Surf and Rocks

Copy of masterwork 'Surf and Rocks' by Marie WiseIt’s not easy for a realist painter to paint an abstract. In my case, impossible, although the end result is better than I’d envisioned.

I wanted a painting in my living room to compliment the new orange wall and to pick up the blues in a painting Allan did of some van Gogh sunflowers. I started out with the intent to create an abstract in complimentary blue tones, but after working, re-working, layering and getting very frustrated, I changed the plan.

With blue the major requirement, Allan and I surfed paintings in classical, impressionist, post-impressionist, modern and American genres for the right feeling tone and color notes

We found it in Surf and Rocks, a magnificent oil painting by American artist Childe Hassam in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art. It was done in 1906 and is smaller than mine, at 20 x 30 inches.

I love how mine turned out. It fits the living room and is full of vibrating blues.  Here it is, my own…

Surf and Rocks, after Frederick Childe Hassam

2015 | 40 x 60 | acrylic on canvas | collection the artist

Copy of masterwork 'Surf and Rocks' by Marie Wise

You can see it looks lovely in my living room!