Monday, November 3, 2014

Taken for a Ride by Tim Horn


 So Ready to Party is an 10x8 oil done plein air by Shirley Fachilla.
I find California artist Tim Horn to be a very different sort of landscapist. His paintings have such a crisp contemporary edge. You would never mistake one of his pieces for a 19th century work; both style and subject (even when it’s a cowgirl on her horse) shout “now.”
So I was delighted when the Chestnut Group invited Tim to give a workshop this fall. I was even more delighted when the workshop began because I felt I spoke Tim’s language.  He said many things that I have been thinking but hadn’t put into words. And his emphasis on composition and color is where my art has been going (at least, I hope so!)

One of Tim’s favorite subjects, vintage cars, was not on my radar. But following his example, I decided to give it a try. I must admit I mostly wanted to paint this orangey red Jeep because of those fairy lights draping the building behind. But once I got started, the car showed me its personality (I saw it as basically a party animal) and it became the star of my piece.