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.

Clara's HappyClara 1.

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

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Clara's Drawing.

  Clara's wip web

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.

Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

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