Featured Artist Julie Briede Ibar
Awake, Oil on board, 8”x10”, by Julie Briede Ibar
Nature provides all the elements needed for a good painting: color, contrast, positive and negative space, pattern, texture and design. I consider all of these as I begin each of my paintings. As I lay out flat colors and build layers images begin to appear. I don’t try to force them or invent them, but in the shadows I might notice the head or body of an animal, or the eyes and beak of a bird. If I feel they will not detract from the painting I keep them there. If they become too prominent I wipe them away, but know that the spirit of the thing is still there.
I enjoy showing my work to children because they are the first to notice the “inhabitants” of these paintings. For anyone who takes time to look at my art I hope they walk away with more curiosity and a greater appreciation of nature. Magic is around us if we take the time to look and see.
The artists I admire most are those who have the ability to transport me through their paintings to a place I want to be or feel as if I have already been. It is my hope to take the viewer of my art to a place they want to be, and to stir up some connection with the outside world.
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