Morning walks on the Cape continually provide me with a sense of wonder. Eastern sunlight filters through towering tree branches that are home to a multitude of songbirds in spring. Rhododendrons are just about ready to bloom and life is a joy especially on the days I receive new art -work by the artists I represent. All of these paintings will be on view in our Summer 2012: A Return to Understated Elegance show, on view July 6 – 8 at the J.Erik Jonsson Center adjacent to Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole,Cape Cod.
There’s nothing like seeing the true colors of an original oil painting in person and I sincerely hope you’ll be able to join us–but just in case, here are a few images I’d like to share.
Nancy Guzik holding her famous cat Zorro with her painting, “Tangerine Scarf” oil 16” x 12” Photo ©Richard Schmid 2012
Carol Guzman-Aspevig has a passion for songbirds and goes to great lengths to capture their delicate beauty in oil paint. She sits silently and patiently waits for the perfect chance to photograph these special creatures in their own habitat–camouflaged in something called a “bird- blind.” This oil will be exhibited in our show.
“Summer Swans ” oil 12” x 12” ©Carol Guzman-Aspevig
Carol is married to Clyde Aspevig one of America’s most respected and accomplished landscape artists. The couple is based in Montana, but travel extensively to all parts of the world to paint nature’s magnificence from life.
As instructors, they headlined the recent Plein Air Painters Conference in Nevada sponsored by Eric Rhoads, publisher of Plein Air magazine.
Photo courtesy of Plein Air Magazine Eric Rhoads, Carol and Clyde
This July, artists and art lovers will have the opportunity to experience both of the Aspevig’s paintings from one of their trips to Naushon Island- home to the Forbes family for several centuries.
“It’s like stepping back in time,” said Clyde, “beauty stands all around us if we just build the habit of looking for it. As an artist, that’s what I want to help people do.”
Because the Aspevig’s are so committed to this ideal, Carol founded http://www.Landsnorkel.com a web site advocating the importance of going out side and spending time just being in nature– like many of us did as children.
Says Carol, “Land snorkeling is taking the time to savor aspects of nature we ordinarily don’t see or pay attention to. Land Snorkelers wander through nature with no intention of hiking to a destination. Each blade of grass, rock, or creature has some connection to us.”
“An artist’s job is to create a piece that changes a person’s normal perceptions of something,” says Clyde, “to try to get you to think about things in a different way, to start looking at them as having more content, more meaning, more relevance to other things in life.”
“That’s what I’m aiming at in the painting, Moonrise Over Vineyard Sound. Said Clyde thoughtfully, “Obviously I’m exploring the aesthetic beauty of the moonrise, bathed in warm light by the setting sun, which is very much a part of the painting, though it’s presence is implied not stated.”
“Moonrise Over Vineyard Sound” Oil 24” x 30” ©Clyde Aspevig
Please join me next time as I bring you new works by artists Daniel J. Keys and Judy Stach, mentored by Richard Schmid and Timothy R. Thies respectively.
For more details and to view more paintings please go to http://www.WestWindFineArt.com
And to lean more about Landsnorkeling, visit http://www.Landsnorkel.com