I often enjoy walking meditations in the areas around my home. While walking, certain arresting views and textures will cause me to stop and take a photograph or draw a quick black and white sketch. I carry these images of landscape back to the studio for painting references.
Once the paintings begin on canvas, I work to create a combination of my perception of the distant horizon with an intuitive depiction of the color and rhythm of plants and flowers in the foreground.
My medium is acrylic paint on canvas and ceramic stucco texture medium. I build the surface up until I feel that the colors, shapes, and rhythms of the painting begin to “sing.” Sometimes this takes many layers of paint, other times it happens more quickly, but it always feels like a leap of faith into the unknown.
Although these paintings are only a minor example of connecting with nature, they express my conviction that all things are connected and that the earth must be honored and treated well so that future generations will survive and flourish on this planet.
June Kellogg lives in Brooklin, Maine and paints in a studio next to her home. She received her MFA in painting from Marywood University in Pennsylvania and is currently an adjunct professor of Art for UMA at The University College in Ellsworth. Over the years, she has shown her work in solo and group shows at various galleries in Pennsylvania and Maine.