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, December 28, 2011

a tidbit more about RIO GRANDE GORGE...

I forgot to include any information concerning the publishing of my painting, "Rio Grande Gorge" yesterday...it actually will be included in what is intended to be the premier textbook on color to be published in 2012...I am so honored to have my painting included in this text!! As soon as I receive a copy of it, I will post the name of the book...I believe it is a university level read...
Again, it is an honor to be included in the book!...at the same time it is pretty humbling too! ...and I am so grateful to the author for seeing something in "Rio Grande Gorge" that she wanted to share with others...more info forthcoming!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

RIO GRANDE GORGE will be Published in 2012


“Rio Grande Gorge” is a painting inspired by a trip my husband and I
took one summer to the magnificent northern New Mexico area.

In this painting I tried to capture the essence of nature's own
architecture in the repetition of the beautiful strata of sedimentary
rocks. The river surges far below cutting through the ancient earth.
Petroglyphs dot the ruins. A beautiful New Mexico morning sky
stains the earth in the shades of terra cotta, raspberry and gold.

As an artist I wanted to create a painting which would show nature's
magnificence. The “Land of Enchantment” (New Mexico) has a
spirit all it's own...I wished to portray the emotion I felt as I
gazed over the rim into the deep canyon below...and then up to the
horizon, filled with sunshine, seemingly going on forever, hopefully
providing the sensation that the viewer could almost touch the sky.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS
EVERYONE!!!
from Nina Baldwin

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Wonder-filled Time of the Year!!

Ahhhhh!! School is back in session...the state fair was fun and now we are preparing for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta which will begin this weekend...there is a spirit in the air while the fiesta is happening...as well as lots of big beautiful balloons!!! Colors galore!! Enough cannot be said for the delight in the hearts and minds of both young and old as they gaze skyward taking in the hundreds of balloons from different countries and all of their activities during the week of the hot air balloon festival! If you haven't visited here during this time, you must make plans to do so in the near future...the first week of October is the time...
...there are lots of opportunities for fun at this time of year...be sure to stop by the Galeria de Corrales while out and about and enjoying our wonderful Mexican cuisine!! The Galeria is located in Corrales, about 2 blocks south of the Post Office on the corner of Coronado RD and Corrales Rd....just around the corner from Quilts Ole'! We hope to see you!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

This weekend Galeria de Corrales will be hosting an Open House. All are invited!! Please come and enjoy some refreshments while taking in all of the creativity of our fine artists.
Annette Galvano and I are both featured artists this time...Annette does wonderful purses, hats and wall art in wool...and my "Women Gathering" series of paintings will be displayed...I have many new pieces, so please be sure to drop by to see them! As you probably know, they are filled with beautiful color, lovely pattern and a distinct spiritual feeling to them...the essence of femininity, with boldness and power!!
Galeria de Corrales is located in Corrales, NM...at 3923 Corrales Rd....just around the corner from Quilts Ole! ...a couple of blocks south of the post office...on Coronado Rd....we will leave a trail of breadcrumbs...or perhaps green chilies!! All are welcome!!
Oh! the hours are...Saturday, July 9th from 10am to 5pm and
Sunday, July 10th from 11am to 2:30pm...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

EXPERIMENTAL ART and PAINTING

"For an artist, exploration is oxygen."
...absolutely!!!
Robert Genn
(go to the link for more thoughts regarding an artist working in different media)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

YOU ARE INVITED!!! Reception and Corrales Studio Tour

...don't forget to attend our wonderful art reception at the Galeria de Corrales, in Corrales, NM, this Friday, April 29th from 5pm to 7pm...wonderful, yummy hors d'oeuvres (i am NOT going to look up how to spell that word again!!!!)...if it isn't spelled right, i bet you know what i am talking about!!...liked minded people who love the arts!!...put your name in for our drawing of a beautiful print, "Sisters" by none other than Nina Baldwin!! Our last reception was attended by, well, probably more than 100 people!!...standing room only! ...but lots of fun!! ...as long as the wind doesn't blow we will be drifting out into the garden area...so beautiful!!...evenings in Corrales are lovely!! Please come join us!!
Galeria de Corrales, 3923 Corrales Rd., just a couple of blocks south of the post office.
...oh! almost forgot to mention the open house over the weekend...Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st, from 10am to 5pm...drop by for some refreshments! ...we're on the Corrales Studio Tour map!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

ART QUOTE - Robert Maniscalco - "Point of Art"

I found this wonderful quote as I searched the net one day. It is actually taken from the inspirational book, "Point of Art", by portrait artist Robert Maniscalco.
"God was very good to artists, creating forms in nature, which are related so beautifully one to another. Our job is to unwrap these mysteries like a child opening a birthday present - ripping and tearing with the urgency of a child discovering the next toy."
This quote may have been written for the artist, but I think it applies to all who love art...I read it to say that the forms in nature which the artist captures in his artwork are to delight us...they are there for us to devour as would a child...thanks for the beautiful imagery, Robert!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Corrales Society of Artists Studio Tour, Galeria de Corrales

