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“Cool Whisper” by Linda Wilder won Best Acrylic in a recent PleinAir Salon bi-monthly competition

Help us congratulate impressionist landscape painter Linda Wilder (lindawilderart.com) for winning Best Acrylic in a recent bi-monthly PleinAir Salon. We reached out to Linda to ask her about the winning work, “Cool Whisper” (shown above) and share more of her paintings with you.

“Travelling the Icefield Parkway, between Lake Louise and Jasper, through the heart of the Canadian Rockies is such an awe-inspiring experience,” Linda says. “I have painted many paintings along this highway. ‘Cool Whisper’ was painted over an older unresolved painting (I often do this with acrylic work and allow the texture and some of the original to show through).

“I enjoy using a combination of a palette knife and a brush, in no particular order. I tend to be somewhat intuitive and not caring if I have an exact representation of a place: It’s more important for me to convey a feeling. I love atmosphere, mood, and light.

“For ‘Cool Whisper,’ I took the original photo of the area, cropped and edited the lighting to suit the effect I was trying to achieve, to fit the canvas. I use photos as a jumping off point and then toss them aside, as I get more absorbed in my work and let the creative process take over.”

Landscape painting photo reference for PleinAir Salon
Landscape painting photo reference
Landscape painting photo reference for PleinAir Salon
Landscape painting photo reference, enhanced and cropped

Additional winter landscape paintings by Linda Wilder:

Linda Wilder, “Along the Parkway,” 18 x 24 in.
Linda Wilder, “Along the Parkway,” 18 x 24 in.
Linda Wilder, “Jasper Impression,” 18 x 24 in.
Linda Wilder, “Jasper Impression,” 18 x 24 in.
Linda Wilder, “Early Light on the Parkway”
Linda Wilder, “Early Light on the Parkway”

“All my landscapes are inspired in some way or another by the environment surrounding me, whether it be a specific mountain or waterfall or an abstract shape,” Linda says. “If my heart skips a beat, I take a second look to absorb and analyze. The simplest things capture my attention … the way light bounces off the water and rocks in a stream, the contrast of snow against the warm underbrush, creating abstracted forms … it all sparks an emotional chord.

“The environment stimulates your senses as you breath the fresh air, taking in all the sights and sounds; a truly awe inspiring and humbling experience. My paintings are my personal response to these surroundings both on location and from my studio.”

As one can see from “Cool Whisper,” the PleinAir Salon accepts works that are both completed outdoors on location and those that were created with studies and references taken en plein air. Could your work be the next winner?

ART COMPETITION CALL FOR ENTRIES: Did you know? The Plein Air Salon accepts both plein air and studio works! Categories include best Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, Watercolor/Gouache, Floral, Landscape, Nocturne/Sunrise/Sunset, Figure/Portrait, Outdoor Still Life, Water, Animals/Birds, Western, Plein Air only, Buildings, and Vehicles. The next deadline to submit art is coming soon. You could win up to $15,000!


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