Seeking peace and celebrating the small joys in life, these subjects center on nature and my surroundings. I enjoyed painting on a small, intimate scale this year. I don’t paint with an easel but hold my work in my lap and hold the brush like I’m holding a pen. They’re turned this way and that. I look at them very much as objects, with small illusions on their surfaces.
“Oh, buoys. I first saw these colorful icons in Kennebunkport,” shares artist Trip Park. “Simply enough, they are striking to see every time I notice them. Their toy-like colors sometimes intertwined in their wire-framed & wood traps do something fun for me every time I put them to canvas.”
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.
Looking at this collection as a body of work in front of me today, I feel subconsciously much of that desire for calm and solitude and familiar surroundings came through. I chose to go back to many of the themes and styles I have worked with in the past. Not recreating but reexamining. There was a comfort in that.
“All my work in this year’s show is of landscapes. Wide and open ones. They vary from dawn to dusk, rivers, marsh, and ocean,” explains artist Ingunn Milla Joergensen. “I spend a lot of time in these various places. It is where I can breathe, reflect, and find peace. This last year these aspects are more important than ever, to recharge and find beauty in nature. “
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.