In the Midwest, where I live, mornings in May are often hazy. I was eager to capture this effect on canvas. While I painted I felt connected... to what, I wasn't sure. In the discussion group where my early oil landscapes were critiqued, I was referred to as a Tonalist.
The Tonalist style emphasizes atmosphere by using a color's middle values instead of high contrast, resulting in an understated effect. Subject matter is never entirely apparent but rather an intriguing visual poem cloaked in a vaporous veil of emotionalism.