Monday, March 9, 2009

Road, Autumn (in process)


I've decided that this series on Vermont landscape elements needs to be about emotion rather than content: rather than try to catalogue features of the variety of roads we have here, my paintings should aim at conveying the feeling of being in this landscape at a particular place and time (here, a late October afternoon in the Champlain Islands).

7 comments:

Shea said...

it's beautiful

Marianne Ginsberg said...

You've certainly captured the mood. It feels like one of those Indian summer afternoons where the temperature's going to drop 30 degrees after sunset and you realize it's almost time to carve the pumpkin, and this might be the last time this year you can ride your bike wearing only a t-shirt and shorts.

Anita said...

The mood has always been what captures me in your work so you were doing that even if you hadn't intended to.
As always your palette is gorgeous!

RHCarpenter said...

Yes, you do capture the mood in all of your paintings. You can feel the warmth and the fleeting sunlight in this one with a bit of tang in the air from woodsmoke. Lovely!

Susan Abbott said...

Thanks so much, folks. The main decision I had to make with this series was how much of an inventory of features I wanted to include about each landscape element. There are some policy implications here, as we are being asked by the "Art of Action" project to say something about Vermont--what the reality is now, and where we want the state to head in coming years. I decided that what we do best as artists is to react emotionally (hopefully with an acute and sensitive visual sense) and that I want to show that landscape can makes us feel a certain way, good, bad or indifferent.

shmegan said...

this is lovely.
i love the range of color.

artistbarb said...

Thank you for this color We have had such a gray, wet, and gloomy winter here in the Northwest!
Barb