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.
Scouting the Wickford, RI 50th Annual Art Festival last weekend. A good show with many good artists showing including NH artist Dick Fisher and former NH, now Florida artist Jenny Gardner. A very hot muggy day, very tough for the artists–this is such a difficult business. Continue reading
I’ve been waiting for the stuff to fall from the sky that simplifies the landscape, provides a smooth landing for chilly shadows, and acts as a perfect foil for crystal clear blue skies. For a long time, a snow-covered landscape has been so much more appealing to me than a drenched-in-greens landscape. I love the way a winter snowfall covers over the extraneous details and forces us to see the simplicity of forms.
The challenge for artists of all kinds is how to deal with the color of whites Continue reading