words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Impressions in Barbados 01 / A Land of Beauty

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Impressionism is a theory or style
of painting, literature or music which aims to reflect subjective impressions
rather than objective reality.

In 1995 I had the pleasure of going to the island of
Barbados during the week of the Crop-Over Festival. The festival is a week-long celebration of
the sugar crop production of the year. This is a celebratory time for
visitors and native islanders who line the streets and beaches in search of fun
and surf. I was with a party of 12 that consisted of my sister and her friends.
We stayed in some lovely and remote time-shares located on the southern part of
the island.

The Impressions in Barbados series was created as a
salutation to all of the impressionist painters who have over the years turned
landscapes, seascapes, towns and islands into a visual paradise. I have always
felt that this style of painting exemplifies the beauty that can be found in
the manipulation of light and color. The key is in the brush stroke. In all of the
pieces here, I attempt to imitate various brush strokes to convey the essence
of Impressionism.

For this post, I have separated the series into 3 parts i.e.
Beauty, Celebration and Ceremony. This being part 1, I am concentrating on the beauty of the
island and focusing on its natural habitat.

What do you think? Are you a lover of Impressionism? Do you
like this style of painting and if not what is your favorite? Who are some of
your most revered Masters when you think of Impressionism? Is it Cezanne, Van
Gogh, Matisse or a contemporary that you love? Please share your thoughts. And finally,
where have you vacationed that has been or could be a great work of
impressionistic art?

12 responses

  1. Neat. I like the rocks on the beach and the shanty town 🙂

    June 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

  2. Thanks Eden, for stopping by. I really enjoyed creating this series. Stay tuned for the other 2 parts in the series.


    June 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm

  3. Great place Walter!! I would love to visit sometime. The see is a big source of energy for me!!! I really long for it.

    June 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    • Barbados is a beautiful island indeed. It is located just at the equator. The sea is energy like no other.

      June 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

  4. Enjoyed this post. The sea is full of mysteries, and awesome whispers of the waves. I have always been intrigged by the sea, giving me a fresh awareness of my inner being as well as an inspiration for my thoughts as most being a scource ofor gaining energy beyond my apprehension. I too long to be close to the sea.

    June 12, 2011 at 3:00 am

    • Hi Penny,

      Glad you stopped by for part 1 of this 3 part series. There is nothing like standing on the edge of the ocean and taking it all in…waves of energy, and the movement of tranquility.

      Peace and Energy to you my friend

      June 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm

  5. Beautiful… and yes I am…. I love art 🙂

    June 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

    • Thanks Elizabeth, we all love what art gives us in life.

      June 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

  6. better than Paul Cezanne …

    June 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    • Hey Frizz,
      Thanks for stopping by. I had a chance many years ago to see a retrospective show of Paul Cezanne at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was a great show.

      June 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

  7. Nice work Walter. I like “Rocks on the Beach” and Ocean Stretch” particularly because of the distinct lines that separate the elements of water, sand and sky. I think Los Angeles would make a good subject for impressionist painting. I think that the haze in the sky could be captured nicely in a painting using this style. I am not a pure fan of impressionist art, I either like a piece or I don’t.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:42 am

    • Hi Bunny,

      The piece “Rocks on the Beach” is one of my favorites as well. It is hard to describe how beautiful and majestic those rocks looked on the edge of the ocean. There was all this colorful growth on them. I have been to Los Angeles, and Malibu. I remember standing on top of a cliff in Malibu overlooking the ocean. That would be a great “Impressionist” moment don’t you think?. Maybe I can find that photo and remix it.

      Have a day

      June 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

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