Lavender Situation by Susan Klein

This painting began as a landscape, pulled from my travels in Scotland.  In the picture, it is a foggy day, and the colors are cold blues and greens in the distance.  In the foreground there is a road, and on the side of the road a classical stone statue of some sort of female figure.  A young woman in black leans against it, and a black cat moves in from the left side of the picture plane.

I often start paintings from observational and/or photographic references.  I use representation as  information to build upon – letting the original image determine color and shape decisions.  In Lavender Situation the painting went through various iterations before it was resolved in the final picture, but that pale violet always made a comeback.  It became the driving force of the painting, although the influence of the brambly Scottish landscape surely left its mark.