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Original Creation

Sycamore grove

mbbrickner 28 Jan 2022

Oil pastel on paper | 9”x12” | To help give more tooth to the paper I added a layer of gesso, which also helped create a barrier for thin washes blended with mineral oil.



Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

You really have a thing with Monet!
That giant tree is overwhelming, very effective POV.

Yes, I’ve been studying his work lately. I generally enjoy his style. However, the Impressionist I’m most intrigued by right now is William L. Lathrop because much of his geographic scenery is similar to where I live.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Just looked him up and he has very nice things to show for, without Michelangelo's grade of difficulty! 😋😉

Looking forward to your future endeavours!

Check this two guys I think you may get interested in them too:
Aldro Thompson Hibbard (American, 1886–1972)

Emile Albert Gruppe (1896 - 1978)

It is difficult to find their paintings online, but a least you have a glance through the links I shared. Very impressionistic and a lot of landscapes.

I love how Lathrop had a great minimalist approach but still as able to evoke strong emotional response.

Hibbard has some lovely pieces. His style is a unique intersection of realism and impressionism. I really enjoy the few pieces of Gruppe's at this link. I also found another one by him on Wikipedia that I love: "Five Masted Granite Schooner."

Thanks for the new name for me by the way!

You are so right about style I will call it "impressiorealism". :) that ship is gorgeous and looks so deceptively easily done. I saw videos of artist who painted in this style too and nothing is easy there, a lot of thoughts and control of each color and brush mark. I did not manage to find much of Lathrop paintings online either... Maybe 10 only with landscapes. Do you have a link where you usually go for his paintings?

That is what I find so intriguing about Impressionism: critics are quick to insult it as juvenile, but an effective piece is actually very challenging to do well. I found a book with Lathrop’s work in it at the library: Pennsylvania Impressionists. However, this website seems to have a pretty expansive collection of his works:

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