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Sarah Bienvenu: Taking Time: Thirty Years of Painting New Mexico Malin Wilson-Powell

Sarah Bienvenu: Taking Time: Thirty Years of Painting New Mexico

Malin Wilson-Powell

Published September 16th 2010
ISBN : 9781934491188
Paperback
63 pages
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For thirty years, Sarah Bienvenus experiences painting and exploring New Mexicos mountains, canyons, and deserts have given her a unique ability to disentangle and interpret these past layers of change. She finds beauty in natures ability toMoreFor thirty years, Sarah Bienvenus experiences painting and exploring New Mexicos mountains, canyons, and deserts have given her a unique ability to disentangle and interpret these past layers of change. She finds beauty in natures ability to reveal accidental compositions through patterns and asymmetry: I look to the land to tell me how best to paint it, using the natural abstract shapes I see. Being attuned to such abstractions--the undulations of a dry riverbed, the jaggedness of rock against sky--is where abstraction becomes detail: detail of texture, detail of shape, detail of light and color and composition.Watercolors provide the perfect medium for matching the immense variation and subtlety of Bienvenus subject. A closer look reveals that each individual element, as in nature, harmonizes with the collective whole. Realism is discovered in consonance: from a cast of light to a balance of colors.