This is part analysis and part assessment.
This painting, fittingly titled the ‘Farm in Fog’, created on a 16×20″ gesso-board with a wood cradle, is quite a rousing piece of Impressionism.
The brush work is very reminiscent of Monet’s ‘The Summer, Poppy Field’ and ‘ Boy Fishing’ by Roy C. Nuse.
The painting describes a scene from a rural area. Free from the urban distortions of nature. We see only a single rooftop surrounded in trees, mist and grass with noticeable frozen dewdrops. The far background in hidden is mist – the contents hidden inside – undefined.
There is heavy fog, and hence low values of contrast. The color palette here seems very limited, I can remark on Burnt Umber, Olive Green, Prussian Green, Titanium White and Venetian Red. An expanse of ‘space’ is created by having a sparse foreground, with only the grass in proper focus and the rest of the trees and that one lone house out-of- focus ( although, paintings are meant to have everything in focus, and not photographic, with focus in the center and blurring out at the edges); hence, the use of ‘Impressionism’ for this has a dual effect, the scene and if interpreted with more ‘reality’, the background receding out of focus.
The use of rough dry brushes, has given it an aged look. As if, it is a painting from one’s vintage collection. The distortions and the ‘age’- make this painting ever more beautiful and sophisticated.
The vibrancy here is not created with color complements, but with the scene itself – regardless of the matte paints. The scene itself is fresh and alive with foliage – and nature. The blades of the grass flutter in the icy cold wind – even in this chill, ‘life’ and ‘nature’ is effervescent.
I recommend anyone who want to bring a splash of freshness into their living-room, to view it in detail ( and consider ordering it at: http://www.artsyhome.com/product/Farm-in-Fog )