Artist: Jon Crane Title: Summer Meadows (Panoramic view of Bulldog Ranch, Northern Black Hills, South Dakota) Edition:: Limited Edition Artist S/N to 95 Image size: 20" x 19" From Jon : The further from the masses and the closer to a fishing stream I get, the more at peace I become. The further from the main roads and the deeper into the outback that stream may be, the closer you would be to understanding me and any meaning you might want to ascribe to my art.
My subjects and my renderings of such are modest and quiet. There are no hidden meanings or agendas, no underlying realities or stories that I wish to tell when I begin a scene. They are simply views of the world that appeal to me. These views are mostly of the American rural landscape…farms, ranches, barns, churches, schools and vehicles, most often abandoned, and sometimes just plain old landscapes. My subjects are of real places that I have visited and enjoyed. This is where I ‘live’ and what I ‘paint.’ It is what I love. It offers a peacefulness that I fear won’t last.
If someone wants to read things into my art, that is their business, not mine. I’ve had people point out things from bodies to ghosts, which simply are not there. What you see is what you get. No more. No less. (Okay. For the record, I have been known to hide a friend’s name in a painting or two just for the hell of it. But that is another story.)
I work in transparent watercolor on paper. This medium allows me to express what I have seen. It is a beautiful medium with soft tonalities. There are few hard edges. Whites and light colors are achieved by allowing the paper base to shine through the transparent pigments. As romantic sounding as it may be, painting en PleinAir is not very practical for me, so most of my work is done in a studio. My work often involves hundreds of hours and sitting in an Illinois cornfield just would not work. In addition, many of my paintings are snow scenes. Water freezes. As a result, photographic reference material plays an important part of my work.
I have two great studios. One overlooks a creek in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The other is Ed, our all wheel drive motor home that overlooks many great places where my wife Gail and I camp. Both provide controlled environments and good lighting. Both provide a sense of calmness and a relaxed atmosphere. When that transfers to my painting, I have accomplished what I have set out to do.
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