Mirroring the surrounding landscape, these paintings of inland water give us a feeling of escape and introspection.
Lakes and ponds capture fallen foliage and colors of the sky, while a
change in vantage point reveals a murky world of dark greens and
browns. Smoothly blended brush strokesand washes let us look into the
Retreating and overflowing creeks, rivers, and wetlands feed these
momentary visions in oil or acrylic; short streaks and dabs of paint
form the ripples and speckled colors of their dynamic surfaces.
Thick and thin paint application accentuates textures of grasses and reeds contrasting with smooth wet surfaces. Tactile pleasure in the mediums draw us close to the canvas and into these painted idylls.
From a swath of wet sand, climb the tangle of trails to expansive overlooks, joining our artists as they capture journeys to the beach and mountains with realism, minimalism, and formal experimentation.
Emerging and disappearing paths through cropped trees along the Coast Range inspire us to imagine what is beyond the frame. The beauty, details, and clarity of realist paintings capture a specific moment and location but don’t give away the whole story.
Experiments with textures and colors imply forests and rocky shores, while mountain ridges and ocean glimpses are distilled from simple lines and washes. Deconstructed landscapes reveal the properties of the materials that form both the paintings and terrain.
MARCIA BURTT GALLERY • 517 Laguna St., Santa Barbara, CA • 805 962-5588 • Th–Su, 1-5 www.artlacuna.com
Color narrates the story of gallery artists’ paintings and photographs in our “In Color” exhibition. Realist and stylized views emphasize landscape extremes.
Natural phenomena expand the realist’s palette. Bright sunshine intensifies color: flowers and new green grass form broad expanses of color on canvas. Sky and land are transformed by sunset pink, orange, and bright yellow. Urban and suburban settings insert the surprising and unnatural into the natural with brightly painted walls and manufactured accents.
Optical effects from complementary colors make trees vibrate and backgrounds shimmer. Monochromatic studies accentuate atmosphere, and rainbow-colored abstractions create new realities.
Marcia Burtt has been a proud participant of the Art in Embassies program that is put on by the US State Department. “Art in Embassies (AIE), a program within the U.S. Department of State, creates vital cross-cultural dialogue and mutual understanding through the visual arts and dynamic artist exchanges.” Her art has been recently been exhibited in Athens, Greece.
While on the walls at L’Auberge in Sedona, these paintings have vanished:
I lent these paintings to L’Auberge in 2007 where I believed they would be seen and be sold to visitors to this lovely hotel.
A year ago I realized it was time to get the paintings back, but when I contacted the manager I was told the paintings were not there and he could not help me.
He no longer returns my phone calls or emails.
Please help! If you see any of these paintings I’d appreciate knowing where they are now.