Welcome to Paintings by Aline

Gracie Portrait, WIP

Gracie Portrait, WIP

The artworks, mostly oil paintings, displayed on this web site are the work of Aline Holstein Lotter of Manchester, New Hampshire. The Index link for navigating the pages of paintings is located at the top of this page.

My landscapes come in two ways:   from life, that is, outdoors;  and from photographs, remembrance or simply imagination, in my studio.  ‘En plein air” is the French term that I will use from time to time to describe landscape paintings created and mostly completed while on the scene.

You might expect that studio paintings would be more polished because the artist has unlimited time to work on them, whereas the outdoor paintings are subject to light shifts and weather conditions and, usually, time limits.  But that does not always hold true–many of my studio landscapes were painted as quickly and loosely as their plein air cousins.  My own preference is for the quick, loose way of painting, but once in a while I cannot resist a complicated subject involving multiple buildings that requires careful planning.

Most of my other artworks found on this web site are drawings or paintings from a live model, using charcoal , pencil, and in the case of paintings, oil paints.  In life drawing sessions, the models are usually unclothed.  Figurative artworks and portraiture are my current primary interests.

One subject matter has not been well represented among my current works of art: the “still life.”   Upon mulling over the term “still life”, I have wondered whether  it should mean that the artist painted from an actual collection of real objects.  Breathing artist, nonbreathing objects?    Then again, I know artists who paint from photographs of the collection.  One reason for this must be the mutability of flowers and fruit.  So perhaps originally, still life meant flowers and fruit.

When I was a college senior some fifty odd years ago, I took an oil painting course.O ur single project that semester was to paint from an arrangement of bottles and bowls, all of which had been colored a uniform tan color.   We were allowed to make up our own colors.  I doubt that a representation of artificially tan objects even qualifies as a genuine still life.  Anyway, when I returned to painting in 2005, I discovered landscape painting, and never looked back. .  . until I discovered the rewards of painting from living figures.  My latest discovery, 2015, is the joy of painting flowers–using artificial flowers sold by the crafts store.  No wilting.  It is an Excellent Thing.

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