Jamie Kirkland Art Studio

Let the beauty we love be what we do. ~Rumi ~

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Some of my favorite compositions have come from photographs taken on the fly when we have driven over bridges. I realized that I really prefer an elevated point of view so that I can see farther in the distance. I have used inspiration images from the back of a riverboat, top of the boardwalk, pulled off at a scenic overlook, a pier out into the ocean or the back deck off the second floor overlooking the wetlands.

Another thing I noticed in this group of images is that they all contain water. I did live for many years along the Gulf Coast of Florida so I enjoy painting oceans, wetlands, inlets and rivers. In addition the shape of the water cutting thru the land creates lovely curves and wonderful simple abstract shapes. In my current work I am simplifying the elements of the landscape even more and really pushing the layering of paint and subtle value shifts as my primary focus. All in the effort to create a feeling of place and sense of color harmony.

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