I guess there’s something to be said for making sure the drawing is just right before applying paint,” explains Witbeck. “However, my brain doesn’t seem to work that way. I tend to find the painting through trial and error on the canvas.”
The 2021 Summer Show Schedule is set, and we couldn’t wait to share the excitement with all of you. We know how quickly summer calendars fill up, so be sure to pencil us in.
“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.
I’m revisiting it as a multi-block Lino cut. Three blocks, I’m thinking 5 or 6 colors so some will have to cut as reductions.
“Many of my new landscape pieces are more atmospheric. With this a bit of the whimsy is lost as it moves more toward realism,” says Witbeck. “This collection started as a commission piece that was 48x 48. Once completed, I needed more.”
Richard Remsen, David Witbeck, Ellen Welch Granter, and David Riley Peterson are featured in a three-week-long show, beginning Saturday, August 31 and running through September 26 at The Gallery on Maine Art Hill at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk. The public is welcome to enjoy the Artist Reception on Saturday evening, August 31, from 5-7 pm. FMI 207-967-2803 or maine-art.com. Galleries are open every day at 10 am.
There is no better way to celebrate summer than to be on or near the water. With that comes boat trips and harbor wandering. Both David Witbeck and Bethany Harper Williams have captured the love of each but in very different ways.
“The color palette is unlike anything else I have ever done,” says Witbeck. “It started out with a bright blue sky with fluffy clouds, following my same traditional color scheme. Then something happened.”
Friendship Sunrise, found at The Gallery, is that skinny little painting he is referring to. With the reflection of the morning sun turning the surface of the water the brilliant yellow, it was the beginning of something more.
Starting on Saturday, June 30 at 10 am through July 19th, we fill the walls of the gallery at 10 Chase Hill with these stunning celebrations of color and summer. Both artists will be at Shows on Saturday evening from 5 – 7 pm. They each are excited to share their process, inspiration and new works. The Artist Reception is a free event. Food, wine, and music provided.