An Interview with Nature:
An Artist’s Yearlong Sojourn en Plein Air
Plein air work (painting on location) has always been an important part of my art. Most of my plein air paintings, however, have served as studies for my more ambitious studio works. For the next year, I will devote more time painting right at the source of my inspiration. I will paint nearly every day en plein air. I will continue to do some studio works as well, but I plan to make my plein air work a major priority this year.
Cottonwood Hollow Spring, by Keith Bond, 9 x 12
Reasons for the Project
I am excited for this project for several reasons. It is in part for personal artistic growth. Greater understanding and appreciation for nature is another reason. Simply being out in the landscape that I love so much is yet another reason. Finally, many of you comment that you wish I offered more plein air works for purchase.
Spontaneity and Expressive Qualities of Plein Air
Many collectors enjoy the spontaneity of these works. They are less refined, but are very revealing of my thought and work process. They are collectable as the most expressive of my works. Plein air paintings are painted in direct response to my emotional connection to nature. They are painted by inspiration, quickly, deliberately, and with economy of detail.
Benefits of Plein Air
Since nature is where my inspiration flows more freely, it makes sense to spend more time communing with nature. As I paint, I wish to know the mysteries of nature. I explore and study and observe. I ponder, I question. I seek truth and understanding; both in the laws of nature and in our relationship to her. It is a quest to connect more deeply with her, which will enable me to better express my awe and fascination with her infinite beauty and moods.
An Interview with Nature
Thus, while painting, I am seeking understanding. It is an interview with nature. I ask her questions. Slowly she reveals herself to me. She gives me only a few insights at a time, asking that I truthfully represent her. Later she will allow me to understand more. It is a lifelong relationship.
Coastal Rocks, by Keith Bond, 9 x 12
I will paint on location nearly every working day. Some paintings will not turn out so well, but many will become gems. The successful paintings will be posted on my website and blog. They will be available for purchase almost exclusively through Keith Bond Fine Art.
At the end of the yearlong project there will be a public exhibit and hopefully an accompanying book. If you are interested in being notified as these plein air paintings become available for sale, send me an email or telephone me at (435) 512-0247.
Harp Vineyards, by Keith Bond, 9 x 12