Sunday, February 21, 2010

Erin Spencer's Light-filled Paintings

Image courtesy of Erin Spencer. All rights reserved.

Recently, I came home from a long day at the office to find a very nice and VERY unexpected comment from Erin Spencer, of Painting Dutch Fotos, informing me that she had "nominated" this blog for an award (along with eleven others, per the rules of the award). Truly, I was honored and I am grateful! Erin is a prolific landscape painter bringing her memories of her extended time in Holland to life in her paintings and through her lovely writing. Currently living in Rhode Island, she also captures images of the surrounding countryside, harbors and seashore in her work. Her paintings are, at one and the same time, spare and full of richness -- of color, of light and of atmosphere. Erin's genuine warmth and openess and her enthusiasm for pursuing her art come spilling forth from her blog and I have enjoyed following it very much. Below, is more of Erin's work:

Image courtesy of Erin Spencer. All rights reserved.

Image courtesy of Erin Spencer. All rights reserved.

So very beautiful! .... Well, since receiving notification of the award from Erin, I have visited the blogs of all her other nominees and have gone up and down the "award chain" discovering many wonderful artists' blogs and websites. The intent of the award is to spread goodwill far and wide and to increase exposure for artists. However, I have this slight dilemma of not wanting to exclude anyone in the process of selecting additional nominees for the award! On the other hand, for some time now, I have been wanting to call attention to the talented artists who are following my blog, as well as to other artists that I am discovering. So, in the spirit of the blog award (while not abiding by the rules), that is how I have chosen to spread the goodness. I'll feature another artist in a few days. In the meantime, I encourage you to spend time perusing Erin's blog and shop, and also to check out the blogs of the other artists she nominated.


Michelle Brunner said...

Simply stunning! Her landscapes have a wonderful essence to them.

betsy best-spadaro said...

Congratulations to you Gloria! Your blog is a joy.
And, thank you for sharing Erin's beautiful paintings!

holly aka golly said...

Erin's paintings are spectacular! Thank you for sharing her work!

Erin said...

Gloria! I'm speechless! Really, what kind words. I feel so grateful right now and just want to say thank you for this thoughtful feature and your kind words about my art and blog. This kindness will definitely come back to you ten-fold, I'm sure!

Gloria said...

Michelle, Holly and Betsy -- Thanks for commenting. Yes -- "Stunning," "spectacular," "beautiful!" I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to share Erin's work. :)

Gloria said...

You're more than welcome, Erin. The pleasure is mine! I hope lots of folks come your direction to take a peak at your gorgeous "North Sea" painting and your wonderful abstract aerial paintings that you did of Qaanaaq in December. Gloria

Amelia said...

hi there,
it's really inspiring to read that you are following your artistic dream whilst working and doing other things, and documenting the journey is such fun!

Thanks for sharing, I am off to look at some of the links.


Gloria said...

Hi Amelia, So glad you discovered my blog so that I could discover both of yours! I look forward to seeing more of your wonderfully graphic work and learning more about what you are doing. Cheers!