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Study Painting: Obscured Field, Mono Cliffs

November 21, 2009

'Obscured Field, Mono Cliff-Study', 8x8 inches, oil on canvas board. By Jamie Kapitain

With this new study I’m exploring our disengagement from the landscape. Having been a landscape architect and the one given the task of supplying one small tree per front lawn in the suburbs, it became obvious that our connection to the landscape is becoming increasingly compromised. The foreground trees are blocking the way to the sun-drenched field to symbolize the growing barrier between people and the landscape. We’re losing sight of the landscape. This image is designed to frustrate the viewer who wants to get around these trees to the warmth and openness of the field.

The plan is to continue exploring and conceptualizing using small study paintings to refine the idea. Eventually, I’ll reach a point where I can decide if the idea is worth taking to larger scale paintings.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Cameron Habisreutinger permalink
    November 27, 2009 7:43 pm

    You are doing an excellent job at frustrating the viewer. Don’t you think we also loose sight of humanity when we focus on self? Beyond your attempts to discuss people’s lack of sight to see the landscape, your trees seem to symbolize individualism. We need to get around ourselves to see humanity. I’m sure you didn’t mean to instill this much meaning into the painting.

    • Jamie permalink*
      December 8, 2009 4:15 pm

      It is always fascinating to see how others interpret my work. Thanks.

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