A close look at nature

Featured Artist Julie Briede Ibar

Awake, Oil on board, 8”x10”, by Julie Briede Ibar
I prefer to spend my time outside, surrounded by nature. Often on my walks I have a camera in hand to record the living world and to try to capture the feeling of a moment or a unique sense of place. I delight in finding treasures such as a fallen feather, a perfect smooth stone, or a shell with a pearly iridescent glow.

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.

Awake, Oil on board, 8”x10”, by Julie Briede Ibar Blue Jay, Oil on board, 8”x10”, by Julie Briede Ibar Purple Crocus, Oil on board, 8”x10” Shimmer, Oil on board, 16”x20”, by Julie Briede Ibar Toro, Oil on board, 16”x20”, by Julie Briede Ibar
Up and Around, Oil on board, 16”x20”, by Julie Briede Ibar
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