It’s true that artists can find beauty in any scene. Just take a look at these paintings of trash cans, gritty alleyways, and derelict backyards.
“Trash Day Is Fun,” by Ed Terpening
When an artist named Linda Rosso posted a painting she did of some brightly colored trash cans on the Plein Air Painters page of Facebook, the image prompted several comments, including one from the page’s moderator, Ed Terpening, discussing how artists see beauty everywhere. We invited painters to post any pieces they did of garbage cans, alleys, and other grimy scenes most people would consider eyesores.
Artists see opportunities to explore the play of light and color in the world around us. Rather quickly, painters began posting to the request. Below we show a few of those paintings.
“Grill,” by Ed Terpening, oil, 6 x 6 in.
“Yard Workin’,” by Kim VanDerHoek, oil, 6 x 10 in.
“Backdoor Boxcar,” by Jan Benclowe, acrylic, 8 x 10 in.
Dalibor Dejanovic, 5 x 5 in.
“Beach Road With Lines,” by Mary Bentz Gilkerson, 6 x 4 in.
“Gates of ESCO,” by Brenda Boylan, oil, 8 x 10 in.