Off the Trail – Liz Hoag’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Liz Hoag | Off the Trail #2 | Acrylic on Canvas | 24″ X 24″ | $1600

Liz Hoag | Off the Trail #1 | Acrylic on Canvas | 18″ X 18″ | $1000

Off the Trail is my favorite piece in the gallery right now,” shares artist Liz Hoag.  “It really reminds me of a summer evening walking in a favorite place.”

Hoag loved this idea so much she created two pieces with the same composition and color pallet. One just a bit smaller than the other.  Because it would be just too hard to choose, we let her choose both.

“In both pieces, the colors change to cool tones as the sun goes down,” explains Hoag.  “I like how, especially, the brown bark of trees turns to a warm lavender color at dusk.”
Note: Off the Trail #1 is the smaller 18×18. Off the Trail #2 is the larger 24×24.
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Channel Drift – Craig Mooney’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Craig Mooney | Channel Drift | Oil on Canvas | 24″ X 48″ | $5000
“One of my favorite themes is embodied in Channel Drift,” says artist Craig Mooney. “The image of a solitary boat moving slowly toward breaking clouds.”

For Mooney, it’s a classic theme, but a timely one.

“Where there is dark, there is always some light. This is a hopeful painting that reflects what we have collectively experienced in the last year.”

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Every Place I Go, There I Am – Ryan Kohler’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Ryan Kohler | Every Place I Go, There I Am | Acrylic on Canvas | 48″ X 36″ | $1850
“To maintain some ambiguity, my titles usually have more to do with what is going on in my life during the painting’s creative process rather than the actual image itself,” explains artist Ryan Kohler. “For instance, song lyrics from music played in the studio, snippets of text from bedtime readings, even fortune cookies.”
In this case, Every Place I Go, There I Am was something Kohler jotted down from a television show he was watching during the time of this particular piece.
“Although the phrase was originally uttered in a completely different context during the show, I thought it was an interesting quote.  I knew right away what it meant to me and my paintings,” shares Kohler.  “It seems like no matter what subject matter I tackle, what medium I use, or where I am painting, and why, it is unmistakably mine.  And I love that.”
A year ago, Kohler had never painted a deer in his life.  Now, here he is, several deer paintings deep, and still loves them so much.
“I had previously hinted at the spots of a deer leaping right off its body, but I embraced that idea with this painting,” shares Kohler. “Energetic swoops of red and orange paint slide easily off her backside, and her white spots intuitively transform into fun paint splatters that dazzle the eye in a confetti-like fashion.  Bits of solid, traditional painting mixed with fun and tasteful abstraction is always what I’m striving for, and this one, to me, is right on the money.”
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Lemon Zen – R. Scott Baltz’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

R. Scott Baltz | Lemon Zen | Oil on Cradled Panel | 20″ X 20″ | $2200
“My selection for the Fall Favorite is Lemon Zen,” shares artist R. Scott Baltz. “Often, I develop a fondness for a particular painting not so much on the final image but more so on the process, which paved the way to the final image.”
In this case, Lemon Zen marked a transition in the way Baltz handled paint. He challenges himself, searching for new ways to say what he feels is needed through the medium.
“This could apply to mark-making, thin or thick layers of paint, or implementing tools other than brushes to apply paint,” explains Baltz.  “In the case of Lemon Zen, I started using plastic paint scrapers to apply the paint, putting paint on and then scraping off.  I am also fond of the palette on this piece.”
Baltz seldom uses cool yellows, but in this case,  it worked.
“In the end, this piece is one where I am fond of the result overall.  It just makes me feel calm.”
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Heavenly Sky, Ogunquit River Footbridge – Claire Bigbee’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Claire Bigbee | Heavenly Sky, Ogunquit River Footbridge | Oil on Canvas | 24″ X 48″ | $3650 Ogunquit River, Footbridge Beach

“This painting represents what I love most about Ogunquit, which is also where I live,” shares artist Claire Bigbee. “It truly is a heavenly place.”

Bigbee walks along the picturesque Marginal Way all year round in all types of weather.

“This painting represents the natural beauty and feeling of peace I have when I stroll by the marshes and shoreline,” explains Bigbee. “There is  a connection to nature and a sense of freedom.”

For Bigbee, Maine is a healthy place with a high quality of life in times of stress like these days with the Covid 19.

