PAINTINGS 1

by Karen Anne Baldauski

 

Please contact the artist directly for purchase and further information:

artworks@artworksofmaine.com

 

More paintings will be added over time. Also, go to PAINTINGS 2. 

"Herring Gull Swooping Over Rugged Coast" won the Silver Medal ($750) out of 503 entries in the prestigious 2019 New England Watercolor Society's (NEWS) Exhibition, Portsmouth, NH. 

The judge was Antonio Masi, president, American Watercolor Society. NFS

 "Periwrinklers Racing The Tide" was juried into the 2020 NEWS National Open Exhibition and was purchased for $2400 at the New England Watercolor Society's gallery in the Plymouth Center For The Arts, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

"Winter Fox", acrylic on watercolor paper, 39x32 framed, shown in the 2021 New England Regional Juried Exhibition. $2400.

Karen Anne Baldauski has been
painting throughout life and has lived in Maine since 1978. Here she is seen in her Manchester, Maine barn studio before moving to Lubec in 2007. 

 "Eternity. Marsh By The Sea", 20x16, acrylic on stretched canvas, $900. Expressive abstracts relate to the sea environment where Karen lives year round. 

"Grey Seas Under, Heading Home", 36x24, acrylic on canvas. The sea in all its moods poses constant risks to the commercial fishermen. 

Lift Off, 20x16

Harbor Seal Resting On Ledge, 16x12. 

Whales are one of Karen's favorite subjects.

Red Buoy & Lobster Boat, 20x16.

 "Edge Of The Sea", 24x36, acrylic on stretched canvas.

Karen lives surrounded by the sea. She paints subjects she knows and loves. She has been winning prizes since her first national painting competition where she earned first prize for her oil painting, "Hope", while still in college. 

 

36x24, Landing Gull, acrylic on canvas.

Three Gulls, Tide Pool, 36x24 acrylic on stretched canvas.

Peaceful Ewe, Spring Lambs, 36x24, acrylic on stretched canvas

"Gull Swooping Along Shore", 36x24,

"Fisherman & Dory, It'sTime To Go!", 36x24, acrylic on stretched canvas.

 

"Tide Spilling In", 36x24,

36x24, Loon: BIRTH

"TIde Filling In", 24x36

"Herring Gull, Fisherman On Wharf", 24x36

 

"Whale, Grand Manan Distant", 24x36 

Dive! Dive! Dive! NFS, Artist's Collection
LIFT-OFF, 22x30, acrylic on paper
Whale, Crystalline Sea, 20x16, acrylic on stretched canvas
TIDE POOL
Peaceful Woman By The Sea, 30x40 acrylic on foamcore
Two Whales Surface Feeding, 10x28, acrylic on paper

"Deerfield", serigraph, 46/50, matted & framed, 

from a series of 7 designs Karen created during the first month Karen arrived in Maine, 1978. "Raspberrying", "By The Sea", "Violets", and "Irises" are the other prints created in a frenzy of happiness for having moved to Maine. 

 

"Violets", serigraph, 7/19, matted & framed.

 

 

 

"Taking A Nap" is one of hundreds of figurative paintings and drawings Karen has created since 1981. Using just a brush to create line drawings is an exciting process that demands full attention and the highest of skills to achieve so much with as few strokes as possible.  Sumi-e fundamentals are the basis of much of Karen's work.  

 

Salmon Pool, NFS, Artist's Collection

This painting won the Founder's Award ($400) given in honor of the founder of the Sumi-e Society of America, Motoi Oi, at the international sumi-e exhibition "Sumi-e For Today"  hosted by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, Canada in 2009.   William Ho, an internationally renowned artist was the juror. "Sumi-e" is Japanese for "painting in black ink". Karen's work in whatever media she uses is characterized by sumi-e fundamentals.  Wikipedia defines "sumi-e": there is "...a great emphasis on virtuoso brushwork and conveying the perceived "spirit" or "essence" of a subject over direct imitation." ...  

 

 

Karen Anne Baldauski by the sea on a fine December day.

N HER FIRST COMPETITION, 

while still in college, Karen won first prize for her oil painting "Hope" at the Indiana Intercollegiate Salon of Art, a national competition. Encouraged to submit a painting by one of her professors, the unexpected prize marked the beginning of her life devoted to being an artist. At the end of her first freehand drawing course with live models, A. Reid Winsey, the head of the art department at DePauw University, advised her: "Drop everything you may have planned and BE AN ARTIST!"  Karen was recruited by Hallmark Cards to work at her first job following graduation from college. Thanks to Hallmark, she learned to make a living through package design and engineering in Kansas City, MO before moving to NYCity where she also excelled in graphic design, illustration, and art direction. For a change of pace from NYCity, she moved to England for a few years and illustrated Alpine Flowers for Dover followed by a Cat Coloring book which is still selling 100s of thousands of copies.  Following a 1978 schooner trip out of Rockland, Maine with her sister,  Karen decided to pull out of New York City life to move permanently to Maine. She founded her own successful graphic design business til she could retire to the saltwater farm where she now lives by the sea in Lubec to devote most of her time to painting. 

 

 

 

Bob: "Let's go!"

As a Registered Maine Guide, Karen knows how important it is when going on adventures to go with a "buddy". You don't have to be a guide to know this; kids learn it when they are very young and go swimming. 

     Bob is Karen's good friend who knows how to stay safe in motor boats on the ocean and the big lakes and rivers throughout Maine.He knows how to fix most everything that could break down and how to use electronic equipment in case rescue is necessary. Bob wrote a poem (below) for Karen and emailed it to her on December 27, 2012 which sums up her life: 

 

Art is IT

IT is Art

IT is my passion

IT is I

IT is my Soul

IT is my life

IT is eternal

I am IT

 

 

 

A NOTE FROM KAREN: 

As artists, what subjects we choose to concentrate on

in our work tells a lot about who we are and what we find to be meaningful in life.

Our work, good or bad, becomes our legacy....for all eternity! It's a major responsibility for some of us

who work at it all our lives. We want to be looked upon as having put our gifts to good use. 

We owe it to ourselves and to others to do the very best we can with the time we have on earth. 

Art is art.  It is what it is. I love working at it. It's what I do. It is important to me.

Please enjoy the walk through my works shown on-line. 

I'll be happy to answer questions you may have about the artworks

you want to buy. Please contact me via email: artworks@artworksofmaine.com

Thank you for spending time looking!

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