Thursday, May 13, 2010

"Sauna"

Here is that sauna I mentioned in "Dubious Welcome". I was struck again by the single light source coming from the only small window into the sauna. Though it had sat idle for the entire winter, it still had such a warm and welcome feeling with its log walls and cedar setting.

I would love to actually experience a sauna such as this one day.




8x8 oil on Raymar Artboard

27 comments:

Mark Sheeky said...

Well I'd like to share it with you! The distinctive thing about this and many of your paintings is the dark outlines, it's really your signature style. Not quite impressionist but not quite not either. I've enjoyed the last few pictures you've posted. Thanks for sharing.

artwork337 said...

you're ability to capture mood, light and texture with such immediacy, impresses the hell out of me.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Yeh you did it.
Only you can take something so plain and make it so beautiful
Great piece Sheila.

Manon Doyle said...

Looks like it would be very relaxing. I agree with Mark on your signature style. I could see a piece of yours anywhere and know it was your painting. Gorgeous work!!

-Don said...

The energy and richness of your brushstrokes and palette give life to a room that most of us would probably never have noticed. Sweet!

-Don

Kathy said...

I love the textural aspects of this work. It reads like an abstract. Nice!!

Jo Castillo said...

Sheila, your insight is great. You see great things for us. :)

Pam Holnback said...

Love this. I actually did experience a wooden sauna like this once in Finland in the 70s. Quite fun. Then you'd run out and roll in the snow. Great painting.

Celeste Bergin said...

yes...it looks very inviting!

Art with Liz said...

I seem to have missed some of your posts dear Sheila! It was great going back through them though! And what a great painting of the sauna! Incredible colours. Hope you get to experience it really soon.

Marie Theron said...

Once again, a very strong work! Your brushwork is so expressionistic!

AutumnLeaves said...

What a great job here, Sheila. You've captured the rusticity of the place and make me wish I could see it in person. Lovely composition and you have such a fabulous eye for interesting scenes.

Lokelani Forrest said...

This sauna looks very welcoming. Great job Sheila...you've succeeded in making it look very homey.

Gary Keimig said...

Nice Sheila. read some of the comments posted here and yes. You have a style I would recognize anywhere. Keep that up.
Thanks for the blog comment. Yes. Cool is nice but cold such as we have had is really something. we get snow through June but it is interspersed usually with a few nice days. But.. Today there is a yellow ball in the sky and I do believe it is the sun. Supposed to get clear up to 50 today.

Carrie Griesemer said...

This brings back memories of the Swedish sauna my husband and I enjoyed years ago in the dead of winter in northern Minnesota. Great painting, I hope you get to try an authentic sauna someday!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Sweet dynamic brushwork. (...and I know I keep saying that, Sheila. But it's SO outstanding.) More, please.

Gwen Bell said...

Love all of the vertical lines in this! Nice job, Shelia!

Elizabeth Chapman said...

mm.. I can feel the warmth coming from this sauna.. very inviting!

L.Holm said...

Love this painting. I think Mark makes some good points. I really like youir close-up intimate space work. This is great. has terrific abstract movement to it.

David Larson Evans said...

A good sense of depth , impressive.

Eva said...

I've missed the last few postings and it was a treat to catch up. I'm impressed with your productivity because as you know from my post mine has been nil. I love the heavy texture of this painting! You direct strokes makes my eyes feel the wood. Super!

r garriott said...

You've been busy making beautiful paintings! I swear each one is better than the last. I always love to see what new subject you've tackled. The texture on this is marvelous.

Edward Burton said...

Great brushwork, Sheila. A very wonderful piece.

dominique eichi said...

great feel in here...... I want to be there

Teresa said...

Wonderful warm colors... makes it so inviting!

Anonymous said...

I can feel the sweat rolling down my body...

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