At the Reception | June 2nd from 5:30-8 PM To view available works by Kathleen Walsh, please click HERE
In our woods. Sometimes a rare music. -Mary Oliver
Landscape is my guide, nature the muse. Painting outdoors awakens the senses; melds surprise, consideration and wonder. When considering a painting I wander down by the river, the Rappahannock, which meanders through our town, or out to the Springfield Farm, home of my friends, The Copleys. There, I listen. Silence is the great teacher. When a place draws me in, I make sketches, looking for composition, value patterns, light, point of focus. I take notes, scribbling studies and most importantly determining what I am painting before I paint it. During the winter months these plein air pieces are reworked into larger more complex studio paintings such as the paintings you see in this exhibit. It is a challenge to render the image in an expanded form, working to keep it fresh and alive, yet structured and balanced.
At our last reception, pastel painter Dan Michael set up his easel and began to paint. He started with a blank sheet of textured paper and beautifully organized pastels. Using reference photographs, he worked to sketch the composition. He shared with us that he uses the black and white photograph to help identify the values in each piece. It is known that his pieces are full of phenomenal light and lines that carry the eye throughout the composition.
It was a pleasure watching Dan Michael from start to finish. Isn't it amazing that he could paint this in just a few hours? To view more of his available work, click HERE.
The final piece will be available for purchase at the
next reception: June 2nd from 5:30-8PM
More new works by Dan Michael will also be freshly framed by Dan and available at the reception.
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