- Works In Watercolor
Capturing the Abstraction in Realism
LYNN McLAIN AWS/DF, NWS
I have a continuous love affair with the abstract forms that exist in nature and in our environment. Where one person sees a sidewalk and curb, I see a sweep of texture and shadow. A rusted manhole cover may not scream "art" to most passersby, but it can send me scrambling for my camera and itching for my palette. My goal is to portray the ordinary, even the mundane, in unusual and compelling ways.To do this, I rely on a simple approach to design and composition that can be applied to any subject. The key is to zoom in, focusing on unique textures and spatial relationships ---crucial conceptual tools in developing a good painting.
Dramatic lighting is equally important in a work like this, and you may need to use your imagination to get just the right effect. By starting the painting in an abstract manner that eventually emerges as realism, I'm able to get a paradoxical mixture of spontaneity and control in my painting approach.
Living and painting in the village of Tres Ritos, New Mexico, located east of Taos, I am inspired by the natural beauty of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.
I have been painting and teaching watercolor professionally since 1978. I am a Signature Member and Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor, and a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society. I am also a member/founder of the Wet Brush Critique Group in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
My work has been published in several magazines, books, and exhibited nationally, winning numerous awards. It is included in several noteworthy collections.
For interest in paintings, studio appointments, or workshop information: 4918 B State Highway 518 Vadito, NM 87579 575.587.1625