“My favorite painting from the current inventory at Maine Art Hill is Autumn Orange,” says artist Janis Sanders. “Winter, spring, summer, or fall. I love Maine! I especially love Acadia National Park.”
This scene at Eagle Lake in Acadia speaks to Sanders in reality and translation as a painting.
“At once, there is a sense of intense serenity and drama in each. The jagged shore rocks contrast immediately with the peaceful waters, holding, cradling soft reflections of the far mountains,” shares Sanders. “The splashes of autumn red and orange add contrast, contradiction, and counterpoint. It’s like hot pepper on sunny eggs.”
This particular painting evolved to encapsulate a vast outdoor space in a small area.
“It offers great visual depth with an array and panoply of colors and textures,” says Sanders. “It holds an uplifting lightness and brightness,”
To see all available work from Janis Sanders, click the link below.
“This painting reaches out; the colors warm and welcome to the viewer,” says artist Jeffery T. Fitzgerald. “For me, Rockbound/Lobster Point keeps healthy energy, with a horizon that anchors and suggests. Brushstrokes and blue, green, and gold fields are dynamic with whimsy, mystery, and gusto.”
To see all available work from Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald, click the link below.
“This painting celebrates a serendipitous moment at my daughter’s summer home and son-in-law on Islesboro in Penobscot Bay,” shares Hoyt. “They had a dinner party, guests had arrived, and the lobsters are almost cooked. Out in the harbor, a rendezvous of windjammers has gathered and anchored for the night they hadn’t anticipated, completing the scene as the setting sun goes down.”
“The challenge of painting flames, steam, sunset, and all those boats and my personal connection to the place and the event all contributed to making this my favorite recent painting,” says Hoyt. “Other than the one I’m working on right now… it’s always my current favorite.”
To see all available work from William B. Hoyt, click the link below.
“My favorite piece at Maine Art Hill is Elevation, one of my most recent coastal landscapes,” shares artist Julie Houck. “I love the clouds’ nuances against the sky and the way the clouds seem to move and lift you up and into the painting. I chose to juxtapose the clouds against a darker sky, to intensify this dynamic.”
“The meandering waterway heading to the horizon, and then the portal up and into the sky are the compositional aspects of this piece that produced its name, Elevation.”
To see all available work from Julie Houck, click the link below.
“My favorite is Beach Stones #8,” says Alex Dunwoodie. “I love the tumbled rocks along shorelines; the mix of colors and textures. Sitting and studying the stones is calming to me.”
For Dunwoodie, it’s a lot like looking at the water because her eye wanders over the surface in the same way as over waves — very relaxing.
“The best time to look at rocks is on overcast or rainy days when their colors stand out. It’s a great thing to do on a foggy day,” she explains.
Dunwoodie has been making beach stone paintings for a few years now.
“I’m pleased with how this particular one came out.” Dunwoodie shares. “I want my paintings of stones to be inviting to viewers. I like to pick up some of these rocks and hold them and turn them over in my hands.”
To see all available work from Alex Dunwoodie, click the link below.
“One of the best parts of my life as an artist is to explore nature and witness the unexpected moments it offers,” shares artist Margaret Gerding.
Her time is largely spent in the studio during the winter, but she still walks the trails and beaches.
“The bare branches allow for some breathtaking views not seen during other months, hence the creation of Trees Along the Marsh. This painting is based on a walk I took in Wells down by the harbor and is a winter reminder to keep looking.”
To see all available work from Margaret Gerding, click the link below.
“This piece flowed out of me in a very mysterious way,” shares artist John LeCours about Tango at Sunset, his Fall Favorite. “It seemed to come directly out of my subconscious.”
This autumnal tree’s look resonates with the fall season but speaks to the viewer on several levels.
“Even though there is a loneliness to this piece, there is also a feeling of future hope and eternal life,” says LeCours. “Symbolizing the Tree of Life and an existential vibe that is inherent in this composition.”
To see all available work from John LeCours, click the link below.
**Sorry for the earworm, but you know you were already singing it.
Autumn is upon us, and we at Maine Art Hill are aware our visitors are changing their shopping habits as the weather gets cooler, and folks all start to snuggle in. We were thinking, “What better way to connect with you than having our well-loved artists share their own favorites things.” More specifically, their favorite piece of their own artwork from the Maine Art Hill collection.
Every Tuesday, beginning on November 3rd, an email will be sent to everyone on our email lists. This email will feature three artists and their particular “Fall Favorite.” This continues through December 15th. Also, watch for social media posts on Facebook and Instagram on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays during this time to highlight individual artists of the week.
Any purchases from one of the three featured pieces will be eligible for free shipping or free *local delivery when purchased by the following Monday.
As we get closer to our last week of posts beginning December 15th, be aware that shipping in time for the holidays may be limited.
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“I’m surprised, too, that even though the concept of “drawing in space” has been around since Spanish sculptor Julio González articulated the idea in Cahiers d’Art in the 1920s and ‘30s, only one sculptor so far—Susan Bennett—has brought the practice up to the present. (I’m sure there are others out there, and I hope I hear from you because it’s a nifty way to extend the practice of using line to define space.)”
From Artist Susan Bennett…
“The focus of my art making is primarily steel and stainless-steel sculpture. The technical aspects of welding became fluid while perfecting my craft as a pipe welder. Or to put it another way, my welds couldn’t leak under pressure. A few years later, mostly through happenstance, I was pursuing a fine arts degree as a nontraditional student—a woman in her forties. Early in this endeavor, a professor stated that life experience matters in the art-making process, and I would go back to this many, many times. In my studies, I was naturally curious about the history of direct metal sculpture. Now, as it must have been then, the idea of using this ubiquitous material in the creation of 3-D art is liberating. Welding steel, in part, has redefined the elements of modern sculpture. Drawing in space, using this mean material, is free from restraint, and is not unlike the automatic drawing process. Intuitively made, the implementation of the work evolves through an inclusive and integrated design approach. A blend of deliberation and spontaneity that is altogether pleasing.”