Maine’s Rothko Inspiration

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Transparent. Reflective. Abstract. Real. All at once.

That’s how I view quick snapshots taken while walking along York Beach, Maine last summer when the water was at least 55 degrees warmer than today. I was playing with my compact camera simply letting it do its thing–opening and closing the shutter and allowing light to come in. It’s these impulsive, unscripted images that allow for some interpretation as well as connections to other seemingly unrelated things. A Mark Rothko painting (famous for his color field approach) for instance, seems to have been inspired by a seascape such as the one I’ve posted here. This kind of simplification can be a show stopper when the rest of the online world is showing/displaying an incredible number of images every second of every day. I’m tired just thinking about it. Thought for today is simple, simplify.

rothko lo res Blue Divided by Blue, 1966, Mark Rothko, 1903-1970.

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State of Maine Blues

Surrounded by Blues

Surrounded by Blues

Coastal Maine with its crisp whites, deep blues and accents of reds and oranges continue to find their way into my artwork. One day it occurred to me that if Maine redesigned its state flag it could look something like this. Of course inlanders would not be happy so I’ve kept this idea to myself. One visitor to one of my outdoor show in South Portland, Maine this summer laughed out loud when he saw the title and “got” the image. A fun moment. Not a sale but just as rewarding when someone understands that my work is not representational but seeks to propose a different, uncommon way of viewing common views. I abstract elements of a landscape and reorder, repurpose and reimagine all while filtering this input through my head and heart. Whew. Amazing how humans work.

Lesson from the Keeper’s House, Monhegan Island–Ann Trainor Domingue

6 a.m. light on the house

6 a.m. light on the house

One photo or one sketch is not the inspiration for only one work of art. Depending on what kind of information is retained, noted, or memorized will determine how an artist uses that reference for final art. Even then the artist might completely disregard those notes because over time, similar to simmering a delicious Italian red sauce, other ideas and influencers take their place in your mind, eye and heart and drive you in a new direction. Though the sketch above was done in 2010, my new painting in 2013 looks nothing likes other earlier attempts of years past, but I believe it is a better result. Please Like my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/anntrainordomingueart and signup to receive my newsletter at www.anntrainordomingue.com