The art of Richard Schloss is featured in a one-man show titled “The Miracle of Atmosphere” at Palm Loft Gallery (Carpinteria, California), now through April 29, 2018. Get a quick dose of inspiration in this Q&A we shared regarding his atmospheric art, his inspiration, and the single-word answer to his most commonly asked question.
Q: At what point in your creative path did you begin to focus on atmosphere?
A: When I first started painting I looked at Monet’s cathedral paintings. 40 paintings of the same gray stone facade. He obviously wasn’t painting the building, rather he was painting the air and the light. This I believe was one of the first things that piqued my interest in atmosphere and light.
Q: Tell us about your personal favorite painting (of yours) and why it’s a favorite:
A: This one (above), which I am working on now, is my favorite. As they say, “my best painting is my next one.”
Q: What’s the most common question you’re asked, and what’s the answer?
A:: “How do you paint water? the light? trees? the atmosphere?” And similar questions for which there is no answer except “practice.”
Q: What advice would you give to other artists who strive to achieve atmospheric effects?
A: The advice I would give is to study how atmosphere and light work, then observe the different effects whenever you can. The best way to observe nature is to paint it.