I have decided to showcase one of my paintings here on the blog occasionally, and to tell you about how I chose to paint it, the challenges I faced in getting it right, and how it makes me feel as a finished work.
What Remains was a work born of a desire to capture a structure that was once grand and beautiful, but now is a mere shadow of itself, having ended up beached and forlorn by the tempest of the sea.
I chose to make the light slanted and the day rather gray, to further emphasize the melancholy spirit. The bare and weathered tree, with its branches bent by constant winds, is further reminder of the ocean's great power.
This is a minimalist piece, in that there is little detail other than the bones of the ship as highlighted by the late afternoon sun. This spare presentation works for me, in that I can almost feel the wind in my face and the sand under my feet when I look at it. It has been framed in a black floater frame, further utilizing a minimalist effect.
What Remains measures 24x30 and can be seen in my Man and Sea Series at janetglatz.com.
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