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December 2014

Happy Holidays!

 

I hope you are enjoying the busyness of the holiday season! Please keep local artists and businesses in mind when you're out shopping, your support is needed and appreciated! Just a reminder, I donate 5% of my profits to the MSPCA.

I am honored to have been chosen as “Artist of the Month” for December by the Chelmsford Arts Group. Click on this Facebook link for information about the arts scene in and around Chelmsford.

Come to Milford NH and visit the Frame Depot Gallery on the Oval. I recently delivered paintings, including new works such as “Snow Moon” (pictured below) and Twilight Awakening II, which was recently featured by Chelmsford Arts and Daily Meditations.

Current exhibit at The Frame Depot in Milford, NH:

“Snow Moon” is an acrylic painting by Nan Quintin, for sale at the Frame Depot Gallery in Milford NH:

I have also delivered new paintings to the Floral Arts Gallery (Route 110 in Westford MA), including some miniature landscape paintings with easels, boxed for easy holiday gift giving!

“Nubble Lighthouse, York, Maine” is a miniature acrylic painting by Nan Quintin, for sale now at the Floral Arts Gallery in Westford:

Two paintings from my watercolor series of abandoned buildings will be included in the Chelmsford Art Society’s annual Winter Exhibit at the Chelmsford Library (25 Boston Road, Chelmsford), now until the end of January. A reception will be held on Saturday, January 17 (2pm - 4pm).

In other news, I recently enjoyed a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with the Chelmsford Art Society. We checked out two special exhibits: “First Retrospective” of Jamie Wyeth’s paintings, and the “Order and Disorder” exhibit of Goya’s artwork. I highly recommend visiting both these exhibits! MFA.

Making the Most of Autumn!

Painting in Groton Cemeteries

 

Getting out and doing some en plein air painting while the weather holds. Not too cold yet!

'New' Cemetery

'Old'Cemetery

'New'Cemetery

'Old'Cemetery

'New'Cemetery

Reminder: during the month of October I will have one painting included in the 5-year Anniversary Celebration at the Art on Main Gallery (40 Main Street, Westford MA), along with a number of other featured artists who have exhibited there.

October 2014

New Gallery Paintings and Come to the Pumpkin Festival!

 

I currently have new, seasonal paintings on display at The Frame Depot in Milford NH. This weekend, October 10th, 11th, & 12th, special sales incentives will be offered by the gallery during the 25th Annual Pumpkin Festival. Come and enjoy this fun 3-day festival, which includes a haunted house, chili cook-off, zombie walk, and scarecrow making as well as a giant pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkin lighting and much more. While you’re in town, it's a perfect opportunity to visit The Frame Depot ( ArtTown.com) located right on The Oval, at the heart of the Milford Pumpkin Festival.

During the month of October I have a painting included in the 5-year Anniversary Celebration at the Art on Main Gallery (40 Main Street, Westford MA), along with a number of other featured artists who have exhibited there.

September 2014

Beaver Brook Fall Festival

 

Beaver Brook Association in Hollis NH is hosting their annual Fall Festival and Art Exhibit this weekend, September 27 & 28, from 11:00 to 5:00 p.m. I will be exhibiting three paintings, “Today’s Special”, “Orange Tip Butterfly” and “Winter Solstice”. Part of the sales of all artwork goes to supporting this worthy organization. It is one of my favorite places to go hiking! Please come and enjoy this festival. Click here for directions: Beaver Brook Association

I am currently working on some new paintings that incorporate many beautiful memories of our trip to Australia this past summer. Stay tuned!

Summer 2014

Painting update

 

“Aid’s Attic”, one of the paintings from my watercolor series of abandoned buildings, recently won third place in the Professional Watermedia category, at the Chelmsford Art Society’s 4th of July Art Festival.

“Bridle Path” ("Today's Special"), a small watercolor painting, is on display at the Fitchburg Art Museum’s Regional Art Exhibit in Fitchburg, until August 31.

