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Story Tellers

March 9, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Paintings | Comments (0)

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At The Seashore, 11x14, K.A.McMahon

You’ve heard it before, “Artists take us on a journey with their art…” and good art makes a connection for the viewer.  I like to think of artists as more than skilled technicians. They don’t just create art, they create stories that need to be told.  The image to the left is a great example of a painting that jolts a memory or maybe even makes you dream about the future. When you connect to a painting, the story is  yours to tell. It could be on a beach along the Jersey shore or the Mexican Riviera or Pacific coast. You pick the location and players. By just glancing at this beautiful painting,  a story unfolds that makes us smile, takes us back to a time when our children or grandchildren were small. Maybe it will take you to a time you remember as a small child. Don’t those memories come rushing back?

My own story takes place in 1988 at  a lovely vacation home on Virginia Beach with life-long friends and their two daughters.  We shared so many firsts together along that stretch of beach in the bright sun and warm surf.  Every morning started with our children playing happily together in the sand, making sand castles and collecting bits of shells like little treasure hunters. We swam, sang, laughed, chased kites and ate big thick meaty sandwiches at lunch time from the local deli. The days seemed short, filled with so much activity, so many giggles and the memories will never be forgotten.  There were many vacations at the shore where a painting like this will keep those memories fresh. Now adults, I’m sure our kids have their own special version to tell about their happy memories growing up together. This painting is the first page of a good story.  Your own memories, your own imagination and  your own experiences will complete the tale.

Kathryn McMahon, painted this darling image based on photos she had from her own childhood.  These little ones are triplets born in Canada in the 1940s and her story is as personal and captivating as yours or mine. Take time to explore art and find pieces that help you tell your own story. What a great way to share a memory that you never want to forget.

What is your story?

 

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Christmas in May???

May 2, 2010 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

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It’s only May and Christmas is a long way off but you know that feeling of anticipation one feels seeing special gifts under the tree? That’s the feeling I get every time an artist announces new work is coming to the gallery. So when Laura Reilly called to tell me she just completed six or seven new paintings from her recent paint-out in San Padre Island, Cabana Beach and the Gulf coast, I could barely wait for her arrival. I know that all my senses were on alert and I was almost giddy; after all I am one of the first people to see her efforts.  She was about to reveal the results of many hours of work; work that she poured her heart and soul into every brush stroke for our approval and hopefully a meaningful connection. I know she too was excited to show off her new collection and looked to me for an immediate response.

I wanted to rush over and pull away the wrappings. My mind’s eye conjured up all kinds of images until the bubble-wrap was removed, fully revealing her latest prizes. One by one, Laura revealed her wonderful experiences and memories locked in oil on canvas.  OMG … so lovely.  Now that we have celebrated “Christmas”, it’s your turn to enjoy her gifts.  Here’s a quick look of several pieces from this lovely collection of seven 9×12 paintings. Stop in and let’s compare reactions.  These seven paintings are some of Laura Reilly’s best.  It’s easy to see this trip agreed with her. You too can take a trip just by visiting her work. Can you see yourself wiggling your toes on “her” beach in San Padre Island?

SanPadreIsSeashore912Mystic Morning

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