“From Coggans Hill” by Stefan Pastuhov
For the remainder of the winter, Camden Falls Gallery will feature a collection of winter plein air paintings by well-known local artist, Stefan Pastuhov, “Snowed In With Stefan” February 20 – April 1, 2015. All of the works depict scenes from the local area and were created within a 10-mile radius of the artist’s Lincolnville home. “You don’t have to go far to find beautiful scenes in Maine,” says Pastuhov, acknowledging that he sometimes spends considerable time driving around looking for “just the right places” to paint. In this collection, those places include the quiet snow-covered woods, hillsides, and back roads from Warren to Belmont, as well as several picturesque locations found within the artist’s own backyard.
“Going to Pieces” by Stefan Pastuhov
While painting en plein air during Maine’s cold winters, Pastuhov says he approaches his work “with alacrity,” remarking that “there’s just so much more information (to paint) when you are actually outside than you can ever get from a photo.” As he explains how he dresses for the weather and mixes additives with his paints to keep them fluid in the bitter cold, Pastuhov states, “You can’t paint when it’s below zero (and) you can only paint until your feet get cold, then you have to stop. When you’re standing in one place that happens, but I have boots that are good to -60 degrees and a one-piece arcticwear suit.” And with a twinkle in his eye he adds, “The trick is to not make the painting look too cold.”
Stefan’s winter work will be on view until things warm up a bit. Camden Falls Gallery will be open Friday – Sunday, weather permitting or by appointment, using the Bayview Street entrance through The Maine Gathering. For more information or to make an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 322-5651