Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Hudson River School Style Painting and Art Collectors

Calm and Storm, 20x30, acrylic on linen, Jan Blencowe, $1200

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This is a painting about contrasts and achieving harmony. Literally, in the use of light,dark and close color relationships, but also metaphorically. The whole time I was working on this piece, which ended up being quite a number of hours, I was thinking about opposites and how we eventually achieve balance in our lives. Good and bad, times of calm and times of turmoil are always fluctuating in our lives. When a peaceful time is distruped by difficult time the contrast might startle us or jolt us emotionally and the comparison to what's going now to the calm of the prior days may seem overwhelming. Yet, as you step back from both the painting and from our own lives we see how contasts of light and dark, good and bad can eventually merge into a harmonious relationship.

Now on to discussing the technical aspects of this piece. There are many, many layers of glaze and scumble on this and a few compositional changes took place over the weeks. Another aspect of this painting that is a little bit different for me is the amount of detail included in the tree foliage. All in all this has turned to be a handsom painting filled with cool tight color harmonies and dramatic contrasts of light and dark supported by rich detail, all of which echo the paintigns of the original Hudson River School.

The Importance of Art Collectors

I don't think I can ever over emphasize the important role that private art collectors play in enriching society and bringing wonderful art to so many people. I came across this video at www.artbabble.com and tough it was worth sharing.

A short documentary on the role art collector Caroline Fesler played in the building of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's collection in the 1930's and 40's. This IMA produced film shows how an exemplary eye for art and a strong will can create lasting legacy.

For lots more information about Caroline Fesler, the IMA, and the art, music and people featured in this video, follow the link below:



Jane Hunt said...

I really needed to read your post on contrast and harmony today - thankyou.
The painting came out just beautifully!

Jan Blencowe said...

Thank you so much, Jane. Glad you liked it and found the post helpful.