Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Artist's Subjectivity and the Landscape

 Tucson 1 14 x 21
Tucson 11 14 x 21

I thought this was an interesting juxtaposition that shows how much analysis and choosing is involved when creating a landscape painting. The two above were painted during the summer in Tucson of a ridge that caught my eye.

This same ridge was painted in pastel by Kim Lordier during the wet winter months.  The paintings could not be more different, even though they are the exact same landscape subject.
Notice how the ridge's lovely curving swoop caught both our eyes and how Kim has effectively used the panorama to create a painting of foreground middle and distance, where I was caught up in the textures but tried to used scale and value to create some distance.

Tucson Eve by Kim Lordier Pastel ~ 24 x 30

Tucson Eve, Kim Lordier Pastel on Archival Paper 24 x 30( used with permission)

Kim's web site is here. http://kimfancherlordier.com/workszoom/548554. And Tucson Eve is at the CAC 100th Gold Medal Exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art through April 24th

Update: 5/19.
There is a great article now in Southwest Art Magazine about Kim and her work , it includes a portfolio of recent works that has beautiful new paintings. http://www.southwestart.com/featured/kim-lordier-windows-to-grandeur
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