Artist: Judith Monroe
Title: Devil's Kitchen
Medium: Mixed Media on Panel
Dimensions: 20"h x 20"w
Photo transfer, acrylic, color pencil, ephemera, polished rock, and dried pressed leaves on cradled wood panel.
"Devil's Kitchen" portrays a rustic landscape scene. Dominating the background are two prominent rock formations, their rugged, uneven surfaces suggesting erosion by natural elements. The earth-toned colors of the rock formations contrast with the vibrant green of the vegetation. In the foreground, the scene is lush with a variety of shrubs and brush, rendered with multiple shades of green to capture the liveliness of the foliage. The presence of a tree with bare branches contrasts sharply with the surrounding verdure. The composition balances the vitality of the greenery with the time-worn, eroded rocks, presenting a scene that feels both isolated and abounding in nature's resilience. The sky, though minimally visible is a light, airy backdrop to the solidity of the landforms. The painting technique is rich in texture. Overall, the painting evokes a sense of serene desolation and the enduring beauty of a rugged landscape.