The wonder of nature is captured, with understated lyricism, in “Drawing From the Tropics,” a show by Deborah Kaspari in the Crystal Bridge Lobby gallery of Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Kaspari is a Norman artist of birds, animals and landscapes. Her paintings and drawings are built from sketchbook pages and journals filled during her travels to the rainforests of Panama and Peru.
The pale green of the background and leafy foliage gives just enough color to her otherwise austere gray-tan study of the mighty tree trunks of an “Emerald Garden” in Panama, for example.
In somewhat similar fashion, “Blue Light” nicely accents her graphite drawing of a palm plant on tan paper, with leaves collecting beneath it, providing an “understory,” of sorts.
A mottled yellow-green backdrop is even more vibrant, contrasting with the red feathers and blue shadows of a long-tailed Rufous Motmot, flying away from a tree’s dark, y-shaped trunk in “Escape With Me.”
A vertical format works well for Kaspari, making us imagine treetops, in a graphite drawing, done in Panama, called “Lines and Orchids,” and in a work portraying an “Amazon Slice of Life.”
Hues are even richer in some of the show’s oil paintings on paper and canvas, in which color provides the dominant, or at least a much more pronounced, element.
“Orange-chinned parakeets,” with green bodies, cling to vines as they peck at and seem ready to devour round orange and green pieces of fruit in an oil on paper feast of color she calls “Get the Party Started.”
Offered in the Myriad Gardens’ Fine Art Series, the show by the Norman artist and illustrator is highly recommended during its run at the free Crystal Bridge Lobby gallery.
— John Brandenburg
‘Drawing From the Tropics’
Where: Crystal Bridge lobby gallery of Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through May 29.
Information: 445-7091 or 445-7080 or www.myriadgardens.org.