“Everything slows down, and you are in the right place at a perfect moment,” she says. “It is a goal to capture that moment and presence of place. Between the dramatic vast palette of colors in the skies, the sea salt air,  and the waves’ crashing sounds against the rocky coast, I am inspired by the serene and natural beauty.   I infuse each painting with that feeling of awe and wonder. Maine is the way life should be.”

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It’s a Nutty Christmas in the Kennebunks

The Nutcrackers from “It’s a Nutty Christmas!” will be on view in the Pop-Up Thanksgiving weekend.

Nutcracker by Danie Connolley
Local artists and photographers are painting six-foot nutcrackers to “stand guard” outside stores, restaurants, and hotels of the Kennebunks for the first two weeks of December. They are sure to lure you in!
“Cracker Jack” Lobsterman Nutcracker by Robin Swennes
Take a picture with all of them and you may just win a prize! There will be more than forty about town.
Nutcracker by Danie Connolly
Mark your calendar to be sure to see the exhibit!

Huge THANK YOU

to Danie Connolly for organizing this fun event.

Clamming at Low Tide – Charles Bluett’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Charles Bluett | Clamming Low Tide | Acrylic on Canvas | 13″ X 19″ | $1600

 “As winter approaches and the days turn colder, grabbing some steaming fresh clams from the beaches along the New England Coastline is a great pastime with rewards attached,” shares artist Charles Bluett. “These are gifts from the sea that take a low tide and a bit of digging.”

Just seeing a sole figure out there on the flats with their bucket against the turning skies is a privilege to see and inspires Bluett’s work.

“The solitude of the individual and his or her thoughts set against the ever-changing beaches and sea skies as the tides ebb and flow around their form is so beautiful,” says Bluett.  “I felt this work really captured all of those moments and emotions.  It is a favorite. And as they say, the best gifts come in small packages.”

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Carousel – Mark Davis’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

Carousel | Brass and Aluminum with Steel with Wires, Oil and Acrylic Colors | 13.5″ X 13″ | $900

Mark Davis chose Carousel for his Fall Favorite because of what it means to him and his artistic process.

“I created this piece approximately two years ago, but for many years before that, I had tried to make a standing mobile with two turning points, with no success. The pieces were very overworked, and I never was happy with the results,” explains Davis. “Finally, I created a base that allowed me to make a separate section revolve within the base itself.”

Davis had to keep it very simple to get that to work. In making it simple, Davis came upon a new direction to his work.

“Each piece was mounted on the end of a wire, giving it a somewhat mechanical feel, but together they created a kind of whimsey that felt to me like the playfulness of Paul Klee’s paintings, which I greatly admire,” shares Davis. “The lines, shapes, and colors are disparate but work together in a sort of poetic harmony. It was quite a small but wonderful change for me and my work.”

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Long Row – David Witbeck’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

 

David Witbeck | A Long Row | Oil on Panel | 36″ X 36″ | $8200

“My best paintings are the ones where the nominal subject matter is secondary to the design and composition,” explains artist David Witbeck. “Long Row is an example.”

Long Row started with the idea of a big interesting “water” shape defined by silhouettes of surrounding shapes.

“Essentially, it is just two shapes, one dark, one light. Once the basic structure is established, then I can sub-divide the big shapes and have fun creating a little narrative and emotional quality with the pictorial details,” shares Witbeck.

This piece is a lot sparer than much of Witbeck’s other recent works.

“I like it. I should keep a print in my studio to remind myself that a successful painting can be quite simple,” reminds Witbeck. “Sometimes, less really is more.”

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Bayside Bunch- Karen Bruson’s Fall Favorite on Maine Art Hill

 

Karen Bruson | Bayside Bunch | Oil on Canvas | 16″ X 40″ | $1600

“Not only was this particular painting a total joy to paint, but I was so pleased with the result,” says artist Karen Bruson. “The 16”x40” format was new for me, and I found it to be such a cool size and dimension, lending itself nicely to strong diagonals.”

Bruson could actually feel the crowded beach’s energy juxtaposed with the triangle of water where the eye is allowed to rest.

“Overall, there’s such a good balance of energy versus calm, warms and cools, and lights and darks,” explains Bruson. “I find people so interesting, and I purposely gave more attention to those in the foreground and simplified the rest. I love it! It’s a good one.”

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