“My approach to painting borderlines on an abstract viewpoint. I aim to achieve something more permanent, or my inner landscape,” explains Bigbee. “The views around me are classic Maine, a lulling sea with long-range tides, wind-swept clouds framed by Maine’s unmovable rocky coastline.”
“Whether stated with traditional painting materials and methods in traditional applications, stretched to the edges in abstraction, abstract expressionism or even minimalism, the representation of the artist’s experience is, of course, rendered through the filter of that artist’s being, experiential and instinctual, combined, mixed and balanced,” explains Sanders.
“I often begin with a bright underpainting – usually in acrylic – and build up layers of oil paint while letting the underpainting enhance and peak through,” says Mozzone. “Those early years of working in watercolor taught me to think and plan a few steps ahead, especially regarding color. Cobalt Teal from Gamblin is probably my most-used pigment.”
It’s not only the trees expecting pops of color. As our summer season winds down, our fall pop-ups begin. It is a time for new, fun, and exciting artists to celebrate cooler nights, colorful days, and beautiful art. Beginning August 31 Maine Art Hill welcomes back our Fall Pop-Up series. Each gallery on The Hill will be hosting a different Pop-Up during the fall season. All right here in Kennebunk, Maine. Click to learn more.
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.”
“My paintings begin long before any paint is applied to the canvas or panel on the easel. I always begin with a question,” shares artist Janis H. Sanders. “What do I love about Maine?” Click to find out.
“Painting and drawing were always something I did – from the time I could hold a crayon. Although I majored in Fine Art in college and have painted for most of my life, I began to focus intensely on my art practice in 2010 after my dad’s sudden passing,” shares Mozzone. “It was a time of creative rebirth and experimentation for me as it became painfully clear that life is uncertain, and if this was what I was meant to do, it was now or never.”
“I watched how deep indigo turns into a rich turquoise or the brightest of blue fades into a soft purple,” Joergensen says. “I have so many favorite spots right here in my immediate surroundings. Whether it is the woods, rivers, marshes, or by the ocean, it is here.”
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” With two side-by-side show galleries and two opening shows happening on the same weekend, nothing could be more true.
INGUNN MILLA JOERGENSEN August 5 – 30 Gallery at the Grand 1 Chase Hill Rd. Kennebunk, Maine 04043 When we asked local artist Ingunn Milla Joergensen about the inspiration behind specific pieces she created for her 2023 Solo Summer Show, she shared insights we wanted to share. On florals… “When I don’t paint, I garden…. Read more »