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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"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!
The latest GJWP challenge was Stripes. So with Halloween just around the corner and pumpkins in abundance, I thought it would be fun to add stripes to a white pumpkin and then do a still life painting of said pumpkin on a striped piece of cloth. What possessed me to use a white striped cloth when I chose white pumpkins. What was I thinking? White on white...it was a challenge. I added the black cloth to create an additional dark contrasting stripe and which, along with the cloths stripes, leads the eye back in space.
And speaking of GJWP, we will be at the Community Center in Hingham for the Annual Arts Walk
Stop on in, we would love to see you. We'll all be there with paints and paintings in hand.
This spot in Maine is one of my favorite to paint. There is something about the light and color that refracts in the water in this spot. Changes is seconds and unexpected. The future will hold a really large painting as there was this really neat green color appearing in the water this day which I could not, in all honesty, figure out how it was occurring and I am really challenged to see if I can paint it in a large studio piece.
I am doing a demo Tuesday, Sept 13, 2016 at the Dedham Art Center. It will be a pastel demo. 7pm-9pm- details at Dedham Art Assoc. Hope to see you there.
PS. Most of these paintings will be available on my Etsy Site soon. Details posted soon.
I was playing with some canvas paper I had in my flat file. I found I didn't really like the paper for painting with oils. So I was trying out how the pastel may work on it. It wasn't too bad, although a little slick. I had toned it a gray color. Overall I probably won't use it again, but you never know what results you may have unless you experiment.