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I Have So Many More Woods to Explore..Guest Blogger – Ruth Lane

June 2, 2019

Level 3 Studies in Art and Design – Exhibit- Class name: Heliconia –  Blog 4 – 2nd to Last in a Series

I have always been a literal and organized sort of person. I felt I needed to create artwork that was a perfect representation of what I could see, like a photograph. My goals when taking Level 3 Art and Design were to learn more about design principles, develop my own artistic voice and to learn how to be more abstract and “loosen up”.

The woodlands around my house have always inspired me daily no matter the season. While hiking in the woods, I now look much more closely at all the different colors, the variety of textures, the effect of light and shadow; finding beauty that is not at first glance obvious.

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By studying famous artists work, I have begun to realize that not every detail needs to be included. A tree can be suggested by a squiggle or a mass of color in a distant landscape. Other artists have shown me that trees and landscapes can be any color. This has been very freeing for me and I now can take “artistic license” in my compositions.

I have learned to take an idea that inspires me and create work where everything doesn’t need to be spelled out. I can leave a bit of ambiguity and mystery allowing the viewer to have their own interpretations. As a life long learner, my art journey is continuing, and I have so many more woods to explore. Thanks, Gail, for all that you do!  Ruth Lane

Read about new Level 3 Art and Design class to begin in Aug. 2019 – Class name Acacia.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Peters permalink
    June 3, 2019 9:05 am

    Hi Ruth, Depicting nature is such a personal creation, and I am inspired by looking at nature through your eyes. Great work! Congratulations! Hugs, Penny

    • June 3, 2019 10:56 am

      Thanks Penny! It was a great class and I love working in new ways.

  2. Linda Ingham permalink
    June 3, 2019 9:18 am

    I really enjoyed your show. My favourite is the drop of water splash. You can feel the water. It is very clear that you captured the principles of design in you works. Congratulations on a great exhibition. Linda Ingham

  3. Isabel Parker permalink
    June 6, 2019 7:27 pm

    Beautiful work Ruth!

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