The painting of West Point Lobster was juried into the Concord Art Association's 2015 Members' Painting and Sculpture Show. The juror was Mary Tinti, curator of the Fitchburg Art Museum. The Association is located in historic Concord, Massachusetts, where it has been promoting contemporary art and artists for over 100 years.
Coastal Home magazine recently featured my art in their beautiful magazine. You can find the online version here, at http://coastalhg.com/Talent/ann-mohnkern.html. Enjoy!
Sea Note is a series of small unframed paintings available for $100 each, plus tax and/or shipping. If you are interested, you may contact me by clicking here.
Sea Note #7. Oil on linen panel. 8" X 6". If you are interested, please contact me here.
Sea Note #6. Oil on linen panel.8" X 8". SOLD.
Sea Note #5. Oil on linen panel. 6" X 8". SOLD.
Sea Note #4. Oil on linen panel. 8" X 6". SOLD
Sea Note #3. Oil on linen panel. 8" X 8". SOLD
Sea Note #2. Oil on linen panel 8" X 6". SOLD
Sea Note #1 Oil on linen panel. 8" X 8". SOLD
I renamed my plein air rock paintings "The Sentinal Series" as they have developed into a wonderful collection of repeating images over the past three years. They group together very effectively because they're painted from the same location - a pocket beach on a small island in Casco Bay, Maine. The rocks are muscular, and seem to speak to one another as they guard the small bit of sand and sheltered waters of the cove. My three grandchildren have all learned to swim here, despite how unbelievably frigid the water is. Seaweed, hermit crabs, skipping rocks and tide pools. Just wonderful. Their teeth chatter and their lips turn blue and they cry if we make them come out to warm up.
I spent the past week in San Diego at the Annual General Meeting of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), where I was elected to their national Board of Directors. Quite an honor indeed. Check out their website here, and for those of you who paint, carve or sculpt marine-related subject matter, consider joining. The group is relatively small (about 500 members) and very collegial. With a focus on promoting marine art and maritime history, ASMA encourages excellence in its artist members, providing opportunities to participate in juried national and regional exhibitions.
For those of you in Maine, Don Stone, Don Demers and Loretta Krupinski are Fellows of the organization.
Last weekend we opened up the island house for the summer - of course it was cold, windy, rainy, the seas were up. Little to encourage us that summer is indeed upon us, but things happen fast once spring arrives. People always assume I get a lot of painting done in the summer, but it just isn't true. We share the time with lots of family and friends, and the work seems (actually, is) endless. But I carve out bits of time. My big aha! moment was when I decided to set up to paint in the same location every time, eliminating the wandering around to find the "perfect" painting each time I ventured out. With the changing weather, tides and time of day the same spot is never the same. That's part of what makes Maine such a visually exciting place to be. So the image above is a photograph from our little pocket beach, taken two weeks ago on a reconnaissance trip to the island to see what the winter had wrought. And below are three paintings done en plein air of the selfsame rocks. And there you have it.
Some progress this week. I decided to rough in the background trees with teal blue and purple to start developing atmospheric perspective. To enhance the feeling of a light fog burning off, I plan to glaze over the sky and these trees once this newest paint layer is dry.
My exhibit at the Yarmouth History Center's Stonewall Gallery has been extended for two weeks, until June 5.
It's time to shift gears from my winter of studio work to summer outdoors. Because of the extreme differences in the seasons, there is a lot to do putting away winter and taking out summer. I am wrapping up several larger paintings, trying to finish all I have begun over the past months. I have one final 16 x 20" painting on canvas that I have just begun to rough in, so I thought I would post a photograph of how I start.
It's early morning and the warm summer sun is beginning to burn off the fog around the island. I painted the entire canvas with a pale peach color, which will provide a warm undertone to the sky on the upper right, and the granite rock cliff in the foreground. The pine woods on the upper left have been "scribbled" in with red, which will give some vibrancy to the greens. I have also begun to suggest the atmospheric perspective of the tree line in the middle right section of the canvas.
Behind the easel you can see the wall of shelf storage in my home studio, which is somewhat organized. Nothing makes me crazier than not being able to put my hands on something I need.