The Eye of the Beholder

Plein Air Food for Thought

Storm Clearing by John Hulsey, oil painting.
Storm Clearing by John Hulsey, oil painting.

Our lives revolve around those beautiful things, places and moments which inspire us and the effort to explore and reveal that inspiration to ourselves and others. It is a funny occupation in some ways—being a visual artist—and it often defies the hard Logic of the Marketplace and even our own personal financial needs. What purpose, we wonder, does beauty serve in human affairs? Why does it exist and is it even necessary? After decades of pursuing the subject, we believe that the world needs artists to help reveal the true nature of beauty (from the studio as well as plein air exploring)—to help pull away the veils of illusion or delusion which can cloud our lives. It is easy today to become completely absorbed by and preoccupied with making our way in the world—that requires putting most of our attention elsewhere. Add to that all the man-made distractions which must be filtered out. Years fly by, and we soon forget what we instinctively knew as children:  that beauty is our natural state, our birthright, and as necessary to our health as pure water.

Flyway by John Hulsey, oil painting.
Flyway by John Hulsey, oil painting.

Beauty and inspiration lie all around us at every hour of the day and night. It is in the glow of an iris flower lit by the first rays of the morning sun, and it is in the fiery death of an exploding star, the constituents of which make up our own bodies. It pulses through every object and living thing, including us. We believe that humans are uniquely able to perceive this mysterious, magnificent creation at a deep and fundamental level of our beings. As artists, especially as plein air painters, we have the important task of experiencing the beauty around us and, if we are successful in our work, creating something really powerful, something that passes along inspiration, something that hopefully stops people in their tracks.

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–John and Ann

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About John Hulsey and Ann Trusty

John Hulsey and his wife, Ann Trusty created the website, The Artist's Road - Painting the World's Beautiful Places.  The Artist's Road inspires with practical art tips and painting techniques for the traveling artist, video painting tutorials and demonstrations, workshop resources, artist profiles and interviews and remarkable painting locations.  The Artist's Road is an artist community for oil, watercolor and pastel artists.  Articles cover intriguing art travel experiences artists have had while painting the world's beautiful places. "I believe I must speak through my art, for the preservation of Nature and the natural landscape from which I take my inspiration and living." John Hulsey is an accomplished artist, author and teacher who has been working professionally for over thirty years. In addition to producing new work for exhibition and teaching workshops, Mr. Hulsey continues to write educational articles about painting for national art magazines, including Watercolor magazine and American Artist Magazine. He has been selected as a "Master Painter of the United States" by International Artist Magazine where his work was previously chosen to be included in the top ten of their international landscape painting competition. He was awarded residencies at Yosemite, Glacier and Rocky Mountain National Parks. "I strive in my art to celebrate the mysteries of Nature - the fleeting light on the landscape, the unimaginable diversity of creatures, the beauty of each leaf and flower." Ann Trusty  is an accomplished third generation artist whose work embodies the natural world and is created through direct observation and translation of her subjects into her paintings. She has found inspiration in the dancing light across the water of the Hudson River (where she had a studio for ten years), as well as the big sky and waving tall grasses of the open plains of the Midwest (her current home). Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, France and Turkey in both museum and gallery exhibitions, and has been reviewed favorably by the New York Times.