Painting Statement

 Mood and Mystery

I am in the woods. Lagoon to my left, giant cedars on the right. Mist rises in a thin veil as if illuminating an alternate world. There is a sense of mystery and a feeling of comfort and peace; a magical embrace in a cathedral forest provides sanctuary.

A moldery scent of greenery gone by and brilliant red leaves, form patterns on the trail. Colors are intense after a rain. Damp brings out the richest color, like stones, luminous under water. Cedar tree appears green and I see alizarin, gold and blue. There are a thousand shades of green. Sun strikes foliage and light glistens white. Deepest shadows are as dark as raven.

In my studio I recall shapes, colors, lines and form. I remember smells and sounds, memorialize the place with paint. I begin with thin layers of oily warm transparent hues, mutating into thick painterly brush marks. Each layer stamps the recollection of that day’s hike or ride, the pieces unfold in a contemplative manner, with one mark informing the next.

I am especially fond of the spaces between the branches. The shapes that twist and flow behind the scenes. Ambient light brings significance to the rich dark foliage.

The finished piece is a mosaic of light, weaving and interlacing patterns and color. Like stained glass, they represent the mystery beneath the surface, the layer woven between worlds. I paint this island as sanctuary. A woodland temple and shelter from the storm.

2022 

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Break of Day

Painting by Teresa Smith

Into The Light

Painting by Teresa Smith

Passage

Painting by Teresa Smith

Cathedral Forest

Painting by Teresa Smith

After Rain

Painting by Teresa Smith

Woodland Temple

Painting by Teresa Smith

A Place to Ponder

Painting by Teresa Smith

Breathe With Trees

Painting by Teresa Smith

Morning Walk

Painting by Teresa Smith

Wilderness

Painting by Teresa Smith

Along The Trail

Painting by Teresa Smith

Stillness II

Painting by Teresa Smith

River

Painting by Teresa Smith

Tree Dance

Painting by Teresa Smith

Westside Shoreline

Painting by Teresa Smith

Westside II

Painting by Teresa Smith

Lupin

Painting by Teresa Smith

Madrone Westside

Painting by Teresa Smith

Madrone III Study

Painting by Teresa Smith

Mist

Painting by Teresa Smith

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