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A brief moment of light and color can unveil the beauty of our common, overlooked outdoor surroundings. These scenes challenge and inspire me to create impressionistic paintings where I strive to create a visual escape, capturing the subtleties of colors on an overcast day or the dramatic sunlight on a peaceful vista. Through my paintings I provide my collectors a renewed memory of enjoying our great outdoors.
I paint in a loose and expressive painting style using both brush and painting knife working with a limited palette of only 6 colors, often finishing the painting in five or less short painting sessions. When painting I start with a charcoal outline of basic design, then sketch in a monochromatic underpainting. Once dry, I then block in the basic colors focusing on the values and color intensities for the desired effect. I then complete the painting with multiple iterations of refinement in detail and color. I typically paint in my home studio working from my sketches and digital photos of local parks or countryside. On nice days I prefer working in Plein Air where I get to enjoy the weather and feel the immediacy and rush to complete the painting on site.
Michael Ressler is a Montgomery County artist that paints impressionistic landscapes in oil and acrylic using both brush and painting knife working with a limited palette of 6 colors. In his paintings Michael attempts to portray the beauty of our common, overlooked surroundings. He strives to create a visual escape, capturing a moment of dramatic sunlight on a peaceful vista to provide his collectors a renewed memory of enjoying our great outdoors. Michael received his B.S. in Art Education from Kutztown University and has continued his learning through local workshops and art books.
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