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Jan 24, 2020
Nightscapes: The darker side of landscapes

The time of darkness is relatively unknown to us, and the colors, contours, and characters of the world change completely when the sun sets, and as the moon waxes and wanes. Artists such as Ewoud de Groot, Dan Young, Veryl Goodnight, Paula Schuette Kraemer, and Heather Foster all dared to venture into the night to share its beauty and their experience with us.

Ewoud de Groot, “Crossing Elk Nocturne,” Oil on Linen, 43 x 43 in
Heather Foster - Tucumcari Tonight
Heather Foster, “Tucumcari Tonight,” Acrylic on Canvas, 60 x 36 in
Ewoud de Groot, “Snow Owl ,” Oil on Linen, 51 x 35.5 in
Ewoud de Groot - Barn Owl and Moon
Ewoud de Groot, “Barn Owl and Moon,” Oil on Canvas, 27.5 x 27.5 in
Dan Young, “A Monthly Visitor,” Oil on Board, 16 x 12 in

That’s what the secret is: getting it to feel like night. Because if you go out there at night, it’s very monochromatic. All the color drops out. It’s not so much the color. It’s the value shifts that make it read like night. The values get much closer, and all the edges go away. Once you figure that out, you can push the color—turn the snow green, blue, red—any color you want, as long as the value relationships work. You have to realize you can’t paint what you know, you have to paint what you see.

Dan Young, Interview with Ann Korologos Gallery
Veryl Goodnight - Alert Wolf
Veryl Goodnight, “Alert Wolf,” Oil on Canvas, 6 x 8 in
Paula Schuette Kraemer's "Night Series," Monoprint, Monotype.
Paula Schuette Kraemer’s “Night Series,” Monoprint, Monotype.

The idea of animals existing with humans nearby has always been a strong theme in my work. Night ForestGone the SunNight Calm and Moonrise are all little imaginary peeks at forest life at dusk or during the night. They were inspired by photos taken by my “Trail Cam” of animals walking into and out of a small wooded environment very near my home. Whenever these images were taken, I was oblivious to the animals being there, and they weren’t concerned about my proximity, either.  A few turn around to see who’s there; light may catch their eyes, but they are relaxed and calm, simply going about their lives with the Colorado moon lighting their way as they leave tracks in the snow as evidence of their coming and going.

Paula Schuette Kraemer
Paula Schuette Kraemer - Telling Tales 8/20 UNF
Paula Schuette Kraemer, “Telling Tales 8/20 UNF,” Mixed Media, 26 x 22.5 in
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  • Artist Interviews
  • Dan Young
  • Ewoud de Groot
  • Heather Foster
  • Paula Schuette Kraemer
  • Veryl Goodnight
  • animals in nature
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  • cattle
  • cowboy art
  • deer
  • elk
  • flora and fauna
  • fox
  • landscape paintings
  • Landscapes
  • moon
  • night
  • nightscapes
  • owl
  • snow owl
  • wolves