Barb Bomier works with buttery oil paints
VAIL, COLORADO Editor’s Note: This is the third of 12 Q&As with the Red Cliff artists participating in the seventh annual Red Cliff Studio Tour, which happens Aug. 28-29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The answers are intended to give tour-goers an inside look at the people and inspirations behind the art work.1. What is your medium and why did you choose it, or did the medium choose you? Oil – I chose it because I had been using acrylics and they dry out too quickly when painting outdoors. I like the buttery consistency of oil paints. 2. What puts you in the mood to be creative? Mother Nature inspires me … seeing the way light is falling on something, whether it’s a mountain, a building, an apple or a person’s face … or the shape of a shadow … or reflected light .. colors, textures.3. If you could choose anyone to have dinner with, alive or dead, who would it be and why? I think I’d have to pick Sergei Bongart or Fedor Zakharov. Both were handsome Russian painters whose work I very much admire. 4. What is the best aspect of having a studio in Red Cliff? Being away from I-70 and the hubbub down there. Also, the fact that Red Cliff has great old buildings. 5. What is your credo or motto for life? Time and time again painting has taught me that we should “Seize the moment.” So many times I’ll say that I’ll come back again and paint this or that only to find that upon coming back it’s not the same, the light is different, the snow melted, the old pickup has been moved or the wind blew the leaves away.