When October comes to Maine, confetti-like leaves and frosted pumpkins find their way into everyone’s hearts and minds. The colors red, orange, and yellow often take center stage, but not for John Spain and Maine Art Hill. For Spain and many of his staff and artists, it’s all about The Pink.
“I also like to interact with local scenes; wooded paths, Maine’s beautiful coastline, or working waterfronts. Whether it’s a coastal scene or a woodland scene,” she explains. “I love the peace that my painting style brings.”
“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.”
“I imbue these semi-abstract renderings of place with universal emotions. These works are meant to bring peace to those who view them,” Mooney shares. “They are a gentle reminder that life goes on and assure that there is cosmos amid this chaos.”
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.
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The Small Works show is being held on the first floor of The Gallery at 14 Western Ave. It is a lovely collection of smaller works including a variety of pieces by Liz Hoag, Bethany Harper Williams, Rick Hamilton, Ingunn Milla Joergensen, & Alex Dunwoodie.
We are hoping that everyone has enjoyed the festival of family and friends called Thanksgiving. We here at the galleries are so fortunate and incredibly grateful. We hope each of you celebrated and are using the next few days to rest before the Christmas Prelude 2019 begins next week, December 5th.
The first layer or two of his current work is acrylic. He works quickly and easily. It comes naturally. Once the painting is in a “good place”, he switches to oils and continues building texture, adding and removing loosely applied layers of color before finally defining focal points of the painting with crisp, graphic lines. The end result being something different and interesting.
“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.”