• WWA press & ArtWalk 2014

WWA_WWmag It is always exciting to see great press about my local art group, the Wellesley Women Artisans.  Only a few years old, we have managed to infuse and highlight the visual arts in our town, and give back to our local community.  The Winter 2014/2015 issue gives nice overview of who we are, and how coming together as a group has helped us all in our various art practices.

You can read the article online here, just go to page 176.

Our latest endeavor as a group is our 2nd Annual Wellesley Square ArtWalk, happening this Saturday and Sunday, December 6th and 7th.  I could not be more excited about it!   My paintings (along with some brand new works on paper) will be in a new home decor store in town, called Florijn.  See poster and map for details.  Please come out and say hello.

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•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!!!!

•Wellesley Square ArtWalk

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First off, thank you for all of your support surrounding the Wellesley Square ArtWalk.  Many of you offered words of encouragement, positive feedback and a couple of you bought pieces.  I had a steady stream of people come by for over 4 hours.  It was so much fun to connect with the local community, and to get a sense of what you are responding to in my work.  And a special shout out to the Wellesley real estate office of Benoit Mizner Simon, who graciously let me  take over their space for the weekend!

I was happy to know that the joy that I feel when I am painting is radiating through.  It is a fantastic feeling to be doing what I know I was born to do, and to be sharing it with others.  I attempt to live an authentic life, which for me means being creative because it feeds my soul and makes me feel as though I am doing what I was put here on earth to do.  Living authentically is not always about joy, but I find happiness much easier to cultivate when I am being true to myself.

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I feel so blessed to have the support of a wonderful artist group, called the Wellesley Women Artisans.  As can can see from the images above, it is very talented and diverse group of women.  You can find more info about these great artists if you visit our blog.

If you missed Art Walk, there is still more to see.  Two of my paintings are hanging in the window of the old Paper Source in Wellesley on the corner of Church and Abbott until December 21st.  Or, of course, you could always make an appointment and come and visit me at my home studio!

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•Art Walk show this weekend

Please come by to say hello and see many of my brand new original paintings at the Wellesley Square Art Walk.  I will be with my work at the real estate offices of Benoit Mizner Simon, located at 54 Central Street in Wellesley, MA, from 12-6 this Sunday the 8th of December.  Ten of my artist friends are also showing work at a variety of stores, please see the above poster and map for the event.  It is in conjunction with the Holiday Stroll, which features Santa Claus, a scavenger hunt, and refreshments for all.

I also have one piece in the window of the old Paper Source Wellesley location on the corner of Abbott and Church, the rest get installed at Benoit Mizner Simon tomorrow morning!

The Search for Glory, 2012  Original acrylic painting on canvas, 48” x 36”, $1750.

The Search for Glory, 2012
Original acrylic painting on canvas, 48” x 36”, $1750.

Click on the ‘Original Paintings’ button above to see all of my new work!!!

•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.

•Video interview with me

Recently, my friend Rama and I sat down at the Wellesley Media Corporation studio to talk about my artistic and personal life.  I am honored that Rama asked me to do an interview with her.  We met recently at a Wellesley Mothers Forum event, and happen to have kids at the same elementary school.  The interview is 30 minutes, and gives an overview of my artistic life and background.

Click the link below to watch the 30 minute video!

Chatting it up with Rama- Interview with Carolyn Mackin Watson.

This experience led me to think about creating more videos for my blog.  I would love to share with you how I work in my studio, where I find inspiration, how a painting progresses, and educational ‘how to’ videos in a more relaxed and casual manner.  While the interview with Rama is wonderful, I think that a less formal approach would suit me better.  I learned a few things during this process, and will use that knowledge to make the next video I share even better. I hope that you enjoy my conversation with Rama.

•Sangha Social Event

I have been busy in my studio preparing for a one night event held last Wednesday evening at Yogaspot in Wellesley, MA, where I practice regularly.  There is nothing like a deadline for motivating me to finish up some new work. It was so much fun- thanks to the many great friends who came out to support me!

Carolyn with ‘The Search for Glory’ painting at Yogaspot Sangha Social event.

I learned a very import lesson about documenting events for my blog- do it!  Although I had the best of intentions, I got swept up in the thrill of socializing, and forgot to take more pictures.  I wish that I had more pictures of the paintings hanging so beautifully in the studio, and of the wonderful friends that came out to support me.  Next time- I promise!

My husband surprised me and brought my kids along for a few minutes (it was an evening event and past their bedtime).  Here is a blurry pic of the fam- Mike, Jase, Kyle and me.

My supportive husband Mike, and two boys Jase and Kyle with me at the Yogaspot event.