Barbara Applegate is exhibiting a collection of work titled “A Year on the Peninsula” at the Bristol Area Library through the holidays.
“When I first contemplate a scene or still life, I look for ways to paint the air around the objects,” Applegate said. “Landscapes, still life, lobster boats — it doesn’t matter. The color and texture of the air and how to recreate it with daubs of oil paint on canvas is the driving influence in my artwork. Whether I’m painting a summer morning on the water or watching a cloud burst over the landscape, I use the oil paints to capture warm sunlight, sparkling surf, or whipped-up winds.
“Load a brush with cadmium yellow and you can transform a quiet gray day into a storm front threatening to down trees and flood low-lying land. Gently glaze the distant pines with cobalt violet that shimmers off the water and the air is filled with heat and humidity,” said Applegate. “It’s all just a bit of magic, asking the viewer to bring not only their eyes but all their senses to the painting.”
Applegate’s studio and gallery are located in Bristol Mills and she is represented by Bayview Galleries, Brunswick; Chatham Fine Art, Chatham, Mass.; Highlands Art Gallery, Lambertville, N.J.; and Pemaquid Art Gallery, Lighthouse Park. She exhibits nationally with the American Impressionist Society, the Oil Painters of America, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. More of her art can be viewed at barbaraapplegate.com.
The Bristol Area Library is located at 619 Old County Road, Pemaquid (Bristol).