Being an artist who is committed to growth, it helps to try something new and different. In this painting, I completely surrendered to Nicole Wikman’s process to paint a landscape. I love the outcome. Although it isn’t my style, I learned several very helpful techniques that I can apply elsewhere.
She reiterates the value of a horizon line. She has a unique technique of laying down a colorful sky. The brush dances between colors in the sky to reflections of those colors in the water. The way in which the land and trees are placed establishes perspective and lends depth to the painting. These are valuable techniques to practice and learn.
That said, I love this piece, and it doesn’t feel like me.
Land and Sea are big themes for artists. A contemporary artist, Janette Kerr is known as the “foul weather” painter. It seems that she spends weeks on boats heading into storms. There are so-called adrenaline junkies out there and while I’m not one, I applaud the curious nature that leads one into the eye of the storm. Her work is phenomenal!