From Inspiration to Painting

Last Saturday I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the evening with friends on the water. The sun was setting turning the sky from orange-gold to pink-purple, and the lake was nearly completely still. I paddleboarded around until it was too dark (I had a flashlight, but didn't want to use it) absolutely entranced by the mirror the deep green water made for the sky. The night birds and locusts were deafening close to shore, nearly drowning out the sounds of my paddle.

It was easily one of the most peaceful moments I've experienced in a very long time.

When I got into the studio on Monday morning - I knew exactly what I had to do. I wanted to take those colors, the motions, the memory that I created on the water and use it to fuel progress on a few paintings I had started the week before.

I mixed a deep green acrylic, pulled out a few water soluble pastels  and used large sweeping motions to mark the pages. (like one might use to paddle) I even found a "locust" track on spotify to root me back to the moment on the water, and went to town.

EH Sherman paintings
EH Sherman lake paintings
EH Sherman Inspiration to Paintings
EH Sherman paintings from the lake

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Sketching Forms - Runspiration

Running is everything to my art practice.

In Miami, I made a point to get outside every night (or every-other night) and go for a longish, meditative run. Usually I would wait until the sun had dipped behind the taller condos, because, well, Miami… but here in Michigan I’ve been looking for the hottest part of the day to head out, because it’s cold.

And now that I’m running while the sun is still up, I’m finding myself stopping far more frequently to take pictures. Some are just cute (ducks in a pond, flowers pushing through ice...etc) but most of them are images I plan to play with and expand on once I get home. Branches making shadows on the snow, patterns left by melting ice, anything with an interesting composition or color story.

I am loving all the shades of blues and greens I’m finding up here.

I am loving all the shades of blues and greens I’m finding up here.

EH Sherman sketch

I’m not sure if this habit is so great for developing as a runner, but it’s been a wonderful tool to get my brain in gear to paint for the day.

With that being said, the trails are calling my name.