It is always a great pleasure to exhibit my watercolors. I have exhibited them on four continents and from coast to coast here in the States. The farthest my paintings have been on exhibition is Kharkov, Ukraine and Hue, Viet Nam. The farthest I have painted on location is Taiwan and Thailand. All of the paintings you see (except the two large rose paintings) were painted on the spot, just like Monet did most of his landscapes!
I take my travel watercolor kit with me everywhere I go. I always paint in the seat of planes, what a lovely vantage point. The most unexpected place I painted was in the parking lot of the Wal-mart in Taos, New Mexico while on a ski trip. Friends went in for snacks and I plopped my watercolor pad on the dash of the rental car and painted the haunting mountains and Georgia O’Keefe clouds that New Mexico gives us.
Because I am committed to working on location to capture all the nuances that a camera cannot record, sometimes I get extra nuances, like original Prince Edward Island sand imbedded in the paint. But always, there is the freshness of using only my eyes to see and paint what is before me in this amazing world.
I will sum up how I feel about painting the beautiful and fleeting views of nature right on site by quoting Paul Bowles from The Sheltering Sky: “Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even that. How many times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet is all seems so limitless.”
Cynthia Kukla Web site: http://www.cynthiakukla.com
Cynthia’s work will be displayed in the main lobby branch, 808 IAA Dr., Blm. July 1 – August 30
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