Above: Wind Engines on Horizon (acrylic, 12×30). Below: Farm House with Wind Engine (acrylic, 24×24)
Check out these paintings of wind turbines in California. I think they’re pretty cool. A few days ago California artist Melissa Chandon sent them along as examples of her recent work. To me, the images are a great reflection of the evolving American landscape.
About the “new energy” in her art, Chandon says: “Recently, I have been thinking about the opportunities that exist in a changing economy. We have the ability of seeing the possibilities of change in new and creative ways. I think there is a bit of inventor in all of us. As for me, I have started working on a series of paintings exploring the unseen beauty that lies in the addition of alternative energy sources in the landscape. Consider Edward Hopper in conversation with Melissa Chandon.” Or T. Boone Pickins.
Chandon’s got a point. When seen from afar these elegant, kinetic structures resemble giant white birds reminiscent of Alexander Calder‘s mobiles. In painting this new American scene, Chandon says she is tossing around some questions. For example, what will happen to gas stations when all we need is an electric plug? How will our landscape change visually? What do you think?