Cold Enchantments

From the moment we landed in Iceland I was struck by the snow cover, the whiteness of the landscape.  Upon close study I started seeing the subtle color variations in the frozen landscape, also the seeming hidden things inside the glaciers and under the snow.  When we arrived home I felt a great need to document this in my work.

 

I begin each of my works with a bright, dynamic under-painting in acrylic. It can only be glimpsed or imagined through a soft veil of color in subtle gradations of shade and intensity. Together, these layers create a tightly interlocked and balanced composition, where punctuations of contrasting color pop in syncopated rhythm against a regularized grid of heavily applied oil paint. This impasto (thick brushwork) lends an emphatic dimensionality to my otherwise flat canvas. The result is a complex structure that intellectually explores texture, color, and contrast while invites an emotional response.

 

Oil on Canvas

Cold Enchantments 01 by Keith Breitfeller
Cold Enchantments 02 by Keith Breitfeller
Cold Enchantments 03 by Keith Breitfeller
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Cold Enchantments 05 by Keith Breitfeller
Cold Enchantments 06 by Keith Breitfeller
Cold Enchantments 07 by Keith Breitfeller
Cold Enchantments 07 by Keith Breitfeller
Cold Enchantments 11 by Keith Breitfeller
Cold Enchantments 12 by Keith Breitfeller
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