In Terrasse by painter Annie Puybareau, we see two women seated at an outdoor cafe, conversing, as might be glimpsed from a terrace. The light is bright, but low; long shadows extend along the ground from the furniture. The colors are cool and pleasant. Much of the visual interest in the painting derives from the angle of perspective, and the interplay of light and shadow.
In Marta Zamarska’s pleasing series of paintings, Winter Impressions, we see various snowy winter landscapes, often featuring figures in various outdoor activities: children sledding in the snow, climbers make their way up snowy peaks, cross country skiers treading along a path. In these, the figures are painted as the merest impressions, as if seen some distance off through a haze of wind blown snow. The features of the landscape, captured as soft variations in color and shadow.
In others, any figures that might have been present, are lost from view in their entirety. For example in Winter Impression 20, a burst of sunlight is scattered in an airborne cloud of snow, an unlooked for hazy explosion of warm red and yellow. It is as if, the view were too dazzling to see clearly.
Laslo Sergiu is a Romanian artist fond of interspersing his largely grey-scale paintings with bursts of vivid neon color. In Family Portrait, the artist paints in monochrome an image of a parent hugging a child, behind rainbow-colored bands reminiscent of blinds on a window. Interestingly, while the features of the child’s face are seen, the parent’s face has been smoothed flat into featureless gray. Instead, it is the parent’s grasping hands which are most prominent. The effect is somewhat ominous, however the child’s expression, and the bright colors of the stripes, seem to allay any suspicion of a darker subtext.