Lanie Widmar paints energetic watercolors of European landscapes and cityscapes. Her work hovers on the edge of abstraction and uses just enough pictorial imagery to suggest the scene. She strives to portray the essence of each location and allows the viewer to participate with his or her imagination. Lanie discovers her subject matter on her travels, where she photographs, sketches and paints en plein air.
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About The Artist
Painting realistic abstracts brings a sense of excitement into my artistic life. It guides me toward a sense of freedom in my landscapes and cityscapes. Watercolor paint is an ideal medium for my inner artist, as it awakens a sense of adventure and spontaneity.
My visual palette is developing to express my work with new ways of looking at color, form, and composition. With a minimum of pictorial imagery to suggest reality, I strive to portray the essence of a scene, allowing the viewer to participate with his/her imagination.
The process involves photographing, sketching, and painting studies en plein air. My subjects range from villages of Europe, Mexico, South America to Indian ruins of the Southwest US. I complete the work in my studio with transparent watercolors.
In the future, I see myself moving toward realistic abstract painting--the grey yet colorful area between the figurative and the abstract. It is this loose, impressionistic style of painting that leaves much to the imagination of the viewer. I am experimenting with painting these subjects with freedom and fluency.
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Bachelor of Architecture, 1980