•Upcoming Holiday Shows

Express_your_Truth_2014_headerIt’s that time of year- time to get your shopping list together and make some thoughtful purchases for your loved ones.  I have two upcoming shows that will provide great opportunities to find unique and special gifts perfect for the art lover on your list.

The Wellesley Marketplace

Sat. November 22nd from 10am-4pm, (come at 9am for an hour of priority shopping), Wellesley Middle School- 50 Kingsbury St.

 Wellesley Square ArtWalk

Dec. 6th and 7th.  Held in conjunction with the Wellesley Holiday Stroll, Wellesley artists will team up with local businesses and talented high school students to infuse art into many of the stores in Wellesley Square.  Last year I was paired with the real estate offices of Benoit Mizner Simon, and this year I will be at a brand new gorgeous home decor store named Florijn.  Click here to see what happened last year- https://carolynmackin.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/%E2%80%A2wellesley-square-artwalk/

nest, Dedham, MA

Although my show at nest wrapped up at the end of October, I still have 3 small pieces that are there as part of their small works show held through the end of December.  If you missed my show, here is another chance to see a few of my originals, as well as some work by many other artists.  Remember, small works mean you get a unique piece at and affordable price!

 

Finally, if you are not local, feel free to check out my work online here and contact me directly to make a purchase.  I promise to make the experience easy and enjoyable.  And soon I will have e-commerce on my site!

So please come out and support local artists!!!

•New work with Spirit

Last year I created a small painting called ‘Radiant Grace’.  It was a special painting for a few reasons.  First, the process of creating it was easy, quick, and I felt as though the painting literally flowed out through me.  Secondly, it was a deviation from most of what I had done before.  The lines were were more fluid and curvy, the palette was softer, and I played with adding oil pastels on top of the acrylic paint for the first time.  Thirdly, I had several offers to purchase it, and many more people who wanted one just like it.

True Contentment, 2014, Original acrylic painting on canvas, 48” x 36”, sold.

True Contentment, 2014, Original acrylic painting on canvas, 48” x 36”, sold.

Because of the intuitive manner in which I paint, I can never really duplicate ‘Radiant Grace’ again, but I have now painted many more versions of it.  The large above piece was recently commissioned, and is now hangs in a beautiful home.

For me, the white dots are symbolic of light from heaven, showering down on us all.

Cosmic Play, 2014, Original acrylic painting on wood, 16 x 16”, $385.

Cosmic Play, 2014, Original acrylic painting on wood, 16 x 16”, $385.

 

Infinite Possibilities, 2014, Original acrylic painting on wood, 16 x 16”, $385.

Infinite Possibilities, 2014, Original acrylic painting on wood, 16 x 16”, $385.

And here is the inspiration painting, ‘Radiant Grace’.

Radiant Grace, 2014 Original acrylic and oil pastel painting on wood, 12 x 12", sold.

Radiant Grace, 2014 Original acrylic and oil pastel painting on wood, 12 x 12″, sold.

•Creating in Europe

Sea Bass and Limoncello, 2014 Original acrylic and oil pastel painting on paper, 16″ x 12″, $150.

I recently went on a 1 week holiday to Germany and Austria with my husband.  (It was my gift for my 40th birthday!).  I could not stand the idea of not being creative while I was gone, so I came up with a system that worked very well for me.  Here is what I did.

First, before I left home, I bought a notepad of 12 x 16″ paper made by Canson specifically for acrylic painting.  I then spent one evening painting what I will call a ‘base layer’ for each piece.  These paintings were just one layer and quick and spontaneous.

I then placed the dried ‘base layer’ paintings back into the notepad and slipped it into the laptop pouch of my Think Tank camera bag/backpack.  The 12 x 16″ pad just fits!

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I then used my oil pastels and paint markers to add detail every chance I got.  I created on airplanes, on trains, and even back in my hotel rooms.

I could not be happier with the results.  This method was simple and easy, and allowed me to immediately respond to the beauty and inspiration all around me as I experienced Germany and Austria for the first time.  It was so interesting how my journey manifested in my paintings.  ‘Sea Bass and Limoncello’ was created after an extraordinary dinner at an Italian restaurant in Munich, ‘Royal Crown and Castle Tour’ after touring a castle in Germany (the silver detail in the center looks like a crown to me), and ‘Vienna’s Architecture and Gardens’ came after walking through the magnificent and dramatic center of Vienna, called the Ring.  It is a joy to work intuitively, and to see my adventures reflected in these 10 works on paper.

•Studio Tour Sneak Peek!

 

Wellesley Studio Tour

Shhh- Sneak Peek for you…

I cannot wait to see many of you tomorrow and share all of my latest artwork.  There will many original paintings, photographs, and reproductions to purchase.  Also on display will be some old favorites from my archives.

My studio is in my home at 201 Weston Road in Wellesley, MA.  Look for the blue balloons.  We are open from 10am-5pm.  Please feel free to park in my driveway, or on the closet cross street, Curve St.

