Last summer, battling howling 40 mph winds, Britt Greenland climbed Mount Adams — to paint.
Greenland, a Renton artist, with her small painting kit worked away at trying to capture the scenery around her that day, while conditions kept changing.
“There is no pre-designed rectangular photo to paint from and your art supplies are limited to what you can easily carry—especially in a backpack or bike pannier,” Greenland stated in a press release. “It’s also a problem of too much visual information and too little time. Small paintings from life are sometimes used to get a feel of a place for later larger studio paintings.”
Despite the vast challenges, Greenland is passionate about capturing light on the landscape. She often takes long cycling and backpacking trips just to get up close with the scenery, according to a press release. There, she is able to paint without the distractions of her home studio.
Even when she’s not painting, she’s constantly thinking about how she would paint a given scene that unfolds in front of her, objects that catch her eye.
In her solo artist exhibition, opening 5 p.m. July 11 at Renton Technical College, Building I, Greenland focuses on landscape paintings in oils that reflect the art she loves.
The show, titled “Into the Landscape” will feature mostly studio paintings. Greenwood stated in a press release that painting in a studio is something she enjoys in a different way that shows in the playful or experimental brush strokes.
“Although I enjoy painting outdoors (en plein air) directly from life, the resulting paintings are often considered practice studies and not finished works,” Greenwood stated in the press release.
More information on Greenwood’s works is available at BrittGreenlandArtist.com.