The title of this pastel by Kim Lordier, “Bathed in Riches,” sums up the pleasurable feeling of being out on the ranch lands of Northern California, especially as the late shadows begin to cool off a hot summer day. How often do we think to measure our wealth by the abundance of moments and scenes like these? “Bathed in Riches” also describes pretty well the feeling I get this evening standing in the midst of the Gallery, which is now completely hung with Kim’s work and that of nineteen other artists for tomorrow’s opening of our annual all-gallery show, “Beloved California.” I was pleased that Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine chose to feature this beauty in their email newsletter article on the show! But the sumptuous palette, masterful handling of light, and the intoxicating mood of “Bathed in Riches” has to be enjoyed in person.
“Beloved California IV: Twenty Artists with a Passion for Place” opens tomorrow, Saturday, November 16, and runs through December 28. Please come meet Kim Lordier and many of the other artists at the reception tomorrow from 4 to 6.
The frame on “Bathed in Riches” is a suitably plain and simple 3″ compound slope, in a nice tight-grained quartersawn white oak with Medieval Oak stain. A carved cap molding and sight edge fillet repeat the painting’s textures. A narrow gilt slip subtly completes the radiant theme.