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Why Impressionism?

by Niki Hilsabeck in Recent Posts

What is it about impressionism that draws so many people to it?  What motivates artists who paint in the impressionist style?

“Bowing Oak” 9 x 12 Chalk pastel on flat canvas
Impressionism was my first love as a young artist.  I had no desire to look at or paint realistic subject matter, and although I enjoy colorful abstracts, they don’t usually motivate me to pick up my own art materials.  Stepping outside, however, almost always inspires me to paint.  One of the reasons I wanted to live in Fallbrook was because of the beautiful scenery, illuminated by the golden west coast light.
I can’t speak for others who like impressionism, but for me the appeal lies in that it captures a moment, complete with mood, light, and shadow.  I also enjoy that impressionist art makes the viewer’s eye work, allowing the person looking at the art to take part in the artistic process.
                   “Afternoon in the Park” 9 x 12 Chalk pastel on flat canvas
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