Check out this website to view the other locations.  Make a day of it if you can and see all 5 locales, or just pick a couple of favorite studios. http://wellesleystudiotour.wordpress.com/

Check out my bloghttps://carolynmackin.wordpress.com/

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Artwork, in my humble opinion, makes a unique a special Mother’s Day gift🙂

Cheers, Carolyn

•Announcing Wellesley Studio Tour 2014

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A few of my artist friends and I opening our home studios next week, Saturday, May 10th, from 10am-5pm to meet, chat, sell, socialize and share our work with you.  If you are local and able to make it, we would LOVE to see you.  All are welcome and details can be found here- http://wellesleystudiotour.wordpress.com/

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I have so much new work to share and am SO excited!!!!

•Cultivating 2014

 

The word I chose at the beginning of 2014 to set the stage of intention for this year is ‘cultivate’.  Cultivate means to grow, nurture and manifest- all so fitting for the new ventures I am tackling with great joy and enthusiasm this year.  Specifically, the continued development of my painting practice, the embracing and expanding of my art business, and the design and build of a major addition to our home.

Since January, I have have been involved in 3 online painting classes that have given me access to new tools, techniques, and virtual communities. A lot of cultivating has been going on over here!  I must admit, like many creative people, I am not a natural salesperson or entrepreneur.  However, armed with an undeniable passion for painting, and a deep desire to share it with others, I am finally excited about building a real business around my artwork.

Many hours have been spent at various local professional printers working out the specifics around how to get the best digital capture of my paintings, and then how best to print them.  I am a very picky about the quality of my reproductions, and cannot wait to be able to offer affordable prints of my work to you very soon.

One of the biggest surprises for me has been my obsession (at least I admit it) with the social media platform, ‘Instagram’.  For those of you not familiar with IG, it is image-centric and therefore great eye candy! It also makes it very easy to find and connect with people you don’t even know but share common interest with or are simply fascinated by.  For me, I discovered an ever expanding tribe of fellow artists and art lovers who continually feed my creative soul and provide inspiration daily.  You can find me on Instagram as carolynmackin of course, I would love to connect with you there:)  Please note, in order to make use of its full functionality, access it from your smart phone.

In progress painting, 48" x 36".

In progress painting, 48″ x 36″.

Finally, I have been making a lot of new work!  I am opening up my home studio to all on Saturday, May 10th, 2014.  I am SO excited about this.  A few artist friends in town are participating in our first ever ‘Wellesley Studio Tour’.  Check out our Blog for more info!

•Small work process

My nine completed paintings, waiting for the art exchange.

My nine completed paintings, waiting for the art exchange.

In my last post, I shared with you the art exchange I did with my local art group.  It was an event I hosted at my home, and nine of us artists gave and received nine original works of art.  So cool, right?

My studio in December of 2012.  Many works in progress.

My studio in December of 2012. Many works in progress.

Anyway, since my paintings are so layered, and take a long time to complete, I was a bit mystified as to how to approach the project.  I was tempted to give a photograph- that would definitely make creating nine originals much simpler.  Right?

But I decided to challenge myself, to get out of my comfort zone, and to figure out how to re-create my painting style in a smaller format, and in a manner that was feasible.  You see, creating a smaller version of one of my larger pieces is not as simple as it sounds.  It is important that I stand when I paint, as it keeps me moving and loose, which makes for a more fluid brushstroke.  Once I sit, everything about my movement changes.  I grasp the brush differently, I tighten up.

My 9 small paintings all lined up before the 2012 Wellesley Women Artisans art exchange, as well as glimpse of my dining room decked out for Christmas.

My 9 small paintings all lined up before the 2012 Wellesley Women Artisans art exchange, as well as glimpse of my dining room decked out for Christmas.

I also had a tough time getting my head wrapped around how to paint nine individual pieces in a reasonable time frame.  I knew that I would have to work on them all together, but how exactly I wondered?  And on what surface?  And would I paint one large piece and then cut it up into individual paintings, or develop 9 paintings as separate entities?

My first thought was to try painting on some large sheets of thick paper taped together in the back, but once I taped it to a large canvas and hung it on the wall, the tape would eventually give out within a day or so…

Taped up sheets of very thick paper.  First (failed) attempt to create multiple paintings as one piece.

Taped up sheets of very thick paper. First (failed) attempt to create multiple paintings as one piece.

I also realized that I did not prefer painting on paper, as I like to be more physical during the painting process and felt I had to be much more delicate with the paper. So, I came up with the idea of mounting several small canvases on plywood.  That way, I did not have to put a ton of screw holes in my wall.

The nine paintings hung on plywood and about half way completed.

The nine paintings hung on plywood and about half way completed.

Once I had my process down, I just went for it.  It was a little different painting on nine small canvases rather than one large one, but much of my method stayed the same.  I used the same colors on each canvas, but vary the composition and mark making.  Because I worked on every piece each time I added a layer, they came together in a cohesive fashion.  I did try to work a little smaller (tighter marks) so that each piece became a mini version of a larger painting, rather than a cropped version of a larger piece.  Make sense?

The other great benefit to working on these pieces is they became opportunities to try out some of the ideas that have been floating around in my head for a while.  For instance, my 5 year old son loves robots, and I have been wanting to make him a robot painting for his room.  I now have a better idea of what I would like to do with that robot painting.  I also know that Jase loved the smaller version, which makes me more excited to get started on his painting.  Additionally, I had a lot of fun developing this new process, and creating 9 original paintings to give to my fellow art friends.

Here is the result of my labor.

Since I had so little room on the 6x6" canvas, I signed them each on the side.

Since I had so little room on the 6×6″ canvas, I signed them each on the side.