Took a breather from a larger painting to do a little house, one of my favorite subjects. I spotted this little homestead outside of Sterling, Colorado on a road trip - with ominous skies looming in the distance.
If you venture out much of what you'll see resembles an Edward Hopper painting. Isolated streets, quiet neighborhood scenes. No artist has portrayed isolation like Hopper. Keep in mind, he lived in New York City.
Hopper once said about his paintings "What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house." and spent his lifetime pursuing light in his resonant paintings. Morning Sun captures that beam of sunlight coming through the window, onto the woman on the bed - his wife, Jo, was often his model for his work.
What Morning Sun means to me, especially now in the midst of this pandemic, is even in isolation and darkness, look for the light.
Hopper's painting resides in the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio and at one time traveled to the Art Institute of Chicago for a Hopper exhibition, which is where I had the pleasure of seeing it in person.
"You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is... unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far." ~ Alice Neel
"If I had the energy, I would have done it all over the country" - Edward Hopper
"It's what you carry to an object that counts." - Andrew Wyeth
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