Edwin Green - Plein Air Painter
From childhood art has always been special, but it took a major leap of faith to turn it into more than an avocation.Years ago on a sailing trip from Bali to Cyprus I laid over for six months in Sri Lanka. A visit to a local batik shop was fascinating - the beautiful fabrics created, the simplicity of it all. I asked the owner if he would teach me how it was done. He laughed and said just come, help if you want, and you will learn. He could do more drawing with the flat of a crayon than I ever could no matter the medium.But,there was the push I needed - the notion that perhaps I could survive as an artist.Studio classes at VCU in Richmond, VA, study at the excellent art facility of the Université of Montpellier with the world renown Musée Fabre nearby in town, countless hours in museums, and much practice set me on my way.Painting is captivating; I paint every day. I have never found anything as satisfying and nothing which held my interest for so long.Living on a sailboat for a dozen years made painting plein air a necessity - there was no room below for a real studio. I have continued to paint plein air, though I do have a studio now and more closet space than ever the accommodation aboard.You are truly lucky if you can find your passion - even luckier if you are able to pursue it.
Recently, a trip to the Coast of Maine provided fodder for the mind of this inquisitive explorer/artist. See some of the product of his wandering eye below. Click on any picture to see a larger version of it.
Now in October Edwin has gone to Paris and we have begun seeing what he is working on there. The first photo came in on October 24th (1939 years after Vesuvius erupted burying Pompeii) and it, of course, is in Montmartre. New ones today (Friday) include Notre Dame, Place des Vosges, and Saint Germain.
The paintings below, except the ones from Paris, are now available in our gallery and may be purchased, or reserved by phone or email. Call us at (757) 229-7644 or email at info@WilliamsburgArt.com to arrange purchase and/or framing of these new works by Edwin Green. Unframed 11X14" paintings are $250, 8X10" paintings are $150, 6X8 are $85. We have special frames available for $80 to $125 dollars for these paintings.
We don't have the Paris paintings yet or the prices. We may have them by next weekend for the open house.
"Maine is always special -whether inland or coastal. The weather this trip was perfect - never more than 85 degrees during the day with negligible humidity. Night required a blanket towards morning. The eight year hiatus since the last visit had produced changes. Two life time friends had died, their house sold, their children living afar. But Katahdin, which I first climbed over forty years ago after a long walk from Georgia, remained the same. As did Kineo, prized by Indians for its Rhyolite flint. My father had shown me an arrowhead made of it when I was a boy. And how many times had I sailed up from the Virginia Capes to escape the Southern summer? Nostalgia comes from the Greek meaning 'homecoming'. It's ok to indulge in it from time to time."