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Constance Baltuck
Juneau, Alaska
Inspired by Nature and color, observation and imagination, my work is both representational and abstract.
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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Summer in Juneau, Alaska is short and sweet. Plein air painting gets you out there to thoroughly enjoy it! Look around, and you will see magnificent landscapes; look down, and a carpet of wildflowers will be blooming at your feet.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2022 at Constance Baltuck
When I was in my first year of college, a friend of mine put Roger Tory Peterson’s Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers into my hands and taught me how to use the key system to identify the wildflowers we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2022 at Constance Baltuck
In December 2020, the Juneau Cares Artworks program sought proposals from local artists for public art in Juneau. It felt like the continuation of a great tradition, an extension of the Works Project Administration (WPA), and I am honored to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at Constance Baltuck
You would think that record breaking rainfall might put a damper on outdoor painting, but that just hasn't happened! Due, in large part, to “the buddy system,” my painting in Juneau's rainy climate has continued without a break. Making commitments... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2020 at Constance Baltuck
Sure, the big picture is important, the overview, but there is joy in the details! I've been having so much fun in my new studio! I'll post an album of my recent work, but, in the meanwhile, here's a preview...details... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Constance Baltuck
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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