Monte THOMPSON

...Guest Artist 2017

From his studio in Denver, Colorado, Monte works in the painting tradition of Caravaggio where he creates harmony between chiaroscuro and modern concepts. Through these concepts he reinforces the intelligence that underlies all succesful human endeavors. With a bold and empassioned style, Monte creates a feeling of harmony and devotes himself to the beauty in life.

His greatest inspiration derives from a recent trip to Rome and Florence, Italy.
Monte will exhibit in the Western Regional of the Oil Painters of America Show in Saint George, UT. He has shown work in exhibitions in Arizona, Michigan, Oklahoma, Bulgaria and Connecticut.

Circular Motif

12 x 16" oil, framed

$ 1600

 

With differing circular shapes, a melodic motif is formed.  It delights in its color and crescendo, and moves with the rhythm of spacing and arrangement.  Strong diagonals provide an accent and dramatic counterpoint

 

An Abundance of Apples

9 x 12" oil, framed

$ 900

 

The bounty of the harvest seems long ago but we still feel

it in our hearts.  An abundance of friendship, good fortune,

and love is my harvest.

 

The Apple Trio

8 x 10" oil, framed

$ 700

 

The trio gives delight in its simplicity while retaining

the power of the solo. 

Still Life with Peaches and Clay Jar

11 x 14" oil, framed

$ 1275

 

 

Cool violets with warm oranges perform the main theme,

while earth reds add the necessary touch for harmony.

To Move into Light

12 x 16" oil, framed

$ 1600

 

Something emerges from the haze, barely recognizable.

  As it moves forward the light of our mind falls upon it.

  Clarity is achieved and the idea is realized.

Apples in Red and Gold

9 x 12" oil, framed

$ 900

 

Red on yellow, light on dark.  Dark on light, yellow on red.  These contrasts give drama and unity to the work.

Great and Small

11 x 14" oil, framed

$ 1275

 

Though a large object may catch our attention, with intelligence we can focus the mind on the pattern: an arc from lower left to right.  The more subtle movement of color from muted red into orange and finally a glowing yellow is the underlying rhythm. The mind is fulfilled by the journey and the movement.

 

 

 

From Warm to Cool

11 x 14 " oil, framed

$ 1275

 

To take your audience on a journey, moving the observer's mind is key.  Using value in the background, dark to light, and value and temperature in the foreground, cool to warm, moves you through the melody of the painting.  A little eucalyptus helps too.

 

Still Life with Peaches

9 x 12" oil, framed

$ 900

 

The thinking is always to move your mind from left to right in Western civilization.  On the far left is a prelude to the end, where all lines and movement culminate in the glow of the last peach.  The secondary idea of repeated form, emphasizes the movement.