Finding inspiration in fleeting moments
The 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 time. The incoming tide would sweep them away and a new array of shells and rocks would appear. I photographed them and made several drawings and paintings to preserve their fleeting moment.
The ever-changing clouds in the sky, the way the light strikes the trees at sunrise, the lifting fog, all fleeting moments that will never come again. This is what I capture in my work.
-- Diane Bellenger
MSA member news
We are pleased to welcome Lesley Shakespeare Brogan, Daniel Mack and Jane Patrick to our group. Their work is now on view in the studio and they will be on hand for First Friday, Second Saturday and other events.
Recent awards and honors
Diane Bellenger won three awards in the Rochester Area Colored Pencil Club fall show, which continues through Oct. 31 at Barnes & Noble, 3349 Monroe Ave., Pittsford. Bellenger won Best of Show for Durand Spring, a judges award for View from Cadillac Mt., and a merit award in the Halloween Theme category for Unmasked.
Kathy Lindsley’s paintingGentles on My Mind received the Penfield Scene and Residents’ Choice awards in the Penfield Art Association 2015 Fall Show and Sale, which took place in October at the Legacy at Willow Pond in Penfield.
Demos and talks
Diane Bellenger will be giving a talk for the Rochester Area Colored Pencil Club about how she designed and built her basement art studio. The presentation, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Pittsford Town Hall, 11 S. Main St., is free and open to the public.