“I paint what I find beautiful. Painting for me is like meditation,” explains artist Sanda Dunn. “When I am mixing colors, and focusing on values and shapes, I am operating in my right brain, and all the chatter of the mind is shut down.”
These paintings are a departure from the landscapes I often paint. Spending more time in the studio this past year, I welcomed the opportunity to explore the subtle color shifts, shadows, and refractions that a vase of flowers can provide.
There’s something magical about watching the sun rise and set. Maybe it’s the rapid progression of light filling the sky first thing in the morning or watching it fade at nightfall, or maybe it’s just the fact that it makes one aware of how quickly time passes. Within minutes the flow of sunrise burst into the dawn of a new day.
Although I revel in the sight of the sea, it’s the Maine light that grabs me. The uncluttered skies hint at the smell of brine, mussels, seaweed, lobster, fish, ducks, and birds. Salty marshes, mysterious dunes, or the sea itself inhabit the lower edge of the painting and gently hold the sky and its moods for our contemplation.