From The Daniel Island News
"One Light," Laurie Meyer Captures the Magical Beauty of Light
Oct 3, 2012 - 9:52:50 AM
“One Light” features a series of twenty large-scale oil paintings that represent a common thread of warm light. Laurie Meyer says, “Whether the subject is a historic street in Charleston or abroad, we are all under this ‘one light.’ In other words, the subject doesn’t really matter. Instead, it’s all about the light. “I’ve always responded to the mood of light. The way it changes colors throughout the day and effects shadow color is magical to me.”
Described as representational in style with a painterly brushstroke, the images of marsh landscapes, street scenes and still lifes are warm with the colors of early morning and evening. “Getting the light and shadow colors correct means using the juxtaposition of complimentary colors,” she explains. “The orange light is contrasted with the blue shadows of late afternoon, and the red light against the green shadows of evening enhances the light. Getting neutrals to surround color and light is where the magic happens.” This magic is especially evident in her sun-dappled views of the Kiawah’s marshes and creeks. “The Tree Stands Alone” and “The Space Between” depict opposite ends of the day and in both, the light casts a warm glow across the canvas.
This recent series showcases the paintings from a career that began more than a dozen years ago. In her studio on Daniel Island, Meyer paints by day and by evening, teaches her popular color and beginning painting workshops. Music is an inspiration and an important part of her creative process, and some of the lyrics of her favorites bands such as the Dave Matthews Band and Mumford & Sons can be found in her titles. “I’m trying to create a visual discord,” she says. “The staccato of the music creates a discord and it’s the same with the energy of the brushstroke,
I want to entertain the viewer’s eye beyond the subject matter.” All five senses will be fully engaged in the canvases of “One Light.”
Visitors are welcome to attend the October 5th event from 5–8 pm. The artist will be on hand to answer questions, and the work will hang until October 31st and can be seen daily from 11-5 pm.
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