Turbat’s Creek, a lovely 36 x48 painting from David Witbeck has something unique about it. Most Witbeck lovers immediately notice it and quickly fall in love.
“Turbat’s Creek, like all my work, is only very, very loosely based on the place that inspired it,” shares Witbeck. All his work has a familiarity to it but is never a replica of a harbor or landscape found on the Maine coastline.
However, this is not what makes this painting special.
“The color palette is unlike anything else I have ever done,” says Witbeck. “It started out with a bright blue sky with fluffy clouds, following my same traditional color scheme. Then something happened.”
The style of this piece is all Witbeck. However, the colors are all new.
“A friend texted me an image of a particular Fairfield Porter painting she was looking at at the Metropolitan Museum in New York,” Witbeck explains. “This is when the change started. Gradually my colors began to transform into the grays and pinks and browns from Porter’s painting.”
The muted shades are fabulous and let the viewer move into a time, either dawn or dusk, where the fog and humidity bring a haze over the word that is pure magic.
“When I finished, it felt a little somber,” says Witbeck. “I added a couple of my favorite gulls to lighten the mood and was incredibly happy with the finished product.”
David Witbeck and his partnering artist, Bethany Harper Williams, are stunning in this two-artist show. We are in the middle of the three-week-long show, and many pieces have sold. Interested? This show runs until July 19.
The gallery is open every day from 10 am – 5 pm at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. FMI call 207-967-0049 or visit www.maine-art.com.
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