Welcome back everybody.
After a long break, please allow me to start 2008 with a painter from Santa Clarita, California.
Laura Wambsgans, much like I do, loves landscapes so it really seems like a the best way to start a new year.
Watching her paintings I notice she is incline to realism, trying to capture nature as well as possible.
After looking at around 100 paintings on her blog, I think I see a slight tendency toward autumn colors or sunrises.
On the other hand, the next painting contradicts me.
I can say for sure that her thick brush strokes, show a well studied imprecision like the one that amazes me in Ovanes Berberian.
If I were to choose a favorite painting I would probably go with Last Light, a composition to which Laura returns now and again, and probably her favorite too since it is the one to welcome you on her site.
The dark tree crown in the foreground next to the bright yellow of the sky in the background has a violent brilliance as if there is physically a light source behind the canvas. She manages to capture the back lit effects, just look at the border transparency of the bush in the middle of the scene.
Most impressive is that the absence of yellow turns the road dust to violet, although we know it is grey, lacking any color.
It is almost like a photo camera tried to adjust its white balance after the left top portion that is dominated by warm colors, producing a displacement toward cold colors in the bottom right portion. Spectacular.
Here are some other creations signed Laura Wambsgans.