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!
Featured Artist on View at The Bellemeade Gallery
Smithtown Picture Frame on Main Street, Smithtown NY.
Window display at the Bellemeade Gallery, Smithtown NY.
Mary Ahern Featured Artist at the Bellemeade Gallery, Smithtown Picture Frame in Smithtown NY
Mary Ahern Featured Artist at the Bellemeade Gallery in Smithtown NY
Mary Ahern Featured Artist – Smithtown Picture Frame NY
If you couldn’t make it to see the show in Smithtown the work is still available in my online Art Shop. Take a peek!
My Successful First Time Showing at the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show
The Connecticut Flower and Garden Show was held in the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford CT. I had never shown at this venue before so this was a new experience for me.
We brought our Traveling Gallery to this exciting and very popular event and we’re sure glad we did.
The promised crowd of over 30,000 people showed up and at times, I felt as if I got to speak to each and every one of those winter starved gardeners.
This 4 day event has very long hours. Evenings until 8 each session. Did I mention very long days?
I’m glad that I brought my new bamboo director’s chair even though there were many hours I never got to touch it except to put my coffee in the cup holder.
The new lighting inside our Gallery worked just as we hoped so next time we’ll probably add the same system to the outside wall. The color correct lighting really makes a difference when showing Art.
As you can see, we’ve added new furniture to the Gallery and it makes writing up orders and taking information so much easier. Drawers in the desk really help me stay organized and the wood adds a nice sleek and solid look.
The eucalyptus racks on the outside of the Gallery were less than successful and we’re looking into alternative systems to show the small prints. They were far less study than my original oak racks so after the show I returned them since by the time the show was over they were warped.
If you couldn’t make it to the show this Art is available in my online shop. Take a peek!