By PHOEBE MITCHELL Gazette Contributing Writer
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
(Published in print: Thursday, June 20, 2013)
As its name suggests, “Seven on Site,” the exhibit at the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton through June 30, shows the works of seven artists, all who painted outside within view of the scenes captured on canvas. The pieces encompass a wide range of territory, both in terms of the terrain they cover and their compositional attributes.
Lombard’s “Lake Chautauqua” employs thick strokes of paint to capture the lushness of a windblown tree, its foliage like a mass of luxurious green hair. Dramatic clouds, tinged by the colors of a setting sun, scud across a bright blue sky. The heavily applied paint gives the scene an extravagant sensuality that hints at a crisp breeze and dramatic temperature changes caused by the passing clouds.