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, September 24, 2018

September Creations

Remembering Bob .... Even though Bob is no longer with us his memory lives on through his art. We now have Bob's fabulous bird collection in the art room. I love seeing it on the shelf and feeling his spirit watching over us every Tuesday when we gather together to share our art.

David has made some fabulous collages lately. He is so skillful in his arrangement and layering of images.


 Anthony is working on the Mighty Thor, the Marvel Comics superhero. Looking forward to seeing the end results to this fantastic start.

Mike painted his own version of The Scream (an autobiographical, expressionistic construction based on Munch's actual experience of a scream piercing through nature while on a walk, after his two companions, seen in the background, had left him). 
I think he did a great job capturing this iconic painting in his own style.
 In addition to his collages last week, David also found the time to paint four new paintings.

The above painting is by Mama Dreads. This painting rocks with energy and sparkle that follows Mama wherever she goes!

 The painting above was created as a gift by a student in honor of her children and grandchildren. I know they're going to love it ! 💙💚💜💛💓

Thank you to the artists for sharing your work!

Monday, August 27, 2018

August Joy

 August is ending with a big Art Bang ! We've all been embracing our creative, artsy spirit this month. So proud to be with so many innovative, creative artists. Miss Mama Dread's art sparkles with glitter as does her clam shell. Mama walks in the world with her eyes open to the magical objects she can transform with a little paint and a lot of glitter.
 Some of our artists are also activists for social justice. They make really great posters for the Poor People's Campaign as well other social injustices




David always has collages to make for his local customers. These two are headed to the Broad St Fire House.
I'm not exaggerating when I say he has made over 500+
collages since he started attending the art group. 😍





 The above paintings were guided by Linda's 3 year old granddaughter's work which she sent to Linda in the mail. Linda transformed the imagery into paintings. Her granddaughter is going to be so surprised.

 Anthony just getting started on a new painting...stay tuned- more to come.

A couple more works of art from Mama Dreads !

I hope you enjoyed this latest blog post as much as I did.
Many heartfelt thank yous to all the artist for sharing your work and your artsy spirit with us. 💙💚💛💜 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Abbondanza !


Our Art group is full creative and very talented people. What I love about our group is the freedom the artists have to create what speaks to them. The amount of creativity they have is astonishing.

Michael finished his Salvador Dali painting as well as his interpretation of a painting (The Son of Man) he saw by the painter, Magritte. Now, he's working on a new painting !


 Mama Dreads, Founder of the Mission of Love of Providence, RI
did a painting of a Native American spirit drum.

David worked on one of his whimsical self portraits ! Love it 💙💜💛

 Linda finished her painting of a freighter, perhaps something she saw docked in the Port of Providence. Notice the powerful super structure with the radar on top with the bank of lights below which illuminate the freighter's deck . The hull of the ship keeps the boat afloat in all kinds of weather. What a working ship ! What a working artist Linda is !!
Anthony has been working on his Last Supper painting for months. His attention to detail as well as his originality with this subject really brings the painting to life. There's a lot to take in when you look at this painting. Congratulations Anthony !

 Thanks to all the artist for sharing your work with us ! 💟💙💟


Monday, July 2, 2018

Pics of the Week


David and I worked on these two collages together ( Harriet Tubman and Fanny Lou Hammer )  We had a great time collaborating together on these two commission pieces. The Underwater Bear was a bonus piece for the buyer.







Monday, June 25, 2018

A True Artist





Inspiration of the day, Salvador Dali ! This artist decided to visit the group today not knowing what he wanted to do. After a few minutes passed, he got his canvas and just started sketching this picture of      Salvador Dali !  He then proceeded to start applying the paint, but we ran out of time. So, we'll see what happens next. However, he's off to an amazing start for someone who hasn't  painted in many years.

We were definitely inspired !

Before I sign off, here's a collage I made in the spirit of Mercy,
Immigrant Rights are Human Rights


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Class is Now in Session !

So happy to be back with the group after an extended absence ! Thank you to the artists for your on-going support and for your patience while waiting my return.

It was so great to see Linda and David. Linda worked on a painting while David knocked out an amazing new collage collection.


Monday, March 26, 2018

Repost of an old favorite

Wanted to share an inspiring guest post from 2013 by Debbie Amylon--McAuley House volunteer.

Pathway Home-Deb Amylon

When I was young, I loved making cards for my family for every special occasion. I also loved decorating the Betty Crocker cakes I baked with designs and letters made from beautiful colored icing. When I was a little older, I got to make small mosaics from painted tiles that my mother fired in her kiln in our kitchen. Making things has always brought me a sense of peace and happiness. It is my favorite way to play.
As an adult, painting is one of the things I like to do most. When I paint, I usually get lost in the process. I have a vague idea of what I want to do, but I seem to find out about it as I go. The colors I choose express a lot about what I am feeling. The paintings I am making right now relate to qigong, a practice I am learning to help me manage chronic pain. During my qigong meditation, I have been focusing on the unfathomable size of the universe and God’s love. The images in these paintings express my feelings about my relationship to that infinite source and the healing power of love. As I practice both the active exercises and the breathing meditations, and paint the beautiful images that I imagine and remember from the past and from a future I can only anticipate, I feel a sense of peacefulness and happiness that frees me from the pain I may be experiencing in the moment. When I paint, I am able to explore these images and feelings for myself and for others to see.

Back to the Universe

Small Universe

Harmony of the Universe

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hi Everybody !


Checking in.... Well, you know I miss all of you like crazy !!
I think of you everyday and want you to know I'm going to be back as soon as I can, which is not soon enough if you ask me !
So, my first heart surgery went well, but then I relapsed. Now, I need more surgery to keep me from relapsing again, which would be great. So, know that I'm feeling positive and ready to move onward and upward ASAP.
Everyone has been so kind and generous with endless prayers and support. So, one day I had the idea of making prayer cards ( artsy ones, of course ) in solidarity of all the other people that I read of on the Prayer list. So, I took a stack of cut paper and just started drawing on them, and then adding prayers. I felt so much better after making my first set, that I just kept making more, and more, and more. Now, I mail them to people I know, people I don't know, and I feel like I'm giving back and feeding my artsy soul at the same time. Here are some photos of the prayer cards -










 I've also made small pieces of work, while sitting in my favorite red chair doing whatever
 comes to me... no planning- just doodling or cutting up scraps of painted paper. I did experiment printing on freezer paper which was fun.




 So, now you know what I've been up to ... Thanks for checking on me and being such great support buddies. I love you all so much ! 💙💚💜💛💙