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ABOUT LINDA ABBOTT:
“I am primarily a plein air painter; that is my absolute favorite way to paint. Painting outside, on site, presents a special set of challenges and makes the creation of art much more fun and exciting. Weather changes, light changes, and subject matter can disappear, but it is all part of the "game." There is a spontaneity that comes with the plein air style of painting that, for me, cannot be duplicated in a studio setting. When practical, I will take my still arrangements outside to paint them. The natural light is special.”
Linda Abbott was born and raised in California. She lived and worked in Yosemite National Park for 30 years, and now resides summers in West Yellowstone, Montana. Linda earned her B.A. degree and teaching credential from University of California, Los Angeles. She pursued further study at UCLA, Otis Art Institute, and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
LINDA ABBOTT’S WORK:
“People often ask about plein air painting: what is it and what is the attraction? Well, ‘things happen,’ as they say. There is a simplicity, a freshness and immediacy brought about by the need to eliminate the unimportant and seek the basics. Compare attending a live musical performance versus listening to a finely engineered recording. What is the difference, and why is attending a live performance so special? The listener has a different relationship to the performance and is likely to encounter the unexpected, unplanned aspects within the performance. There can be a freshness that does not exist in the recorded performance.
“Besides, there is nothing like the presence of sand and dirt, insects, and other such souvenirs embedded in the paint to remind one that it is not only a painting, but an experience! Let's hear it for extreme painting!!”
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