Thursday, September 23, 2010

Left Behind

"Oil Plant #3"   SOLD
oil on panel, 2010
6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

From my Oil Plant Series. While the plant is fascinating enough to simply present as is, I still find myself searching for a bit more... wanting the image to have meaning beyond the surface. This painting is about the idea of what's left behind, what was. So goodbye blue sky.

The plant sits in the sun. Two contrails, traces of jets passed, sweep overhead. The facility, a vestige of it's former self. Both are about to be lost to the marine layer which reaches up from behind to engulf the aging structure. The salt air urging rust once more. It also replays the theme of man vs nature, no matter what we do nature is always stronger.73
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

5 Paintings in Jackson Hole

Horizon Fine Art Gallery- I have 5 more paintings at the gallery in Jackson Hole Wyoming. One watercolor and 4 small oils.
Click titles below to see original posts, click 'here' to see all paintings at the gallery, or click 'Horizon Fine Art Gallery' in LABELS column at right.

"Lone Mojave Home"
"Power Pole #3 (Twin Transformers)"  &  "Power Pole #5 (2 Buttons)"
"Power Pole #2 (Deep Blue)"  &  "Power Pole #7 (Rain)"

Contact Barbara Nowak at Horizon Fine Art Gallery for purchase:, email: HORIZONFINEART@WYOMING.COM

Friday, September 10, 2010

Broken Glass

top       "Broken Windows #1 (Cream)"
middle "Broken Windows #2 (Pale Blue)"
bottom "Broken Windows #3 (Avid Art)
each oil on panel, 2010
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.78cm)

I like the patterns of broken glass, they can take on virtually any shape and are a lot of fun to design. The jagged edges made up of straights and curves, the breaks rigid yet fluid.

These all have the same basic design, allowing me to play with the shapes of the missing glass against the reflections. I chose a flatter, more graphic approach than most of my paintings to really showcase the abstract shapes, with the surrounding steel serving much like a picture frame.

To give them an animated quality I varied the black voids enough in their size, shape, and orientation as well as using brighter complimentary colors, blue and orange, for the reflections.70,71,72
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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Night Eyes

"Tree Nocturne (Rooftops)"    SOLD
oil on panel, 2010
5" x 4" (12.7cm x 10.16cm)

This painting is loosely based on the view from my balcony. So it is painted from memory, the cousin of imagination.

Having seen the view many times I resisted the temptation to run back and forth while painting. I allowed myself to take liberties in the interest of composition etc., and that freed me up to work on the image without the restraints of the actual view.

I shaped the tree mass to lean left, framing it within the power lines and the collective curve of the rooftops climbing the hill. A lower light than many of my other nocturnes so the lights from the windows show brighter and appear as eyes peaking over the rooftops.69
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