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G44 Gallery is proud to present the latest work by artist, Carol McIntyre in and exhibit titled, “Colorscapes.”
As a young suburban child, I often sought solace alone in our local forest. The towering trees were intimidating, yet comforting because of their beauty, steadfast authenticity, and consoling sounds. Much as I do with my paintings, I dug and hunted for critters and shiny objects, seeking surprises driven by my curiosity. Today, I roam in a fictional forest of oil paint mixed with cold wax creating a multitude of complex layers. This robust medium gives me a full range of textures where I use a variety of unusual tools that pull me into the surface. With these tools, I can be physically involved as I apply layer upon layer.
It’s almost as if I am back in my woods. I can scrape, drip solvents, press, scratch, dig, etc. all the while not invested in the ultimate outcome, but looking forward to the unexpected. The first artistic decision I make, once the surface has been texturized with three layers of gesso, is the color chord of a painting. Each painting in Colorscapes carries its own color palette. Color—with all of its endless possibilities, challenges, and evocative powers—expresses the core identity of my creative process .
At the beginning of a painting, I am in a state of discovery, hunting for the “shiny object” of shape, value, line, and color that call out to me. The early stages are chaotic as I open up to sensing the ‘voice’ of a painting. As I progress, I begin to emphasize certain shapes, colors, and values, or I hide them beneath layers to create depth, intrigue, and tension. With my final layers, I start to unify the chaos.
Yet paradoxically, these unifying layers also create layers and textures of contrasts that suggest the power of differences, which lead us to discover new insights and prod us toward the unforeseen Colorscapes of our lives.
At age 36, Carol McIntyre gave up a secure corporate paycheck for an uncertain art career. Though a college art major, she shut down her artistic aspirations until her late mother-in-law re-opened that door by introducing her to watercolors. For fifteen years, she did not engage in any art making. She was born in Iowa, grew up in Philadelphia, worked in Minneapolis, and now resides in Colorado to be closer to her cherished mountain cabin.
Her award-winning paintings have earned her a signature membership in the Transparent Watercolor Society and an associate membership in the Oil Painters of America. Earlier in her career, McIntyre served as the president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society and juried several shows. As an ardent student of color, she was compelled to teach, speak, and blog about color. Along with these activities, her recent award-winning book “I Just Want to Paint: Mixing the Colors You Want!”, has impacted thousands of painters by unleashing their creative spirits.
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Artist Talk: Saturday, April 17 at 3 p.m.
121 East Boulder St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Free parking lot in front of gallery.