Tuesday, September 1, 2020

August 2020 Challenge: "Not New England"

"Cantina El Gato in San Miguel de Allende" 20x16, Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald While I love New England, another place outside of the States that I love, love, love is San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Paula Villanova and I were all set to lead a painting workshop there in February 2021. Sadly we have had to postpone it due to the pandemic. It a beautiful place where color, light and history, combined with kind Mexicans and beautiful things to look at are the inspiration for artists of all kinds.

"In Vietnam" by Pam Copeman 4 1/2" x6" watercolor
When I traveled to Vietnam, everything I experienced was so different in color, taste, and vistas and I thought this altar was perfect for this challenge.

"Walk of Fame" 20"x20" Acrylic by Paula Villanova
Hollywood is SO not New England! It's fun for a change of pace though.

"St. Croix" 14"X18" Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega 
A view from a lovely coastal restaurant on the first night of my first visit to beautiful St. Croix

"New Mexico Building" 6"x6" Oil by Margaret Farrell Bruno 
A beautiful stone mason building from a trip to New Mexico

“Celtic Cross”  7x9 Sketchbook Watercolor bu Mary Sheehan Winn
I took this photo in a cemetery in New Brunswick, Canada in 2017 on the way to participate in the first annual Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival. I love cemeteries for their peaceful settings, ornate monuments and of course, their stories.

WIP (work in progress) 6x12 oil by Jeanne MacFarland

"Old Town", 8x12 inches, Acrylic, by Page Railsback

"Baltimore Water Taxi" 11x14 mixed media by Sally Dean Mello
I found a sketch from 2018 when I was in Baltimore.  Painted from that sketch!
"Reading Room" 15 x 15 oil on board by Jody Regan 
The New York Public Library in Bryant Park is housed in the stunning 
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. a beaux-arts masterpiece. 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

July 2020 Topic: "Women"

"Women" by Page Railsback

(Work In progress)"Splash Dance" 16x20 Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald
Women need other women, it's always been true... littles, bigs, mamas, grannies....  - to teach each other to be strong women.  I have ZERO excuses to not have finished this month, except I kept going back and forth between 4 different ways of expressing this.  So... as soon I finish, I'll upload it.  Till then.... SPLASH

“Structure in Sepia”   4” x 7”  acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega
“ I found this photo going through family memorabilia in Maine.  Hard to imagine the constrictions of this period in female fashion...”

"Vote" 5.5"X6.75" watercolor by Margaret Farrell Bruno
Carrie Chapman Catt was a leading woman in the suffragist movement. 
We have she, and many other women, to thank for securing American women's right to vote. 
Let's do her memory honor and vote this November 3rd by mail or in person. 

"Strong Women" by Pamela Copeman
Strong women come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors. These powerful, strong, and spiritual women have had a direct impact on my life in very inspiring and personal ways - if you look closely, you may recognize some of these women - I adore my circle of female friends - I am blessed."

"The Girls"
9x12 oil on Panel by Mary Sheehan Winn

The dairy herd at Two Islands in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, one of my favorite places in the world.  Cape Blomidon is in the distance. 

"Garden Painters" 8 x 10 oil by Jody Regan - It's always nice to paint with women friends. In these days of isolation, the company of women is even more essential.
"Red Boots" Acrylic by Paula Villanova

"Essential Worker" oil 8x8 by Jeanne MacFarland

Brionna Taylor
9"x 12" oil
by Sally Dean
Black Lives Matter

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

August 2020 Challenge: "Not New England"

"Cantina El Gato in San Miguel de Allende" 20x16, Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald While I love New England, another place outside of ...