Artist: Carol Schilling
- Yamaha FS800
- Does not come with strings
- Condition: fair, split at top of the neck (not playable)
Mediums used: acrylic paints sealed with clearcoat
About the artist: “The secret of the mountain is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains simply exist, which I do not. The mountains have no “meaning,” they are meaning; the mountains are.. I ring with life, and the mountains ring, and when I can hear it, there is a ringing that we share. I understand all this, not in my mind but in my heart…” -Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard
Carol Schilling has been painting and drawing since childhood. She is a wife (44 years), a mother of two grown children (one of whom is a veteran), and a grandmother of three. She has taught high school and was a tenured college professor. She owns CfcSArts and has painted and studied in France, Italy, Canada, and U.S. Today, she paints in her studio surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She works with acrylic, oil, watercolor, pen and ink, graphite (and clay) on treater paper, canvas, or wood. She is a portrait and figure artist. However, she experiments with landscapes and florals. She loves the dramatic contrasts of the Dutch master florals and admores the softness of the French Impressionist landscapes. She says that, for her, “green is a mystery; green is never just green.”
For this painting, The Secrets of The Mountain, Carol was inspired by the view of the setting sun in late/summer/ early fall while she was fixing dinner. It is personal. It is also universal. Because of atmospheric and seasonal changes, it is never static. There is very little noise in those mountains. Yet, wildlife is abundant. Bears meander in those mountains and leave scat and heavy paw prints. Snakes, birds, insects, and critters hide in those mountains. Yet, it feels safe. Those mountains reflect a never-ending feeling of mystery and possibility, the heavy earth, and the light, hopefulness of the sky.
Like the mountains, the process for this painting is multi-layered. Carol cautiously prepared the front of the guitar by gently sanding it. (Paint does not adhere to slick varnish.) Then, she vertically and horizontally applied multiple coats of artist gesso and used steel wool between coats. Next, she softly sketched in the mountain range using a number two pencil. For visual interest, she used a traditional division of the space: one-third land and two-thirds sky. This allowed her to incorporate the saddle and bridge into the curves of the mountains and the pickguard and sound hole into the sky. Because of their flexibility, Carol used professional quality artist acrylic paints. As influenced by French Impressionist oil painters, the palette is a traditional one for landscapes: (titanium) white, cadmium orange/ yellow/red, sap and viridian green, cobalt, cerulean, and ultramarine blue. To protect the paint, she used a soft gel gloss diluted with water as an isolation coat. To seal the painting, she used a professional artist “removable” gloss varnish made specifically for acrylic paintings.
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