Painting the seasons can be challenging and beautiful in equal measures. Capturing the specific sky for each season, the falling leaves in autumn, the spring blossom, the snow in winter and the various greens of trees and meadows in summer are just a few elements that artists want to include in their paintings.
Very often the inspiration is not limited to just the outside world, but the artists’ impressions and translations of this world to which they add their inner world too. “I am taking inspiration from both the world outside and the images in my mind”, says Rumen Dragiev to illustrate this point.
Michelle Carolan paints “delicate blooms peeping through the crisp fresh grass” in her Spring Blossoms painting while Kaye Lake paints “a colourful summer meadow bursting with flowers” in her artwork titled Mellow Meadow.
Maureen Greenwood captures the essence of autumn with its splendid colours in an impressionistic style while Elizabeth Williams captures “a wintry morning with the setting sun reflected in the sky over a snowy landscape” in her painting titled A Brush with Winter.
Seasons are exciting to paint and admire because the subject is something we can all relate to. The challenge, however, is to capture it in the artist’s distinctive style so the viewers can easily recognise his/her specific mark, like in those paintings we selected to illustrate this week’s category. Do you agree?