On location, out in nature, artist Jill Berry works with oil paint and a palette knife to produce her impressionistic landscapes. She shares insight regarding her INSPIRATION and INTERPRETATION of the local environment in NW Florida.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Morning Stroll (SOLD). It was the unique colors that attracted me to this little trio in Pensacola's historic district. As usual when it's time for a break, we make the rounds and check on others in the group. Rhoda was set up across the street, she had spotted a line of clothes drying between two houses. A great subject and well composed. On my stroll I realized the house I was painting was built in 1885!
On this brisk morning, a passing bicyclist greeted us with- "y'all should come paint my hood". His words left me thinking...thinking about, the pride of our home-place... the value of community... and the honor involved in it's documentation. As I painted, this became less about the colorful exteriors, and more about the many decisions made through the years since 1885, to restore rather than tear down. As artists we can preserve history.