The Corrales Society of Artists Studio Tour 2011 will take place on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st from 10am to 5pm. Welcome centers will be set up at the Frontier Mart, Village Plaza (next to the Oasis Cafe), and at Meadow Lark and Loma Larga...come see the beautiful art created by the CSA artists...and have the fun of seeing where they actually create!!...in their studios!! While out and about be sure to stop in at the Galeria de Corrales, located behind Quilts Ole' on Coronado Rd. and Corrales Rd. We are sponsors of the studio tour and some of the CSA artists show at the Galeria, as well as other fine artists. We will be having an open house on both days, so please stop by!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

KANDINSKY, The Inner Need, The Inner Necessity

The "Inner Need"...the need for spiritual expression by the artist, according to Kandinsky, has three guiding principles (these three may cause a corresponding vibration in the human soul): 1. color harmony 2.form harmony 3.the choice of object to represent. The inner need...something which is evident to me as an artist with my own work, remains elusive as far as clearly defining it, but I will try...it is that terrific desire to communicate with the viewer...it is the expression from the very soul, the spirit of the artist...it is a gift of great intimacy, the expression of it, that one shares with another. I am still not sure I have expressed it correctly...or enough! ...is there a better way to define "inner need"? I don't know... a couple of quotes from "Concerning the Spiritual in Art"... "...everything which adequately expresses the inner need is beautiful." "There is no "must" in art, because art is free."

Monday, March 14, 2011

Experimental Painting







yes, surprise!! I am sharing some of my own work here! I have been experimenting...I picked out some images that i took with my camera a few days ago to share with you...hope you enjoy them! ...sorry about the glare!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

In honor of March being WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH, my Women Gathering series is on display at Galeria de Corrales. The originals are painted in beautiful saturated colors...very ethereal, spiritual and full of energy!! If you have special women in your life, these would make the gifts that touch the spirit...the soul!! Matted prints and giclees are also available!
Galeria de Corrales is located at the corner of Coronado Rd. and Corrales Rd., about 2 blocks south of the post office in Corrales, NM. We will be having an open house this Saturday, March 12 from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, March 13...from 11am to 2:30pm. Please join us!

MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH


"Learning about women's tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength. Until relatively recently this sphere of women's history was overlooked and undervalued...women's achievements were often distorted, disdained and denied. But knowing women's stories provides essential role models for everyone. And role models are genuinely needed to face the extraordinary changes and unrelenting challenges of the 21st century."

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United State Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet proved invaluable to society.

Monday, February 28, 2011

KANDINSKY - Concerning the Spiritual in Art - all about color (Part II)

...the previous post is actually the beginning of this article on Kandinsky and color...

Another theory of Kandinsky's...that colors have an effect on all of the senses...sight, taste, smell...and that they work in harmony with each other...he even mentions the sound of the colors as being very definite and distinct...and that chromotherapy...colored light can exercise very definite influences on the whole body...sighting attempts that have been made with different colors in the treatment of various nervous ailments...this sounds very much like chakras to me...that red light excites the heart, while blue light can cause temporary paralysis...Unfortunately, when tried on plants and animals, the results are not the same...a mystery indeed...but he repeats that color can exercise enormous influence over the body as a physical organism...

In all of this, I am so impressed that Kandinsky is searcing and theorizing over things seldom considered by the artist...or at least that are not spoken of frequently...color and its effects on body and soul...he persisted in going deeper to find the deepest meaning in art and all of its elements for all of us...

He put it so eloquently as he spoke of the association of music and color..."Generally speaking, colour is a power which directly influences the soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul. It is evident therefore that colour harmony must rely only on a corresponding vibration in the human soul; and this is one of the guiding principles of the inner need."

KANDINSKY - Concerning the Spiritual in Art - all about Color

In Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Kandinsky states that color either has a cooling and soothing effect on the eyes, or a warming effect. He says that the effect at the beginning of viewing a color is superficial, but to a more sensitive person the color has a more intense effect...a psychic effect, which produces a corresponding vibration in the soul of the viewer. He maintains that the eye is strongly attracted by clear, light colors and still more strongly by those colors which are warm as well as clear.

Kandinsky also brings up the idea of association...how a color may remind a viewer of another element such as vermillion which he says has the charm of the flame, attractive to humans...of course, this could be considered very subjective as he deems lemon yellow to hurt the eye as a prolonged shrill trumpet note hurts the ear, causing the viewer to turn away from the yellow, seeking green or blue for relief...Kandinsky has some very strong opinions of colors and their associations/effects....biases, I would call them!!

