Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Adrift In Blue: Two New Abstract Water Landscapes by Erin Fickert-Rowland

The mysterious sea has been on my mind.

I'm sure it has something to do with reading "Life of Pi", as I continue to imagine Pi adrift on the vast, powerful ocean. I have been working on a series of small, abstract canvases, and these two images ended up depicting two very different sea-faring scenarios.

"After the Rain"

After The Rain copy
"After the Rain" oil on canvas ©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland  *SOLD*

The consistency of the paint is the star of the show on this canvas.  Thin, drippy washes of color flows in rivulets from the sky down through the water.  Distant trees promise shelter, and the only opaque paint is a thick stroke of aqua on the horizon.  This painting captures the memory of a rainy day on a tranquil sea.

"Sea Life"

"Sea Life" oil on canvas by Erin Fickert-Rowland
"Sea Life" oil on canvas ©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland 

Tangled watery blue and kelp green lines of paint hug the horizon, and interact with an oasis of woody branches in the distance.  An abstract palm tree with scribbled leaves rises welcoming on the horizon. Everything changes quickly in this landscape, which offers rich colors of active brushstrokes and paint texture.  

Both of these original paintings are 10" x 10", oil on canvas
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What impressions do these paintings create for you?

I'd love to hear about them!


  1. I am really drawn to "After the Rain". It has all the right colors of earth, water, sky. It is very soothing. You know my heart is in Colorado. But whenever we have to go to our "happy place", I go to the cove in my parents' lake. This painting reminds me so much of that. Kayaking in a misty rain in the quiet cove.
    Just lovely.....

  2. Thank you so much for sharing those lovely thoughts, Christine! I have memories of watching the rain on the lake from my grandparent's house as a child. I loved those days... :-)

  3. I agree with Christine - I am really drawn to this particular image myself. Left a message on Flickr but just couldn't resist putting in my two cents again here!

    I doesn't really remind me of any thing in particular, just transports me to a place of peace and quiet AND it makes my heart and my eye happy!


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