Thursday, May 07, 2009

Under the Apple Tree Impressionist Garden Painting

Under the Apple Tree Impressionist Garden Painting, painting by Jan Blencowe

About This Painting: This one is from the archives...
Painted en plein air at the Florence Griswold Museum, Home of American Impressionism, Old Lyme, CT

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Media: oil
Size: 20 in X 16 in (50.8 cm X 40.6 cm)
Style: Impressionism
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I painted this in July of 2006 on an international sketch crawl day. I chose to go to the beautiful Florence Griswold Muesum and spend a glorious high summer day in creative bliss. Below are some of my sketches from that day...


In this sketch you can see my set up with French easel and all my painting gear, the painting in progress as well as the garden scene I was painting. The sketch is done in a Moleskine sketchbook with Faber Castell brush tip markers and a uniball vision pen.

In the next sketch you see the front of the historic Griswold house that was a boarding house for artists and the center of the Lyme Art Colony at the turn of the century.




I think you can see the relationship in color and style between the sketches and the painting. Back then I was very much into bold color and the dot-dash-daub style of broken brush work derived from the impressionists. You can see how my work has evolved and it comes to mind that it would be interesting to go back and paint this scene again this year and see how different my aesthetic concerns are today versus three years ago.

Since my work is evolving in a more tonalist/luminist direction with softer, more subdued earthy colors but with inner luminsoity if you love this painting buy it because it's unlikely I'll be back to painting this way any time soon, if ever. The work is always maturing and moving forward, rarely backwards. This piece is a great example though of my style of three years ago which was heavily influenced by workshops I took with Charles Sovek, from which I learned a great deal and loved every minute of.

1 comment:

Atul Pande said...

Jan: I loved the Griswold Museum and visited it whenever I could in the years I lived in Connecticut. Your pice does a great job of capturing the spirit of the place.