“Maine takes me by the hand and gently, quietly reaches in, touches my heart, my soul, tantalizing, whispering, seducing,” says artist Janis Sanders. “She knows me, owns me.”
“I have always been captivated by lobster boats, and lobster boats are ubiquitous in Maine, providing me with lots of inspiration. There is a charm to the shapes and bright colors that give each boat a unique personality. I should call these collages portraits as I’m trying to portray the character of the individual boats.”
“This piece is more of a study of undergrowth. But, again, it’s the late afternoon sun of late winter/early spring, which I love. The darks and the golds against each other are a great vehicle for showing depth in the seeming tangle of branches, and the dark greens offer a soft and subtle background to the brighter happenings in front. I enjoy the complex movement of the branches and how typical it is of what I see off to the side of any path I walk in Maine. There’s so much going on right off the path.”
“When choosing three images for this show, I thought of how variable any day in Maine can be. Crystal clear, sunny, and hot one day, then foggy and mysterious the next. So I decided all three of my submissions could be beach-based and still represent how I see Maine.”
“This year, I have spent more time plein air painting. There have been days I have produced multiple paintings and days where I have returned to my studio only to wipe the canvas down,” shares artist Margaret Gerding, “However, every day outside is considered a success.”
“There is a misty painting with some buoys in the foreground in this piece. Bouys are one of the staples of Maine clichés. It’s impossible to avoid clichés, but I think if I’m going to succumb to them, I should try to improve on them. The first buoy-in-the-foreground-boat-in-the-background painting I did was 72 x 48 and was the client’s idea. I thought she was nuts at first, but she was insistent. I was surprised how well it came out.”
Beginning June 4 at 10 am, Three Views of Maine opens at The Show Gallery at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk, Maine. This show will run for four weeks, ending on Thursday, June 30. The gallery is open every day from 10-5. FMI call 207-967-0049 or visit www.maine-art.com/shows. Artist reception Saturday, June 4, 5 PM -7 PM.
“We all love these quiet walks and hold them in our memories. But, it has taken me a while to start the Beach Walk series, never mind paining t the multitude of subtle colors that quietly happen as the water approaches the sand.”
Janis Sanders is rounding out the end of the summer season on Maine Art Hill. Some will come searching for his classic blue and yellow palette, and others will be searching for the surprises Sanders always delivers.
Be sure to add this new show to your summer calendar and wander up to Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk, Maine. As expected, we always have new works from Davis and Fitzgerald year-round. So if you are out and about, please stop by and visit or check them out on our website.