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.
“I live deeply in color, and these paintings are truly about color. Color relationships, both complementary and contrasting. I work with the colors seen, what’s in front of me, then my other four senses fire up, and I build my artwork. They are brushstrokes over and under lapping-romantic notions, a hardy story coupled to the physical wonders of life on canvas and life.”
The owner of Maine Art Hill, John Spain, aka Real Man, has once again been selected for the to be one of seventeen candidates taking part in the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink of Maine. RMWP gives men a leadership role in fighting breast cancer. Spain incorporated The Pink Show into his Real Men Wear Pink campaign as a way to grow the support he is able to give back.
Watch the video progress on The Fighter by Trip Park from Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk, Maine
“My new body of work comprises five dragonflies and one honeybee, entitled Awakening. I am moving towards bees and other insects,” says Doughty. “The bee symbolizes brightness and harmony in the community, as well as new life and awakening. They bring me joy. I understand how hard their plight has been as a result of our activity, hence climate change, on the earth. There is also symbolism as to how we rebuild our communities, jobs, and lives on the other side of the pandemic.”
These strikingly stay with us, sometimes for years. We don’t often talk about these things except with our closest friends. Still, for many people, they are distinct happenings that hint at something greater than ourselves.
I’m pleased with the simplification or abstraction of the figures. I really have fun painting crowds of people on the beach. I join in on a family Ogunquit vacation every summer, and that is where I get most of my subject matter. The beaches are always so crazy busy with splashes of color everywhere, and I so connect with the noisy vibration and overstimulation of it all.
“I taped a large 36×48 watercolor paper to the wall. I put on some good-to-move-to tunes and started painting,” tells White. “A large, full hipped woman appeared….totally unplanned. I stepped back. ‘Where did she come from?’ I started adding details and patterns using color intuitively.”
“Special Surfers is an aerial view of my vision of Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk. I tried to show the fun by doing a birds-eye view of this amazing event,” shares Heather Blanton. “I wanted a piece that was Kennebunk centric as Maine Art Hill is really a Maine core gallery. It was my hope to bring a special part of Maine into a piece for the Choice Show.”
Maine artist Ryan Kohler shares his thoughts on All This Is Ours, his Artist Choice, and a new piece for the 9th Annual Choice Art Show on Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk, Maine.