Finding color in black and white
Remember that feeling you got when you
were a kid and opened a new box of crayons? All those colors? All those
possibilities? Every color held a world of describing the things around you and
the ideas yet to come.
spring feels like that for me. Opening the shades from the long winter of
monochrome to spring’s blast of light and brilliance of hue, I am in awe every
year by the pinks, purples, yellow greens and blues.
To what end paint?
Fame?Not likely in my case, for a variety
of reasons. My mother wanted me to paint, but my father would have insisted on
perfection, whatever that is, to exploit any talent the kindergarten teacher
told my mother I had. It took me until I was 30, after years of therapy, to
have the courage to express anything at all on canvas,
Wealth?By the time I was 35 I realized I
could never support myself with art.
are going to reject you, people are going to say insensitive things about your
work, critics are going to ignore you and family members are going to plot to
steal your painting time but you have to pick yourself up and go back at it.” ~
I am just coming off of another show that required
entries and paintings being juried. It is always a tossup…will they like my
paintings? Or not?
I understand this process is subjective and beyond my
Early last summer my
family and I visited the Lockport Caves and Museum in Lockport, N.Y. The old
entry door to the museum, with its rustic locks and weather-beaten facade,
became the inspiration for my next painting that I would work on most of the
summer. It was very important to me to capture the essence of this antique
The door itself tells a story with its iron hardware and the many layers
of peeling paint. It has withstood the heat of summers and the harshness of
The Main Street Artists' wish to thank you for helping us support the Art program at the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester! Thanks to you we were able to raise $400 which will buy badly needed art supplies for them!
We wish all of you the happiest and healthiest of holidays!
I just took the wonderful Aaron Scheurr Landscape workshop. It was a
great learning experience as well as a chance to bond with artists outside of
the MSA group.
I took the Aaron Scheurr workshop not only because I like
his work but because I felt I needed help to get to the next “level” personally
in my own work. The things I learned from Aaron besides what he had to say
was how he held his pastel /brush
,layering both pastel or oil, learning
how to alter my touch on the paper to lay down lines and most of all seeing and
comparing what I was looking at now to how I didn’t take my work to the next
People are often curious about what inspires an artist to paint.
Especially when the subject isn't as obvious as a landscape or a portrait, for
example. When I am asked this question I usually have a difficult time
answering succinctly. Because there are myriad answers. And the question begs
the artist to put into words not only the reason for painting a particular
subject but the reason why one paints at all.
The first reason
is often regarding subject.
Street Artists Present ‘Favorite Things’ at St. John Fisher
exhibit features work by 18 area painters
Main Street Artists group will present an exhibit at Patricia O’Keefe Ross Art Gallery in the Joseph S. Skalny Welcome
Center, St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Ave. Pittsford.
The show runs from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1 with an artists’ reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Gallery hours are 9
days in May, MSA Studio 458 was filled with energy, focus, color and risk-taking.
Six MSA members joined another 12 artists and all were fully engaged in
learning how to create abstract art as guided by Debora Stewart during this workshop
sponsored by the Pastel Society of Western New York.
Debora Stewart is a signature member of the Pastel
Society of America, a member of the Master's Circle of the International
Association of Pastel Societies and the author of a Northlight book titled
You can visit the studio and members during the
First Friday (6-9 p.m. June 3) and Second Saturday (10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 11)
open studio events. You can also stop in at other times – members are at work
almost every day! Call 585-233-5645 to make sure someone is “home.”
Meanwhile, please check out our website
(www.mainstreetartistsgallery.com) and be sure to LIKE us on Facebook!
calendars:Main Street Artists will have an exhibition
Aug. 1-Sept. 1 at the beautiful Patricia O’Keefe Ross Art Gallery
in the Joseph S.