If you want to make art, you also have to make a commitment. Until about a year ago, I did more dreaming about painting than actually doing it. I’m now painting every chance I get and also pushing myself to take risks that will, hopefully, make me a stronger painter. Read about my latest endeavor.
Part of becoming an artist is daring to take risks. It’s not so difficult when you’re alone at your easel, but deciding to display your work in public is another matter. I’m glad I took the risk.
Being creative can mean many things. For Alice Persons, there’s no end to what makes her curious or piques her interest. Lately, she’s been painting, but there’s so much more to her than being an artist.
My month-long daily painting project is nearing its end. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that if you’re serious about your art, you need to make the time and effort.
After many years of putting everything else first, I recently decided to paint every day. Here’s how it’s going, so far.
Mary Brooking says she enjoys testing the balance between reality and abstraction. She prefers to paint with acrylics, but her work is often mistaken for oil paintings because of their softness and tonal depth. (more…)
When she’s not at her easel, Diane Dahlke is encouraging and mentoring aspiring and developing artists. She teaches painting in MECA’s Continuing Studies Program. That’s where I first met Diane. I took her Practice of Painting class several times. Couldn’t get enough!
New classroom, pencils, notebook, lunch box, outfit, shoes, things to learn. How I always loved the first day of school and here it is again, only I’m not a kid anymore. (more…)
An exhibit by Maine Artist Francine Schrock Opens at House Arts Gallery — Convergence: engaging in the milieu
When I first met Francine Schrock, she had just finished creating a beautiful mural for a memory care facility in Portland. Her grandmother died of Alzheimer’s, so the project had special meaning and she went on to paint more murals in other facilities. You can read about the first mural in my health and wellness blog Catching Health.
This past week, House Arts Gallery in Gray held an opening reception for Francine’s latest body of work. I was delighted to be able to attend. (more…)