Artists inspired by nature
Upland Plein Air is a regional community of visual artists working in oil, watercolor, pastel, and various drawing media. The term “plein air" means painting outside from nature. The group has hosted over 175 painting events around South Central Indiana during the past 6 years. 2021 is Upland’s 7th year offering group painting events.
While Bloomington based, Upland members live throughout the region. Painting destinations vary widely and are chosen for creative inspiration. Past adventures include state parks, old neighborhoods, urban settings, established gardens, historic barns and much more. The majority are within 45 minutes of Bloomington, Indiana, with most much closer and a few further away.
Upland artists enjoy working outside from nature and come together for weekly creative meetups. Plein air is one of the few safe pleasures available during this pandemic time, as the artists naturally spread out to find just the right view. During the pandemic, creative passion has continued to bring Upland artists together, typically in smaller numbers, but with the same delightful enthusiasm.
For more information, visitwww.uplandpleinair.org
Marina Kalinovsky was born in the former Soviet Union, raised and received art education in St. Petersburg(former Leningrad) and is a full-time artist and art teacher. She has lived in New York since 1989. Her works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe.
“My father, a historian, was responsible for the restoration of a museum of archeology and history in a small Russian town that had been destroyed during World War II. The museum was our second home. This half-ruined enchanted place with Greek amphorae and medieval armor at hand probably still inspires many of my paintings and drawings. The images in my works are also often provoked by combination of colors or a simple gesture. As each image has its reflections, one can peel them endlessly, layer by layer.”
My inspiration for painting comes from the great Impressionist Painters. I had a lifelong dream to paint and in 2002 took a course with Michael Teague who taught me all I know of painting. I first learned of Impressionism as a high school student while studying four years of French. Impressionism provided an escape from my life in a cabin with no electricity and no running
water in the woods of Indiana. I could experience Monet's garden at Giverny, even the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mauscole where Van Gogh painted "Starry Night". More recently, my life's path has taken me to the American Southwest, where I replenish my energy from the Earth. With oils, a medium that comes to life on the canvas, I strive to capture what we perceive in the physical world, but to simultaneously blur the lines between imagination and reality.
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