Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fishing Camp, Newfoundland by Kenneth Gordon

This painting by the late Kenneth Gordon of Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba caught my eye for a couple of reasons.

I like Gordon's way of "softening" his work. The rocks are generally rounded and there is a certain intimacy and tenderness in the way they surround the harbour. And, his colours have been softened and muted and this compresses it into a mid tonal range.

When the artist eliminates the power of strong lights and dark tones he mutes the emotive reaction of the viewer and creates an almost nostalgic mood. And, this is well suited for capturing a scene from a province where there has been a shift from its small outer communities.

Take a look at the way he brings sunlight down onto the houses. Its a little like looking througha gauze covered lens. There's a dreaminess about it all.

This painting was extracted from the Pegusas Gallery website. Please click here.

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