Artist have drawn inspiration from nature for centuries, the names Cezanne and Monet are just two of many that pop to mind. I am basically a studio artist…(I really do not like fighting with the elements while painting)….. but I do find getting outside and the experiences nature has to teach as a vital component to my growth as an artist and person. Growing in the artistic sense in not enough….great art is a translation of what one sees through the lens of their experiences. Marc Chagall pops into mind when thinking about how experiences get masterfully translated on to the canvas.
Nature has a way of transforming us. If nature was ineffectual, then why did so many of early 20th century ‘Impressionist’ bother walking the European country side in search of color and composition?
Just recently my family traveled to the North Eastern side of the United States. During our travels we hiked a lot and one place we hiked was Mount Washington in New Hampshire.
We hiked up to Tuckerman’s Ravine. The hike took us nearly 4 hours to complete.
The hike was brutal. The upward incline was constant and steep, because of this we often had to stop for short breathers. Below are a few pictures of the snow muffled forest and rugged mountain views that we saw on our way up.
I can’t wait to see how the experiences of that hike effect my painting. The calmness of the forest and the biting cold still remain a part of my memories. The snow casted blue shadows and the trees standing strong like giants will somehow be translated into form and color on a canvas. But even if these images take on forms that look nothing like the pictured images- I won’t consider this experience a waste of time. This experience changed me as a person and for that I am very thankful.
Hope you can get outside sometime this week…..and let the experiences you have change the way you see.