Richard Bollinger was hard at work creating new images in a variety of mediums this past year. He has chosen two strong paintings to reproduce for the Christmas Season. The first is a large mixed medium work entitled “Valley Creek”. It is a quiet and reflective painting of a popular stream just a mile from his studio in Chester County, PA. The second piece is entitled “Morning Prelude”. It is a major watercolor of another local landscape. The painting features a historic farm whose early residents played a part in the American Revolution.
Not far from my home in Chester County, Pennsylvania, flows the east branch of the tiny river known as the Brandywine. Reflecting and shimmering as it works its way through the woodlands and settlements along its banks, it is not only an historic river, it is a beautiful waterway. Valley Creek is one of the many scenic tributaries that runs through the valley and contributes to the waters of the Brandywine.
Early one crisp winter morning, I decided to explore this wonderful twisting and churning stream. (artists are not particularly bright!) As it snaked its way through the county, I worked hard trying to anticipate its next mood and turn. Suddenly after an almost ninety degree bend, just south of Downingtown, this amazing landscape came into view. I knew immediately that it had to be painted.
To capture the quiet and then moving waters was a challenge. I chose a limited palette (only an handful of colors) to render this major work using acrylic, watercolor and tempera paints. Valley Creek has been faithfully reproduced on the finest quality 100% acid free paper. I have personally inspected, signed and numbered each impression.
Chester County, Pennsylvania -1791
It’s quiet in the heart of Pennsylvania farm country. Conrad Ackers lights a small lamp in his modest fieldstone home. As he ponders his responsibilities of a new day, the clock on the mantel strikes. He glances at his watch and then looks out across the meadow. Impressed by the colors and glow of the early morning light, he pauses for a moment, closes his eyes, and then looks up. He is filled with gratitude for another day and the opportunity he has been given to provide for his family. Before long his hands will be filled with work and the rich fertile soil of the great valley. In moments the farm will spring to life and demands for his attention will seem endless. But right now, this silent “looking up moment” is essential to him. He has done it as long as he can remember. It is simpl a part of who he is. It has become the prelude to each and every one of his mornings. It is a time to reflect, in part, on the day to come but more importantly, it is his very personal time to express his deep admiration to the one who created it.
Artist Richard Bollinger has captured this historic landmark now at rest, in his most recent painting Morning Prelude. The painting has be faithfully reproduced on the finest quality 100% acid free paper. Each Impression has been personally inspected, signed and numbered by the artist.
Each of these prints will be available for purchase at Studio 3 on November 1, 2009. Each print can be personalized with special messages written by the artist upon request. Reserve yours today before they sell out! If you are not in the area you may purchase prints online at RichardBollinger.net – be sure to tell them Studio 3 sent you.