In June, Jean Kigel Gallery in Waldoboro is featuring watercolors and Asian brush florals inspired by Maine’s bulbs, tubers and trees.
The “hosts of daffodils” that ushered in the season have now been followed by columbine, dogwood, lupine and apple blossoms. As usual, seasonal blooms, like iris and rhododendrons, direct her palette and her hand. She finds the speed and rate of growth of flowers in Maine to be something extraordinary. Seasons creep up and just explode.
Watercolors are currently her favorite genre, and she paints directly, without preliminary drawings, pairing species and colors and leaving negative space.
Visitors are welcome to explore the artist’s surrounding perennial gardens and glimpse the Muscongus Bay shoreline.
“For me, observation is the key. Drops of dew and bug-eaten leaves are as important to me as color and shape when I paint,” Kigel says.
Kigel is a member of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and the Sumi-e Society of America. This show can be seen in person at Jean Kigel Gallery, 1396 Back Cove Road, and on line at www.jeankigel.com. The gallery is open daily by chance or by appointment. For more information, call 832-5152.