Southwest Inspired Spontaneity

Surrounded by the unceasing spontaneity seen in nature, plein air painters Peggy Immel and Stephen Day will each present over a dozen new works inspired by their beloved Southwest during the two-person show, “Nature’s Spontaneity.”

We hope you can join us for the opening artist reception during First Friday Art Walk from 5:00-7:30 pm on October 5, 2018, at Sorrel Sky Gallery Santa Fe. If you can’t make it to the opening, you’ll be able to enjoy the show throughout the month of October.

"I'll walk a site ... writing down my ideas, my reason to paint." - Peggy Immel

Peggy has been focusing on color relationships this past year, how they change the mood or feeling of a painting as she shifts her palette from cooler to warmer. She has also been introducing more man-made objects, perhaps a road, a fence-line, a small structure or village, to preserve the human influence and keep her paintings engaging, for herself and others. Believing in the need to be prepared to be spontaneous, she prefers to plan before embarking on a new endeavor. “I’ll walk a site that attracts me, writing down my ideas, my reason to paint what I see. Later, I’ll make a small value sketch. Finally, I set all of that aside and just paint intuitively. This process allows for an easier flow of creativity.”

"I paint every day ... to get a spontaneous and fresh response." - Stephen Day

Stephen often revisits his childhood memories of the big skies and wide open spaces of Wyoming, either literally or inwardly, to nourish his artistic vision. With the goal of refining his paintings, he will work on a piece for a time, set it aside and work on something else. Later, he’ll return to the original piece, developing and enhancing the final imagery. “I paint every day, pretty loose and quickly to get a spontaneous and fresh response. Landscapes, skies, seasonal scenes, inspired by the Southwest. But part of my heart will always be in Wyoming. You always have a special place for where you were from.”

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