Idyllwild Backyard by Michael Newberry

Newberry, Idyllwild Backyard, 2020, oil on panel, 12x9"
Newberry, Idyllwild Backyard, 2020, oil on panel, 12×9″

What grabs our visual attention? Is it the light? The pines? The shadowed bushes? What does it mean? Is it important in a world racked by plague and destruction?

Still wet, a plein air oil painting of the view from my studio window. It is so peaceful here and in the town of Idyllwild. There seems a huge clash between what I see on the news and what I see in real life. Perhaps my mood is colored by the other day, my ancient water heater died and the landlord replaced it with a new one within 24 hours. When things are right within and around me I try to make the most of it and channel that energy into my art.

Hope you are doing okay.

Michael Newberry, Idyllwild, 5/30/2020

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