Painting Michigan

Randi Ford's avatar Randi Ford

My exhibition, Painting Michigan, will be created with the intention of challenging the way people relate to and perceive their environment, specifically the vast landscapes of Michigan. I will accomplish this through creating a series of thirteen paintings, twelve of which will be small 8"x 10" inches supporting images painted on location in nature throughout the state. The focal point of the exhibit will be a 3.5' X 5" foot studio rendering of one of my plein air pieces created at the Saugatuck Dunes. This image provides audiences an initial large-scale visual immersion into the environments, before the other pieces invite them to further analyze what is contained within the worlds. Around this will be the other twelve pieces, each one offering a more brief, but still equally as calculated and intriguing look into the natural wonders of Michigan’s outdoors. I will decipher familiar scenes of Michigan, while also creating work that will reveal new perspectives to viewers on what Michigan’s landscape encompasses. While it will be important for my pieces to maintain a sense of realism, in order to properly resonate with observers, a gentle distortion of reality will provide a means by which I can manipulate the way my modern audience will analyze a “landscape painting”. By accentuating the intricate intertwining of branches, expanding on the patterns created by the foliage of leaves, and exaggerating the color saturation of tones that are often muted in nature, the way people perceive and emotionally relate to a scene will be enhanced. In these pieces, viewers will hopefully develop a stronger sense of intimacy and allow them to contemplate their relationship with our natural world.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1' foot
  • Medium: Oil, Gouache
  • Width: 13'3 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 3 foot