This summer I am experimenting with Yupo watercolor paper, which is a nonabsorbent synthetic paper that typically produces unexpected results; it can be both a lot of fun and extremely frustrating, often at the same time!

2014 Exhibit Schedule

April 2014

 

- Chelmsford Art Society, “Winter Exhibit, Public Library”, Chelmsford, MA, to Jan. 23

- PCA, “Westford Regional Art Exhibit”, Westford, MA, March 29 – April 6

- Chelmsford Ctr for the Arts, “Garden in the Gallery”, Chelmsford, MA, Apr. 4-May 18

- Fitchburg Art Museum “Annual Regional Art Exhibit”, Fitchburg, MA, June 22 – Aug. 31

- Chelmsford Art Society, “4th of July Festival”, Chelmsford, MA, July 2-4

- Beaver Brook “Fall Festival, Art & Photography Show”, Hollis NH, Sept. 27 and Sept. 28

- Art on Main Gallery, Westford MA, Oct. 1 - Oct. 31

- Floral Arts Gallery, Westford, MA (ongoing)

- Frame Depot Gallery, Milford, NH (ongoing)

- Chelmsford Art Society, “Winter Exhibit, Public Library”, Chelmsford, MA, Dec-Jan

Watercolor painting by Nan Quintin

”Orange Tip Butterfly” is currently being exhibited at the CCA’s Gallery at the Old Town Hall in Chelmsford, MA

Daily Sketchbook

March 2014

 

I enjoy looking at other artists’ sketchbooks. I am sharing some pages from one of my sketchbooks for you to enjoy! Each night I draw a quick sketch of something I did that day, using just a ballpoint pen and a small sketchbook (about 7x5”). Most days I succeed in finding something I did that day that is a bit unusual, and not something I do every day. I've selected some pages from the journal and they are shown below.

A page from Nan Quintin’s daily sketchbook

A page from Nan Quintin’s daily sketchbook

A page from Nan Quintin’s daily sketchbook

A page from Nan Quintin’s daily sketchbook

A page from Nan Quintin’s daily sketchbook

A page from Nan Quintin’s daily sketchbook

Winter Painting

February 2014

 

This winter I am working on a watercolor series of abandoned buildings. Some of these paintings are shown below.

Watercolor painting by Nan Quintin

This building is in the center of West Groton MA. It was once called "Aid's Attic" and used clothing was sold there by a local church. Its original use was possibly a freight house for the railroad.

Watercolor painting by Nan Quintin

This painting is the rear of a building in the center of West Groton MA. It was once called "Aid's Attic" and used clothing was sold there by a local church. Its original use was possibly a freight house for the railroad.

Watercolor painting by Nan Quintin

This sad house is in Shirley MA.

Watercolor painting by Nan Quintin

This building was likely a granary. It is in or near North Adams MA.

Watercolor painting by Nan Quintin

This farmhouse once stood where Walmart is now, in Lunenburg MA.

California Dreaming

January 2014

 

I was able to break away from New England and spent some time in sunny San Francisco this month. I explored the Steven’s Creek Trail, which is a preserved wildlife corridor and part of a popular bicycle trail that will eventually link San Francisco and San Jose. It is currently exceptionally dry in California and Steven’s Creek itself has been bone-dry for months. The weather was great – most days were 65-70 degrees and sunny. The trail was accessible from our hotel in Mountain View.

Mountain View, California

These raucous crows may have been doing a rain dance?

The Western Scrub Jay is among the many birds at Steven’s Creek Trail.

There are lots of black squirrels as well.

The above sketches show some of the restoration plantings along the bicycle trail. The project is both publicly and privately funded.

The Woodland Oaks area is a sort of park within a park. Beyond the trail and power lines is one of many very busy freeways!

The attractive bridges that cross the creek are blue with flagstone gateposts.

These large California pine trees tower over the creek.

This scene is along the 4-mile hike around the Observatory at Stanford University.

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