WITH LINDA BLONDHEIM
Where are you painting from and what have you been doing to keep busy?
I am lucky to have a large studio behind my home. I live on the rural land of my parents. It has been in my family for 60 years. I had trails carved through it a few years ago, where I walk and observe the natural world each day. I have kept my usual schedule since COVID-19 arrived in early March. I do small paintings at my design table and larger works at my easel. I don’t travel anymore, so I have plenty of painting time.
How did you find inspiration from your surroundings for it?
This painting features one of the many Live Oaks I love in North Central Florida. The light hit it just right for a Florida storm on the way. The intense light adjacent to the moody sky behind the tree spoke of so many days like this in my lifetime home. This part of the state is called the “heart of Florida” for good reason.
What is one positive that has come from this experience for you?
This intense time has made me a better painter. I have more time to practice and to be more analytical about painting. The hours of painting have slowed down my process, creating more refinement in my work.
What is one of your favorite pieces in the collection from a fellow artist?
I am intrigued by the painting by Mary Jane Volkmann called “The Pout of a Hundred Possible Meanings”. It amuses me both in the title and the scene. I have seen that pout in my own daughters and my granddaughter. She is a highly skilled portrait artist.
Learn more about Linda's artwork and story here.