‘Laguna Palms’

Artist: Jim Wodark, Orange

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Wodark participates in the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, from Oct. 9 through 16, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org. View his work at Chemers Gallery, 17300 17th St., Tustin, 714-731-5432, chemersgallery.com.

Wodark began as a cartoonist. He found his medium of choice after taking a plein-air oil painting class. Wodark first looks at a potential landscape’s light and atmosphere, and says he enjoys painting coastal scenes because of the interplay between the fog and the sun. A member of the California Art Club, he has painted in oils for about 15 years.

During a morning painting session, Wodark was drawn to the depth and contrast of colors of Heisler Park’s palms. Working on linen panels and using a palette derived from just six colors, Wodark captured his emotional response instead of a strict reproduction. Here, he changed the number of palms, punched up the fronds’ color, and hardened and softened edges to draw the eye.

“What I tried to do with my cartoons was make a difference in people’s lives. Now I do the same thing, not with jokes, but by bringing beauty into their lives. One of the most wonderful things is bringing a painting to someone’s house and hanging it on their wall, and seeing the impact on the room and the people who live there.”

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This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue.

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