Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Iron RR bridge circa 1907
This is an acrylic on MDF board painted en plein air last summer, 2007. It came close to being destroyed in a gigantic railroad trestle fire that spring. I was inspired to post it, because I saw a similar bridge in a painting by one Jared Shear, an artist in Montana. I have him as a link. Check him out.
To paint a complicated structure like this is to get the general gist without getting bogged down in all the details. Please don't count the beams and rivets. Go for the general impression or gesture or (to exercise come German) the gestalt (love that word!).
The words for this post are "gesture", "impression", and "gestalt". One of the secrets behind these words is SQUINT!