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Subdued, Ethereal Landscapes by Lisa Tomczeszyn

A long oil painting of clouds over VermontVermont Clouds, oil on canvas

Los Angeles artist Lisa Tomczeszyn uses watercolour, oils and pastels to make subdued, ethereal landscapes that fade in and out of abstraction. The artist has a great skill for colour blending, creating twilight images in realistic shades.


A watercolour painting with abstract fields of blue and greenMeditation green blue watercolour, watercolour on paper

In many cases, the titles of Lisa’s works are the only thing that discloses them as figurative landscapes, rather than abstractions. I enjoy this ambiguity, and it would be really interesting to see the works before reading the titles. The artist is skilled with blending and often uses numerous slightly different colours and hues to create a finished work that seems to express a single colour scheme.


A screen capture of the front page of Lisa Tomczeszyn's


I like Lisa’s pastel drawings, many of which are florals, or specifically focused on plants. These works are the most definitively figurative in the artist’s portfolio, but the forms are just a few smudges away from spiraling into abstracts. This creates a great sense of tension, and reminds me a bit of the hazy pastel works of Robin Street-Morris


A pastel drawing of wild grassesWild Grass, pastel on paper

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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