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General News · 10th August 2019
Richard Trueman
Annie Belcourt delivers a stunning collection of seascapes, luminous and evocative, at the opening in the Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Friday August 9th 2019.

Entitled, “Evanescent” meaning: soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing. An apt title for her depictions of the ever-changing nature of light, sea, and air and just as one picture never captures the grandure, Ms Belcourt provides us with 40 some instances of the this powerful and ever changing vista. I am reminded of the English painter J.M.W. Turner, 1775-1851 who also painted the ephemeral quality of light.

Ms Belcourt’s technique and materials deserve a mention here and she describes it as personally liberating, allowing her to explore new territory. Her medium is oil paints with a diluting medium of “cold wax”. Her tools are few, palette knives and a silicone pot scraper, similar to a version you use to scrape ice from your windshield. That’s it, no brushes, no turpentine. She some times applies 20 layers over each other and scrapes away portions of the top layer to reveal an under layer. An example is picture 2 where the blue is scraped a way to reveal the red. She will sometimes work on 10 pieces at once while adding these layers. The amount of cold wax mixed with the oil paint determines the transparency of the layer.

The crowd was very good and the sales were brisk. You can emerce yourself in this show Saturday and Sunday, August 10,11 and August 17,18 2 to 6 PM

Next Friday the 16th of August, 7 to 9 PM, Kristen Scholfield Sweet will give a talk on how to read a painting with 7 ideas. Ms. Belcourt will be there to answer any questions.

Here are links to more information to the references above...

https://bridgemanimages.com/en-US/j-m-w-turner-the-painter-of-light

https://gamblincolors.com/cold-wax-painting/