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Finger Painting Artist Celebrates Beguiling Beauty of the Desert Sky à la ‘Starry Night’

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Throughout her career, artist Iris Scott has proven that finger painting isn’t just for kids. Opting for her digits instead of a paintbrush, her large-scale pieces offer an incredible and intimate look into how she sees the world: one that is full of color, texture, and energy. This is encapsulated in her latest painting called Sage and Time. The breathtaking landscape depicts a starry night sky as witnessed from a desolate desert that’s alive with pinks, blues, and electric yellow hues. It’s made even more magical when you remember that Scott did this all without the help of a paintbrush.

Scott works in northern New Mexico, a land known for its expansive views of the desert. “In the summer, we take our sleeping bags outside and cuddle up under the stars, no tents… they call this cowboy camping,” she tells My Modern Met. “Those first few cloudless summer nights, I was shocked to discover that all my life I had been wrong about the colors of stars…. oh my god stars aren’t just all white. They’re a complete range of reds, purples, blues, greens, yellows, and oranges up there just twinkling away. The little pinion and juniper trees are petite but ancient; the landscape is both harsh and welcoming. The desert is a bewitching place, and I’m head over heels for it.”

The swirling, and often beguiling, beauty of the night sky brought Sage and Time to life. “I call it Sage and Time because of the realization that the light from all these stars—some are millions of light-years away, others billions, or hundreds of thousands—are all flattened into one moment of observation here, above the sage (wisdom) plants,” Scott explains.

Like many of her other works, the new desert painting is large; it measures a staggering 84 inches wide and 60 inches tall. “I knew it needed to be BIG, to capture that expansive feeling stargazers love,” Scott says. “I tickled Sage and Time into existence over the course of a week with Holbein oils upon a Fredrix canvas. The sage took on an almost blue fire appearance, and the local pinion trees echoed our beloved Van Gogh’s touch. I leaned into the concept of paying homage to Starry Night, but chose instead a less stylized, and more realistic approach. 3 AM in northern New Mexico is trippy enough already, just trying to capture it was a surreal affair.”

But if you’d like to own a canvas print of art by Iris Scott there are many for sale for sale on the website.

To learn more about Scott’s work and artistic process, listen to her episode of My Modern Met’s Top Artist podcast.

Finger painting artist Iris Scott has created a beautiful homage to the desert and Van Gogh’s Starry Night with her newest piece called Sage & Time.

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Scott has recently created more works celebrating the desert and the creatures that live within it.

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A focus on the Artwork of Iris Scott

A focus on the Artwork of Iris Scott

The arrival of spring in the Big Apple was marked by the first personalised exhibition of Iris Scott – The Door is Open Mind the Cat. Having started a completely new stage in her career, introducing her old works cut into pieces, thus making a kind of photomontages on canvas, a young painter fantasized a… Continue Reading

Iris Scott Canvas Prints Australia

Iris Scott Canvas Prints Australia

It’s no secret that becoming a well-known artist is one of the toughest things to do.  Everybody has a different opinion of what real art is and if they don’t like it, they will simply laugh and walk away.  Fortunately for Iris Scott, this is not the case.  Through much adversity and many trying times,… Continue Reading

Iris Scott Art

“Iris Scott makes ‘finger paintings’ portraying tigers in the night, bowerbirds, South Asian drag queens, and herself as a towering belle of some fantasy ball. So much sincerity and obsessiveness come through here that you lower your scepticism and revel in the lushness and love.” — Jerry Saltz, Art Critic for New York Magazine Here… Continue Reading

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