Monsoon is a painting about thunderstorms.  We had been in the middle of a drought.  Everything had turned brown and yellow.  Even the Okefenokee swamp had caught fire because of the draught.  It was also very hot, and the air conditioner in my car had gone out.

One day a thunderstorm came through, and broke the drought.  I was at home, and was so excited I grabbed a canvas and started painting.  I tried to capture the feeling of a strong, southern summer thunderstorm.


When someone is painting it is good to think about the essence of whatever they are painting, and try to capture that.  For example, with a thunderstorm, I was thinking about the lightning, the wind, the turbulence of the clouds, and the sudden downpour.  If you are working abstractly, trying to show these ideas in a less literal form, and emphasizing them will make your painting work well!

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March 21, 2010

Todd @ 12:56 pm #

Acute observation is requisite for painting well, and that is something you certainly do. Interestingly, observations of nature such as these also inform my interpretation of the music I conduct, just as they do for all the arts that successfully touch the human aesthetic. I like the way you think. 🙂

Sarah @ 7:30 pm #

I love reading your explanations of your paintings and the emotions you felt while painting them. This really brings your paintings to life. I like how you portrayed the downpour of rain.

March 25, 2010

Susie @ 11:35 am #

I really like the way you were able to portray your feelings in this painting. Very good explanation of how to paint abstractly, as well!

March 29, 2010

Jennifer @ 1:18 pm #

Reading the explanation helped me appreciate the painting more. Keep the explanations coming, I’m learning a lot!

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