Cloud filled with Light of the Sun

by Mary Reusch
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Artist's Description

Painting landscapes gives me the opportunity to go out into nature and observe it very closely. Standing in a meadow, or in a forest or on the shore of a lake gives me a chance to soak up the essence of the land and enjoy its rhythms. Everywhere I turn, I see vignettes of these rhythms and compositions, and then need to pick and choose those scenes that express most aptly what I am sensing from that particular spot.
Mary was originally trained as a graphic artist and worked for twenty years in the commercial field, keeping up her interests in fine arts by taking courses and workshops. A number of years ago she left the graphic art industry to pursue further training at Aquinas College, where she completed a BFA in painting. Aquinas encouraged a classical approach to art that included working with the figure and emphasized form and structure. Mary graduated in the spring of 1999 and has been painting and showing her work in various galleries in Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Glen Arbor, Chicago and South Bend. In 2005 Mary was chosen as an Artist in Residence for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where she was able to stay for a month to focus on plein air painting. In 2006 Mary participated in the Governor’s Residence Michigan Artist Program, and three of her paintings were chosen in a juried art competition. In 2007 she travelled to japan as an assistant to an artist I residence. Mary has since travelled across the states sketching and painting many of the vast panoramas of our country.

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Cloud Filled with Light of the Sun by Mary Reusch One summer I was able to spend a month at Indiana Dunes Lakeshore as an Artist-In-Residence.  During that time I had the use of a lovely Japanese styled cottage that sat directly next to Lake Michigan high on a dune with broad windows that insisted I kept my eyes glued to the lakescape. I became fascinated with the variation of the colors and textures of the water and sky as they changed from hour to hour, day to day.  Often, as the sun was setting I sat enthralled on the deck sketching and making notes of these differences as any number of storm systems found their way across my line of vision.  One night I found this one single cloud - back lit by the sun - of special interest.  The rest of the sky was gray blue in color, and the cool wind blowing across the landscape made the lake a cool dark blue.  As the only object bathed in light, the cloud became a focal point that sung to me as the sun slowly fell to the west.
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