Saturday, January 10, 2009

Tonalist Waterfall Landscape

Tonalist Waterfall Landscape, painting by Jan Blencowe


About This Painting: Tonalist Waterfall Painting
Title: Waterfall

Artist: Jan Blencowe

Media: acrylic on linen
Size: 10 in X 10 in (25.4 cm X 25.4 cm)
Price: $150 USD + $7 s/h in the USA


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I'm doing more research on Tonalism and specific artists within that movement. Today I'm reading about George Inness. I'm particularly interested in the spiritual underpinnings of tonalism, because that is what draws me to these types of paintings and what motivates me to paint with idealized landscapes infused with light and contemplative mystery.

Here are some sections from a very good Wiki article that struck a chord with me:

Inness [would] shun the industrial presence in favor of bucolic or agrarian subjects, but he would produce much of his mature work in the studio, drawing on his visual memory to produce scenes that were often inspired by specific places, yet increasingly concerned with formal considerations. The work of the 1860s and 1870s often tended toward the panoramic and picturesque, topped by cloud-laden and threatening skies, and included views of his native country...


Interestingly enough this describes exactly where I am with my art right now. I am interested in painting the pure landscape with no hint of anything manmade intruding in it. I am also working in the studio from visual memory (which I have plenty of, thanks to years of painting outdoors, and many dog walks), and i am always painting my native landscape the shoreline marshes, coast and inland fields and woods all around me here in southern Connecticut.

Of particular interest to Inness was the notion that everything in nature had a correspondential relationship with something spiritual and so received an "influx" from God in order to continually exist....


This statement immediately brought to mind: He himself existed before anything else did, and he holds all things together" Col. 1:17


in the last decade of his life, this mystical component manifested in his art through a more abstracted handling of shapes, softened edges, and saturated color, a profound and dramatic juxtaposition of sky and earth, an emphasis on the intimate landscape view, and an increasingly personal, spontaneous, and often violent handling of paint. It is this last quality in particular which distinguishes Inness from those painters of like sympathies who are characterized as Luminists.


While I am not yet using a violent handling of paint, I do hope over the course of many paintings

to develop an increasingly personal approach to painting.

Let's celebrate the joy and beauty of art and nature together!

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1 comment:

The Epiphany Artist said...

wow the Eve one is qhite Lonely I love it!