Out Walking

Out Walking

Hurst Gallery
June 1 - August 31

In this exhibit, artist Theodore J. Murphy uses watercolor to capture the fleeting compositions seen while walking in nature. From leaves on the forest floor to a pinecone set in melting snow, Murphy explores the striking configurations that occur in the natural world and the transience of the environment as objects undergo change. The majority of these images are from scenes from the landscapes of Western New York, where the artist lives.

From the artist's statement:
"What interests me in these paintings are the found nature of the compositions. I am not entirely against manipulation, but what I find most interesting in these painting subjects is that which is simply there that I see while walking.  The painting is about a particular leaf or cluster of leaves. Once I notice the subject, I photograph it. I decide on inspection what possibilities are there. The changes I make often have to do with subtle color or value. I might increase the contrast of browns to differentiate the grouping of oak leaves or make a leaf more green or blue to create a rhythm or movement for the eye."

This exhibit will be on display in the Hurst Gallery from June 1 until August 31.


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