Adam Houston

American Impressionist Oil Painter

Short Term Memory

This painting is the result of a misunderstanding. I had been reading The Art Spirit by Robert Henri and in that book he talked about working from memory. His contention was that looking directly at a model (or a photo) made you less creative and that to really express a subject you needed to paint it from memory.

So I was driving one evening and saw two people walking on the greenway and thought – that would make a great painting. I will paint it from memory!
The only problem with this is that Henri intended for you to intensely study the subject prior to painting. Not glance at the subject while driving by at 50 mph. I figured that out after I painted this. Lesson learned.

Big Creek Greenway

Number 68 is a view from the Big Creek Greenway that is near our house. It’s basically an enormous boardwalk that is a couple feet off the ground and runs for several miles. We like to go down there to walk and ride bikes. There is so much tree cover that you only get these places where the light cuts through like the painting.