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Karen Blair

My Inspiration

The Landscape paintings are always familiar, closely observed locations both urban and rural, many in Virginia, including the mountains of Piedmont Virginia where I live. My gaze and perspective shifts from sweeping vistas to the minutely observed leaf patterns on specific plants.The large paintings are done in the studio from photographs and from smaller paintings done on site. I strive to capture the effects of light and shadow, atmosphere and weather at a particular time of day in a particular season. Birdsong and wind are factors in a painting. Working on a large scale, I find myself enveloped in a world that surrounds my field of vision. The large size lets me explore the tension between representational landscape painting and the movement of paint on the surface of the canvas, which can become very abstract. Oil paint, both in color and texture are very seductive and the sheer joy of pushing paint around is important to me.