Art is Our Voice

Art is Our Voice
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. -Pablo Picasso

Monday, March 20, 2017

New art... Brian Brodeur's latest collection


Beautiful paintings by our friend, Brian. Thank you to Sue, Brian's mother, for sharing Brian's art with us.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

incrivel pintura em cerâmica com as mãos - Finger Painting

Missing my art buddies today. Hoping everybody stays safe and warm during the blizzard.
* Sending lots of love and good vibes *

Portuguese Finger Painting Artist  -Very fun to watch !

Here is the link if you want to see more of his work...

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Art in the Afternoon, McAuley House

Most of the photos here are from a visit to the McAuley House afternoon program. I went over a few mixed media painting ideas and then laid out the supplies for the participants. I had last year's wall calendar with paintings by the artist, Lori Polke, to inspire the group. Millie's painting above looks just like a Lori Polke original !

David's collages above are from an earlier class. The ones below he did in Friday's afternoon class.

Shiela's mixed media work is very spiritual - Full of positive vibes !

A pic of my demo I did as a sample to show how fun and simple working in mixed mediums can be.
 The painting on the right is by another artist from the group.

Thank you to Carol for the invite to create with your talented group !
Thanks to all the participants for sharing your art. Hope to see you again soon.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stronger Together...

 Jared and David work together on David's self portrait.

                                                   David's bird flies above the highway !

                                Anthony works on another Miles Davis classic.
 Russell brings in some new drawings which he worked on while he was in the hospital. We're so happy he's feeling well enough to return to our group.

Julia's beautiful inspirational painting makes us all smile !
Thank you to all of the artists for sharing your work with us. 

LLK- Sneak Preview

It's always such an honor to visit Linda King in her studio. She has been working on her latest series for an upcoming show this Spring at AS220.

The paintings below are very personal to the artist in terms of race, ancestry and identity.

The painting above is a mixed media painting which is not given justice from this photo. There are torn pieces of cloth, tissue paper, cardboard and other textured items which really bring this work alive, especially when seen in person.
When I first saw this it reminded me of dancing Saints. The movement depicted by the dancers is highly synchronized in a devotional like fashion. Linda's work feels as if it's a silent poem ready to ignite the viewer once you open your eyes to the story.

Information regarding the AS220  show soon to be posted.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Our Voice is Strong

As artists we often express our feelings, our thoughts, and our passions through our art.  The collage above is a collection of photos I took of David as he worked on his collages. The first collage was a tribute to the refugee crisis and all the uncertainty it has caused so many people around the world as well as in our own country. It's a multi- image collage organized to capture the viewer's attention as soon as contact is made. You know what it means, and the more you stare at the work- THE HEAVIER YOUR HEART BECOMES...

The painting above is Linda's work in progress. I love her
use of color and how it enhances the linear movement you see as you go from section to section of the painting. I almost feel as if I'm reading a prayer as I study the work wondering if it's meant to be part of someones journey, or is it a journey just waiting for us to wake up to ?

Maria is still working on this sweet painting. The giraffe looks like it might be a baby waiting for his Mom.  Maria's paintings have a whimsy yet serious side to them- kind of like Maria...

Thank you to the artists for sharing your work and your gifts.