Peculiar ice

Alison Dibble Fine Art

Late February is an especially fine time to see ice in Maine. This landscape element might be underappreciated by some people; for the artist, it’s got its charms and challenges. I found peculiar ice while driving north on Rte 15 in Winterport, Maine along the Penobscot River. I was so startled by the sight of…

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Flexible, not fossilized

Dibble Alison C

August 2020 In making art, it could be simpler and easier to use the same approach over and over. Just follow the known, comfortable path. For instance, I think of a favorite way I could start a painting. I could tone the canvas with a burnt orange color and then sketch a few lines on…

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The magnificent dusk

Just this evening I went outside at 7:55 pm to look for a bat. Not the baseball kind, but the flying mammal, the little brown bat that once was common in the Maine forests. Since the white-nose syndrome decimated many bat colonies in eastern North America over the past decade, the sightings of these are…

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Frame or not?

Alison Dibble Fine Art

I’d like each frame around my paintings to be a little gem, or if it’s larger, then sophisticated, well-made, and long lasting. It must protect the painting, and accompany it for years. It should attract the eye toward the painting, and compliment it, yet not draw attention to itself. The frame is like a window…

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Is painting a selfish activity?

Alison Dibble Fine Art

I was talking with a friend today who reflected that painting is a selfish activity. As a form of self expression, painting tends to be a solitary pursuit, takes a lot of concentration, and in the near term, it might not seem to be in direct service to anyone but the artist. Perhaps it will serve a…

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