Sumner art on display at Metamora Library

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Metamora artist Ron Sumner has brought in some of his recent work to exhibit at the Metamora Branch of Illinois Prairie District Public Library.   Most of the eight paintings are acrylics on canvas.  An exception to this style is a pen and ink drawing on watercolor paper.  The depiction of Bruce Springsteen playing his guitar was made with numerous individual pen strokes that took two weeks to complete.

Four of the paintings are abstracts.  With this style, Sumner likes to use a figment of his imagination and let his mind wander.  Experimenting with color using the acrylic paint resulted in a colorful collage of animal characters and parts of other characters.  Two abstracts, a black and white with swirls and a magenta and black striped acrylic, were special order requests from a client to fit in with her décor. 

Three landscapes are in the Bob Ross style as taught by local artist Bob Remmert.  A favorite of Sumner’s is a barn scene which he painted two years ago and then recently reworked.  With just a little addition in the weeds and tree in the foreground, he feels that the picture has a lighter, brighter look to it.

Go to the Illinois Prairie District Public Library website at for an overview of Ron’s paintings.  Then visit the branch at Metamora and take a look at the original work.  While there, check out books on different painting styles.