After just returning from Costa Rica, I have been thinking more and more about how being in nature heals us. There have been recent studies confirming that spending time in nature is beneficial to our health.
Since one of my goals as an artist is to help people feel peace in a hectic world by sharing my landscape paintings, I have given this a lot of thought.
Conservation is important in Costa Rica. Although the country only covers .03% of the earth's surface, it has almost 6% of the world's biodiversity. People flock to the country to enjoy nature.
I was amused watching everyone cluster around to see what animals the guides pointed out in the trees while I was personally fascinated with all the trees themselves. Don't get me wrong, I was enchanted by the mischievous monkeys and raccoons, but those gorgeous branches that held them interested me as much, if not more.
I hope that you enjoy some of what I was able to see, and make a resolution to spend time in nature in the coming months and years. After all, it has now been proven that doing so is actually good for your health.
Excited to see the face of this sloth while hiking through the rain forest.
Not sure who was more interested in whom here. Had fun expecting this emu to speak back to me. Didn't happen.... This little fellow was housed in a wildlife rescue center.
Tourists clamoring to see animals in the trees at Manuel Antonio National Park.
A stunning Cenizaro Tree. Yes, this will likely become a painting!!
Capuchin Monkey. No, I didn't feed it!
Beach in Guanacaste
To Brighten Your Day-- Recently Sold Artwork--Please let me know if this brightened your day in the comments below. Enjoy!
Filtering Through, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 20 inches, ©Lynn Goldstein
"Who you are is always constant as long as you are faithful to what you want to say in your art. "
One of my coaches said this awhile back and I have been thinking about it a lot relative to the directions I want to take artistically, and actually in my life. Really, don't we all want to be faithful to who we are inside? For some time now, I have celebrated the beauty and peace that I find in the landscape, hoping to share that little slice of peace with others.
Most of the pastel painters that I know work in a very representational style. I want to explore more, yet still stay faithful to what I want to say in my art. To that end, I have begun a new series after much thought.
The series is entitled Juxtapositions because I will explore representational oil landscapes juxtaposed with abstracted pastel work.
Here are the first pieces that I have made for this show. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
"Filtering Through #2," Pastel on Paper, 12 x 12 inches, ©Lynn Goldstein