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Colors of November

By Alison Dibble / 2020-11-20

The colors of the landscape are subtle… but with swatches of warm colors, and that’s a combination I like in November. I have to wear blaze orange every time I go outdoors so that I can be fully visible to the deer hunters who are out in the woods with me. Blaze orange is not…

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Flexible, not fossilized

By Alison Dibble / 2020-10-08

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

By Alison Dibble / 2020-09-03

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?

By Alison Dibble / 2020-09-03

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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Painting my way through a pandemic

By Alison Dibble / 2020-09-03

Making art every day, no matter what, is a way to express joy. The efforts may be uneven, but the process frees one from too much focus on self.

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Is painting a selfish activity?

By Alison Dibble / 2020-07-04

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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