Steve Miller

Making Waves

  • Acrylic On Canvas
  • 36 x 60 x 1.5 in
  • $3,000.00
  • Steve Miller
  • Available

Inspired after a couple of trips to Lake Michigan, I reflected on changing climate stresses, and wondered about the sustainability of all the fresh water that surrounds our state. I pondered a future where water might need to me made, looking somewhat synthetic like the colored water you see in some fountains.

So, I challenged myself to paint a large believable image of water using an unnatural color gradient and without the use of a photo reference. In essence, I wanted to make my own waves. In order to do so I needed to grasp the physical properties and movement of water and understand how light reflects and defines the numerous ridges and valleys.

After a summers worth of experimentation and trial and error, I started following the underlying brushstrokes visible on the surface of the canvas in order to organically replicate the movement of water. As a result, Making Waves embraces and accepts all previous mistakes as instrumental to the growth and compositional energy of the finished seascape.

  • Subject Matter: Seascape
  • Created: August 31, 2021
  • Current Location: Grosse Pointe Art Association - War Memorial
  • Collections: 2021, LANDSCAPE, New Work, Sea Scape
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