Art of the Week: Summer Dunes II

Mary Lou Griffin
Diamond State Branch

Summer Dunes II

Pastel, 12” X 16”

Mary Lou Griffin is inspired by the nature she sees around herself in the beautiful back roads of the Delaware Valley and along the shoreline of the rivers, reservoirs and bays along the East Coast. Most of her work tends to be landscapes. High chroma color, as well as the drama created by high contrast, are important aspects of Griffin’s work. Pastel is her medium of choice although she also works in oils and acrylic.

Of her process, Griffin says,

“I tend to paint quickly so I can pick up a color and use it with no mixing required. I spend a long time thinking about the painting, about what and how I want to say with it before I start. When I have a clearer picture of what I want to do, I dive in and become absorbed with it. I cannot paint a bit and walk away. I tend to work in long stretches until I am happy with what is there. It is at that time I will let it rest and come back to it a day or so later with fresh eyes. There will always be some minor adjustments before I am happy with the result. “

You may see more of her work at http://marylougriffin.com.

 

Comments

  1. Sandra Michel says:

    Beautiful artwork. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Charlene Holloway says:

    Beautiful paintings! Such magnificent talent!

  3. TrUly gorgeous Mary Lou … ty

  4. Love it, and your approach

  5. You inspire me! Absolutely amazing piece!

  6. Carole Mertz says:

    Mary Lou Griffin’s work is so beautiful! I can’t believe I’m not looking at a photograph. It’s as if I’m there on the beach, feeling the hot sand burnishing my toes.

    (As an aside, it’s nice to meet up with you again, Sara Etgen-Baker. Do we know each other from Rockford Review?)

  7. Sara Etgen-Baker says:

    Your art looks so naturally and is, therefore, captivating. I can feel the texture in the sand and imagine it under my toes

  8. Barb Whitmarsh says:

    THIS PASTEL IS OUTSTANDING, INVITING, OVERWHELMING, NOT ENOUGH ADJECTIVES.
    LOVE IT A REAL LOT.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING ITS BREATH TAKING BEAUTY

  9. Beautiful contrasts and colors and, looking at the pastel painting, I can feel the artist’s passion for what she is seeing!

  10. Bev Goldie says:

    Absolutely breathtaking! I thought this was a gorgeous photo at first and wanted to know where it was…

  11. Dorothy Kamm says:

    Beautiful painting! Love the colors.

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