Representational Fine Art, Distinctive Style
OBER ANDERSON GALLERY
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M. Shawn Cornell is a plein air painter by the strictest terms. Simply defined-all paintings are completed 100% on location-there's absolutely no indoor touch up. He does this for the vast challenges of painting from firsthand outdoor observation and to fully honor the historical tradition of painting directly from life. Why complete the painting entirely on location? Just as he wouldn't call a color enhanced sapphire - natural, he wouldn't call one of his painting that's been enhanced indoors - truly plein air.
His paintings are neither cutting edge nor deep in metaphorical meaning, they're simply stories about brief moments that he has experienced and witnessed during his excursions. Hopefully these stories connect with the viewer, sparking a fond memory, a sense of familiarity or a bit of humor. Each painting is documented with its location, date, time of day, weather conditions, and brief observations about the day. Many have referred to this documentation as the painting's birth certificate.
For me, painting "en plein air" is more than just creating two dimensional representations with paint. It's my wife's companionship as she illuminates the canvas with a flashlight so I can paint the full moon. It's my dad and me sharing a thermos of hot cheesy tomato soup while we paint a frozen, snow covered stream. It's spending time to see the extraordinary in things many would call ordinary. It's a brief moment of life, captured on canvas.
M. Shawn Cornell
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