“Still Life with Teapot, Lemons, and Eucalyptus” by Sarah Freeman, Oil on linen. 20 x 16
Greetings from the Pacific Northwest. I want to introduce you to a new artist friend whose work I greatly admire. I am immediately drawn to Sarah Freeman‘s sense of space, composition, and palette. Her clean and decisive brushstrokes resolve themselves into an elegant mosaic of pattern, shape, and a gorgeous harmony of color.
In studying her best work, I think we have a lot to learn from Sarah. She is clearly using an economy of means to state the essence of her subject. As realists this is something many of us are still learning to do. We love the details, so we overstate every little nuance of value shift in a desperate attempt to capture our subject. This is so common — especially among self-taughts. We have not learned to see the larger forms, the essence of what is before us. Sarah’s work can teach us how to see. How the light interacts with the form as a whole. And in doing just this we see what a strong yet elegant statement can be made.
The following image is a 24 x 12 figure study Sarah did in a class with Kevin Gorges.
Sarah says this about this piece, and her work in general:
“Whatever the subject, I consider my work to be about the light. The light not only affects what we see, it is the only thing we can see. For this piece, I was trying to capture the dramatic effect of the warm spotlight on the lone figure. When painting, I want each brushstroke to be as honest and straightforward as possible, and hopefully to capture something universal about being human.”
Bowl with Cherries
Pastel on Canson paper, 10 x 10.
Still Life with Pears
Oil on linen, 16 x 20.
Pastel on Canson paper, 12 x 12.
Bottle and Lemons
Oil on linen, 20 x 14.
J.M.W. Turner and Lamp
Oil on linen, 16×20.
Thanks to Sarah for allowing me to post images of her work. Wishing you all the best! Visit Sarah’s website at: SaraFreemanArt.com.