Montana Fowler Art

Wintry Creations

January 2022

For her first Canadian winter, Montana kept warm by dedicating herself to her paintings. Through an isolating lockdown and having COVID, her art practice carried her through to the first signs of spring.

Minty (2022)

acrylic, pencil & crayon on canvas

24 x 30"

$360 USD | $455 CAD

Throughout the creation of this piece, Montana kept exploring creating mints. Slightly greener, slightly bluer, slightly lighter, slightly darker… This piece’s twisting marks with a catalyst wedge palette knife turned into a playful, bright composition. When Montana looks at Minty, she sees the layering of leaves as if you’re looking at a hedge. The highlights come forward while the darks push back, creating a bumpy, layered, turquoise scene.

Perennial (2022)

acrylic, pencil & crayon on canvas

24 x 24"

$288 USD | $364 CAD

Perennial’s muted magentas and cadmium yellows were inspired by an old sketchbook palette of Montana’s. She was drawn to created magenta’s with a tinge of raw umber to give them an earthier tone compared to the brighter magentas in her previous work. The raw honesty of Perennial gives it this crisp, unfiltered look. The marks are heavily exposed because light ones lie directly next to dark ones, giving most of the marks a crisp, contrasting edge rather than a blended one.

Swimming (2022)

acrylic, pencil & crayon on canvas

24 x 24"

288 USD | $364 CAD

Swimming and Seeking were created together, stacked on top of each other in all sorts of orientations. If you align their edges together, you’ll discover marks that cross the two canvases, connecting them. They both have a soft appearance due to the subtle shifts between blues. Weeks were spent creating new teal values, layering them to push the contrast, the midtones & the highlights. Both had brighter yellow, pink backgrounds that still poke through in small moments in each piece.

Seeking (2022)

acrylic, pencil & crayon on canvas

24 x 24"

$288 USD | $364 CAD

While in Montreal’s intensive winter 2021-2022 lockdown, making these paintings kept Montana Swimming and Seeking. As she felt lost and isolated, creating these paintings kept her discovering.

Rocky Road (2022)

acrylic & pastel on canvas

30 x 24"

$360 USD | $455 CAD

Rocky Road was a darker palette for Montana, but she decided to embrace it. Working in dark colors can be quite rich. She worked in all different shades of raw umbers, dark blues, and purples. To Montana, Rocky Road walks the line between being both dark and playful. In her process, she finds it’s best to follow her intuition with color palettes and compositions. When she thinks too much, she ends up losing the magic. Rocky Road wanted to be a darker painting, so she let it be one. Its pops of bright colors and loosely, fit-together rocky shapes give it a chunky, fun feel.

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