Lake

Across The Lake
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2010

This is an attempt to take my little stormy skies to a larger format. A little dramatic and a lot fun! There are approximately three other attempts at skies (in acrylic) under this final one, the first of them done years ago. None of them ever felt right and they all basically stunk. With this one I feel more satisfied and like I might finally let this canvas be done. I especially like the marks in the water; they went in quick and I didn't fuss with them, so they are a very direct and immediate representation of my energy as I was painting that day. Before I began painting this I covered the existing sky with a solid coat of Cadmium Orange, and I left little jolts of it popping through here and there.


Tammy Hext said...

This is stunning Nicki, I love the energy. It must be fabulous in person.

Harry Kent said...

Huge drama, very painterly. It's great. The orange undercoat peeking through subliminally makes those blues really pop.

Nicki said...

Tammy, thank you!

Hi Harry. I tried to stay quite painterly with this and not rework strokes once I laid them down; both things I do with the much smaller skies I am used to painting.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Nicki,

I love this one. There is so much energy. That's what I love to see,
it distinguishes a "picture" from a
work of art. This is art. (Oh I know I'm talking through my hat, but hey it's Canada and it's cold, and I need one.)


Nicki said...

Hi Barbara,

I'm happy you had a positive response to this one. I am also pleased with this final layer... the three underneath didn't work out so well!

I'm still hoping for one more warm streak before the cold is here to stay. Fingers crossed!

Nicki XO