Marc Bohne is a landscape painter originally from Texas and currently based in Seattle, Washington.
I’ve admired his work on the web for a number of years, and had it bookmarked for inclusion on Lines and Colors, and I’m frankly surprised I haven’t featured him before now.
Bohne is wonderfully skillful in his depictions of foliage and other landscape elements as masses of value and color, using suggestion, finessed control of edges and just enough texture and detail to have your eye fill in the rest as naturalistic.
Many of his compositions are atmospheric, both in terms of planes of distance and in terms of emotional resonance.
Bohne’s style appears to be a natural match for the subdued, atmospheric beauty of Ireland, a country he has visited three times, and a collected group of his paintings of the Irish landscape will be on view in a new solo show at the Magnuson Park Gallery in Seattle, starting with an opening reception tomorrow, October 23 from 2-5PM, and running to December 17, 2016. There are additional details on his website.
There is a preview of work from the show on his website (also images above, top six) and a brief video preview on YouTube.
Bohne also has a blog on which he discusses concepts of interest relative to his painting experience.
Seated Young Woman, Jean-Antoine Watteau
Black, red and white chalk on buff paper. Roughly 10 x 7 inches (25 x 17 cm). In the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum, NY. Image can be zoomed or downloaded.
French Baroque painter Jean-Antoine Watteau was a wonderful and prolific draftsman and master of the “trois crayon” (three chalks) technique, in which three colors of chalk, black, red (sanguine) and white are used to draw the subject on a middle ground toned paper.
This is a remarkably effective technique for rendering the figure, allowing for a great range of value and almost naturalistic color with simple materials.
Here, Watteau has just used delicate traces of white as his highlights, allowing the tone of paper to carry most of the lighter values. The drawing is beautifully gestural and fluid, while retaining the solid geometry of the artist’s knowledge and observation of anatomy.