"on location", "en plein air" paintings of beautiful places
botanical paintings of wonderful plants

the process...
"en plein air" is French, meaning in the open air.   that's how I love to paint.   whether it's basking in 105 degree heat in Death Valley, standing in a snow bank in Utah's Wasatch Mountains, or dodging rattlers in a ghost town in Nevada,  let me paint outside..."on location"..."en plein air"

there's always something that catches the eye...clouds roll in, creating all new shadows... light ricochets off bushes and rock, shooting at the mountain tops...rivers slide in and out of nooks and all speaks, begs to be celebrated and shared ...

why do many of these paintings look different from other watercolors??? yes, they do... in order for me to depict the southwest accurately I choose to paint like the old masters.  all of the landscapes of death valley are painted with natural minerals, most found in north america and the southwest...   you'll find turquoise, garnet, minnesota pipestone, bronzite, sodalite, zoisite, hematite, tiger's eye, bauxite, titanium, lapis lazuli and yavapi, to name a few.

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ARTISTS PALETTE:  where Death Valley meets New York” opens in the Hudson Chamber of Commerce Gallery of the Columbia County Council on the Arts on Saturday, July 19.  This unique exhibition features works by local artist, Lynne Bolwell, and will be on view until August 31.  The twenty featured works include her highly regarded Death Valley watercolors, as well as paintings of other parks and the Hudson Valley.

ARTISTS PALETTE is an overlook in Death Valley where iron and mica leave a “palette” of reds, pinks, yellows and purples.  Bolwell uses her “desert paints”, made of ground minerals such as bronzite, bauxite, hematite, turquoise, garnet and pipestone to capture the beauty.    She has painted with these paints extensively, “on location”, throughout the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts.   However, when she returns to the Hudson Valley, she “switches it up” to paint equally expressive watercolors with a much more traditional palette.  This is an opportunity to see “on location” paintings from both paintboxes.

Opening reception will be part of Dine Art Hudson, August 9, 5-7 p.m.  Contact or   Summer viewing hours at the Chamber Gallery vary, call ahead to 518-828-4417.

  Image: Artists Palette, watercolor 9 x 12

a recent article about my use of natural pigments

a recent article about my technique for suggesting motion and just suggesting things in general...

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