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Steven Walker on Choosing Subjects

May 26, 2016

Alpha Media

“I choose subjects from my environment that strike me as visually compelling. Often this has less to do with the physical subject than with an abstract pattern of light, shadow, or color. For this reason I am more apt to find compositions in unspectacular, everyday places than in famous landmarks. An interesting arrangement of angles, lines, shapes, and tones, and the mood evoked by a particular light and time of day—this is what attracts me to a scene. In many of my prints, I have tried to evoke the mood of time and place while working within a limited color range. When painting directly from nature, I look for the effect of the prevailing light on the colors of the subject. At other times, I seek to achieve color harmony through memory and imagination.” – Steven E. Walker

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