Summer Morning. Leonard Koscianski, 42″x26″, oil on canvas, 2016.
Summer Morning is a medium size painting in oils on canvas. It is a surreal recreation, from imagination of my morning run in Annapolis. The curved space exaggerates the perspective shift from an over head view in the foreground to straight out in the distance. The early morning light transitions to darkness, as the viewer travels along the road, with warm light pouring out of the small house, and a small dog waiting in the door for the runner to pass.
This painting is influenced by the work of the American Scene painters, especially Grant Wood, as well as European surrealists like Rene Magritte. The detailed rendering of many small details owes much to John Rogers Cox. This combination of styles makes the painting Postmodern in style. This borrowing of elements from other artists can also be attributed to the artist having been an art museum guard early in his career.