•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.

•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!!!!