As an artist focused on the landscape, trees, and plants, I am tantalized at the thought of spending weeks in the meadows and woods of Weir Farm. Knowing and loving the work of the Connecticut Impressionists. Weir, Twachtman, Hassam and others, I am drawn to reinterpret the scenes they found here 100 years ago.
My approach is only slightly different from theirs, in that I use techniques not available or not known to them. Like them, I enjoy painting in oil on canvas and watercolor, but I also make monoprints, and paint in encaustics, a form of pigmented wax. Lately I've been "painting" digitally, on my iPad, with some satisfying results. I've been inspired in this medium by the work of David Hockney.
An opportunity to work without interruption in a beautiful setting like Weir Farm is a way to progress in my painting practice, to paint more abstractly, to sharpen my eyes, and create a body of work in several media which reflects the diversity of nature to be found there. I envision a collection of watercolors, oils, encaustics, iPad sketches, and perhaps prints, celebrating the trees, walls, buildings, and meadows, as well as the mosses and ferns of Weir Farm.
~ Deborah Bonnell
These Artists - Coming Soon
OCTOBER 24 Sarah Ward NOVEMBER 28 Bonnie Johnson
Weir Farm Art Center 735 Nod Hill Road Wilton, CT 06897