June 4, 2008 > Transitions - Works by Robyn Lyee Leimer
Transitions - Works by Robyn Lyee Leimer
By Mona Shah
Painting from life is a pursuit unlike any other; it challenges artists to concentrate every sensory nerve on the information in front them. They absorb it all - sight and sound, temperature and atmosphere - and then channel those feelings from head to hand, re-creating the vision in paints on canvas.
Robyn Lyee Leimer is one such artist who has always been fascinated by nature. Not only by the colors found there but by the structure and symmetry too. Leimer sees beauty in nature's blemishes, even aging and decay can be intensely beautiful and colorful, such as the changing colors in a leaf's decomposition. Says Leimer, "My philosophy about nature and its blemishes are similar to what I feel about people and wrinkles. Wrinkles add character, and it is more interesting for me to paint something that has character. It is so easy to take nature and youth for granted..."
In her latest work, she has captured the beauty of aging leaves with their bright contrast of colors. Her latest leaf series, titled "Transitions' is reminiscent of the style of Georgia O'Keefe, with the brilliance of oil paint with intense bold colors shown on a magnified scale.
Leimer started painting later in life. The first three decades she spent making others happy, until she discovered her love of painting. What started as a hobby, soon blossomed into much more as she studied and polished her artistic talents. As a result of her studies, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Jose State.
Painting en plein air would forever change Leimer's perspective making her work more spontaneous. En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air," used to describe the act of painting outdoors. French Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir advocated en plein air painting; much of their work done outdoors. Leimer adds, "Plein air painting is a pursuit that continues to challenge me and I love it. It is Just Plein Fun!"
Works by Robyn Lyee Leimer
Sunday, June 8
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Open to Public
Mission Coffee Roasting Company
151 Washington Blvd., Fremont