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Monday November 06, 2017

Gallery Exhibit: Nature Sketches by Jason Werner (Nov. 6 - Dec.7)

Nature Sketches :: Jason Werner
November 6 - December 7
Opening 11|9|17 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Walking in the deep woods with my dog among the rocks and birch trees, I hear Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words, “To the attentive eye each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and shall never be seen again.”

I unpack my paints and brushes, set up my easel and palette, and throw down a shirt for Mazzy to lie upon. The colors of mint green lichen against the orange-yellows of the fallen leaves are so vibrant, I can barely control my brushwork, so I don’t. I paint fast. The movement of this moment is more vital than the result.

When I paint in Nature I feel closer to the history of the Connecticut woods, to the Earth, to my favorite New England writers, Emerson, Dickinson, Thoreau, and Whitman; and closer to the many 19th century landscape painters who have filled me with cause. Gear all packed up, I start the long hike back to the truck with my painting in hand. I look at it, the oil color, the smears, strokes, and swipes. I wonder if it’s good...I look up and forward, to watch Mazzy chase a chipmunk he’ll never catch.