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Constance Baltuck
Interests: Well, hey, I like to paint! Also, I like to travel, garden, dance the Tango, read books, study French, Norwegian, and Romanian, rearrange my furniture, build tiny houses, play with words, and ponder the mysteries of life.
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I can't imagine a more scenic road system than the one we have here in Juneau, Alaska. No billboards allowed; instead, attractions include shimmering waterways, majestic mountain ranges, a busy fishing fleet, and the salmon themselves, jumping free of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Constance Baltuck
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In a weaving, one set of fibers is strung on a loom in a consistent parallel spacing, while the other set wraps around them, creating a design or pattern. The warp is the steady constant; the weft is the variable... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Constance Baltuck
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It's been only a few weeks since Spring Equinox and already the days in Alaska have become luxuriously long. Suddenly we have more hours of daylight to work and spend outdoors. A recent stretch of sunny dry weather, following what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Constance Baltuck
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Sure. Yes. Live in the moment. But...I also need to set goals for the future! Goals are what motivate me. In my work as an artist, it is thinking ahead to scheduled shows that gets me into the studio. Life... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at Constance Baltuck
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Forget painting in the quiet evening sunset by the side of a slow flowing canal, trees swaying in unison with the passing of a warm breeze; forget painting outside the café, sipping strong coffee, watching the light change on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Constance Baltuck
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There is a corner of my little lot that has an unsurpassed view of Mt. Juneau. From inside my home, you can't see the mountain at all, but from that corner, the view is spectacular. I've been planning a little... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Constance Baltuck
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Juneau isn't Barrow; even in the middle of winter, we get relief from the darkness. We see the sun from time to time, but, mostly, we live in a light diffused through the mist of light rain or fog. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Constance Baltuck
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Letting go of stuff isn't easy; it takes practice. The goal is simplification...getting down to the essence of life, the bare necessities. I've been trying to unclutter my brain, my home, and the paintings I've been working on. Nature is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Constance Baltuck
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There are times in life when it's easy to fall off the tracks; when wandering is the default; the main path is obscured. Detours on tangential journeys may or may not lead toward joy and fulfillment; at every fork in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at Constance Baltuck
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Like so many who sign the guest book, I can hardly believe that "I was here!” ‘Here’ is Ryvingen, the southernmost lighthouse in Norway. This small island is the first stop for wind and waves crashing in from the North... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Constance Baltuck
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When I made this painting I was thinking only of the eagles; their fierce and joyful presence at Eagle Rock, the retreat built by Ernest and Dorothy Gruening in the early 1950's. Only later did I come to think of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Constance Baltuck
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Amidst the jumble of vegetation in our fields and forests, individual plants grow in patterns held in common with every member of its species, every species of its genus, and every genus of its order. Alternate leaves or opposite, single... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Constance Baltuck
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I'm in my studio for the first time since my artist-in-residency, where I spent two weeks living in a cabin rich in history, in a setting wild and wonderful. The salmon were jumping, whales were spouting, sea lions feeding, berries... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Constance Baltuck
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Now that the packing is done, and the shipping arranged, I can really get excited about my first solo show in Anchorage! On Friday, March 6th, there will be an Opening Reception from 5:30 to 7:00pm for my show at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Constance Baltuck
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It's a rare painting that doesn't influence the artist during the process of its creation; paint has a way of making itself a key player in the production of art, often nudging the artist off course in unanticipated directions. In... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Constance Baltuck
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What began, for me, as a year of experimentation with larger and multiple panel paintings, evolved into an exploration of making art with free flowing washes, incorporating the accidental effects of color mixing, taking steps toward semi-abstraction, and developing an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Constance Baltuck
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Forest Sparkles, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 30" x 40" Blueberry Progression, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 30" x 40" Light in Motion, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 30" x 40" False Helebore, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 36" x 72" Lupine and Fireweed, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 36"... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Constance Baltuck
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Think big! It's a phrase that is both exciting and challenging. This year, thanks to support from the Rasmuson Foundation, I am thinking and working BIG. I've just completed my third large painting for a show scheduled for December 2014... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Constance Baltuck
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Remember the color wheel? Using red, yellow, and blue, you can mix various shades of all other colors and, notoriously, you can mix them all together to get…mud! But not all reds are equal, nor blues, nor yellows; the combinations... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Constance Baltuck
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ALASKA STATE LIBRARY- July 1 to August 23, 2013 These paintings are from Juneau, Northwest Washington State, Norway, and the color transmogrifier in my head. That's the same brain center that sometimes kicks in to certain dream-states and works on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at Constance Baltuck
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Our local radio station, KTOO FM, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. I have been a fan of KTOO since I first stepped off the state ferry, back when it still docked downtown, in December, 1981. By Christmas of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Constance Baltuck
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Painting in Norway, enjoying the Norwegian Language, time to reflect as an artist and world traveler. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at Constance Baltuck
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Every now and then, Life offers Adventures that attract and frighten us in equal measure. Often, the temptation is neutralized by limited time, insufficient money, and worst of all, fear... Last August, the Universe, and some very nice Earthlings, dropped... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at Constance Baltuck
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The snow is coming down outside, but my studio is cozy and warm. As I finish paintings begun in the Fall and begin work on new pieces, I've had plenty of time to dwell on both the past and the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Constance Baltuck
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Thanks, everyone, for a really great opening at the Alaska State Museum last month. As a person who fairly worships museums, the State Museum's purchase of two of my paintings for their permanent collection was one of the proudest moments... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at Constance Baltuck