When I was looking for something different to work on, I found these small wooden boxes online. I ordered 8 boxes to experiment with. It was a challenge to paint on the lids and it took me a couple of tries to figure out the best way. I ended up taking the lids off and taping the edges. This way I could hang them on the wall as I usually do with stretched canvas. I found that I don’t get the same effect painting flat as I do upright. It’s not as easy to see.
Sunset on Thompson Lake, oil on wood, 4″ x 6″ box
River Journey, oil on wood, 4″ x 6″ box
I created Sunset on Thompson Lake after spending some time on a lake in Maine for a weekend last summer. I wanted to capture the essence of a beautiful sunset.
River Journey was inspired by many of my previous river paintings. I was thinking about the time I spent floating along the backwaters of Kerela, India and the time I was an artist in residence at Chalk Hill. The residency is a short walk away from the banks of the Russian River. I would go to the river every late afternoon to cool off after a day spent painting.
This In between landscape painting was also inspired by the weekend in Maine with friends and family. While relaxing by the lake I took a ton of photographs hoping to use some for inspiration back in my studio in San Francisco. The summer lake boxes are my memories of that special time.