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“Examining Process” at Montclair Art Museum examines the sketches and studies leading up to a painting

525. lotus 3 study in silver_med

Examining Process: a Faculty Exhibition

Montclair Art Museum  20 May – 23 June 2013

3 South Mountain Ave, Montclair 07042

Artist Statement

The work began quietly with a meditative walk in a private garden in New Jersey — “little nothing” croquis, and pen + ink color studies done on site with gouache.

Lotus Study 2 (530) became a larger pen + ink with gouache — Lotus 3: Study in Silver (525) [above], in which I found I liked silver standing in for the gray day, and that I was not really interested in the flowers as much as:

  • the intricate positive-negative shapes formed by the stems and leaves,
  • the tension the stems created as they went through the surface of the water, and
  • the edges, where shapes meet.

The stems and leaves move and are reflected.

How do things change from one shape to another?  From one thing to another?

Lotus 3 oil 4.5' x 4'

…and the water was silver… (Lotus 3)    (526.) oil 4.5′ x 4′

The finished piece ( … and the water was silver  (Lotus 3, 526, above) is one of a set of four this size (4.5′ x 4′), done in dry-brush oil, which address the color of the water and the energy of the lotus.

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Plein Air Painting Classes

Catherine Kinkade teaches landscape, plein air landscape, and color at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, NJ.

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