Shelbyville One: Stage Five
Landscape with the upper two-thirds a faint blue (but mostly reddish-tan) sky and the lower third is a landscape with dark green grass and a white and brown path. There are dark purple trees in the mid ground and some solid light purple trees (With dark purple accents) in the background. The fifth of six process proofs.
Stephen Duren attended the San Francisco Art Institute in the 1970s, and always favored working outside, directly from nature. During these periods of pleinair painting, he absorbed countless textures and patterns from the landscape, including that particular quality of light that is unique to California. This visual vocabulary became the foundation for his painting, moving from realism to abstraction. He was inspired by many European artists from the 1800s, including Constable, Corot, Corbet, Sisley, Van Gogh and Monet.