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Selected for American Tonalist Society, Best in Tonalism, 2020, Online Showcase!

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Sea Mist at Dawn, 18 x 36

I am thrilled to announce my painting, Sea Mist at Dawn, has been selected for the American Tonalist Society’s “Best in Tonalism, 2020”, Online Showcase. The show runs from July 15 – August 15 and can be viewed online at Americantonalistsociety.com and Dailybrushwork.com. The show was originally planned to be held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, but due to the Covid 19 pandemic, has moved to an online format to protect the public. It is a great honor to be a part of this show, as artists from three continents, Canada, US and Mexico, are displaying their works.

What is Tonalism?

What is Tonalism, you might ask? Tonalism is an art movement that originated in America in the late 19th Century. The writings of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson helped shape the Transcendental movement, and, thus began a spiritual response to nature. Artists responded, in kind, by painting works with soft, blurred edges and a very narrow value range. Their color palette included a wide variety of muted blues, greens, violets and grays. Some of my favorite Tonalist artists include: George Inness, J.F. Murphy and Charles Warren Eaton. During post 1860’s, there was a melancholic response to the Civil war and many Americans began to reject organized religion. Some artists found solace in nature, and, especially at the low light hours, dawn and dusk. Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads”.

As a contemporary painter, I try to reach a spiritual place through painting. Connecting to nature brings me to a place where I leap out of the temporal and into the eternal. I strive to awaken and sharpen an internal experience; and to suggest the reality and represent the mood that a natural scene evokes. I hope that my paintings help others relate to the universal beauty in nature. Many of my works are from imagination.

Showing at City Hall!

I’m honored to show my paintings at the City of Snoqualmie, City Hall, February 19 – June 30, 2020! The title of the show is : “Painting the Snoqualmie Valley”. The public is invited to view the art at City Hall any time during the work week, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. If you’re in the area please stop by! There are 15 paintings in the show.

The website for the City of Snoqualmie is: http://www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us

View of Mt Si and Snoqualmie Valley at the Golden Hour. 15 Paintings at City Hall. Valley Light is showing at City of Snoqualmie, City Hall.
Valley Light, 24 x 38, Oil on linen on panel; one of the 15 paintings in the show at City Hall!

I have lived in the Snoqualmie Valley for 26 years. My husband and I have two adult children, both raised in the Valley. We enjoy the outdoors together, hiking, biking, fishing and backcountry skiing.

My contemporary landscape paintings are praised for their evocative, timeless quality. Inspired by the rural farms and fields of the Valley, I strive to create a sense of the spiritual connection that I feel with the land.

Just like the early masters, I use my field sketches and memory to create a poetic response to the subtle beauty and peaceful rhythms of nature. The composition and geometry of spatial relationships that are presented in the landsape are always the impetus for choosing a motif. Back in the studio I may further the design with a radical simplification of the subject. The luminous surface of my paintings is derived from applying many layers of transparent and translucent paint. Through my work it is my goal to engage the viewer in a conversation about his or her own memories and experiences in nature. Read more about my painting background in my Biography: https://lollyshera.com/lolly-shera-is-praised-for-her-evocative-timeless-landscapes/

The purpose of the painter is simply to reproduce in other minds the impression a scene has made upon him (her). A work of art does not appeal to the intellect. It does not appeal to the moral sense. Its aim is to instruct, not to edify, but to awaken an emotion.

-George Inness

Fine Art River Painting – Contemporary Tonalism

Inspiration abounds in the tall green trees of this fine art river painting!  From the thick foliage of the understory up through the canopy, I look for a variety of greens and yellows in nature.  These colors help to convey a calming mood in this painting. The trees are why I live and paint in the Pacific Northwest!

My greatest influences are the artists of the American Tonalist movement. Their goal was to capture the moods and allure of the landscape.  My work is similar, in that I respond to nature on an emotional level, striving to find the spiritual qualities, or poetry, in the land.

Being outside in nature is an awe inspiring experience.  How does one respond to the beauty of the universe?  Experiencing each moment builds up a series of impressions.  Many impressions create an experience as a whole.  After visiting a scene, I  recall upon the memory of a place.  The memory filters out the most poignant elements and leaves the rest behind.   Designing a good composition for a painting is the key to success.  What I leave out is just as important as what remains. It’s an abstract step in the process, to design a painting, and I may not do an exact rendering of a scene.  As a result, my paintings become more about a feeling, and a sense of place.  How do you feel when you view this painting?

