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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