The sun moves, shadows change; there is only a short period of time that an artist has to capture the shifts of light and color when painting outdoors - but it is this very desire to distill the energy and freshness of nature that drives the plein air painter. Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters was formed to bring together artists who share this passion.
We had a fun day today in Baltimore exploring this unique museum. If you have never been I encourage you to visit it some time. It is fun, emotional, beautiful, and totally zaney.
This large egg in the sculpture yard was a beautiful mosaic of mirrors and found glass which changed with the light as you walked around it. The museum did not allow indoor photography, so the egg is the subject of all of these pictures.
Visionary art, also sometimes referred to as "outsider art" is hard to define, but in some cases it is close to folk art. Visionary artists usually have no formal art training or are self taught. They were never taught what NOT to do in the making of their art (or they never listened). Many of these pieces were created using found objects and the creativity is seen not only in the concept of the object, but in the industrious ability to use what is available. Most of these artists never considered their work as art, yet spent a large portion of their lives working on one project. They were probably considered insane by family and friends, but I find it very inspiring that the legacy of their work is now in a museum and will be forever admired.
Visiting this place made us all think about possibilities...outside of the box..and put us all a little off center.
and the more traditional shot...
Larry Lerew, Julie Riker, Johanna Monighan, William Andrew, Sue Gray, and Vivian Brandler. It was great to connect and catch up with everyone.