It’s a treat to share a recent enlightening article, “Light it Up!” by Christopher Volpe, which delves into the captivating world of Luminism in American art.

Frederick Edwin Church, Morning in the Tropics

“Light it Up” not only explores the serene and atmospheric qualities of 19th-century Luminist landscapes but also graciously includes my thoughts on bringing these ethereal light effects into contemporary art.

©2021 Lori McNee, “Western Winter”

The popular article generated an enthusiastic buzz among artists who were not familiar with 19th-century Luminism. To quickly explain, Luminism is an American art movement focused on capturing the subtle interplay of light and landscape creating serene, almost transcendental scenes.

As quoted in the article, here is my take on Luminism and what it means to me. “Their goal was not merely to illustrate nature’s radiance, but also to interpret the landscape with a spiritual meaning,” she says. “William Keith’s words could apply to this earlier generation: “What a landscape painter wants to render is not the natural landscape, but the state of feeling which the landscape produces in himself.”

Communion – oil and metal leaf on panel by Steven-Daluz

This style, emphasizes tranquility and the luminous depiction of light that offers a unique way to explore our connection to the natural world.

In line with this, I invite you to explore further through my writings where I’ve pondered the luminous interplay of light and landscape.

My articles, “Painting the Perfect Sunset: A Guide for Artists” and “What is Luminism?” echo the sentiments and techniques discussed in “Light it Up!” offering a deeper dive into how this beautiful style can inspire and transform our artistic expressions today.

What is Luminism in Painting?

Painting the Perfect Sunset: A Guide for Artists