October 16th, 2020

Eileen Treasure, Manager

Color is the most impactful aspect of a piece of artwork. Each year industry experts at leading paint brands reveal a palette of color picks they call “The Color of the Year.”  This year the winner is Classic Blue, “a rich, dreamy, dark and beautiful shade of azure.

“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. This particular shade of blue is reflective, anchoring and self-assured. It’s relaxed and restful, and meant to offer us all a sense of needed tranquility.”

Wow! Who knew blue said so much about life?

Classic Blue is the 2020 Pantone Color Institute color of the year. They tell us it is reflective, dependable and self-assured. Not to mention relaxed and restful.

Even though a new color will be chosen in December for 2021, let’s explore blue — through the eyes of Gallery MAR artists, starting with Shawna Moore. Moore unabashedly states blue is her favorite color, as “it is the color of the sky and the water and the two together. And it is my most popular color.”

“Full Sail,” encaustic painting by Shawna Moore beautifully reflects the sky and water that inspire her.


“Thin Ice,” encaustic by Shawna Moore, shows the subtle color possibilities of many layers of the beeswax medium.  In nature, ice looks blue because the air bubbles are compressed out of it.

Another gallery favorite, Michael Kessler’s work is inspired by the sea and sky as well. His new collection of wet-on-wet techniques evokes even the sounds of water, like a mountain stream running through an aspen forest or the last light on a horizon line at sunset.

New from Michael Kessler, “Focusfields (3),” shows off soft, various blues with gray and white architectural pillars like the aspens in nature.

There are countless shades of blue in the snow-covered mountains of Utah, and Bridgette Meinhold captures them all from her mountain top studio. Again, encaustic beeswax is the perfect choice for subtle variations. One guest described it this way: “I want to float into her paintings.” We couldn’t agree more!


“Blue Shift,” encaustic by Bridgette Meinhold, captures moving weather patterns and mountain views from the snow covered Heber Valley meadow.

Taking a look through the gallery today, here are more blues from our artists:

Warren Neary’s “Dancing Twilight” in oil demonstrates how an opposite tone (the salmon sky) can make the deep blue mountain pop.


“Heartland,” oil, by Ron Russon shines with contrasting tones of golden wild grasses, and a sienna colored bison with blue shadows.


Jared Davis‘ skill excels in, “Jupiter Mandala Cobalt,” which is two bands of glass fused and flattened.


A pair of cobalt glass antlers–the perfect choice for a dining table by Jared Davis.


“Blue Sky Shouting,” by Santa Fe artist, Laura Wait, is a dreamy mix of calligraphic shapes and designs.


Hunt Slonem’s, “Cobalt,” features his iconic diamond dust background–sparkling glass crystals set in glossy resin. The cobalt color is intensified and the bunnies are painted on top of the crystals.


Jane Maxwell’s “Blue Abstract” features old Parisian playbills that makeup the figure.


“Blue is reflective, anchoring and self-assured. It’s relaxed and restful, and meant to offer us all a sense of needed tranquility,” and we would add that’s only the beginning of the artistic possibilities of blue. Come see the sky and water and every other beautiful blue through the lens of 36 different artists now at Gallery MAR. Open, safely, every day.