Forest Park Landscape: Looking Upstream

Looking Upstream, 14x11, oil on panel by Janet Fons
This Forest Park (St. Louis, MO) landscape in oil is painted using a palette knife which builds up the surface quickly and establishes an interesting texture.

New Landscape in oil: River Rocks (Forest Park, St. Louis)

River Rocks, oil on panel, 12 x16 by Janet Fons
This close up view of a stream flowing over rocks in Forest Park (St. Louis, MO) is one of my favorite subjects. I used a mix of warm and cool tones to convey a feeling of tranquility. This scene is painted with a palette knife which allows the surface to be built up quickly and establishes an interesting texture.

New artwork: "Japanese Bridge" Missouri Botanical Gardens

"Japanese Bridge", oil on panel, 16x12
This original landscape in oil is painted with a palette knife. 

Dedicated in 1977, the 14-acre Japanese Garden, one of the largest in North America, represents an evolution of centuries of tradition and a multiplicity of distinctly Japanese cultural influences.

The garden design incorporates the use of traditional Japanese bridges, intended not solely as a means of crossing from island to shore, but to provide points where garden visitors can enjoy viewing the water, the reflections of sunlight on foliage and the fish swimming below.

Marsh Light: new landscape capturing the fleeting light at the end of the day.

This new artwork in oil, is created with a more subdued color range, painted entirely with my palette knife. This allows the surface to be built up quickly and capture the drama and texture of the setting sun. Marshlands are fascinating and present reflections of the sky. The edges of the grassy areas are often dark and mysterious.

Marsh Light, Oil, 16x12

New Landscapes in Oil

 The Poetry of Trees.
The subjects of this new series of paintings are trees. Trees are my figures and their forms are prominent in this series.  These paintings depict a favorite area of mine in Colorado. I spent thirty years in Colorado and although I was not born there, I consider myself a native. The aspen scenes I’ve painted here are from the Shadow Mountain area near Grand Lake which is the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Fall is a magical time in the rockies, you can drive along quiet roads and stop the car at any point to view the spectacle of aspen.
Aspen Trees I, Oil on canvas panel, 11x14

Aspen Trees II, Oil on canvas panel, 11x14

Aspen Trees III, Oil on canvas panel, 11x14