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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Impressionistic fine art oil painting

Winter's Color by Barb Yates Dudding Oil ~ 16 x 20
This is the road into the open space park Blair Ranch, Evergreen, Colo.
The sun was reflecting off the snow creating light rainbows.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Impressionistic fine art oil painting

After the Storm by Barb Yates Dudding Oil ~ 18 x 24
After the Storm
16x20 oil
This sweet little shed is nestled on the old Blair Ranch
Jefferson, Co..
I often paint here on location and love to catch the light.

Impressionism was about light.

"The Impressionists studied light to the -nth degree. You probably could write of optical color receptors and wavelength measurement from a scientific point of view, but that isn't actually how the Impressionists "studied" light. Instead, they looked long and hard at how light is reflected or absorbed, and how this interplay subsequently registers colors in our brains. They observed and sketched endlessly. They then tried to recreate light itself with paints and brushes. I can't begin to tell you how truly innovative this type of visual thought was." (

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Abstract expressionistic fine art painting

Winter Blues 20 x 24 acrylic
I get the blues in the winter, do you?
This painting is my interpretation of
Color Field Painting;

What Are the Key Characteristic of Color Field Painting?

Bright, local colors are presented in specific shapes that can be amorphous or geometrical, but not too straight-edged.
The works emphasize the flatness of the canvas or paper, because that is what a painting is literally about.
The excitement comes from the tension set up between the colors and shapes. That is the subject of the work.
The integration of shapes through overlapping or interpenetration's blurs spacial distinctions, so that there is almost no sense of the image versus the background (what art historians call "figure and ground"). Sometimes the shapes seem to both emerge and submerge into the surrounding colors.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Abstract expressionistic fine art painting

Falling Up
Another in my new movement art series.
Truly a painting  frenzy and the best part of my day.
I love to finish and start my day in the  studio.
I find it very zen, tactile, physical and non rational.
A sense of freedom;
"Kandinsky believed that colors provoke emotions. Red was lively and confident; Green was peaceful with inner strength; Blue was deep and supernatural; Yellow could be warm, exciting, disturbing or totally bonkers; and White seemed silent but full of possibilities. He also assigned instrument tones to go with each color: Red sounded like a trumpet; Green sounded like a middle-position violin; Light Blue sounded like flute; Dark Blue sounded like a cello, Yellow sounded like a fanfare of trumpets; and White sounded like the pause in a harmonious melody." (