Description of Storms Of Mercy
A passionate seascape capturing the Long Island Sound along the coast of Madison, Connecticut during the nor’easter storm of March 2010. The Long Island Sound is usually placid with a gentle ebb and flow of tides. But during our recent big spring storm the water was turbulent and choppy and the waves imposing and threatening. The day of the storm I was at The Mercy Center in Madison, CT for a day of silent spiritual retreat. The meditation rooms have floor to ceiling windows that look out on the the beach just a few yards away. I did some sketches and watercolors and then when the rain let up some I went out onto the beach to take photographs and shoot some video. As I spent time watching the stormy water I realized how God’s mercy sometimes crashes into our lives like a storm when we need to pay attention to Him. Thus the title of this painting “Storms of Mercy”. I incorporated many techniques and materials to recreate the surf, rocks and sky in this piece. The white foam of the waves is highly textural, with very thick paint mixed with fiber paste. The layers of the rocks worn smooth through the ages are created using layers of gel, the misty sky has opalescent pigments mixed into it and the thin sheets of retreating water on the sand are applied in dry brush and glazes.
Tags: Painting, Luminism, seascape, long island sound, connecticut, new england, coast, rocks, surf, storm luminism, neo-luminist, tonalist,