My muse, I would say, is my garden. Other gardens as well, but my garden in particular. I move in it, feel it, and hear the breezes whisper through it. I watch the lighting during the day as it slides over and around the textured surfaces.
Lighting is so different on days with sun and with clouds. Lighting in the spring with the bright yellow greens of optimistic new growth and lighting by the fall with ambers & tans of a lived life. Morning light offers tender ambiance while afternoon colors not only light the scene from a different direction, the colors are deeper and warmer.
My garden brings consciousness and meaning to me. It keeps me grounded. The ephemeral beauty of an unfertilized blossom studied up close with magnifiers and macro lenses is a representation of a miracle. The world of possibility. The beginning of a story I represent in my Art. I walk through my garden gathering ideas. Stories I want to tell. Suggested ideas I want to convey.
In my garden I spend time designing the landscape or I spend time closely and intimately with a singular specimen at a particular stage of growth. In my studio I may paint a vignette or a full landscape view of a part of the garden I’ve designed, or I may choose to paint a small portion of one flower that has moved me. The minute miracle. This is my work. Outdoors and indoors. These are the stories I tell. This is my Art.
Ever wonder what Art brings to a community?
The Washington Square Outdoor Art Festival
Look at University Place in NYC during the Washington Square Outdoor Art Festival and look at the same street without.
University Place NYC during the Washington Square Art Festival
All the Artist’s set up this mini-city each morning starting at 10:30 and the show officially starts at noon. For the city that never sleeps, you can’t really dictate show hours however so frequently you are discussing your work while half of the booth is still in cartons.
At 6 pm we take down our city. We do this exhausting work each day over the course of 3 days.
University Place in NYC after the Washington Square Art Festival
I no longer do this grueling Art Festival but my Art is always available in my online Art Shop. Take a peek!
Memorial Day Weekend
What beautiful weather we all enjoyed. Just cool enough to bring people out of their air-conditioning and warm enough to invite a stroll along the streets of New York City.
This show is in it’s 76th year and I enjoy being a part of the history of this great city. What fun to be a member of the Art community of the Art Capital of the world.
BTW, I didn’t start showing with them
at the onset 😉
Ryan – The Critic
If you didn’t make it to the Festival the work is still available for sale in my online Art Shop. Take a peek!
On December 3, 2006 I was invited to present a Lecture at the Farmingdale State, Dept. of Ornamental Horticulture Dept. Being a graduate of the program I presented an alternative career path to the traditional landscape design or floral trade professions.
Having morphed my Horticultural education into my Art has given me the opportunity to have my work informed with a passion for the subject along with a knowledgeable and professional grounding. This immersion in my subject makes my Art work so much more powerful, accurate and personal.
Mary Ahern lecturing on Fine Art, Botanical Illustration and the Business of Art at Farmingdale State-Horticulture Department.