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.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Sojourn...Sargent and the Sea
"Morning Wave" [18x24, Oil] was done in a workshop session, from my own photo. Using a knife and paint bulked-up with gel, I practiced bold textural strokes, leaving the pink undertone exposed. Though not really considering it complete, it was framed and hung. (I think I was expecting company, fresh art is one of the painter's perks.) That's how it happens to be the first thing I see in the morning. I've often thought about defining the wave along the horizon. But, have grown accustom to it, even like it, as is.
So where does an art student who lives by the shore go for Spring-break? How 'bout a virtual cruise with Sargent via The Museum of Fine Art Houston. Of course, he's primarily known for portraits, which are also on exhibit in all their glory. But for those of us who enjoy drifting... open seas & open skies... it was a vacation for the art-spirit. If you get half-a-chance, don't miss it- "Sargent and the Sea". What I found most interesting about these early seascapes- the brushwork! Minimal, yet calculatingly purposeful was each stroke.
After the main attraction, don't miss the permanent collection. All the big guys are there! Here's Me & Monet. I saw Van Gogh again, Sisley, Renoir, Cezanne... you name it, he or she is there. Oh yeah, and a whole Pendergast exhibit is showing as well! I'm not as taken by watercolor... but he was interesting to get to know.
"We need sometimes to escape into solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard, in order to sharpen the edge of life, wrote the philosopher George Santayana. In a provocative essay about travel, he claimed that locomotion was the key to intelligence." Uncharted Waters chapter, "Sargent and the Sea".