The talk will feature a discussion of how not only the locale depicted and its weather, season, and time of day affect the mood of a landscape painting, but also formal elements such as shape, surface, edge, composition, and color. Kandinsky in his 1910 “Concerning the Spiritual in Art” posits that abstract elements have emotive power in their own right, an idea that Christie will explore by analyzing paintings of her own along with those of John Henry Twachtman; George Inness; James McNeill Whistler; Paul Henry, and Mary Walker; Heather Bruce; and Hannah Bureau.
About the Artist
Christie Scheele received a fellowship at the Royal Academy of Madrid and received a BFA from the College of Art and Design at Alfred University. A full-time artist living in the Catskill Mountains, she is represented nationally by numerous galleries, including the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown.
Her minimalist, atmospheric landscapes are in hundreds of museum, corporate, and private collections nationwide and abroad; have been featured in movies and magazines; and have been reviewed with enthusiasm wherever she has exhibited.
She has been coming to Cape Cod since childhood and painting marshes and sea imagery for 25 years, observing, “My version of minimalism is about shape and atmospherics. I paint not just the light, but the air itself, and how these affect the edges and colors of the scenes depicted.”
As a teacher, Scheele shares both her particular painting techniques and her eclectic taste and enthusiasm for the wider art world, contemporary and historical. Encouraging a meditative approach to landscape painting that also includes rigorous examination of composition, color, and mood, her major focus is on the joy of process. www.christiescheele.com