Read more about Tonalism:

If you’re interested in learning more about the American Tonalism Movement please visit: https://www.amazon.com/History-American-Tonalism-Crucible…/dp/0988902222 

The size of River Song is: 45″ x30″.  This contemporary composition is a “stand out” oil painting for any room of your home or office!

If interested in purchasing this fine art river painting please email me at the following email address:

Email : lolly@lollyshera.com

 

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River Song, 40 x 25

 

Inspiration for the painting, Forest Glow at Treehouse Point, WA

One night at yoga class at Treehouse Point, I watched the sun set behind the tall evergreen trees.  As the sun lowered in the sky the forest began to glow a golden, orange color and I felt the image of this painting come into my mind’s eye.   Painting for me is a personal expression of my connection with Nature. It is about holding on to a fleeting moment in time and making that the main focus or idea of my painting.  Here is the painting, Forest Glow.

Forest Glow, 40×24, SOLD

 

2nd Annual Little Gems Juried Art Show

I am honored to participate in this year’s 2nd annual Little Gems Juried Art Show at the Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes, WA.  The opening reception will be held on June 2nd and the paintings will hang in the gallery until July 29th.  I cordially invite you to attend this show and to see some fantastic plein air and studio paintings from some of the Northwest’s finest artists.  My painting, Patterson Creek, was chosen as Best of Show at the Clymer Museum’s Juried Show “West of the Mississippi” in 2014.   I hope to see you there!

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Patterson Creek, 8 x 12

Rhythms of Nature, Solo Exhibition, Burien Arts Gallery, Nov 4-30, 2016

This Friday, November 4th, 5:30pm-8:30pm, is the Opening Celebration for my Solo show, “Rhythms of Nature,” at Burien Arts Gallery.  The gallery is located in downtown Burien.

826 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166
206.244.7808

As a contemporary landscape painter, my work is a sensitive interpretation of mood, color, and light.  Born and raised in the West, I am rooted in the diverse ecosystems found in western America. There is a sense of stability and order that I feel with the land, and when a location arouses my curiosity and inspires me,  I will create a series of the scene, changing the key, the composition and color harmony. I look for new ways to express spatial relationships and distance with layers of paint, brushwork, gradations, and diffusions of light.

But my paintings are more than that to me.   As a naturalist and outdoors woman since childhood, I have always felt a spiritual connection with trees and fields, and meadows and mountains.  Quiet places speak to me, as well as, long, stretching views with diminishing values and great big skies.   These places make my heart soar to new heights and inspire me, in a lifelong effort, to explore and communicate an honest translation of both soul and the land.

Join me at Burien Arts Gallery if you can!

 

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Backyard Barrels, 11 x 14

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Late Night Fishing, 9 x 12

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Nisqually Barn, 8 x 10

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Eagle Creek Deadfall, 8 x 10

 

Spring National Oil & Acrylic Society International On-Line Exhibition

I am honored to learn that my painting, A Bay View, was accepted in the National Oil & Acrylic Society’s Spring International On-Line Exhibition!

The idea for A Bay View came about one morning at Bay View State Park, part of Washington state’s Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.  I was on a multi-day drawing and painting trip, observing and appreciating the coastlines, the waves and the trees at different times of day.  On the last morning I returned to the beach and sat on a log, watching as the pale Northwest sky slowly filled with pinks and roses of early dawn. I knew that an idea was born.

Thanks for reading!

A Bay View, 20 x 30

A Bay View, 20 x 30

Deborah Paris Landscape Atelier

Down here in Clarksville, Texas, studying landscape painting with master tonalist painter, Deborah Paris! What a beautiful part of the country to be in this month as the trees turn green and frogs are croaking (It’s especially sweet to be outside in the sunshine when I hear it’s raining buckets back home in Washington).

Deborah Paris painting at easel

Here’s a picture of Deborah’s underpainting demo. I’ll post some pictures of my work from this week soon.

The B&BThis is the B&B where I’m staying – built in 1880! Lots of history around here.Went on the Ghost Walk last Saturday night. One of the members of the Historical Society took us on a walking tour of town to all the haunted houses! I was freaked out at the last house. People on the tour had ghost apps and their phones went wild! Have you ever heard of a ghost app?

By the way, they have red cardinals down here, which I love, because they’re cousins to the blue jay back home. Love the red! Well, it just so happens that I have acquired a recently deceased cardinal (that hit the house by accident) and I’m trying to figure out a way to bring it home so I can do a painting. Anybody have ideas on how to get this lovely creature home? Taxidermist?