I set out yesterday on a trip to see the tulips @ Skagit Valley, WA. Yesterday was the last day of the tulip festival and I simply had to catch the fields of wonderful blooms. Setting out early ensured that I successfully avoided the traffic and before noon, I simply had taken photographs of every single tulip in every possible angle and walked around every inch of the field. Hunger pangs led me to the quaint little town of LaConner by the sea. Filled with local artists and original art, I soon forgot why I was even in this town and walked into LaConner Seaside Gallery, this time attracted by another field of tulips, only it was a painting!
Inside, I met plein-air artist, Mark Bistranin. For those of you wondering if it was a typo in plein-air, it is actually a French expression which means, ‘in the open air’ and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. But enough art lessons and back to Mark.
Mark’s paintings, in his own words, “capture and express a sense of place and time.” His paintings, inspired by the Pacific North West, walks viewers through familiar scenes and places they would love to visit time and time again. Mark’s paintings successfully captures the light and reflections that abound in these areas and is a treat to the eyes. If the picture of Mark above with one of his paintings didn’t give you an idea of the contrasts of light and dark that I am talking about, here is more from his collections…..
You can see more of Mark’s painting’s here: www.laconnerseasidegallery.com/laconnerseasidegallery.com/Seaside_Gallery_Artists/Pages/Mark_Bistranin.html
If plein-air, NorthWest inspired paintings are your style, why don’t you walk into LaConner Seaside Gallery @ Skagit Valley or reach out to Mark Bistranin directly?
Mark’s contact details:
17902 Mt. Ridge Drive
Mount Vernon, WA 98274
Phone: (360)-428-0352 (Home), (360)-421-1332 (Cell)
Watch out for more artist features from Skagit Valley, WA in the coming days!
Until next time……