On our way back from NOLA, we stopped in Orange, TX to visit the collection at the Stark. Wow. It is so impressive. As is the story of the man who started the collection.
It features a lot of western art, especially from the Taos Society of Artists. I saw two Fechin's in person for the first time in my life. I was bummed that they didn't have more out. But the work I did see was stunning - and so inspiring. I've been working this year a lot on color and values. Trying to lighten my palette. These western artists have a perfect palette to study. They get a lot of contrast by working complements rather than pushing values in their color.
I saw Remington, Russell, Dunton, Moran and Berninghaus among many others. Amazing desert colors, stunning nocturnes and incredible value paintings used for illustrations.
I wish the museum wasn't so far from Austin - I would visit weekly! My plan is to create a few sample palettes of some of the colors so I can reference them for my paintings.
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