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S E C T I O N 2 Artscene LEAVING an IMPRESSION Local artist teaches impressionistic painting at Allied Arts Story and photos by Michelle Le L ocal impressionist artist Kristen Olson recently conducted a “Paint the Garden” workshop at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, where her “Classic California” landscapes are on exhibit through March. Painters, from beginners to advance, worked in the guild’s outdoor gardens in the style of the Impressionists. Inspired by her grandmother, Ms. Olson has been painting since she was a child. At school, she says, “kids were asking me to draw them a horse and I would give (the pictures) away.” Her parents, who were musicians, wanted her to become a violinist. Instead, she followed her passion for painting. She was introduced to California landscapes when she visited her grandmother in Auburn, California. Her grandmother would take her on hikes in the Sierra foothills, and they would sketch and paint together. Studying music and playing musical instruments influenced how she sees rhythm in nature, she says. “Music, nature and art are (as) alike as they are different,” she says. One sees “rhythm in the way the breeze blows across water, the way things grow, how trees are aligned, and how clouds move.” See ARTIST, page 23 Kristen Olson teaches a “Paint the Garden” workshop at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. Left: “Fall in Napa,” an oil on linen by Kristen Olson. March 27, 2013NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN21

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