Over the course of four bone-chilling yet sunny February mornings, artist Susan Pominville — accompanied by her Australian shepherd, Clark, whose job is herding goats — filmed herself painting outdoors on her Howell farm. The result is nothing short of stunning.
Why paint outside? On the first morning, Pominville wrote that it was “5 degrees, but the sun is out and the light is beautiful.”
This style of painting — en plein air, the French expression that means “in open air,” with the artist’s subject always in full, plain view — has produced some of the world’s most breathtaking works of art; it was popular with the Expressionists, including Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne, and Pissarro.
Here, in addition to using the crisp, bright light of these winter mornings, Pominville employs another artistic device: painting upside down. What seems like a counter-intuitive way to create in reality tricks the artist into painting the actual details of the subject — what the eyes see — rather than how the brain thinks it should look.
Watch the time-lapse video of Pominville’s work here:
Pominville — who designed The Livingston Post’s logos — does graphic work at her company Abovo Visual Communications, which you can check out here. She is also a talented photographer who produces stock images of Livingston County, which you can check out at Picture Livingston.com by clicking here.