August 2012


Scarburgh Vista watercolor

Scott C. Johnson

The Shape of Color

Aug 1, 2012 – Sep 3, 2012

Preview Reception: August 1st, 5-9 pm
First Thursday Reception, August 2nd, 6-9pm
Artist’s Talk, August 19th, 11am

Color and shape flooded with light play the major roles in Johnson’s paintings. Although his landscape studies are rooted in plein air painting, early-on he began to add the little touches that rouse the imagination—the faint treetops that indicate a valley beyond the hill, or the tiny glint of water that tantalizes over a grassy dune. These hints at an unseen landscape beyond the one we see, were an introduction to his dream world.

Scott developed the soft washes of the Japanese tradition, as well as the refined linework of the Persian miniature. As he grew more confident with the brush, he also became more involved in meditational techniques, and the painting became more concerned with recording a process, a trance state, a finding of the happy accident, and less with a specific reality. Simplicity may often suffice in most watercolorist circles but, Scott C Johnson’s obsession with trees, ornately painted in watercolor brush work, have made his paintings quite complicated. Through the application of many layers of paint (including white: known as “body paint”), Scott washes away any possible hope of “traditional” watercolor painting. Gallery standards often dictate “same size, same frame” but Waterstone is a Co-operative gallery, the paintings range from “miniature” to medium size and introduce many approaches to the integral relationship of Scott’s watercolor’s to frame.