Approach to landscape painting

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Frances S. Connelly (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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William Reed

Abstract: I chose landscape as the subject for my thesis work. This category well affords me the formal studies of sunlight, earth colors, organic shape, and organic pattern. I have learned much from Cezanne, particularly in trying to create space and form by the Juxtaposition of colors and not by contour. I am interested in learning how colors react with one another, what vibrations or hierarchies exist. At the same time, I am doing as much direct observation as possible, gradually developing an understanding, a vocabulary of sorts, of various aspects of the landscape, such as natural light, patterns, seasonal color. The work for my thesis breaks into three categories, each with its own formal emphasis. The oil sketches on paper or masonite I do on site, sometimes revising or finishing back in the studio. These are the strongest in the observation of natural light. The pencil and charcoal sketches, done on site as well, explore more the forms, the masses of a landscape, and deal more with the structure of it. There are also several finished paintings in oil on canvas, these done from sketches and sometimes from photographs. In these works, I try to create a harmonic composition integrating the elements and concerns I have mentioned above.

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Language: English
Date: 1976

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