Friday, September 6, 2013

Urban Haze

"Storage Yard Haze"    SOLD
oil on panel, 2013
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.78cm)

I see a lot of scenes like this living near the ocean. Bright days tucked under the marine layer.

Colors intensify but are not too glaring, not like a bright clear day. All the moisture in the atmosphere affects colors in a different way, they seem to bleed softly into the air.
Even harsh environments are gently cushioned under this canopy of moist air, not quite blocked and grayed out as on foggy days. The marine layer lets the sun through just enough to let us pause and relook at what we would normally dismiss.

That's what I see and why I choose the often maligned urban setting. It would be too obvious, and easy, to take an already pretty landscape and make it prettier.240


  1. Great scene! Great spot!
    Pretty can be so much over appreciated!
    Love urban art! Rugged! Dramatic! And still oh so beautiful!
    Right on! (So "sixties!" Sorry!)

    1. Thank you!
      It is true isn't it? Pretty can be so much over appreciated!
      It is our job as artists to show others what they miss when they ONLY look at the obvious. Pretty already IS pretty, look at something else for a change!

      " (So "sixties!" Sorry!) " it's OK. Maybe you can update this to ....

      "Write on!"

      Just a thought.

      Keep painting...