Erin Dertner, oil painting on canvas, 12"x 16"
About Serene September, Erin says:
"I like to venture to unfamiliar places sometimes and during one of the Mendocino Open Paint Out events, was able to settle in along the Albion River with my canvas, brushes and palette knife. I found a vantage point in a muddy area with a view toward the bridge and foreground shapes of the fishing grounds. Little did I know that the canoe close to me would soon be IN the water, rather than just perched in the mud. I had to keep moving back because my feet and easel were also facing the incoming tide, but that’s what makes location painting all the more wonderful for the memories they evoke. I was able to convey the river as much wider than when I had started and who doesn’t like to see more water than muddy shoreline?"
Long-time Mendocino plein air artist proficient in oils with a palette knife, oils with brushes, watercolors, and acrylics.
Painting, studying and teaching the subject of light is Erin’s driving force. The cool shadows of the early morning and those that fall long and warm in the evening enliven her creative soul as nothing else. Subject matter is secondary to the sunlight itself, though her locations speak volumes about God’s wondrous world of color, drama and mystery.