Memory of an April Wood
By Lindsay Rutherford

Oil Painting
Subject Matter
Reg. Number
152.5 x 152.5 cm

As the title suggests, here the artist has captured a memory of a woodland in bloom, rendered in quick, fresh strokes reminiscent of the Impressionists. The blue palette evokes a cool, calm atmosphere, while the light at the top right corner and the yellow flowers add a touch of warmth. In the foreground we see a clearing dappled in colour, continuing into the pink flowers in the trees and the green and yellow leaves at the top. While the overall image is a light, airy impression of a moment in time, the composition and colours add structure and weight to the scene, giving the viewer enough information to build a connection between the different parts. Just like memories, the painting is blurry in detail, yet it is evocative in its breezy coolness, and its large scale immerses the viewer within the picture plane.

Lindsay aims to express a personal experience of place through her painting. Conveying feelings of the landscape as meditative, calming, absorbing and exhilarating are key to this exploration of paint. Abstraction of landscape has always been present in her work.

Lindsay Ann Rutherford completed a BTEC in Art And Design at Newcastle College in 1994 and went on to study Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College in Dundee, graduating in 1997.

With thanks to the artist.

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