Atmospheric oil paintings reveal the beauty of home life
Cape Town-based artist Sasha Hartslief doesn’t have to travel far to find creative inspiration. Her series of atmospheric oil paintings reveal the understated beauty of routine, ordinary objects, and days spent at home. The key to creating the mood in his paintings lies in the light. “People, scenes and objects cannot be seen without the element of light, but a scene painted in direct sunlight will convey to the viewer a completely different feeling than the same scene lit by candlelight,” she said. told My Modern Met. “Light is a subtle language that we all perceive intuitively, and our whole sense of the world is dictated by the quality of light.”
Many of his works feature bold, expressive brushstrokes and a soft color palette. This slightly impressionistic style serves to capture the transience of a specific moment or mood. “I am drawn to painting light at lost and forgotten times of day,” says Hartslief. “Capturing the contrast between the white wall in the evening and the elusive warmth escaping from a window, to portray the almost tactile sense of edges that are lost in shadow and emerge sharply in light.”
Hartslief has worked as a professional artist for almost 20 years and has exhibited her art in her native South Africa as well as in Europe. She mainly works in the all the prima method (also called wet on wet), which allows him to produce paintings in one or two days. “Once the paint starts to dry, I consider the painting finished, so for me a painting is always a race against time,” she continues. “I try to express my intention and understanding of the subject in the simplest and most economical way, despite its level of complexity.”
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Cape Town-based artist Sasha Hartslief creates atmospheric oil paintings of rooms in the home.
She uses the all the prima method for capturing interiors with expressive brushstrokes and soft colors.
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