Harbor Springs resident Heidi Marshall will open an exhibition at Three Pines Studio beginning July 5. Marshal was one of ten artists chosen for The National Parks Artist-in-Residency program in 2013. (Courtesy Heidi Amenda Marshall)
On July 5th, Three Pines Studio will open a new exhibition, Hunting Beauty, American Landscape Paintings, the plein air paintings of Heidi Amenda Marshall, a resident of Harbor Springs. Heidi was named one of ten national artists chosen for The National Parks Artist-in-Residency program in 2013.
The following is Heidi A Marshalls' artist statement in which she explores the root of her interest in plein air painting.
"There are two types of "hunting" where my plein air paintings are concerned. The first involves the physical act of moving on the earth as I find it, or as Robert Henri so eloquently stated. . . "not passing negligently the things you love, but stopping to know them."
I drive around in an old station wagon sometimes for days, just looking and taking notes about certain scenes. At times a scene is so beautiful and the draw so strong that I pull over and paint. Sometimes a scene isn't so strong, yet one small element in it is so compelling that I think I can see it. Other times I predict it will be more beautiful at another time of day. That's when I take notes, do a few sketches and plan to return. It is all very deliberate but allows for happenstance.
There is also an internal hunt when it comes to painting. There, everything is gestation. It's where something comes together in the unsayable, the mysterious, the unknown. Suddenly an impulse tells you to try something. You trust that whatever is going on there won't let you down. And after years, and hours of hard work--it usually doesn't. When it does, it's frustrating. It should in fact be cause for celebration, as that difficulty is an essential part of growing as an artist. Those frustrations mean something new is on the horizon, something exciting and you must get to know it internally. When a creative impulse is beyond the reach of your own understanding, you must rely on deep humility and patience to reach what Rilke called, "the hour when a new clarity is born."
To me, these two elements combine to foster my ability to work as a plein air artist: in understanding, in temperament, and in creating."
The exhibit opens on July 5th, from 2 - 7p.m., and runs to July 15. The opening reception will take place on July 5, 2-7pm. The Gallery Talk & Tea will take place July 7, 2-4pm