Abstractions of Atmosphere

22 Nov

This year, autumn has been a completely new experience for me.  Having never experienced a full autumn outside of my home in northeast Florida ( short trips north don’t really count ), one of the things I was most looking forward to this year was enjoying a cool and brightly colored Fall.  And Southern Oregon did not disappoint!

For me, there is just something about this autumnal time of year that makes the natural world more evident and magical.  Things slow down, trees and animals prepare for the long winter ahead.  Blazing sun is replaced with fog and clouds, making the amber colored leaves that much more striking.  California artist Susan Goldsmith captures the essence of the natural beauty of autumn in her mixed media work.  I want to buy one so that I can gaze at it in the middle of summer, dreaming of the return of cool days and warm colors.

Brandy Creek Falls I, oil, oil pastel and resin on panel, 20.5x20.5 ( via Davis & Cline )

In her work, Susan uses digital photographic prints as the base layer of her paintings, applying them to the surface then enhancing them with paints and/or pastels, so that the resulting effect is not one of merely an embellished photograph, but rather the impressionistic reinterpretation of the original composition.

Redbud, oil, oil pastel and resin on panel, 40x20 ( diptych, 20x20 each, via Davis & Cline )

What the viewer is left with is a lovely sense of atmospheric abstraction, light and mood, that bursting forth of vibrant color against grey skies which is so characteristic of autumn.

Hachiya Persimmons II, mixed media and resin on panel, 17x17 ( via Lanoue Fine Art )

No. 153, mixed media and resin on panel, 24x24 ( via Lanoue Fine Art )

I first caught glimpse of Susan’s work at Davis & Cline in Ashland, OR, but have sense discovered her connection to another favorite gallery resource, Lanoue Fine Art in Boston.  Of course, you can also see her work on her own website.

Featured image is Brandy Creek I, silver leaf with pigment print, oil, oil pastel and resin on panel, 61.5×21.5 ( overall size ).  Images are via Susan Goldsmith’s representing galleries, as noted.

7 Responses to “Abstractions of Atmosphere”

  1. KatiesCameraBlog November 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    These are beautiful. I really love the Hachiya Persimmons II, You’ve down Autumn justice. 🙂

    • Lesley November 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

      I think that is my favorite, as well, Katie! It’s the one I saw at a gallery that led me to find more of Susan’s work.


  2. Ken Hamilton November 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    I love all the fall colors in the painting. Thank you so much!

    • Lesley November 23, 2011 at 9:22 am #

      Glad you liked them, Dad!

  3. Liz Ruest November 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    I have kept this page open on my machine for days — I love them! Abstracted impressions of landscape is so what I’ve been striving for. Thanks, once again, for excellent inspiration.

    • Lesley November 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

      Love that you’ve been so inspired by these, Liz!



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