World traveler is Artist of Month


World traveled artist, Vickie Guthrie, was named Artist of the Month by attendees at the first 2013 meeting of the Lake Granbury Art Association. Guthrie’s paintings capture her appreciation of Mexican pottery, scenes in the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain and France. However, her recent LGAA winner, a chilly landscape, could have been in Paluxy, Texas, U.S.A., where she often paints en plein air. (This is a French term which means in the open air and is often used to describe the act of painting outdoors.)

Guthrie and her husband, George, avid cyclists, often include cycling tours with studies of the art of the great masters in European museums. Her solo show a few years ago at the Dora Lee Langdon Cultural & Educational Center here in Granbury, “Roads Traveled,” reflected those adventures.

Guthrie’s interest in art was first evidenced when as a child she broke open a brand new box of crayons, and at once selected the pink and green crayons, placing them side by side. Says she, “I remember feeling a stirring sense of wonder at the beauty of the two colors together. I was completely unaware that I had instinctively chosen two of Mother Nature’s true complimentary colors from that box. An artist was awakened.”

Vickie retired from a career in sales and marketing in 2000, and has since studied with noted artists such as John Pototschnik, Betty Carr, Cecy Turner, and, especially, Kaye Franklin. While participating in a plein air workshop with local pastel artist, Dina Gregory, her love of pastels was reignited. Today, Vickie works in oil and pastel, both in her hilltop studio and en plein air.

Guthrie describes her style as impressionism and soft realism, and says she selects subject matter that appeals to her with a subtle beauty that she can translate to canvas.

“I hope the viewer will see my work as an invitation to leave today’s hectic world behind and enter with me into a world of peaceful tranquility that I have attempted to create, for but one brief moment, to be provided a mental resting place in my work,” she said.

Guthrie’s winning painting will be displayed at Town and Country Bank on Highway 377. Other winners and their display formats are: second place, James R. Stewart, Compass Bank on West Pearl Street; third place, Jeanette Alexander, Compass Bank on East Highway 377; fourth place, Ralf Postluka, Prosperity Bank near H-E-B; fifth place, John Vance, Community Bank on Morgan Street; sixth place, Lori Cathy, Community Bank on Fall Creek, Acton.

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