He speaks of the soul being one with the body and the possibility of a particular color causing a "psychic shock" to the body. He explains that a warm red may cause excitement while another red may cause disgust or pain as it is the color of blood...again, the implication of association. "In these cases, color awakens a corresponding physical sensation, which undoubtedly works upon the soul."

...to be continued...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Video: Wassily Kandinsky

This is a fabulous video with many of Kandinsky's paintings from over the years. It is definitely worth watching!! Enjoy!
Click on the title!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

my son...a civilian once again...

My son, Sean, the Marine, is no longer a Marine...his 5 year contract is up as of today...he participated in both Iraq and Afghan...was sure that he would come back changed from Afghan since he is...was..in the infantry...but he is returning to us whole in body and mind and spirit!...we are so, so very blessed!!! thank you, God!!! thank you to all who prayed and sent thoughts his way!! ...words cannot express feelings!!...
Nina

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

an article about the fresco at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico

An interesting article with a great photo of both mural and artist, Frederico Vigil...of the fresco at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico...author, David Leigh, makes the point that it's more than art...it's a 4,000sq.ft. map of the past...click on the title of this post...

Monday, January 24, 2011

ART QUOTE: Howard Pyle - on the artists' heart

"Throw your heart into the picture and then jump in after it."
Howard Pyle

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Kandinsky: a few favorite artists - Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso - and why

Life happens...and I was called in for jury duty a few weeks ago! Have been at their disposal since...and will continue to be thru April...that's four months!! Between working at the gallery, jury duty and the many activities I am a part of, I have only been able to study Kandinsky's book occasionally...

Trying to make sense of the book is another story...very difficult most of the time to understand what he is saying...I know the words I am reading are in my language, English, but still very difficult for me...perhaps you, my readers, can add to what I can report if you have read it as well...

I think it is interesting that Kandinsky chooses a few artists who he thinks are excellent...one being Cezanne..."he was endowed with the gift of divining the inner life in everything. His color and form are alike suitable to the spiritual harmony."

...of Matisse he says, "He paints pictures, and in these pictures he endeavors to reproduce the divine...he is specially gifted as a colourist, but he is apt to lay too much stress on the colour...pictures which are full of great inward vitality, produced by the stress of the inner need...typical French painting, with its dainty sense of melody, raised from time to time to the summit of a great hill above the clouds."

...of Pablo Picasso..."there is never any suspicion of this conventional beauty (as in French painting). Tossed hither and thither by the need for self-expression, Picasso hurries from one manner to another...great gulf appears between consecutive manners because Picasso leaps boldly...(leaving a) bewildered crowd of followers...from...where they saw him last...In this way there arose Cubism...He shrinks from no innovation, and if colour seems likely to balk him in his search for a pure artistic form, he throws it overboard and paints a picture in brown and white; and the problem of purely artistic form is the real problem of his life."

"In the pursuit of the same supreme end Matisse and Picasso stand side by side, Matisse representing colour and Picasso form."

...to be continued....

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Video: The Artists Studio: Titian, Part 2

the continuation of a beautiful video...so informative, yet experimental and exciting!! enjoy!! ...click on the title...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wassily Kandinsky - Concerning the Spiritual in Art

I am reading the book, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, by Wassily Kandinsky. Sometimes it feels a little difficult to read, but I guess I have finally gotten to a place where I think I understand it...and although I may not agree with everything Kandinsky writes, I do agree with his beliefs that color and form affect the soul...that these things set off a vibration in the spirit which resonates with the viewer...and that the artist who wishes to communicate with the viewer on a deeper level, that desire for outward expression is the impulse defined as the "inner need."

I'll be posting quotes and thoughts on the subject by Kandinsky in the next week or so...I hope you enjoy this journey! By the way, are you aware of the 5 postings I did on Kandinsky starting with April 12, 2009? You may find them interesting...a little about his life...enjoy!!

Art Quote - Kandinsky on the Spirit

"The spirit, like the body, can be strengthened and developed by frequent exercise. Just as the body, if neglected, grows weaker and finally impotent, so the spirit perishes if untended."
Wassily Kandinsky

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Art Quote - Anna Pavlova on Talent and Genius

"God gives talent, work transforms talent into genius."
Anna Pavlova

Monday, January 3, 2011

Gustave Klimt, the Artist

"Whoever wants to know something about me as an artist...ought to look carefully at my pictures and try to see in them what I am and what I want to do."

Gustave Klimt

Sunday, January 2, 2011

for all of my local yocals...North America's Largest Fresco...right here in our backyard!!

Marvel at North America's largest fresco, courtesy of KOB TV...the largest fresco in North America is right here in our backyard!! That's right!! It is located in Albuquerque, NM! ...at the Hispanic Cultural Center...it is open on a limited basis...so call first to make sure you can get in to see it!
To see a short, but sweet virtual tour click the above title which is linked to a video by KOB TV...very cool!!!