Wednesday, July 1, 2020

June 2020 Challenge: "Self Portrait in Sunglasses"

"Summer Hope" 6.5"X9" Drawing by Margaret Farrell Bruno
My daughter gave me these sunglasses and they always give me hope and a smile. 
Much needed this summer. 

"Summer 2020" 8x6 Acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald
It's all about the reflections! :) 

"The Difference Between Knowing and Being", 8x6 oil
by Jeanne MacFarland

"Selfie with Sheshed"11"X14" Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega

"Sunglasses On My Head" 10"x16" acrylic by Paula Villanova

"Selfie with Shades"
12x12 acrylic on panel by Mary Sheehan Winn

"July in Shades" 9 x 12 oil on board by Jody Regan

"Sunnies" 8 x 8 oil on gesso board by Pamela Copeman

"selfie with sunnies" 9"x12" acrylic on canvas by Sally Dean

"Sunglasses" 8x8 Acrylic by Page Railsback

Monday, June 1, 2020

May 2020 Challenge: "Together/Alone"

"Staying Safe" 8x8 inch Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald
During this time of quarantine I picture all my neighbors, shining and in beautiful colors, by themselves, trying to survive and keep others safe too.  Hoping this doesn't last too much longer, as longing for friends and family is difficult. 

"Zooming" ink&watercolor 5 x 16 by Jody Regan
I have been teaching Math to my middle school students since March 16th. I miss their energy, exuberance, joy and noise.  Our school year ends in two weeks. I hope they all stay healthy, and that I can see them safely come September. We are together, but it feels so alone.

"Alone/Together - Easter" 18 x 24 oil by Pamela Copeman
This is the 4th in my Covid19 Series and it depicts Easter and how alone I felt not being with my family.  I added angels and lilies as signs of hope

Alone Together 20"x20" acrylic on canvas by Sally Dean
This is a painting derived from a sketch (akakdoodle) from some random sketchbook. 
I've been working from my old sketches a lot lately. I really have no idea what it means.
You tell me!

"Lotus Flowers"
8x10 acrylic on canvas paper by Mary Sheehan Winn
Lotus flowers are symbols of peace and rebirth. Never more needed than now. Anarchy is upon us.

"Quarantine Blues" 24"24" Acrylic by Paula Villanova
During the beginning of the pandemic, my daughter and I spent a fair amount of time sitting in the living room, reading, watching TV, and just surviving. What we felt we could be facing seemed epic, and hard to understand. We stayed home and coccooned, as requested by the experts to avoid or at least limit contact with the COVID-19 virus.

"Together...Alone" Pastel on man made paper by Margaret Farrell Bruno
The tide had gone out and left the dock with it's lone chair sitting solitarily in the sand. The painting is a symbol of the events of our current times. Feeling abandoned at times by those in charge. So many of us are hunkered in our houses. The flag represents how we as a nation are all effected in some way by this pandemic.

"The Gift of a Garden of Friends" 11"X14" Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega
 Alone turning over and creating beds for an empty new yard, happily many given by friends, a little love and history from their place to mine, we garden in hope together. 

"Dining Alone", 8x8 Inches by Page Pearson Railsback

Friday, May 22, 2020

Missing the North River Arts Festival - May 2020

"Street Party" oil by Jody Regan
The North River Arts Society reluctantly cancelled its 44th Annual Festival of the Arts this year: a block-party-style celebration of our creative community. Local artists, including Girls Just Wanna Paint, do plein air demonstrations of their work on the street. We miss the joy of painting together at this wonderful celebration, and the North River Arts Society is missing its biggest fundraising event of the year.
We hope you can support the organization, and we look forward to seeing you there next Memorial Day weekend.
"That's Entertainment" North River Arts Festival poster 2011 by Jody Regan

I love painting on the street each year at this weekend-long party, especially talking with the children who are curious about what is happening on my easel.  I hope to be back together with them next year.

 Jeannie, Kelley, Sally and Mary having fun painting at Festival.

My painting from 2 years ago of a little girl at the festival, and one of my pieces that got in the juried show last year.  There is such an ache for the camaraderie and wonderful work, food, music and crafts that we saw every year! - Kelley MacDonald

Cheers to NRAS.... Festival Spirit and Joy lives on in  our hearts
Page Pearson Railsback

"South River Marsh"

"Cleaning the Catch"
I received awards for both of these paintings at The North River Arts Festival. Very pleased and proud to be recognized by this stalwart organization. 
Please support our group if you can.

      Festival Memories!
                    Nancy Howell doing a demo, me selling my clocks in the artisan area 
and the first puppet parade!   
Sally Dean

"Missing the Puppet Project" by Pamela Copeman
I am missing the NRAS Arts Festival this year because my granddaughters are living just up the street now and I was so excited to introduce them to this artful tradition.  With that said, I will donate to North River Arts Society this year with the high hopes of attending next year with my family. xo

Moonlit Hydrangeas-Margaret Farrell Bruno

My granddaughter critiquing the art and near my painting 1st on left.

