Odd Balls Invitations, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Watercolor art cards created for home-printing or printing at Two Ems
Puzzles that Rock, Charlevoix, Michigan
Family business designs nature themed puzzles
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Sara Nebel - Madison
Alexandra Sellon - Branford
Scott Baldwin - Killingworth
Madison Post Cards
AK Sellon artist statement:
“For me, painting begins with an ink drawing as a kind of armature for the watercolor washes and pungent chalk overlays that follow. I like to draw in nature, Branford Point or Stony Creek, here in Connecticut, but also in transit to other climes, particularly trains.
I’ve always done these ink drawings subsequently painting at home. My visual diary helps me sink back to the moment when the drawing was done. I unfurl the paint and let something new come out, like a bud holding its color ‘till the water and brush release it. Since first painting in watercolor, I saw and liked the effect water has on pigment: first, a sparkling mix, then something fluxes and takes form, and provides a surprise for the eye and mind. It seems as though the artist, supposedly in control, is actually in league with another creature – nature itself.”
Sanna Stanley artist statement:
“My practice of seeing hearts in nature started with collecting heart shaped rocks, and evolved into an exploration with my then-young son of finding heart shapes in the world around us. As I began to photograph what felt like hidden hearts, I discovered that without trying my eyes lighted on the heart shape here, there, and everywhere.
This collection of Hearts in Nature is called Lost and Found because if you move or wait, the shape will change or disappear: the river will rise, shadows shift, branches break, and snow melts. These are moments I truly capture only by living them. The art is in the discovery, the sharing, and communicating what I’ve seen in the photography.
I believe that finding hearts in nature is a lot like seeing the heart in people around us – when I relax and move in the world with my eye tuned to heart, I see what I am looking for.
In essence, I believe being an artist is as much about perceptual skills as about technique: what do I see, what do I hear, what do I notice? In other words, seeing evolves from curiosity and bringing attention – and the intention – to the present moment. The artistry is in the reflection that translates seeing into meaning.
I hold an M.F.A. in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts, an M.A. in Painting from Marshall University, a B.S. in Psychology, am the Author/Illustrator of three published books, and the illustrator of books by other authors. I was awarded the title of Master Teaching Artist by the Connecticut Commission of the Arts in 1999 and coach students of all ages and walks of life in the art of learning how to see with an artist’s eye. I visit schools, community centers, perform presentations and workshops, and I am currently Writer-in-Residence at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.”
Sara Drought Nebel artist statement:
“I have always been passionate about the natural world, or “Plain Earth” as I now call it. As a child, I spent much of my time in the woods or at the beach, playing with garter snakes, salamanders and bugs, climbing trees, and swimming in the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.
Now I spend my free time on hikes and “witness walks” along the beach and on wooded trails observing all that I see.
With my paintings and writings, I seek to express the profound romance I see in nature. I am a Romantic Naturalist trying to convey the absolute joy I feel when I see a sliver of light on any natural object, land, or seascape.
I also like to include some form of water in all my paintings because I am a drought!”