Lucky Lab Winter Landscape

Posted by Heather Prall on Dec 15th 2021

Lucky Lab Winter Landscape

We all have a favorite season during the year and a compelling connection as to why that is. Winter may bring about feelings of warmth, comfort, nights by the fire, and celebrations with family. It’s a time of year where we see the bare structures in our landscape. Trees have lost their leaves, plants go dormant, animals take shelter from the cold and snow. It’s an opportunity to see the harshness and beauty of nature all at the same time.

Five up-and-coming local Colorado artists, Isaac Ahrens, Janelle W. Anderson, Rae Burton, Daniel M. Granitto and Talia Swartz, – are currently featured in the Winter Landscape exhibition showing December 10th – 26th 2021, at Lucky Lab Gallery. This exhibition explores the work of these talented artists, along with a variety of art mediums. Each artist has offered insight here, into their inspiration and approach to their artwork.

Spring in Montana by Isaac Ahrens

Isaac Ahrens

Winter landscapes provide a certain sense of mysticism that can only be found in those special moments of stillness in nature. I am inspired by the calm and quiet moments. Photography is the art of distilling a moment and the moment of the winter landscape is one of magic, nature taking pause and life slowing its pace. When I am looking at my next shot, I am thinking about the feelings I want to be translated by the visual.

How can I capture this sense of wonder, or melancholy, or euphoria, so that my viewer can get that same sense? With “Spring in Montana”, I want to provide the viewers with a moment of awe. The landscape of Montana is grand and unforgiving, showcased by the monochromatic landscape. The beauty of the winter landscape lies in one’s own perspective, do you embrace the stillness, or dread the darkness?

Janelle Anderson

I've become increasingly inspired by landscape paintings in recent years, especially by artists who capture light in such a way that it evokes instant beauty. The mood and physical darkness of winter inspires me to make paintings that allude to mystery and stillness. I typically make surreal, digital collages as my sketches for paintings. However, my winter landscapes are much simpler, involving only one or two images, emphasizing the starkness and loneliness of winter.

Rae Burton Orange SnowRae Burton

Winter is better to be viewed inside through artwork where it's warm and cozy. I wouldn’t say that the winter season necessarily inspires me, however it does coax me to go inside and work through creative processes that lead to beautiful things. My approach to creating my artwork lies in crafting images through the art of subtraction. Carving the wood out to make a clear silhouette image. My intention with each piece that I’ve submitted to the gallery is to show the beauty of snow in unlikely places covering desert red rocks and plants.

Daniel M. Granitto

Snow is nearly never white. I love the ways that familiar things can be made new or foreign when they are obstructed and obscured by snow. A snowy landscape creates a whole new visual reality with bright light reflecting off the ground and casting colored light into shadowy shapes. I also especially love trees in winter, all naked and gangly, skeletal.

I make paintings and drawings based on photos that I take as I move through daily life. Having a direct and personal relationship with the subject is essential for me, which is why I work exclusively from my own photos. However, much of the contextual information that makes any moment so striking is often lost when translated to photography. To address this, I create interventions that force me to engage with memory and imagination instead of relying totally on the photo.

Through my paintings, I offer an intimate gaze at the uncanny moments of life. When I approached each canvas, my primary goal was to use the photo as a framework and a roadmap to launch my mind back into the event as it existed in my memory and imagination. After getting the compositions and initial colors blocked in, I gradually moved away from the reference photos and allowed memory through imagination to take a more active role in helping me to rediscover the specific qualities of light, air, and color that were so unique to each of these visual events.

Daniel Granitto Install at Lucky Lab

Talia Swartz

Shifting from autumn to winter is all about slowing down, restoring, and recharging your body and mind, and being intentional about getting rid of what doesn’t serve you. My winter landscape artworks represent the beautiful, transitional time between fall and winter. There is this time between seasons where the color palette has become more muted, and the landscape is a bit starker, revealing its true self to the world. It’s not pretentious or glamorous, just honest, and exposed.

I’ve created my pieces with the intention of simplifying both landscapes, down to their essential elements, and neutral hues to show that honest beauty can be found when we peel back the layers and let the world see our true selves. My goal as an artist is to find beauty in simplicity. What do you see in your observation of my pieces “Simplify” and “Your Poetry”?

We are excited to host this exhibition featuring winter landscapes. We look forward to seeing you there! Original artworks on display at Lucky Lab Gallery are available for purchase.