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November Theme: Up on the Wall (and a few birds.....)

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

October flew by.....with birds on branches (our October theme)...and lots of imaginative and story telling paintings.  Here are a few of mine....   

Catching Up
12 x 9 inches
acrylic, collage, mixed media on paper

Can I Hang Out With You?
11 x 15 inches
acrylic, mixed media on paper

Have Her Home by Midnight
17.25 x 9.75 x 1 inches
acrylic, collage, mixed media on handmade cardboard cradled frame 

Waiting for You
12 x 9 inches
acrylic and mixed media on paper
(reference found online....painted as demo, I don't know whose photo, do you, so sorry!!!)

And now for just a smattering of some of my artists' awesome work!

Chatting It Up with the Glee Club
by Dana O'Gorman

I Spy With My Little Eye
by Jan Brady

by Barbara Rankin

by Rebecca "Becky" Martin

The Swimming Chicks
by Anita Smith

by Connie Stenger

Each month I hope to add this new feature: a few of my artists works!  Fabulous, right???


When I taught my art classes in the physical class room at Riley Street, we often dedicated the month of November to finishing up the ever growing stack of unfinished paintings we accrued over the year. So we are revisiting that ever-important challenge -  Finishing Up!  So here's a great opportunity to whittle down that stack, bring the ordinary to EXTRAordinary, the mediocre to WOW, the blasé to BOLD, the timid to TERRIFIC!

So gather up those old paintings you thought were ready for the trash heap and I promise you there is more potential there than you now realize. Whether your paintings come from my class, other classes, your own endeavors, no matter.....let's figure out how to finish these up and get them on your, or someone elses, walls! I will share my ideas on how to hang art without having to spend gobs on custom matting and framing, too. I love me a good hack that costs practically nothing yet looks really good!

**note that Nov classes begin next Monday Oct 31! And for those who set a table for a crowd, the week of Thanksgiving we will be taking off....so you can get to cooking and table setting!

And fyi, we will meet the first two weeks of December for some holiday and gift giving ideas made from your old paintings. And there goes 2022!

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Be Creative. It's Good for the Soul!
Blessings, Joanie

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