Sea and Sky Paintings that Captivate the Viewer with Luminism

by on Monday, May 9th, 2011

Cynthia Knott began painting landscapes right around the time there was really good TV on (in the mid 90’s).  I was drawn to her by seeing one of her paintings hanging above a bed in a magazine. (I think it was Home Beautiful.) The way the water and sky mixed together into this almost abstract collision of dreamy colors really made me take notice. And down in the right hand corner, listed with the type of wallpaper and brand of carpet – was her name. Her paintings are luminous.

In fact, this style of painting is called “Luminism.” It involves a horizon, glowing light, airy transparency in the atmosphere – and, specifically, the sky and the sea. She goes to the edge of the ocean to paint her plein air seascapes, using metallic pigments, encaustic and oils.

I think it’s just really very lovely. It makes me want to pick bright bulbs of berries off of bushes and get my hands stained telltalepurple, climb fearlessly up rambly trees, sled down a hill with a flushed face, and jump into the uncertain seas of this world.

Cynthia Knott – Glory

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do – Rumi

Cynthia Knott – Migration II

Happiness flutters in the air whilst we rest among the breaths of nature. – Kelly Scheaffer

paintings of the sky

Cynthia Knott – Ascent

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. – Rumi

Cynthia Knott – Wisdom

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. – Martin Luther

Cynthia Knott – Wisdom

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cynthia Knott – Remembrance

Nature is the art of God.  – Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, 1635

Cynthia Knott – Float

Here there is room to breathe. Here the soul expands. – Frederic Edwin Church

Cynthia Knott – Twain

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.  – John Lubbock

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