Some times you just run into people who are quite special. I found Clara Narley to be not only a warm,
friendly and gracious young woman, but also quite a gifted artist. I wish she didn’t live so far from me.
Her first value studies are all pretty crisp and hard edged but within a couple of days and some exploratory
endeavors, her work became softer and quite rounded.
The influence of Arthur Dove is, once again, readily apparent in the drawings below.
“Rather than try faithfully reproducing elements of nature, Dove stove as a painter to capture its spiritual aspects, bringing attention to those movements and lifecycles beyond the human eye. The heart of Dove’s artistic philosophy was the articulation of “essences” that would transmit this sense of the spiritual in nature. These “essences” were biomorphic shapes that represented different kinds of energy or organic evolution, suggesting an inner principle of inherent reality. In this work [Nature Symbolized No, 2 (1911)], curvilinear forms and shades of green relate a sense of growth and also, movements in nature, evoking the sensation of greenery being rustled by the wind. His early abstractions, especially the large pastel paintings on linen such as this work, are part of his effort to capture these transitory effects.” See more here
Clara has her own blog where she posted all about her experiences here and posted more pictures of her work – check it out here.
She’s definitely someone to watch!
I’m also linking up with Nina Marie for Off The Wall Friday!
And the last blog in this series will be the next one.