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Joyce Bolte

    Joyce's inspiration comes from the world of nature, which never fails to provide her with a subject or idea. She is especially drawn to the woodlands of Ohio and the mountains of Pennsylvania and Lake Tahoe. She finds that nature provides endless examples of the abstract within the realistic environment, whether it be a stormy sky, serene lake or rugged mountain.

    Due to its' spontaneity and versatility, she prefers to paint in watercolors, although she is currently experimenting with acrylic collage. Joyce's goal for a painting is to make a statement or create an emotion within the viewer. It is hard for her to determine what is more exhilarating, the completion of a successful, emotional painting or the thrill of the hunt for the inspiration.



Milkweeds in Winter
by Joyce Bolte

I find the beauty of nature everywhere and at any time of the year. I came across the subject matter for this painting while riding my bike on a country road near my home.

In this original watercolor of dried milkweed pods I wanted to maintain an austere feeling and accentuate the dry, rigid stems of the pods through the use of strong vertical lines. Within these intricate lines are myriads of negative, abstract shapes that bring forth the pattern of the stems and leaves. As a relief to the dominate, vertical feeling, I situated the pods at diagonal and horizontal angles. The placement of the pods also serves to direct your eye through the painting. To further soften the strong lines and for a bit of contrast I added the wispy, silken seeds just starting to burst forth from the pods. I intentionally limited my palette to just a few colors in order to maintain an almost monochromatic feeling in keeping with the somber mood of the season.

size: 24.5H 14.5W inches
quanity: 1


Chicory and Lace
by Joyce Bolte

One of my favorite floral subjects is a mixed bouquet of the snowy, white capped Queen Ann's Lace and the bright, periwinkle colored chicory that are found along the roadsides and fields in summer. Amazingly, most people consider these wildflowers to be weeds, but I just love the bright, saucer shapes of the lace that contrast with the flat petals of the chicory.

In this original watercolor, I purposely set the lavender flowers and spiky stems of the chicory agaist the soft, yellow-greens of the background. These colors, when placed next to each other, create a harmonious combination of complimentary colors. The strong stems contrast with the soft background while the strong, white lacy heads lead your eye through the painting. My goal was to keep the painting light and airy like a summer's day.

size: 18.5H 24W inches
quanity: 1

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