Julie Clemons (colored pencil drawings & oil stick paintings)

My landscapes come from my love of the infinite colors and shapes that nature creates every day. I work to interpret the texture of the roiling, boiling, chunky soup inside our planet, and the wet, squishy, dirty, rocky, blossoming stuff on the surface that makes the earth live. My goal is to bring those forms to a two dimensional surface.

I paint with oil sticks, a more solid form of paint than traditional oil paint in a tube. I use oil sticks because I prefer the immediacy of the process. I use the sticks in a drawing fashion and thus am not distracted by paintbrushes, mediums, and mixing paint. I build my paintings with many layers and colors until I achieve a textured finish. From a comfortable distance nature sometimes seems soft and smooth and often peaceful, but up close it is an amazing composite of great bumpy chunks, tiny colorful grit, rough and rocky outer skin, petal soft foliage, alternating calm and violent waters, and many other beautiful living bits.

 

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