A Lesson Learned
has heard the carpenter saying “measure twice, cut once.” I believe that the
same analogy applies to artists when they begin a new painting. Not necessarily
cutting but certainly measuring. Getting the perspective and the drawing correct
is certainly one of the most important steps.
following these all-important steps, everything is off right from the
I recently learned that the
hard way with an oil painting of Reno, a beautiful rescued Greyhound. The painting was a gift for two special
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“It Ain’t Easy!”
you ever seen someone walk through a studio on a First Friday with a glazed expression
without really looking at what is there?
Or heard, “That’s ugly!” Or “My
dog could paint better than that!”
who are that judgmental usually are insecure about themselves and don’t find
much fun in anything. nvite them to take up the making of art of any form to
improve their sense of self-esteem and relationship to their world.
there are false advertising claims that lead one to believe that visual arts
are simple: paint-by-numbers books, adult coloring books, drawing, sculpting
and painting (in every medium) made easy.
inspiration in fleeting moments
tide had just gone out. There were many rivulets of sea water still running
down the beach toward the ocean. Each revealed shards of clam shells, bits of
sea glass and rocks of all colors and sizes. The beach was Stonington, Maine’s
public beach, Sand Beach. It is a very small strip of sand, maybe 300 feet
long, surrounded by rocky coast and pine trees. My favorite painting site.
One day as I walked along the beach,
studying these rivulets, I realized that they existed in a brief moment in
Gabriele Lodder won an Honorable Mention for her pastel painting, ' Chincotique Sunset' in the current Pastel Society of Western New York's Inaugural Exhibit at the P. Tribastone Fine Art Gallery, 32 S. Main St, Canandaigua, NY. The show is up until the end of day September 26th. Kath DeWitt Hess also won an Honorable Mention in the show for her pastel painting ' Hidden Farm'. Suzi Zefting-Kuhn won the Award of Excellence for her pastel ' Nap Time'.
Congratulations ladies! The Main Street Artists did well!
Becoming an artist
By Gabby Lodder
I have always asked myself “What exactly is an artist in the eyes of the viewing public?” The dictionary tells us an artist is “One who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria.” Or, “persons having superior skill or ability.” WOW – that’s a lot to live up to, especially the aesthetic criteria part.
You always hear from people viewing your work that it’s “beautiful,” “great piece of work,” “absolutely love it,” etc. But often you hear that “It doesn’t go with my décor.
Cooking Up A Painting
By Linda Cala
My father loved to
cook. Making a meal to him was like creating a piece of artwork. He would read
cookbooks like novels and sit in his garage with a stogie dreaming up recipes
that “jazzed”him up. Then he would plan in his head all the things he would
need: olive oil, garlic, eggplant, sauce, etc. Then he’d figure out where the
best deals were in town to get his ingredients.
oil was like his turpentine.
A connection . . .
What draws us to a particular piece of art?
Maybe it is a memory stirred, a mood relates, or a color touches us. Does it
bring joy, or is it thought-provoking? It could be a common ground, like minds
this artwork may transport us to another world, or into a delicious daydream
state. Sometimes just the sheer beauty takes our breath away!
it is, we are drawn to it, and I believe it is for a reason.
An acrylic painting, Bubb Lake, by MSA member Diane Bellenger received the Outstanding Landscape award in the 2015 Annual Central Adirondack Art Show at the View art center in Old Forge, N.Y. The exhibition, which runs through June 21, features more than 150 works in all media, ranging from painting and drawing, to photographs, ceramics and more.photographs, ceramics and more. Diane painted the work while on a hiking trip near Old Forge with her daughter.
Gabriele Lodder and Suzi Zefting-Kuhn have been juried into the Adirondack National Pastel Exhibition 2015 in Glens Falls NY.
Practice makes perfect…..
By Chris Norris
I am reminded of the classic joke where the tourist asks the
maestro, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” The maestro responds, “Practice,
I have been a member of the Main Street Artists since its
inception. In the beginning I would come in once a week for 4 hours. I would
pull out my paints and my easel and paint until it was time to go home. Days
later I would return to pull out my paints and easel and try to remember where
I left off.