When in the studio I like to put up a few paintings on the church bench to see how paintings relate. Here I have a few evening paintings of various sizes. It is a good practice to hang up a finished painting and live with them for a little while. Some times it can be helpful to hang the painting upside down a see if the painting has any problems that stand out. After looking at the work for so long it is hard to see the painting with a fresh
Today I took a trip to the Addison Gallery of American Art and saw a few of my favorite artists which is always an inspiration. Winslow Homer, Albert Bierstadt, George Inness and Sarah Surplee all amazed me with their handling of paint.
I had never seen Sarah Surplee's paintings and felt as if I had stumbled across a soul mate. This highway was Rt 495 in Massachusetts were I have painted myself. It is wonderful and humbling to find other artists that have worked in the same vein.
Here is a photograph of a tree by David Armstrong that reminded me of paintings of trees that I have done.