Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer at Clermont Impressionist Landscape

Summer at Clermont Impressionist Landscape, painting by Jan Blencowe

Copyright 2009 Jan Blencowe, Connecticut, USA

About This Painting:
Here's the finished painting! There is a fabulous build up of layers of color and "broken" brushwork. That's the small dots and daubs characteristic of impressionist paintings. One of the real advantages of acrylic paint is that it dries quickly so I can add many hundreds of spots and flecks of colors beside one another and overlapping one another in layers rapidly without ever muddying up the colors.

The soft atmospheric glow is achieved by many layers of scumbling that obscures the edges of objects as well as the edge of individual dots of paint. This helps quiet areas and keeps the surface of the painting from getting too frantic and busy and destroying the mood of tranquility that prevades the scene.

Loose expressive brushwork suggests flowers, foliage, grasses and leaves without ever having to describe them with a definite edge or contour. This is done with a cheap hardware store brush that's over used and ratty, and therefore produces wonderful random textures.

While the brushwork and sense of light and air are impressionist the more subdued color palette and emphasis on broad areas of tone draw more from tonalist and luminst schools. Hovering between tonalism and impressionism is not a bad place to be either, because it allows me to draw from the strengths of each.

The composition of this painting owes its configuration ( as do so many great landscapes throughout art history)to the great 17th century landscape painter Claude Lorraine. His idealized landscape paintings - inspired by ancient Greek and Roman ideals - motivated later artists, gardeners, and landscape designers. Read more.

This is the genius of Claude's compositions:

He sets his scenes consistently as spatial areas receding from picture plane to infinity. The picture plane is established by placing a mass of dark greenish-brown foliage on both sides of the composition, with usually a tall, feathery tree element on one side,...

This central focus then is systematically reduced by subtly placed flanking motifs, like stage flats, creating wings, or coulisses, which carry the eye to the far distance of mountains, rivers, or the rolling Roman campagna,

The real subject of Lorrain's work is not, however, the forms of nature or the activities of men, but rather the animating power of light, emanating in varied intensities, depending upon the time of day chosen for the theme, playing upon the material realm and transforming it into a peculiar mood impression.

Read the whole article here:

Media: acrylic
Size: 24 in X 20 in (61 cm X 50.8 cm)

Style: impressionism, tonalism

Price: $1000 USD, + $50 sh/h/ins in the USA via FedEx

How to Purchase:
send me an email and pay safely with a credit card through Paypal. I have been a verified merchant since 2006

To see more paintings visit

No comments: