by Nina Baldwin

cloud catcher*dream maker*artist

"Art touches the soul...art is communication...it reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing."
Nina Baldwin ...

Welcome to Artscapes!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Artist - Reality vs. Impression

"The artist gazes upon a reality and creates his own impression. The viewer gazes upon the impression and creates his own reality." Robert Brault

A wonderful truth...Robert is a poet, philosopher and an artist painting a piece of his heart! Click on the title to read his post for October 25, 2010...Paris!

Monday, November 15, 2010

MUST-NOT-MISS PLACES TO SPEND TIME AND MONEY!!!

You can see some of my art at:

Galeria de Corrales, Corrales NM, wonderful gallery full of great artwork, perfect gifts for Christmas, Christmas ornaments...and lots of fabulous artists!!

Chamisa Hills Country Club, Rio Rancho, NM (2 pieces, one hanging next to a fluorescent green bear painting!! :)) be sure not to miss it!!)

KISS Cafe on Patio Escondido, Old Town, Albuquerque, NM (where you can get wonderful New Mexico Hot Chocolate and Mocha Oles! ...its a fun place!! lots of fun art!)

and for the months of November and December...

Unitarian Universalist Church, Rio Rancho, NM...wonderful group of people! ...they are especially open on Sunday mornings...believe it or not!!...but also probably most weekday afternoons, but be sure to call ahead!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

WEEMS INTERNATIONAL ARTFEST

The Weems International Artfest is right around the corner. It is a major event and an Albuquerque tradition...great fun and the best in fine art...and I always run into old friends while visiting there! Check it out!
Nov. 12-14...check for times.

Impressionism: the Academie, the Salon

The Academie was the upholder of traditional standards in French painting at the time. The Salon was established as the sole acceptable market place for the work of the Academy-trained artists...therefore, the Academie and the Salon had great power and monopolized the artist's world, determining the teaching, the subject matter, the techniques used, the paints, even the method of "retailing" the artwork...ugh!!!!!!!!! Thank God for the painters of the Impressionistic period who struck out on their own, making their own rules and paving the way for the artists to come...I am reminded of the quote..."Freedom is a bigger game than power...Power is about what you can control...Freedom is about what you can unleash"...Harriet Rubin

In 1863 a Salon des Refuses, was organized since so many of the works that year had been refused by the establishment Salon. Of course, this resulted in much hostility from the public toward the artists and their work. However, the Salon des Refuses did eventually open the door for other salons to take place such as those of the Impressionists from 1874 and the Independents in 1884. These salons were well attended, strangely enough, although the young artists often received much ridicule from the public...eventually though, art which was not favored by the Academie was more accepted by the public.

Impressionist Techniques

MANZANO MOUNTAINS by Nina Baldwin
10" x 10" on canvas - private collection
  • short, thick strokes of paint are used to quickly capture the essence of the subject rather than its details. the paint is often applied impasto.
  • colors are applied side-by-side with as little mixing as possible, creating a vibrant surface. The optical mixing of colors occurs in the eye of the viewer.
  • grays and dark tones are produced by mixing complimentary colors. In pure Impressionism the use of black paint is avoided.
  • wet paint is placed into wet paint without waiting for successive applications to dry, producing softer edges and an intermingling of color.
  • painting in the evening to get effets de soir - the shadowy effects of the light in the evening or twilight.
  • Impressionist paintings do not exploit the transparency of thin paint films (glazes) which earlier artists built up carefully to produce effects. The surface of an Impressionist painting is typically opaque.
  • The play of natural light is emphasized. Close attention is paid to the reflection of colors from object to object.
  • In paintings made en plein air (outdoors), shadows are boldly painted with the blue of the sky as it is reflected onto surfaces, giving a sense of freshness and openness that was not captured in painting previously. (Blue shadows on snow inspired the technique.)
The above is borrowed from Wikipedia...it is concise...thanks Wikipedia!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Little Bit More About Pigments, Oils, Wax and Techniques

It was the paints that allowed for the Impressionists to make the changes in techniques that they did...

It was about the 1870's...the younger artists were rejecting the techniques of the Academie...the dark, transparent shadows, subtle tonal modeling, somber hues and earth colors of chiaroscuro. Mechanical grinding of pigments was considered too coarse by the masters, but actually the larger particles lent themselves to the loading of the paint so favored by the Impressionists.

While oil binders such as linseed oil were best suited to thin layers and glazes, poppy seed oil was more "buttery" when combined with ground pigments, thus retaining the mark of the paint brush...and providing a raised textural effect. It was slow-drying which was particularly useful for the wet into wet technique employed by Monet in his paintings.

The addition of paraffin wax improved the consistency of the paint, but overuse lead to sticky, dark colors prone to cracking. The wax did make it possible for the stiffer paints to be used with a palette knife...something Cezanne and Pissarro took advantage of...

Before starting to paint artists attempted to remove as much oil by placing blobs of paint on blotting paper to soak out the oil. So at this time, artists needed to manipulate their paints in order to achieve the effects and use the techniques that they preferred...more later....

Friday, November 5, 2010

NEW MEXICO MOUNTAIN SERIES -Gallup, NM plus California Dreamin''

PART OF MY NEW MEXICO MOUNTAIN SERIES...the painting on the left is of the mesas on the way to Gallup, New Mexico...a sight I fell in love with on my many trips to Arizona! The one on the right is called "California Dreamin" and was painted in my studio after my husband and I returned from a trip to that state...the colors are lovely in both!!  Both paintings are done with a palette knife making for interesting texture and wonderful energy!! 
"On The Way to Gallup" & "California Dreamin'"
by Nina Baldwin
These are small (5" x 7") landscapes. They look very attractive sitting on small easels, but they can also be hung on a wall! They are impressionistic in technique..$95.USD each...shipping and handling in the USA is free!!) These would make great gifts!
both have been sold...thank you!!