Blog Post 7.15.13 (Creative Inspiration…)

Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?

In abstract painting that is a bit more challenging. I always figured that most of my paintings are inspired by nature, and I knew that once I saw the beauty in Yellowstone National Park, I wanted to include those colors in my paintings. When I created my last few paintings in my Cosmos Series, I used colors I had seen in Yellowstone. I had not looked at my paintings & photos together until just now, and I was moved by how they looked side by side!

Grand Prismatic Geyser- Glow

Grand Prismatic Geyser- Glow

Grand Prismatic Geyser

Grand Prismatic Geyser

This is truly nature’s abstract art!  The colors are so vibrant and almost do not seem real!  Below are my Yellowstone inspired paintings in my Cosmos Series.  They are in the order they were created.  You can see how they evolved the more paintings I created!

Yellowstone Magic 14"x18" Acrylic on Canvas

Yellowstone Magic 14″x18″ Acrylic on Canvas

Magnificence 30"x48" Acrylic on Canvas

Magnificence 30″x48″ Acrylic on Canvas

Believe #1  8"x8" Acrylic on Canvas

Believe #1 8″x8″ Acrylic on Canvas

Believe #2  8"x8" Acrylic on Canvas

Believe #2 8″x8″ Acrylic on Canvas

Discovery 36"x36" Acrylic on Canvas

Discovery 36″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas

Majestic 48"x60" Acrylic on Canvas

Majestic 48″x60″ Acrylic on Canvas








4 thoughts on “Blog Post 7.15.13 (Creative Inspiration…)

  1. Nature provides us with limitless inspiration, doesn’t it! When an artist remains true to his/her inspiration the resulting work is compelling. I think that’s what I see in your work, Greta… compelling and natural.

  2. The way you use your brush makes your paintings look organic or natural. And the way you use the grayer hues around clearer hues gives them their atmospheric look, like I’m looking through a hole into large space. That’s the effect the geyser holes have, but it s also the effect of looking through wind-sculpted stone walls into a broad valley, another feature you see in the West. Of course, there are also references to the artificial color given to telescope images of planets and nebulae and stuff, which is what the last two remind me of. I am enjoying this series because the paintings remind me of the sense of mystery I feel in Western landscapes, or in looking at space images.

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