Trees & Air

Trees & Air

2012, oil & graphite on board, 12" x 40" (triptych), SOLD

 

ABOUT THE SOLID AIR SERIES PAINTINGS:

Through the past several years of painting primarily outside, the wind and air have played a large factor in my work. While focusing on the landscape and solid forms, my attention was consistently drawn to the effects the air would have on the experience. Externally: Will the light constantly be changing by the clouds overhead? Are they moving fast? On windy days I would have to tie the large canvases to the easel to prevent them from falling. Internally: Is the wind blowing so hard that I can barely breath? Can I smell the scent of an approaching rainstorm or the next season coming?

I am moved by the word “inspire”: to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration; to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence; the drawing in of breath. Through my current paintings, I am exploring breath and air — the space between, prana, life-force, the essence that sustains and connects us — while staying rooted to earth. The challenge is to visually capture something we can’t see, but feel, to express that duality of expansion and contraction, the feeling of being aloft yet grounded.

My focus on breath and air intensified while my step-father battled lung cancer this year. He was a professional crooner and voice coach. My awareness of breath was heightened by his experience, and I came to realize that our breath and the air around us has it’s own musical rhythm, it’s own expression, and these elements needed to be incorporated into my painting.

From Chief Seattle's 1854 speech: "But if we sell you our land, you must remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also receives his last sigh. And if we sell you our land, you must keep it apart and sacred as a place where even the white man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow's flowers."

Near Night, I

Near Night, I

2011, oil & graphite on board, 12" x 12", SOLD

Near Night, II

Near Night, II

2011, oil & graphite on board, 10" x 10"

Another Stormy Night

Another Stormy Night

2012, oil on linen, 42" x 36"

Sky Bound

Sky Bound

2011, oil and graphite on board, 48" x 54"

Air, Branches & Rocks

Air, Branches & Rocks

2012, oil & graphite on board, 40" x 30"

And the Winds Will Prevail

And the Winds Will Prevail

2011, oil and graphite on board, 40" x 30", SOLD

Cloud 9

Cloud 9

2011, oil and graphite on board, 40" x 30"

What is Solid? What is Real?

What is Solid? What is Real?

2011, oil & graphite on board, 40" x 44", SOLD

Birches

Birches

2012, oil, sumi ink, graphite on board, 8" x 8", SOLD

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

2012, oil, sumi ink, graphite on board, 8" x 8", SOLD

Night Sky with Branches, II

Night Sky with Branches, II

2011, oil on linen, 42" x 36"

Storm Delay, I

Storm Delay, I

2011, watercolor on paper, 8" x 8"

Storm Delay, III

Storm Delay, III

2011, watercolor on paper, 8" x 8"

Storm Delay, III

Storm Delay, III

2011, watercolor on paper, 8" x 8"

Night Sky with Branches

Night Sky with Branches

2011, oil & graphite on board, 40"x44"

Thunderclap

Thunderclap

2011, oil and graphite on board, 40" x 44", SOLD

Dawn of Spring

Dawn of Spring

2011, oil and graphite on board, 48" x 54", SOLD

Winter Night

Winter Night

2011, oil on linen, 34" x 28"

Winter Day

Winter Day

2011, oil on linen, 34" x 28"

Blue is the New Gray

Blue is the New Gray

2011, oil and graphite on board, 12" x 40" (triptych)

When the Night Winds Howl

When the Night Winds Howl

2010, oil and graphite on board, 12" x 40" (triptych)

Where does onethingendandanotherbegin?

Where does onethingendandanotherbegin?

2011, oil and graphite on board, 8" x 28" (triptych)

Preserve

Preserve

2010, oil and graphite on board, 12" x 40" (triptych)

The Sound

The Sound

2010, oil on paper mounted on board, 8" x 28" (triptych)

Nor'easter, I

Nor'easter, I

2010, oil on linen, 60" x 48"

Nor'easter II

Nor'easter II

2010, oil on linen, 60" x 48"

Partly sunny, windy with a chance of rain

Partly sunny, windy with a chance of rain

2010, oil on linen, 60" x 48"

Whirlwind

Whirlwind

2010, oil on linen, 48" x 54"

Born in a Storm

Born in a Storm

2010, oil on linen, 48" x 54"

Air, moss & rocks, I

Air, moss & rocks, I

2010, oil on linen, 60" x 48"

Air, moss & rocks, II

Air, moss & rocks, II

2010, oil on linen, 60" x 48"

Air, moss & rocks, III

Air, moss & rocks, III

2010, oil on linen, 60" x 48"

Stirring dull roots with spring rain, I

Stirring dull roots with spring rain, I

2010, oil on linen, 44" x 80", diptych, SOLD

Stirring dull roots with spring rain, II

Stirring dull roots with spring rain, II

2010, oil on linen, 44" x 80", diptych

Passing Storms

Passing Storms

2010, oil on linen, 54" x 96", diptych

Solid Air, II

Solid Air, II

2010, oil on linen, 54" x 96", diptych

Ravening Clouds, I

Ravening Clouds, I

2009, oil on linen, 48" x 54"

Ravening Clouds, II

Ravening Clouds, II

2009, oil on linen, 40" x 44"

Adrift and Grounded, I

Adrift and Grounded, I

2009, oil on linen, 32" x 28", SOLD

Adrift and Grounded, II

Adrift and Grounded, II

2009, oil on linen, 32" x 28", SOLD

Adrift and Grounded, III

Adrift and Grounded, III

2009, oil on linen, 32" x 28"

A Note Sustained

A Note Sustained

2009, oil on linen, 48" x 54", SOLD

Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air

2009, oil on linen, 40" x 44", SOLD

If I could breathe for you, it would be in color

If I could breathe for you, it would be in color

2009, oil on linen, 42" x 36", SOLD

Light Wind

Light Wind

2009, oil on linen, 34" x 56", diptych, SOLD

Through and Through

Through and Through

2009, oil on linen, 36" x 42"

Evening Sky

Evening Sky

2009, oil on linen, 28" x 32"

Solid Air

Solid Air

2009, oil on linen, 60" x 96", diptych, SOLD

Sky Against Rocks, I

Sky Against Rocks, I

2008, oil on linen, 42" x 36"

Sky Against Rocks, II

Sky Against Rocks, II

2008, oil on linen, 28" x 34"

Sky Against Rocks, III

Sky Against Rocks, III

2008, oil on linen, 36" x 42"

Rachelle Krieger: A Closer Look

This six minute video documentary reveals the thoughts and process behind the Solid Air Series paintings.