From my studio I can see smoke tendrils rising from the mountains. Larger plumes of smoke in the area are adding to the constant pollution. We were fortunate to get a couple days of rain recently. It was magical and smelled so good. I didn’t want it to stop.
A small painting on the easel in my studio today. I am working on a number of smaller pieces at the moment. Larger work will follow.
Final photograph of another recent painting. I have painted a few along this theme, more to come.
I am always excited to see a new summer rolling in. The winters are long so it seems like we earn the warmth up in North Idaho. Forest fires are a big downside, they are getting worst by the year.
I just finalized this water piece. It was hanging out in the studio for a week and needed a little attention.
The title was stuck in my mind while I was painting this. It’s a famous line from a Kurt Vonnegut book.
Promo photograph for Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorado. I have solo show at this great gallery in August of 2020! This is going to be a huge exhibit and I am digging in to make my very best work.
About the artist:
My name is Brian Sostrom. I am a full-time painter, and a lifetime painter, living in North Idaho. I paint what I consider to be psychological landscapes. Inspired by nature but never striving to do what the camera can.
As an artist I often feel compelled to make work. This year I created s body of work called “Apocalyptic Bloom”. They weren’t paintings the the galleries representing me wanted. It is not artwork that my average collector would be into. Still I took this side road that represented a large part of 2019. I will always follow my artistic curiosities and interests.
This painting is on display at the RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. A new gallery to represent me since I started the journey.
Summer Encapsulated, 10”x10” acrylic
A few small water pieces I recently completed.h
I am continuing my recycling of boards. Half a dozen paintings I liked but not enough to keep have been stripped off to become something new!
I am really pretty addicted to apocalyptic cloud formations. The beauty and power are fascinating. This one is small but mighty!