On Seeing the Earth


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On Seeing the Earth

Inspiration, artistic inspiration, is an ephemeral thing.  There are times when it flows easily and there are times when the work is labored and comes slowly.  My work has been grounded in the real world.  I have seldom done non representational abstract work.

Today I would like to show you my newest series of paintings.  These are a departure from the work I normally do and I am excited about them.  Like most of my works, they are grounded in the real world.

This past Easter we were in Mexico for three weeks.  On the return flight I found myself seated in a window seat.  As I watched the earth slide by below I became fascinated by the patterns that came into view:  circles, triangles, rectangles and lines;  interesting textures . . .  a visual treat!

Out of this was born the idea for a new series, On seeing the Earth.  You are among the first to see them.

The Work

This first work, Heartland, started the series.  It grew out of my visual memory as experienced on the plane.



Next I went to GoogleEarth and scrolled through landscapes.  Viewed at high altitude, these landscapes are an inexhaustible  trove of visual imagery and the basis of the paintings which followed.

Here you see farmland in Nebraska.

Nebraska Farmland

Nebraska Farmland

And, here you see the painting, Nebraska.


Nebraska  48″ x 38″

This is another example, a view of farmland in Nebraska.

Nebraska Farmland

Nebraska Farmland

And, the resulting painting, Fields.

Fields  48" X 24"

Fields 48″ X 24″

Finally, we have farmland in Montana, which has an entirely different feel.

Montana Farmland

Montana Farmland

And the painting Montana.

Montana  60" x 30"

Montana 60″ x 30″

So there you have it, the beginning of a new series.  The possibilities are inexhaustible.  What do you think?

More to come

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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