Size: 10"W x 8"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2018
© 2014 Guy Gondron
8" x 10"
Acrylic on canvas
This painting has all the things I love about landscapes: the loose feel of the brushwork, the trees glowing in the setting sunlight, the fields spread before you. All combine to make a piece of art that makes you want to be THERE. Makes you feel like you ARE there.
The title is from a song I like. Nature is my shrine, my church, where I commune with the spirit of life.
Listen closely, closely to the floor
Emitting all its graces through the pores
You make a fine shrine in me
You build a fine shrine in me
- Purity Ring
My first love has always been landscapes. My parents took my sister and I to Paris when we were around 14 or 15. Of course the city was amazing, but our one short trip to the Louvre...just blew me away. I say short, because any trip to the Louvre is too short. We spent the entire day there and probably saw a quarter of what they had to offer. That moment when you're standing back from a painting and it looks like you're there. And then you step forward a foot or two and you notice the trees aren't quite trees. And then another step forward and you see the sky is a spray of color, not soft clouds scudding across azure. So you have to go right up to the canvas, nearly touching it with your nose and inspect the brushwork, the bristles of the instrument apparent in the pigment and see the rocks and the grass for what they are - brilliant, almost random flecks of inspiration, mere motes of oils and painstakingly ground minerals, put there by a person, and you think, "I can do that..."