Robert Raczka

landscape & garden paintings, gouache on paper, 2017-present

 

I started painting in January 2018 thinking it would be an occasional hobby though it quickly turned into something deeper. I see many influences in these paintings because they happen to be the art I like best: outsider art, a great variety of illustration art including maps and book illustration, Indian Mughal painting, Japanese ukiyo-e prints, and postwar British landscape painting along with others. These paintings reflect my fascination with nature and the nature/culture hybrids of garden design. These are all paintings of human-altered landscapes. All are gouaches, which is another name for opaque watercolors. Each is based on a photograph or photographs that I shot, generally low resolution cellphone photos, which are essential to my process. I am not a plein air painter--I usually paint when it's either dark outside or raining--and without the photographs there would be no paintings.

 

I. Close to home

 

Magnolia, Belgian block, lawn and bushes, 2017, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

Cherry tree on a rainy day, early spring, 2017, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

Late snow, early spring, 2017, gouache on paper, 9 x 12 inches

 

 

Northern flicker resting on a magnolia, 2017, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

Landscaping, 2017, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

Rainy day, 2017, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

Cherry tree and Belgian block, 2017, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

Flower garden, 2017, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

Poplar and clearing fog, 2018, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

Early autumn I, 2018, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

Early autumn II, 2018, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

II. Walled garden

 

Walled garden with boxwood, rhododendron and hemlock, 2017, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

Walled garden, early spring, 2017, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

Walled garden with flowering magnolia, 2017, gouache on paper, 9 x 12 inches

 

 

Walled garden with flowering magnolia at dusk, 2017, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

III. Parks

 

Late winter, late afternoon, Mellon Park, 2017, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

Stand of trees at sunset, Boyce Park, 2017, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

IV. Travels

 

Gathering storm, Hawaii Island, 2017, gouache on paper, 9 x 12 inches

 

 

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, 2017, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

 

 

Trout Creek Canyon, 2017, gouache on paper, 9 x 12 inches

 

 

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