Featuring the work of pastel and acrylic artist R. John Ichter. The artist will be demonstrating his technique during the Canyon Road Paint Out on October 5th and 6th.
R. John Ichter
For over forty years painting has been my life and growing as an artist has been my life’s work. As a beginner, I chose what many artists say is the hardest medium, watercolor. I resolved to master watercolors and I dedicated myself to it. I painted every day for ten years, and everything I do now has grown out of the lessons I learned so many years ago. Eager for new challenges, I started experimenting with acrylic abstracts and then Pastels on black suede board.
In watercolors, the artist paints from light to dark and reserves the white of the paper. My technique in pastel developed in reverse. Painting from dark to light and reserving the black of the suede board. Along the way I started painting 3-dimensional koi in resin and acrylic, and the iridescent paints I used inspired me to do large -scale abstract paintings on the reverse of plexiglass. The new body of acrylic landscapes on canvas borrows from the experiences I have had with all the different mediums I have employed. I start with a black canvas, inspired by my pastel work. The iridescent touches and value changes add an element to my pieces that can’t be achieved in any other way. The fascinating thing, to me, is the way the pieces change in appearance depending on the time of day, or as you move around them as they hang on the wall. The process takes days, and sometimes weeks to get just right.
Some might say I’ve come full circle, but to me, it’s more of a full helix. I’m back at a beginning, but with all the experiences and experiments of a forty -year career. Everything I have done has influenced these works, because, as always, it’s about color and composition.