I live in the Adirondacks and enjoy the great natural beauty and historical significance of upstate New York. The Adirondacks are unsurpassed for artistic inspiration, particularly the lakes, the rivers, the atmospheric effects of light, fog, rain, and mist, or a snowy landscape. I find transparent watercolor the ideal medium to capture these shifting moods. I love to create luminous and colorful watercolors that depict serenity, harmony, and beauty. My favorite season is fall when the trees are most colorful and beautiful.
Each color theme reflects my emotional response to the subject, with playful choices of color that may or may not relate to the actual color of the subject. My approach is to push color to express emotion, delight the eye, be daring perhaps, and enjoyable. I rely on my imagination for color choice and hope viewers see a pleasing painting that reflects the fun I had painting it.
Painting outdoors is truly exhilarating. I do obtain many good results from plein air, however, I also find that sometimes I can obtain a better result from a studio painting based on the plein air piece. I attempt to improve the composition and color while retaining the emotional response I experienced outdoors.
For studio paintings, I typically first soak the watercolor paper and utilize a wet-in-wet technique to allow the paint, water, and paper to spontaneously interact and create wonderfully mysterious effects and soft edges. Once the paper dries, I add strong vivid color for interest and to emphasize the focal point in the painting.
Ryan's exhibition is up for public viewing June 29 - August 2 at Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St, Saratoga Springs, NY, Monday - Friday, 9am-6pm, Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, 12pm-5pm.
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