I love spring and summertime in so many ways. Not only for the eruption of colors but how the days grow longer. I always anticipate a rising, setting sun and the moon with much affection. While those times are fleeting they are forever embedded in our memories. Part of the magic is to capture those fleeting moments on a canvas. Here are some of my latest creations celebrating this spectacular season. Enjoy!
One of my most cherished visits was to the orchards at Altapass along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This 150year-old apple orchard was built in by the Clinchfield Railroad in 1908. It stretches among some of the most beautiful scenery along the Parkway.
This large diptych 48 x 72" painting was inspired by the colorful autumn colors that the Blue Ridge Mountains are famous for. I used a variety of abstract techniques initially to create the underlying background then over a number of days began to build up the depth you see by a series of spattering techniques. Coupled with layers of glazing it has a remarkable atmosphere and romance to this colorful pair.
Here is a beautiful painting that was inspired by a visit to the Governor's Western Retreat in Asheville. I love the simplicity of this piece and have shared a number of pictures to give you some insight as to how I accomplish this beautiful painting. Typically a piece of this scale will take 3 to 4 days to accomplish. Much of that time is spent glazing the work with a series of thin washes to buildup the atmosphere and add depth.
This is just one of many new originals you can see of my work in the Traditional Art Section on my site.
I have been working with acrylics over the last few years and really have enjoyed the variety of textures and amazing atmosphere I achieve with the medium. This particular painting is 24 x 36 inches. Some of the pictures below give you a feel for the variety of techniques I have incorporated into the creation of this work. If you would like to see more of its creation visit my facebook page william mangum artist <https://bit.ly/2YGmwRB