View from my Studio
By Barbara Waterman-Peters
Spring is close by, but winter isn’t done with us yet! Looking out my window I watch people walk by huddled against the cold and wind. In contrast, our recent mild weather has shown me sidewalks filled with passers-by enjoying the warmth and gentle breeze, smiling and chatting.
People- watching is a fascinating pastime. I do it because I frequently include human figures in my work, particularly interacting with each other.
As an artist, I communicate ideas. All creatives do that whether they are writers, dancers, actors, vocalists, musicians, designers, architects or visual artists. These ideas show us who we are and ideally point a way to a better state of being. That is not to say we have answers others don’t, but it is to say we provoke thought and evoke emotion. I utilize the human figure itself to do these things.
The folks who stroll by my window in all weathers and circumstances are helping me in my painting practice and I am grateful.
Featured Artist at Studio 831 for February is Diane L. Lawrence
“Tornadoes and the Prairie”
My interest in colors and movement, such as found in cloud formations, has led to a fascination with tornadoes and the prairie. Although a tornado can be a frightening storm the colors and form are intriguing and challenging. I am also drawn to the prairie’s vastness and seasonal transformations and I am humbled by the natural beauty.