BEST IN SHOW:
Robert Pollien, Don Best, Ben Lincoln, Diana Arcadiapone & Matt Welch
May 26-June 18 Reception for artists Saturday, June 10, 4-6pm
Robert Pollien “Flying Raven” 12 x 18″ Graphite and Chalk on toned board, 2016
Robert Pollien, a painter from Mount Desert Island, has been painting crows for 20 years. Some of his recent studies of the bird are remarkable—and set him alongside Wyeth as one of master renderers of this ubiquitous bird. Carl Little from his presentation “The Wyeths: All Creatures Great and Small” Ogunquit Museum of American Art, August 2, 2016.
Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, pencil and chalk on toned board
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke just overturned a federal ban on hunting with lead ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges.
Bald eagles are frequent victims of lead poisoning from ammunition, ingesting bullet fragments as they pick at scavenged carcasses. Other scavengers that have been documented as being affected by lead in this manner include golden eagles, hawks, ravens, turkey vultures, the California condor and grizzly bears.
Quite a bit more drawing into this recently. One from my residency at the Fiore Art Center in Jefferson, Maine.
Jefferson Crpw, 12 x 18 inches, graphite and chalk on toned paper
Kneaded gum erasers make life better. They do.
The more I looked at it, the more misgivings I had about this drawing. The hatching was too disconnected from the form, forced and poorly integrated. Having reworked it several times, I’ve decided to move on. Kneaded gum eraser, thanks.