Original artwork inspired by nature's beauty, power, and mystery
Sally Loughridge Studio
Sun Dance (triptych), oil and gold metal leaf on cradled birch panels SOLD
Welcome tothis web gallery of my original artwork. I paint primarily in soft pastel, and oil. Each medium has its own appeal. With oils, the process of mixing, layering and glazing hues of different values and temperature is engaging and rhythmic. Soft pastel is a medium of particular vibrancy and immediacy. Almost pure pigment with minimal binder, pastel gives paintings a richness of color and stroke that is both characteristic and striking. By their shape and concentration of pigment, pastel sticks may be used in a linear or painterly manner, or some combination of the two. Preparing my own surfaces for pastel painting gives me the freedom to vary the texture and tone of the ground. I enjoy combining media, such as using acrylic or watercolor as an underpainting for a soft pastel work, as well as experimenting with gold metal leaf in combination with oil or soft pastel.
My paintings reflect my love of the Maine coast, where sea, sky, and land meet in myriad and compelling ways. I am fascinated by shifts of weather, time of day, and season which bring changes in light, shadow, and mood to each scene before me. I try to convey my response to and interpretation of the light play that enwraps the natural world and excites me.
I am now happily exploring another artistic interest, that of jewelry design. I make one of a kind necklaces and earrings with silver, other metals, beads, crystals, and found objects. As in my paintings, each piece is inspired by a palette of nature's hues, shapes, and shades. I hope you will visit the Jewelry Gallery on this site.
The Soft Pastel Gallery includes a selection of sold and currently available work created with soft pastels and at times, soft pastel with acrylic or gold metal leaf. The Oil Gallery shows a similar mix of sold and available works. Please feel free to contact me about a specific painting. You may order limited edition prints through the "Prints and Shows" page. I invite your comments on my paintings and this site.
Maine Medical Center Cancer InstituteScarborough Campus Conference Rooms
I will explore how art and other forms of creative expression can promote eotional healing and resiliency. PowerPoint images from my book, Rad Art: A Journey Through Radiation Treatment, as well as other visual, poetic, and movement examples will illustrate the talk.”
Free and open to the public. To pre-register (required): www/mainehealth.org/lrcclasses
or call 866 609 5183
/At the invitation of MaineHealth's Learning Resource Center, I have written a related short piece for their Cancer Savvy blog, which is posted here:
Each fall we spend two weeks living and painting on
Monhegan Island, ten miles off the coast of Maine.
This is our fifth exhibit of work inspired by our stays.
Fog and Sun, Manana, oil on Gessobord, $500
Additional Shows in 2014
July 21 - September 14 Painting Maine V
small group show, River Grill, Damariscotta, ME
October 8 - November 10 Horizons
solo show, Tidemark Gallery, Waldoboro ME
Original paintings: Mast Cove Galleries, Pemaquid Art Gallery, and Tidemark Gallery
Original handmade jewelry: Summer Island Studio Gallery and Tidemark Gallery
Future soft pastel class and workshop offerings will be posted here.
If you are interested in a pastel workshop for your gorup,
either studio or plein air, please let me know.
Rad Art: A Journey Through Radiation Treatment
Published by the American Cancer Society 2012
When I had breast cancer in 2010, painting helped me endure and heal emotionally. During the time between my diagnosis and the start of radiation, I experienced a rush of powerful emotions, which I could not always name. By creating a small painting every day after my treatment, I hoped I would find solace, distraction, and release. Each five-by-seven-inch spontaneous painting was made in twenty minutes or less. I did not want to think too much. The paintings themselves were not intended to be art per se; rather, the process of creating them was the critical element in my coping strategy. This sequence of thirty-three paintings, together with corresponding log entries has become a book,published by the American Cancer Society. The book is available through many distributors online including http://www.cancer.org/cancer/bookstore/index, and www.amazon.com. To see a podcast interviewing me about the book, go to: http://pressroom.cancer.org/.
* Winner of the Gold Medal in the Book Category at the 2012 Association TRENDS All Media Contest, sponsored by Association TRENDS, a division of Columbia Books
* Named one of four finalists in the Women's Issues Category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group
* 2013 USA Best Books Awards: WINNER: Women's Issues and FINALIST: Health - Cancer
If you or a loved one has cancer, there is a lot of information on this show about client services and resources from the American Cancer Society. In the second portion of the show, I am interviewed about my book, Rad Art, as an example of using creativity to help navigate the cancer journey.
These paintings are now available as limited edition fine art prints through the "Prints and Shows" page.
Sea Gold on Lobster Cove Marsh Notes Sasanoa River Buoy Sail Play
Sun at the Island Inn
From "Mud" season into Spring. . .
By Little Beach, oil on panel $325
Sunrise, Hurricane Hole, oil on panel $325
Golden Marsh, oil on panel $180
Twilight Peach, oil on panel $550
Evening Gold, soft pastel on panel SOLD
Winter Wood, oil on panel, $180
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Please note that image resolution is set for web use and does not reflect the true resolution of the artwork. All rights reserved. Text and images copyrighted 2014. Updated April 2014.