What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Imagined Places



Nicole Renee Ryan

Earlier this month, I once again had the good fortune to attend the annual Architectural Digest Design Show. I saw many wonderful things at the show, and I’ll be writing about them over the next little while. But when I came across the gorgeous, evocative paintings by Nicole Renee Ryan, I knew my first post from the show had to be about her work. The artist spotted me staring, open-mouthed, at her glorious work. My first words to her were, “I can feel my stress leaving me.” It was love at first sight!

“I paint journeys through imagined spaces and misremembered places. These landscapes are based on my memories of memories. These landscapes include things remembered and things forgotten represented by half realistic and half abstract shapes, things real and unreal. Parts of the landscapes shift and become their own active subject, playing, moving, and breaking away.”

Ryan’s beautiful use of soft focus and colors with contrasting drips and rough geometrics all combine to to create a profound sense of peace and calm. I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but the vague landscapes honestly do feel like half-remembered childhood vistas and once-loved places.

You can see and purchase all of Ryan’s glorious work on her website.

All images property of Nicole Renee Ryan, used with permission.

ryan 1ryan 2ryan 2aryan 3ryan 4ryan 4aryan 5ryan 6ryan 7ryan 8ryan 9ryan 10ryan 11

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

19 thoughts on “Imagined Places

  1. Interesting choice of colors.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Breathtaking landscapes and abstracts.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Beautiful work. I do like this type of abstraction where there is still a suggestion of the landscape or skyscape that inspired it. It creates that sort of liminal space between waking and dream states. The handling of light and dark is really superb in these paintings too. Some of them really suggest glowing light among gloom.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Hmmm, I do like these. Even the dark ones.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Imagined places good title and good pics. Imagined places are the best!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Pingback: Feeling inspired … imagined world – Wonderwall

  7. They’re all so different.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. So uniquely beautiful. Thank you for always sharing such amazing things. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Pingback: Creative Juice #91 | ARHtistic License

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.