Plein Aire Painting in Five Islands

Plein Aire Painting in Five Islands

 

About kim

In 1980, I received a BA in Photography and Visual Design from Southeastern Massachusetts University.  I have been a self employed graphic designer and photographer for 30 years. My business, Jumpstart Creative, helps Midcoast Maine businesses with design, photography and marketing strategies.

In my career as a graphic designer and photographer, my
toolbox has evolved from creating things by hand and
developing images in the darkroom, to creating on the
computer. As much as technology has opened a whole new world of creative tools, I still love working with my hands.

In 2011, I started painting with soft pastels.  I love the
intensity of the color, the ability to layer, and the feel of the medium as I work the pastels with my fingers. 

Both my pastels and my photography are about capturing a feeling, a quality of light, a sense of spirituality and the essence of a person or a moment in time. 

Making art is soul food for me - being outdoors, 
connecting with nature, creating in my studio, losing all sense of time and place.  

Art, like life, is a work in progress, each piece I create is a study for the next, building intuition and opening to trust.  
If I’m not painting “en plein-aire,”  I start with a photograph
I have taken, but the end result is always it’s own story. 
I hang my pastels in my studio for months, picking them up to add a color, or change a shape until the story that wants to be told is complete. 

Painting keeps me connected and focused, 
living in the moment, reminding me I have a choice in how I view the world around me.
  
As an artist, it is my hope to ignite a spark, 
stimulate a response, and convey my passion
for this beautiful place I call home.


KIMBERLY SKILLIN TRAINA

Pastels are custom matted and framed with glass.

Matted prints available of most pastels and photography.

207.882.9870

jumpstartcreative@gmail.com

About the Pastel Medium

Pastel is powdered pigment rolled into round or square sticks and held together with methylcellulose, a non-greasy binder. I use my fingers to layer colors and blend.Sometimes, I use a brush to take away color, to reveal layers beneath. The paper I use has a toothed, ground surface that holds the pastel and allows me to lay down many layers of color. I often paint a wash of color on the paper before I begin. When protected by fixative and glass, pastel is the most permanent of all media because it never cracks, darkens, or yellows.