Lewis Bryden, “Sunflower,” 2016, oil on canvas, 15 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. © R. Michelson Galleries 2017

A colorful array of floral paintings will bring warmth and a hint of spring to your winter this month at R. Michelson Galleries. Who’s the well-known painter? Much more is just one click away!

Do you miss the ribbons of color that characterize the sudden burst of life at the beginning of the spring season? If so, we’ve got an exhibition worth your time. On view through February 28 at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Massachusetts, “Flowers in February” is a great showcase of recent plein air works by painter Lewis Bryden.

While the prototypical plein air painting features vast landscapes and a deeper sense of space, Bryden focuses his artistic lens close to his subjects. Featuring some 16 colorful works, “Flowers in February” will bring a hint of spring to your winter months!

Lewis Bryden, “Crocosmia,” 2016, oil on canvas, 16 x 14 in. © R. Michelson Galleries 2017
Lewis Bryden, “Crocosmia,” 2016, oil on canvas, 16 x 14 in. © R. Michelson Galleries 2017

Speaking about his recent artistic journeys, Bryden says, “I began thinking in a new way about painting outdoors: Why not have a very close focus of interest in a plein air painting? Also, what could be better than being outdoors and getting the colors of flowers in their always changing natural light?

“So, about three years ago I started this series of plein air flower paintings. There are some precedents, such as Monet’s ‘Poppy Field’ and some Impressionists’ garden studies. However, most flower painting I’ve seen is of cut flowers, in a vase in an artists’ studio, under north light. This struck me as a chance to try a new approach.

“Of course, I can’t paint flowers outside during the winter months — but that’s when we miss them the most. Hence, ‘Flowers in February.’”

To learn more, visit R. Michelson Galleries.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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