Capturing the Light

capture_lightRiver Light, work in progress, pastel on Pastelmat

In the late 1880’s Van Gogh disembarked the train from the north of France in the town of Arles. Why he chose to get off and live in Arles is a matter for discussion. It wasn’t an especially picturesque place. Some historians say it reminded him of the flatlands of his home in the Netherlands. But from the letters he wrote to his brother, Theo, we do know he headed to the south of France to capture the light. He was in search of the “colors of the prism, that were “veiled in the mists of the north.”

River Light is my latest work in progress and an attempt to capture the evening glow on the river. The days are shorter now and the light disappears very quickly, so I am scrambling. The weather has changed and so this will have to either wait for another day or I can “go with the flow” in the studio.


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6 Responses to “Capturing the Light”

  1. Katherine Kean Says:

    It is a scramble at this time of year, but at least the twilight is closer to the middle of the day! Beautiful job you’re doing on River Light. I like the muted seasonal tones.

    • Marianne Post Says:

      Katherine: This is actually my favorite time of year. The skies get moody, its not too cold, not too hot. Sunrise comes a bit later so I don’t have to get up and going as early. A real plus!

  2. Loriann Signori Says:

    I agree with you about the mood of the autumn and winter. While summer is an awesome time-long days, warm weather, the real plein air time is now through the winter.
    This painting is a beauty- real mood and feeling. Perfect triad of secondaries.

  3. Dianne Poinski Says:

    This is beautiful Marianne! I too love this time of year. It’s the perfect time to be out taking photographs. I am inspired now to get down to the American River (after this storms passes by).

    • Marianne Post Says:

      Thanks, Diane. After yesterday this will probably be resolved in the studio. What a day, but the rain felt good. Just wish we wouldn’t get it in bucket loads all at once.

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