Artists love adventure, travel, and “favorite spots”. It allows artists time to pause, reflect, and enjoy the beauty, or the uniqueness of a particular locale. As artists linger, more is seen and felt. Sometimes, a certain place is the catalyst for an idea, a study, or a painting on location. The artists from Gallery One explore and share their “Certain Place”.
Artist Eileen Olson had the privilege of painting and exploring for a month this fall in Dinan, France with a fellow artist. “Broceliande”, watercolor, is the name of a legendary forest near Paimpoint in Brittany. Broceliande is a notable place due to its unusual weather and its ties with Arthurian Romance with its magical fountain and the tomb of Merlin, the wizard. Dale Sheldon visited Monet’s garden in Giverny, France. “Walking thru Monet’s spring garden at his home is almost an “other-worldly” experience with the beautiful variety of colors, textures, sizes, and shapes of the plantings. It is pure joy to stroll along the pathways! In “Monet’s Garden”, acrylic, I am capturing the glorious colors, and the abundance of flowers in the garden where he painted. The viewer can travel along a path that leads to the cluster of red-roofed buildings, surrounded by magnificent color.
Closer to home, artist Lesley McCaskill chose Lake Gerar, a lovely spot in Rehoboth Beach. “It is only a block from the ocean so visitors easily discover it. I frequent the area” says Lesley. “As the temperature chills, the light greys in the landscape soften.” “Crisp Chill on Lake Gerar”, watercolor, displays the cool atmosphere of quiet and grace.
My dog’s world is filled with her favorite places”, remarks pastel artist, Laura Hickman. “Gracie’s World” pastel shows the dune leading off the beach on Ocean View Parkway in Bethany Beach with the Addy-Sea in the background. “Gracie is happiest on the beach and even happier after a long walk.