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Gage Opdenbrouw is a strong emerging painter who teaches and paints in the Bay Area.
"The paintings of windows started with the idea of painting a very simple, humble subject, without a lot of obvious romance, but attempting to find the beauty in it through being very attentive, which painting from life demands. Joseph Campbell said something great about the job of the artist being to reveal the radiance that lies hidden just under the surface of everyday things, and that description resonated with me as far as my motivations, especially in those paintings. I just decided to paint my kitchen window and the view outside it repeatedly, and without much artificial composing–the thought being that i could bring the most depth of feeling to the paintings if they came from my daily experience, without too much deliberate staging.
The cityscape paintings are often done from photos, but usually they are used mostly as an aid to drawing, for a long time most of my color has come from memory, which is tough but always much richer. Often I’ll do sketches in pencil, watercolor or gouache that serve as an aid to memory, as well, but they are almost always very small, like 3-6″. I feel like every method has its advantages and disadvantages and there’s always a point at which you really have to look at it strictly as a painting and work according to it’s internal logic, regardless of the initial inspiration." (http://paintingperceptions.com/gage-opdenbrouw/) undefined