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Merrimon Kennedy works on her easel painting during the 2018
Wild Rivers Plein Air Paint-Out in northern New Mexico.
Her paintings now channel her conceptual origins, as they have
been often described as “abstract landscapes.” She doesn’t strive
for realism, but rather capturing the artistic essence of the subject
itself. She normally paints with oil on panel and chooses to paint
with optical color, or what the eye presently sees, instead of hues
found locally to help herself find that perfect balance between
observation and interpretation. She often uses hues of blues,
greens, reds and browns to try to capture the mountains, lakes, riv-ers,
skies and trees of Santa Fe.
“Being able to see what you are painting is such a different expe-rience,”
she said. “The depth-of-field is really important. You see
colors so differently and so much more accurately. You don’t have
to second-guess anything when you’re right there in the moment.
You even find yourself growing into what you’re painting.”
Kennedy said painting outdoors has really helped her find
her painting groove, and she has to force herself to paint in her
studio. She’s come almost full circle since her days of running a
gallery in Wilmington and writing off plein-air painters but, to
Kennedy, she still has a long and exciting road ahead of her.
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