The Blue Show
Artist Calls Accepted Artists
Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA
Aegean Mist II
My husband and I took a vacation island-hopping around Greece. At each location I was captivated by the different hues of blue that surrounded us. In Santorini, misty blue islands made the transition from jewel-toned water to hazy blue sky. At the southern coast of Crete I found water of such an amazing turquoise blue that I wanted to envelop myself in it. Even while traveling inland we would drive up scrubby, volcanic ashen hills and see the cerulean waters as a backdrop in the distance. When I returned home to my studio, rather than painting recognizable landscapes of the places we had been, I found myself drawn to recreating the emotional experience of encountering the many shades of blue.
I have developed techniques for using oil paint, combined with various water based solutions, to create the flow and organic movement that one finds in nature- waves, wood grains, even patterns in granite. I notice that when viewers spend time looking at my paintings, they often have a “wow” reaction- at first wondering how I did that, but then realizing that the paintings bring up different emotions or memories- perhaps looking at the grand canyon or spending hours watching the tide come and go. Viewers tend to experience a calming moment while looking at my work, similar to the time spent gazing at nature, taking a moment to restore their soul.
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