Wow its been a while, apologies, its manic at my day job at Pickle Design. We are moving offices and lets just say its been colourful! Speaking of colourful, I was reminiscing about the one that got away. Years ago in my lovely Lostwithiel I found a large screen print of my favourite tree, the cedar of Lebanon complete with a favourite quote of mine ‘be still and know’ in the most warming olive greens and golden yellows. Sadly this work of art was out of my reach but its beauty has stayed with me. I even know where it would sit in my house!
Today when combing the internet, and in particular my favourite portal for inspiration, Pinterest, I came across the woodcuts of Gustave Baumann. I had seen his work before but not really registered who it was by. Today I delved a little further and my was I rewarded! A festival of colour captured serene scenes, all of which I would gladly display in my home. Like me, Baumann has a love for trees, and although from Germany originally the artist emigrated to America in 1891 at age ten, choosing to focus on the vast and varied countryside of his new nation. He was one of the leading figures in America’s woodcut revival, famed for his graphic style – a type of art I love. To me its like nature is almost to wonderful to take in all at once – so vast and detailed – I appreciate when an artist filters that view in a more linear style. With exuberant colours capturing the light and mood.
The last years of his life were spent in Santa fe where the light is even more vivid and stark. This style of art has influenced my illustrations, check out the Pickle Design poster calendar we created in 2016 with a nod to vintage travel posters. Scenes of our wonderful Cornwall.
Such an exhilarating way to start the day, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!