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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Moonflowers

Moonflowers
Oil on canvas, 12x16
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This week, I had the opportunity to attend a painting class at Dragonfly Studio in Pawcatuck. The teacher is a woman named Nicole Naylor, and I have to say, she is fabulous.

I'd been wanting to do a sunflower painting in a different range of colors - really sort of play with the colors, and the feelings evoked - and though I could see the painting in my mind, I didn't have the nerve to do it.

I can't explain this, really. I have enough canvas and paint that if I waste some, it's not a big deal. There's no one at my shoulder, when I'm up there in the studio, telling me I should do this or should do that, or passing judgment. Heck, if I made the painting and hated it, I could just wipe it off.

And yet, I couldn't begin.

In the class, I did begin. And Nicole helped me, questioning, suggesting, pushing. It was great. She was great.

And it was wonderful to paint with the other women in the class, too, all of whom made paintings that vibrated with life.

Don't forget! Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine, starting at 10 a.m. I'll be at the corner of Willow and Main, across the street from the post office.

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3 comments:

Shea said...

love this painting

SLR said...

Isn't it interesting how you can paint pets for their essence and not exact likeness yet be reluctant to do the same for sunflowers? Magical and liberating to paint with a child's eye-no right or wrong in art. SLR

Carrie Jacobson said...

You are right on here, SLR. No right or wrong in art. Once I realized that - or once I realize that and then realize it again and again ... and again... it is absolutely liberating and magical. What perfect words.

Thank you for the insight and the enthusiasm!