Sea glass hunting is my favorite of all themes. The way nature recreates, for a second time, the color within the glass, discarded by humans and reworked by nature. Of course, they are also laced with happy memories of “the find” on some random beach as I stroll at peace with time and the environment around me.
“It’s purely about the real estate size of the canvas or panel. The larger I go, the more freedom it allows me to experiment,” says Baltz. “I also become more expressive with a brushstroke or using a palette knife or a scrapper when I am working large.”
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.”
“I paint what I find beautiful. Painting for me is like meditation,” explains artist Sanda Dunn. “When I am mixing colors, and focusing on values and shapes, I am operating in my right brain, and all the chatter of the mind is shut down.”
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.
I truly feel rewarded when a collector brings their own life experiences to one of my paintings and
feels an ultra-strong emotional connection to one of my pieces: to the point where they want to have it in their own home. That completes the circle of creativity and is such a wonderful thing.
There’s something magical about watching the sun rise and set. Maybe it’s the rapid progression of light filling the sky first thing in the morning or watching it fade at nightfall, or maybe it’s just the fact that it makes one aware of how quickly time passes. Within minutes the flow of sunrise burst into the dawn of a new day.
I use sanders, scrapers, and heat to create textures. I don’t paint from photographs or models. All of the images are from my head. I may be having a conversation with someone and hear a saying or sentence that inspires a painting. Or maybe I would hear a line in a song that puts an idea in my head.”