There are few surprises, but a lot of small pleasures, to be had viewing the unassuming, very well handled impressionist oil landscapes of Margaret Aycock at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Done in various state locations as well as the Tulsa area, the mostly small oils in Aycock's “Oklahoma, the Place I Call Home” show are on view in the capitol's second floor Governor's Gallery.
A giant sunlit cloud formation seems to offer magical protection to some of the distant tall buildings of “My Fair City,” in the Tulsa artist's charmingly understated and appealing small oil of that title.
A single “Illinois River Fisherman,” standing straight as a toothpick on a bank, provides a good sense of scale to a second small oil, just as red “Azaleas” supply rich color to a third. A little larger are the two young people portrayed playing in the river in another generally effective composition by Aycock.
Sunlight, shadow and scattered blossoms create a vibrant interplay of visual factors in her oil of a “Shady Garden,” which may also be the subject of her “Garden Walk Way,” hung next to it. A vertical format and a blue atmospheric color scheme make the subject of “What We Saw on the Way Home from the River,” a curved tornado funnel on the horizon, all the more dramatic.