I was honored to wear many hats at the North River Arts Society over the last 30 years, including President for two years, which entailed directing traffic for art work drop off one year. Festival holds a special place in my heart. I was poster artist for Festival when expecting my 2nd child 28 years ago, which gave Jeannie Horan heart palpitations worrying I may go into labor before I got all those posters signed. And now my grandchildren enjoy the music, fun, art, activities and food at Festival. My whole family will miss it dearly this year. Keep NRAS in your hearts and if you can donate to help the Society through this difficult time, I know it will be greatly appreciated. Let's help NRAS live on. It has given so many cherished friendships, great memories and of course, artful enrichment for young and old.  
This painting, "Lilacs and Clementine" by Jeanne MacFarland  won the Katherine M. Wolfe Memorial Award for Floral Composition at the 2017 North River Festival of the Arts.              

My first entry into the North River Arts Society Festival in 2008, "Edward Hopper's House in Truro" was accepted and won the Katherine M. Wolfe Award. What a fond memory during an otherwise wonderful weekend at the Festival. This event is always inspiring and a happy time, and I am grateful that we have this great resource each year. Looking forward to next year's!

"Festival Colors" from Tori Brega's jewelry booth

"Face Paint Ninja" work in progress by Tori Brega

Friday, May 1, 2020

April 2020 Challenge: "Fish"

We discussed using a theme relating to the current COVID-19 virus but opted to avoid it instead.
For this month anyway.

By Pamela Copeman
Watercolor title Goal Fish
I adore painting birds, shoes, faces, sunsets and lipsticks! But not Fish! 

"Eye Test" 9"x12" gouache on board by Paula Villanova
To try something a little different, I went back to a solid black fish design I drew in art school some 45 years ago in ink with a compass, ruling pen and flexicurve. This time, I freehanded the curves but used a compass to define the exterior shape (in light pencil), and drew two grids, one for the fish to portray her in color and a larger one for the ocean.

"Koi" 10x10 oil by Jeanne MacFarland
No social distancing in the lily pond!

"Swimming down stream" 5"x7" Acrylic Poured Paint and digital art by Margaret Farrell Bruno
Playing with poured paint and digital art.
The fish was doing really well until I came back to it the next day and realized it had headed down stream and almost off the board. I guess my surface was not level. So I scanned and placed a border on it. Always learning. Make a smaller fish next time. Was still fun playing digitally.

"Fish Flight" Acrylic 8"x10" by Victoria Chesley Brega

"Pick Me, Pick Me!" 12x12 Acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald
For a long time I have loved the pink fish they sell at Whole Foods.  Not brave enough to BUY and COOK them, I just like to look at them.  IRL the pink is a brighter, rosier color. Fish on ice.  Loved doing this!

"Lionfish" ink, watercolor, and watercolor pencil by Jody Regan

Seen at the New England Aquarium a few months ago when we could see these beautiful creatures there.  I long for those times again.
"Hope Fish"by Sally Dean Mello
I've been making fish pendants out of clay since the world shut down. I am inspired by Sadakos 1000 cranes of peace. Not sure I'll make 1000 of these, but going to number them to see how far I get. I plan to give them away at the reveal of the 3 year long fish mosaic project scheduled for this fall at The Art Complex Museum.
HOPE it is still happening- but if not then- it will at some point!

"Down Under" 6x6 acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback

"Swimming Against the Tide"
8x8 ink and watercolor by Mary Sheehan Winn

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

March 2020 Challenge: "Still Life"

Pamela Copeman Tea for Thee and Me
Oil on Board, 18" x 24"
I based this still life painting on a table setting
by Valentino, the composition was unusual 
and very appealing to me. During this time of 
quarantine, I am daydreaming about
being with friends outside in a garden.

"Social Distancing" 11"x14" Acrylic by Paula Villanova
Staying indoors mostly with the exception of one trip to to grocery store each week, wiping each packaged item down with a Clorox wipe, no Lysol on the shelves, nor Purell, but we did score this large bottle of the stuff for our family. Praying for a swift end to this ugliness soon and the preservation of human life.

"Happy Daffi's" 8x6 Acrylic on panel by Kelley Carey MacDonald
I am always heartened by these cheerful yellow harbingers of Spring. My son gave them to me, so extra special.  I got lost in this painting... done just before Corona hit... haven't really been able to paint since.

"Still Life" 12x12 acrylic on canvas board
by Mary Sheehan Winn
I've been working on this abstract on and off. I wanted it to be about color and shape, but also about achieving a pleasing color harmony. I am really enjoying working in acrylic because of the creamy nature of the paint and also because of the layering effects that can be achieved with this medium. The title is a metaphor for the sudden disruption of everyday life as we know it.

"Delft Bunny" Oil on 6"panel 
This little guy sits by my bay window. It was a gift from my mother long ago. Warms my heart. 

"Angel and Demon" Oil on panel 8"X10" Acrylic
by Victoria Chesley Brega

"Clementine on a Patterned Cloth" oil 6x6 by Jeanne MacFarland

"Simple Still" 6x6 Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback 

Tulips, 20"x20" acrylic on canvas by Sally Dean
I bought these at Trader Joes on Friday the 13th. It seemed essential at the time.
Little did I know how very different life would be.... 

"Cocktail Hour" 12 x 16 oil by Jody Regan

I have more time in my studio during this time of isolation, so I arranged a still life with glass and metal which is like a puzzle to solve.