What Are Some Traits of Bev Doolittle Paintings?


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Some traits of Bev Doolittle's paintings are the theme of wilderness, camouflage and generally western subjects such as cowboys and Native Americans. The most apparent trait in Doolittle's work is the use of perceptual completion in which the artist hides or camouflages additional images within the context of the greater painting.

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Doolittle has commented on her use of perceptual completion and camouflage as a tool to slow down the storytelling of her works for viewers. The technique forces her audience to focus in order to pick out all of the carefully hidden details of each painting, which adds to the overall message of each piece.

Doolittle attributes her adherence to the subjects of wilderness and native people to a year-long road trip that she took with her husband beginning in 1973. During the journey, Doolittle traveled throughout the western United States in a camper to get closer to nature. Out of this trip, Doolittle created one of her most famous paintings, "Pintos."

"Pintos" was the first painting that was characterized by those artistic traits that Doolittle eventually became renown for. The painting's subject is a herd of pinto horses that are set against a snow and rock background. However, because of the horses' coloring, they seem to disappear into the background of the painting until even their outline can barely be seen.

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