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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year and Matisse! Painting by Kelley Macdonald

"Inspired By Matisse" 5x7 inches, Acrylic

This month, Girls Just Wanna Paint topic was "Matisse".  See them HERE.  We could do a copy, a response, a painting in his style, etc.  I loved the piece he did of doves, and I made this iteration of it.  Towards the end of the painting, I realized that he used cut paper, and oh, how much easier that would have been!    I watched the movie on Netflix, "A Model For Matisse" about a chapel he designed for his good friend, a Dominican Sister.

Happiest of New Years to all of you!  Thank you for much for reading my posts, for writing to me and encouraging me, laughing along with me and befriending me.  I treasure you, each and every one.

In January I've decided to join a 30 day 'Challenge' that Leslie Saeta is hosting on her blog:
  30 Paintings In 30 Days.  It starts Jan 2.

I've decided to do DOGS.  Pugs, a lot.  IF you know any cute pugs (or dogs) I'd love you to send me a photo - I need inspiration besides my beloved Paco!  Always looking for inspiration!  Thanks, and be happy!

Maybe come to my Thursday class or Saturday class, and make yourself happy!

What's going on?

Don't you love the holiday season - to be over?  Kidding.  It's a lot of running around and visiting and gifting and caroling and cooking, but so worth it.  I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas as much as I did.  This tree is a rendition I did of my little silver tinsel tree on my iPad, with my new brush stylus.  What a tool!  Anyway, too pooped to do a lot of actual painting, but the iPad is like a sketchbook - so fun!  I've taken a little break from 'production' and I think it's a good thing.  I've got a million ideas for new projects for the coming year!  Two I can tell you about now:


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Wishes

I just want to say I wish you all a Merry Christmas, if you celebrate Christmas!  Right now, on our mantle, are a dozen glass votive candles nestled in fragrant greenery.  The lights are twinkling, the stockings are hung (I decorated rather than shopped this year!) and Paco's ears are perked up listening for Santa.  From my home to yours, Merry Christmas, and I thank so many of you for sending gorgeous Christmas cards this year!  I'm in awe.  Promise to get that done next year.

So I will see you again mid-week, and hope you all have loved ones (furry or people) to hold tight... and festive cookies to eat.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Magic, 6x6 Inches, Acrylic Painting of Shadows on Snow by Kelley MacDonald

 I'm wishing each of you a bit of Holiday Magic in your own lives.  Remember as children the wonder, the enchantment with the first snows, and the holiday lights?  In my own childhood I felt very safe and cared for, and I was encouraged to believe.... I wish every child could have that.  It's got nothing to do with material comfort, but of security in our family, and of feeling treasured and loved.

Apologies for not blogging much this month.  I've let my technical difficulties with my Blog and my computer throw me for a loop, and I got discouraged.  But I was painting away, and will share my work with you.  I've also been scheming about my trajectory for the coming year... you know... new series of work, new types of things to paint, and the challenges they'd provide, new teaching opportunities!

Yes!  I'm going to offer a Saturday class - "Basics Plus" - for people new to painting, or new to the medium of oils, or for people who've painted a while ago and want to get back in.  Hours 10-1.   More details next week.  

And I will also be having a class on THURSDAYs from 9:30-12:30.  I've switched back from Friday because it seemed to work better for people!  Fun times and new adventures ahead!

And at the Providence Art Club I will be teaching a Painting A Day class - and doing it along with them, for the very best way to hone skills and develop as a painter, on Wednesdays from 1-4.

VERY excited for January.  But still - I have to enjoy Christmas and the New Year's holidays!  I wish you all a joyous week, and will be pleased to answer any questions about classes - or purchase info about Winter Magic ($100 & $10 S&H) via email:!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Check Out Providence Art Club!

Oh, you MUST stop by if you are in Providence during the next few weeks!
11 Thomas Street, Providence.  There's usually parking on the streets above and below
 (Benefit and S. Main)

The wonderful space, the holiday decorations, fireplaces warming you, and literally hundreds of small works, all under $250.  Mine pictured here are acrylic under resin paintings, and they are $150 each.

It is an experience any time to visit the Club, and a destination for a nice lunch at one of the restaurants nearby would make it a perfect Holiday expedition.  It is near the RISD Museum, and the RISD art store.  About a mile from Utrecht and Jerry's... not to mention Providence Place.  Walkable from the commuter rail train... seriously, you're going to thank me for recommending this!  I wish I could take you all to lunch there!

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