You guys all know how much I love Impressionism. But today we are going one step further with Erin Hanson’s Open-Impressionism style. The original Impressionists used small, thin brush strokes laid side by side to capture the light and movement of a transient scene. In Open-Impressionism the colors are vibrant, pre-mixed, and un-muddied. The thick brush strokes are left to exist as they are placed. Preserving every tiny ridge in the paint left by the brush. This creates variety of texture that makes the eye run along the vibrant landscape. The true intent of this style is to capture the essence of being outdoors. Having in mind emotions that you feel at that very moment in time.
Above all I would say that nature is my main source of inspiration. I have traveled and explored the Western states for over a decade, and I look forward to seeing what the rest of the country has to offer. In the not too distant future I love to start exploring European landscapes. Every day I see such beauty, even in the urban surroundings of Los Angeles, like looking up and seeing the unique curve of a branch, the way that light casts shadows across a hill in the distance or how the clouds part to make a wave of crystal light. This natural beauty and the feelings they give me is what I aim to capture in my work.
When I was a child I sketched all the time and also painted everything from animals to faces to Japanese comic book art to flowers. Over these many years I have just kept on exploring what interests me and what techniques best support my vision. Several years ago I decided that natural beauty and landscapes were my muse and have continued to explore that avenue now for over ten years. I coined the style “Open Impressionism” to allow myself the freedom to explore a movement I respect deeply while still being able to create in as many directions as the mood strikes.
I am very much looking forward to 2017. We have many exciting plans that will be announced shortly. What I can say is that one big project will involve traveling to specific parts of Europe to explore the landscapes the founding impressionists were inspired by and then so passionately painted. I plan to build a collection with this experience, after exploring the likes of Dieppe and Saint Remy. Of course there will need to be a stop in Giverny, Montmartre and hopefully Amsterdam’s van Gogh Museum.
Can’t get enough of Open-Impressionism?
Then I suggest you to check out more of Erin’s paintings simply by visiting her website, Facebook page, and Instagram. I myself am looking forward to Erin’s beautiful new pieces. I will do my best to keep you posted about her new exhibitons.
Visual content courtesy of Erin Hanson.