May 24th, 2015

Bridgette Meinhold, "Benefactor," 2015, near the artist's studio in Brighton Estates.

Bridgette Meinhold, “Benefactor,” 2015, near the artist’s studio in Brighton Estates.

Bridgette Meinhold has exhibited at our gallery for nearly 5 years, and has grown in her career to be one of our most popular artists. She is working on a new commission for two collectors who had a very specific size in mind, and just sent us over her sketches.

These little pieces of ephemera are lovely in and of themselves, and I wanted to share this part of the process with our readers. We will be sure to post the final painting, when it is ready to ship to our collectors.

Sketch1

A pencil sketch by Meinhold, which details the composition and layers of a 20′ x 40″ painting.

Artist statement:

Change is constantly part of our lives and flux is something we must learn to deal with in order to be happy. Adaptation is one of our stronger abilities as humans and dealing with it gracefully is one of our greatest challenges. Enjoying each moment along the way is the best way I’ve found to do that.

A watercolor sketch by Meinhold, to help her decipher the color and values to use in the finished encaustic painting.

A watercolor sketch by Meinhold, to help her decipher the color and values to use in the finished encaustic painting.

As a landscape painter, I continually look at the trees, the sky, the mountains, the flowers, and the clouds. I see many of the same things every day. I pass by the same trees on my hikes, run by the same rocks, drive around the same bends in the road and see the same vistas from my windows. But with the change in seasons comes a new outlook. Fog obscures a hill, sunlight highlights a ridge, rain shrouds the trees and snow blankets the meadows, which gives me a new way to see something that’s always been there.