Tomorrow I begin work on what will be the most ferocious storm at sea painting I've ever attempted. So tonight I have been assembling a few tools of the trade that will call to the muse and aid in the creation of this perilous scene.
Some of the necessary ingredients depicted above are:
Music of Capt. Tobias Hume (several selections), of course Wagner's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN,
some of my favorite heavy seas brushes, and a really good Chard.
Being that there will be so many paintings in my upcoming show it has been necessary for me to have several paintings in the works at one time. Usually there have been 6-8 paintings in various stages of creation at any given time, however this storm piece will demand that I stay "in character" for the duration of its creation. So, for the next couple of weeks I'll push everything else aside and work on this one piece 'til the storm's over. After that I'll happily get back to more of my sunny and sublime (if you will) type of work. But for now all hell has broken loose at sea and I'm riding it out until it's over.
Wish me luck.....
I'll post an image of this piece later this summer after the show opens. I'm keeping many of the works from public view until then. There have to be some surprises right?