Folwell, Susan – “A Nocturne Palette” Four Piece Clay Set (Couse)
Palette: 13" x 10" Paint Brush: 9" long Paint Tubes: 4.5" long & 5" long
Susan Folwell continues in her “Taos Light” series, with, “Field Days and Nocturnes”. This series is inspired by a painting by E. I. Couse, “Planting Prayer Plumes”. Susan said of this series:
“I wanted to imagine what E. I. Couse would have taken with him out to the filed for a day of painting. I started with the palette and painted one of his nocturnal scenes. Now I see why few artists attempt nocturnal scenes, as they are very difficult to paint correctly. I added the clay built tubes of paint and a clay paint brush. The paint colors are, “Pueblo Pink” and “Blue Lake”. I loved the challenge of making the paintbrush and paint tubes from clay!
The palette is clay and painted with the nocturnal scene of “Planing Prayers and Plumes”. It is wonderfully painted on the clay surface. I took a close up of the figure, as Susan painted him so skilfully on the clay surface! The use of clay for the paint tubes and paintbrush works wonderful. Note the subtle etching on the paint brush bristles or the paint caps! The piece is signed on the palette in the lower corner. I had a museum mount made to hold all four pieces. The result simply intensifies Susan’s creativity in both design and concept.
It was in 2017 that Susan Folwell began a series of clay pieces inspired by and re-interpreting the Taos Society of Artists’ work from 1915-27. She has continued to create and evolve in this series over the years.