Esther Marie

Class Subject:

Abstract Expressionism in Watercolor
Radial Watercolor (ages 8-11) 


Esther-Marie-photoEsther Marie’s abstract paintings, drawings, sculptures and video installations are rooted in a concrete contemplation: the existence of society and nature. As we see how the environment is changing around us. 97% of scientists state this is not complementary single system.

It is a subject that has captivated Esther Marie since her early twenties studying at Stony Brook University on Long Island and spending years in the north shores on the Long Island Sound as an offshore explorer. The observations she gathered both in nature and the urban landscape, which she has called home for the past 30 plus years, inform an artistic practice that is firmly rooted in the plein-aire landscape tradition. Though this body of work is strictly abstract and thus linked to the modernist canon, nature remains its major source of inspiration.

Esther Marie’s compositions are characterized by linear, diagrammatic structures that are contrasted with biomorphic planes. They are evocative of architectural structures, aerial views of vast landscapes, or as Esther Marie puts it, “where nature and imagined spaces can co exist”

Esther Marie lives and works on Long Island, NY. She received her MFA in painting from Long Island University in 2014. She is the recipient of a several grants and work-study fellowships, as well as residencies at Chautauqua Institute, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and the Rotary International Exchange in South Korea. Recent exhibitions include projects at Gallery North in Setauket, NY; the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, NY and the Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages History in Stony Brook.

Teaching Statement:

Abstract Color

Exciting Lesson Exploring the poser of color in Abstract paintings:

“Abstract in Color” A brief introduction explains the philosophy of Abstract Expressionism style. Explore the power of color and its theory.

A little about Abstract art.

“The dominant trend in western painting throughout the 1950s began with a handful of American artists later termed as Abstract Expressionists. Their paintings were often made of shapes, lines, and forms not meant to depict a “reality” from the visible world. They believed that non-representational painting could express spiritual and emotional truths in the most direct way. These artists often used a spontaneous and physical process in order to present an immediate response to emotion.

The Abstract Expressionists addressed the great questions of human existence. The internal psychological struggle, the external struggle of man against nature. the spiritual quest for God — these were topics that these artists felt needed to find expression in abstraction. For the Ab-stract Expressionists, understanding the process of painting meant understanding something at the core of the human desire to express oneself. In the end, making the process of painting an existential endeavor may have been their major achievement.”

Color became important to many Abstract Expressionists. Explore the activities that will intro-duce you to importance of color.

When creating your painting, carefully consider the color palette.

What emotion do you want to evoke in your viewer? Maybe monochromatic colors are your choice or maybe it’s warm or cool.

Is there a message or emotion you want to reach and adding a focal point in complimentary col-or would help you do that.

I recommend that you start this exploration on smaller piece of paper. Once comfortable pursue the final artwork.

Esther Marie Caponigro_Particles #1 

Particles #1 

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Yellow, Radial Watercolor