Help Support the Trustees by bidding on the paintings at South Street Gallery of Hingham.
Local Artists, including yours truly, ventured to The Trustees properties of the South Shore to paint in Plein Air. The fun begins now with those paintings up for bid in a 3-week-long silent auction. Hurry bidding is ending on August 17. You may view all paintings on the South Street Gallery website and then simply call to place a bid or feel free to stop by and view the work in person. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support the on-going care of preserved reservations managed by The Trustees on the South Shore.
My annual plein air trip to Maine with a group of my artist friends was, as always so productive, enjoyable and outright fun. I cannot quite decide if I need to work on this piece a yittle bit more in studio just to clean a few things up. Hmmm...
It was such a calming week especially during these tumultuous times. So it seemed a perfect fit to me for the GJWP category of "Calm" this month. It felt so good to be disconnected while up in Maine. Phones barely work. Internet kept giving the spinning wheel. I embraced and enjoyed it. Ignorance is bliss at times. Wishing everyone peace and calm in their lives.
I also wanted to let everyone know that the drawing was held for my fundraiser for Alzheimer's Association and Marina M. was the winner. Congratulations to Marina. I reached my goal of $2,000 with all your kind help so a big shout out of thank you to all of you that supported and contributed to this campaign in the fight against Alzheimer's. Although the drawing is done this year, you can still donate to this great cause here: Alzheimer's Longest Day. I will be joining the cause again next year, so if you are interested in a drawing of another one of my paintings, it is held the same time every year. Check back to my blog early spring of 2019 to join in on the fun for a great cause.
Alzheimers has effected so many of our loved ones lives. To help with this cause, I will be holding a drawing for one of my paintings in support of The Longest Day-The Alzheimer's organization yearly campaign in the fight against Alzheimers. I have created a pastel landscape painting sized 12"X12" and on June 21, will hold this drawing (no pun intended). For every donor who has donated at least $20 or over, their name will be placed in a drawing for a chance to win the piece of artwork shown above. (U.S. Residents only, Framing not included.) All details are in this link-Margaret Farrell Bruno-The Longest Day Alzheimer's Org campaign if you would like a chance to win this painting or would just like to donate to help with this cause. Thank you for any help in this wonderful cause.
The Girls Just Wanna Paint group I belong to had the latest challenge of "Color" as our monthly theme. I was also producing a painting for an Invitational Show of Nocturne paintings being held at The Cecil Bryne Gallery in Charleston, SC, which fit right into the concept. Show runs from May 4TH - June 30TH, Link Here.
The scene was early night with the last of the brilliant color light piercing the sky before it fell off into the horizon. Local building's lights had all come on mimicking the sky color.
Latest GJWP challenge painting with the theme of "Luxury". Luxury to me is not a piece of jewelry, fancy clothing or a residence filled with expensive furnishings and items. More rewarding is a luxurious end of the day peaceful, beautiful sunset reflecting on a summer Maine Lake.
Well, sort of...Recently my work was featured in the French art magazine, Pratique Des Arts. I just have to take a refresher course in the language to be able to read it thoroughly. But since I was interviewed, I do have a pretty good idea what it says. Thank you, Pratique Des Arts for this opportunity! If you are fluent in French, or would like to look at the pictures, you can purchase their magazines here. There is a wonderful feature on IAPS in this issue above, also.
Speaking of IAPS, I received my "Master Circle" Status this year. It was so enjoyable heading out to New Mexico to receive my medal. I dragged along my husband and we side tripped to Santa Fe and also made a trip to the Georgia O'Keefe Studio. I recommend that trip to everyone, not only for the history lesson, but for the views in that area. I hope to return to do more painting in the surrounding hills.
Some other big news, I am Back to Painting Full Time
I will always dearly cherish all the friendships I made working at North River Arts Society, but there were too many signals that told me I needed to get back to painting full time. Life is short and I have to cherish the time I was given on this planet to do what I love most. So I started with my yearly jaunt to Maine with some of my sister artist friends. A week of painting dusk to dawn, good food and lots of laughter. I'll be sharing my creations soon.
Other news to share:
I'll be doing a demo tomorrow night for the Foxboro Art Association to be held at the Boyden Library at 7pm. Click here or their face book page here for more info
I'll be teaching a class on Beginner's pastel starting November at the North River Arts Society, haven't you always wanted to learn how to paint in pastel? Come join in the fun.
AND I have to share that my daughter Rachael Meyers and her friend Dani Nylan have cofounded a site for South Shore Moms. It features lots of great info not only for young Moms, but for everyone, including us "Nina's" (that is what my grandchildren call me.) Check it out! www.theSouthShoreMoms.com and you can also follow on Facebook here www.facebook.com/thesouthshoremoms/
And I also hope to blog a lot more now that I have more time, so stay tuned. Thanks so much for following. Follow my Instagram and Facebook page, too, if you like.
"Winkle Harvest, Back Cove," pastel, - BEST IN SHOW
Honored to be included in this gallery talk:
The Art Complex Museum’s first gallery talk of the year on Thursday, March 16, will feature Margaret Farrell Bruno, Preston Saunders and Rose Gates, all artists exhibiting in The Duxbury Art Association Annual Winter Juried Show. This free event begins with coffee at 10:30 a.m., followed by the talk at 11:00 a.m. and provides an excellent opportunity to hear the artists discuss their work. Please call (781)934-6634, extension 10 or email email@example.com
"Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. And always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away."
- George Carlin
Our Girls Just Wanna Paint Challenge this month, which I got to choose, was "Quotes". We each could choose whatever quote we wanted and then do a painting expressing that quote in some way. I have a book in which I collect quotes. Some are comical. Others are thoughtful and wise in their words. Often times I need kleenex near when I reread. And some are even my own words. Ask my kids, I can be so enlightening. haha! And I even collect political quotes, but I thought we are thronged with enough politics these days to use any of those. Right?
I thought it was going to be an easy challenge, until I started reviewing all the quotes in my book. There were many I would love to base paintings on. In the end, I chose this one. Thanks, George. There are a few things in the painting I think I may still need to tweak, but deadline called.
This has inspired me to do more artwork based on quotes. Enjoy the game! Go Pats!