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Elfrida Schragen

Elfrida divides her year between Victoria (Canada) where she is well-known and successful and Florida soaking up the atmosphere, space and climate. She is equally at home in the Great experience for an artist wanting to take a very wide view of both. And absolutely proving it.

Artist's statement:

I have always been an outdoor, nature loving kind of person. If I cannot get some time outside in free flowing air and some foliage, hear the birds sing, I begin to feel very uneasy, restless and unfulfilled. I spent years teaching and the best way to come down after a day with kids was to walk in parks, country, etc. It is therapeutic for body, mind and soul. So it makes sense that capturing some of this magic through my painting would call me.
Most of the works in this particular exhibition were painted en plein air. Some defi ne this as outdoors only. Personally, I defi ne plein air as an attempt to capture the feel or atmosphere of an outdoor setting in around 2 to 4 hours, with maybe some minimal time in the studio afterwards.
Moving fast allows me to pop in some not so obvious colors. Most of my planning and thinking happens before I start when I do a pre sketch, or notan, to plan the design. I also premix my paints to maintain integrity of color and to be able to move along quickly before the light changes too drastically. It is a time of peace and total absorption for me since if I am unable to paint for too long a period, a kind of artistic depression raises its head. On the other hand, if I paint and its coming along well, I feel energized for several days after the activity.

Bedners Farmland

Florida is very agricultural, flat and completely devoid of hills. Sugar cane, citrus fruit, berries, coconuts, vegetables and large nursery plants are grown on these inland farms. This particular farm, while fairly unknown to the tourist, sells most of its wares at a large store on the property and is very popular with the locals and ‘snow birds’. At least once a week we make a trip to stock the fridge with fresh vegetables and fruit.

Size: 51 X 41 cm

Frame: Unframed

Medium: Oil on canvas

Price: US$650.00

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Other views of this exhibit

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