Art Exhibit: December 6-30 / Julann Meyers
December 06, 2015 4:00 pm - December 30, 2015 5:00 pm
Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library
“You come to nature with all your theories, and she knocks them all flat.” — Pierre-Auguste Renoir
In many ways my life has come full circle. I had a formal and very traditional arts education at Cornell University. I then went on to a long and happy career designing architectural interiors.
About 10 years ago, I stumbled onto the workshops that a plein air painter, T. Allen Lawson, gave in Rockport, Maine. He taught me how to start a painting, and that has been such an essential lesson.
He said, “First ask yourself why this view, this place?” You figure this out in your sketchbook by trying many different ways to express your response. If you think of the forms abstractly and simply, it becomes clear how you should paint that particular thought. For example, you might be attracted to things like a constricted space exploding into a wide-open field or an oppressive sky laden with moisture. You gradually understand how to best express these kinetic responses through value and line.
Over the past decade, I’ve continued to pursue plein air painting in Connecticut, where I attended the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts for a range of courses.
Painting in my studio, mainly in oil, I’ve explored several types of subject matter. However, my major focus has remained landscape painting. I’ve set up my easel in locations from Maine to Montana to California and throughout Connecticut, and I work to experience and understand nature’s truth — her color harmonies and her rhythms and pulses. The passion of this search is thrilling for me.
At some point, the painting takes over and turns into what it wants to be. Sometimes it becomes quite realistic; other times, just broadly evocative. Either way is fine with me.
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