“This painting is of sand, branches, rocks and tiny new spring life proposed by brushstroke. It activates and energizes the canvas, but at the same time holds it together,” says Fitzgerald. “I use texture to conjure objects and then paint over texture to suggest an underneath.”
Samuel’s Wave is a painting of a moment that had such an impact. Matthews is naturally drawn to the coast and has always felt her best when connected to the sea.
“I chose these six paintings for the show after spending the winter trying new approaches, taking a break from closely-cropped small still-life and water studies to work on larger surfaces and subjects. The result is partly the consequences of moving to a new workspace. My work was bound to reflect a transition,” Alex explains. “I wanted to work on a variety of subjects, sizes, application of paint; I was free to try new things.”
A painting, for Claire, is an expression of those moments when struck by a view. It is her attempt to keep that white heat moment of excitement. The middle tones in this painting have a darkness, the colors are muted, but there is a harmonious glowing quality, like a thin veil over everything.
Craig Mooney has been a part of Maine Art for over ten years. Over the course of this time, many have fallen in love with his dreamy skies and landscapes that pull us into a world full of memories and wishes. Yet recently, we have realized some of his best work lies beyond his horizons and in his figurative pieces.
Maine is famous for seascapes, skies, and sunlight, and no visit to the coast is complete without them. On Saturday, May 26, Maine artist Holly Ready and Maine Art Hill celebrate all three with the upcoming show at The Gallery on 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk. This is a one-woman show of Ready’s most recent work and features the most amazing skies of summer. We open Saturday, May 26 and run through Saturday, June 16. We will kick off the show with Ready’s Artist Reception from 5 pm – 7 pm Saturday, May 26.
As many artists who are encompassed by the beauty here, Matthews’s work is inspired and influenced by her surroundings. “I am struck by things visually in an instant. Be it the way light plays off of something or the color interactions on a clear blue day.
The beauty of the Maine landscape, the constantly changing elements, and the ocean are a never-ending source of inspiration for all of Joergensen’s art and design work. “It is the little things that catch my attention, a piece, a fragment, a texture, a thought, a word. Sometimes taking it all in is so much, it is almost overwhelming,” Ingunn shares. “One little shell tells the story of the ocean. A piece of wood tells the story of lived life. Beauty is found in the most unexpected places.”
“The winters are stripped down and everything slows down. I like that solitude. The light is incredible. The blue shadows in the winter and the skies. The beach. The water. The coastline. The pastoral inland views,” Bigbee raves. “The whole state is just a huge painting waiting to be painted.”
“Experience has led me to a whole new chapter. This lifetime of infusing with the natural world created a big “Ah Ha” moment. All of nature is represented in a flower,” shares Wahlrab, still amazed by the realization. “There is abundant literature, folklore, and symbolism related to flowers. Most have their own connection and stories with these amazing creations. Even those living in a concrete space, in a high-rise, in a busy city, find a way to bring flowers into their lives.”