ISABELLA GARAFFA's Brand New Masterwork
Isabella has recently completed her third in her Summer Series of Mammoth works….She is a self-taught talent that has overcome every obstacle that covid has thrown her way. We have seen hundreds and hundreds of Artist that paint Aspen..but no-one quite like Isabella….. Last summer she painted non-stop . This summer has been her greatest ever. Combining unsurpassable patience through the process with words of wisdom and candidacy. Sharing her journey and process with all
I have being wanting to paint something different. Is just always hard to make the decision to go with something other than Aspen trees, just bc I love painting them soooo much. I am a little obsessed with them actually. But, this photograph I took woke me up in the middle of the night. We were camping somewhere beautiful in Colorado and I took that photo that afternoon. I will never forget that place. The sunset was absolutely stunning. Some time in the middle of night I was awaken from a deep sleep with this sense of awe and surprise I could say, that I needed to paint that! So here I go. Following my heart. I pray that I can translate on that canvas the beauty and the glory of God in that moment!
Just the Sky
Sky and Mountains
Struggling + patience + resilience = Great results ... I have worked on this all day long and finally it is where I wanted to be. Can’t wait for you to see what’s next on this painting!
There’s something about country roads, that take you into the search for finding hidden places in the wilderness. Like this one in Grand Mesa...
I love it when the first aspen trees start turning yellow but not quite all of them yet ..
There are times when you paint what the photograph says. The are other times when you paint what the photograph made you feel. But the best time is when you paint both the story on the photograph and the emotions attached to it when you took that photograph. And when you do both those things without loosing the fresh inspiration you first had when you were captivated by that scene, is when you know you have created something good! About four weeks ago I took this photograph on the Grand Mesa (which ironically is now suffering wildfires) . The photograph I chose for this painting was a portrait mode. I could have chosen the ones where I had a wider view but I wanted to focus on what captivated my eyes at that moment. I wanted to concentrate the beauty of that sunset in one shot, what I saw right in front of my eyes. I wanted to be straight to the point on the painting; the sunset is amazing. You are standing up there. Looking down there’s the little stream that feeds the forest. The aspens trees are turning yellow while they mix with the pine forest. The hill goes up as it then drops to the valley on the other side. There you can see from away the book cliffs and the mountains, as the light of the sunset sets a cast of purple and peach tones over the valley. The contrast of what’s right in front of you (the trees) to what’s far from your sight (the valley) only makes sense when you understand your position; up high looking down and in front of you. Sometimes beauty is just as simple as it comes, and that’s what I wanted to portray on this work. So the only name that fits this painting right is “Sunset on the Grand Mesa”. 72 x 60 in.