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December 2015

Now Exhibiting at Gallery 529!

 

My paintings are now exhibited in Gallery 529 in Littleton, MA. This artists' cooperative gallery includes many paintings and fine crafts by local artists and is a good place to do some holiday shopping! It is located on 529 King Street (Route 110) in Littleton, next to CVS. (11-6 Tue-Thurs; 10-6 Fri. & Sat.; 11-6 Sun; closed Mondays).

If you visited Gallery 529 in the month of November you might have seen my acrylic painting, "Ray's Keep Pile", which was included in the "Memories" Exhibit.

"Tree Lights" is one of my acrylic paintings currently at Gallery 529.

Recent Happenings

 

Two acrylic paintings, "On the Shelf" and "Maine Coast near Owl's Head Light", are on display at the Chelmsford Public Library this winter. They are included in the annual Chelmsford Art Society's Members Exhibit, from Dec. 2, 2015 through Jan. 21, 2016. A reception for the artists will be held on January 16, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00.

"On the Shelf" is on display at the Chelmsford Public Library until Jan. 21, 2016.

New paintings are up at the Floral Arts Gallery in Westford! There will be an Artists' Reception for the winter exhibit on Dec. 12 from 2:00 to 4:00. This is also a great place to do some local holiday shopping. Stop in and enjoy some coffee and pastries at the new coffee shop in the same building!

"Closed Down Decades Ago" is included in the Floral Arts winter exhibit.

My watercolor painting, "Twilight at Beaver Brook", was exhibited this fall in the annual "Fall Festival, Art & Photography Show" at Beaver Brook in Hollis NH.

July 2015

July 4th Exhibit

 

My painting, "In a Vacant House", won third place in the Professional Watercolor division at the Chelmsford Art Society's 4th of July Festival. This painting, along with "Twilight at Beaver Brook", will be on display at the Chelmsford Library until July 28, 2015.

Nan Quintin at the CAS 4th of July exhibit with her two watercolor paintings "Twilight at Beaver Brook" and "In a Vacant House".

June 2015

In the Summertime!

 

My recent Featured Artist exhibit at The Frame Depot "For the Love of Green!" was a success! Thank You everyone who came to see my paintings!

One of my watercolor paintings, "Open House", was accepted into the Fitchburg Art Museum's Annual Regional Exhibit (June 28 - Sept. 6). The Opening Reception will be held Sunday, June 28, 1:00-3:00.

"In the Jungle", a collage created on Yupo (synthetic paper), is being exhibited this summer at Rollstone Studios, 633 Main Street, Fitchburg. The Opening Reception will be held Sunday, June 28, 3:00-5:00.

I will be exhibiting two paintings, one watercolor and one mixed media, in the Chelmsford Art Society's 4th of July Art Festival (July 3-4.) Opening Reception will be July 2 (7:00-9:00).

This summer I plan to set aside my watercolors and focus my efforts en plein air using acrylics and oils. (That will be between weeding and watering the garden, of course!)

Detail of "In the Jungle" collage by Nan Quintin at Rollstone Studios this summer!

May 2015

For the Love of Green!

 

I will be the Featured Artist at The Frame Depot in Milford, NH (On the Oval, in the center of town) for the month of May. The theme of the exhibit is "For the Love of Green!". These paintings will be shown in addition to my current works on display in the gallery.

A reception will be held on Saturday, May 9 from 11:00 to 2:00 and everyone is welcome (there will be pizza from Foodee's as well as home-made cookies!)

For the duration of the show, the gallery is open during regular store hours: Tues - Fri: 10-5:30; Sat: 10-3; Sun: 12-3. For more information check out the Frame Depot Facebook Page

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Me! with some of the paintings that are in the "For the Love of Green!" exhibit.

"Sunflower and Tractor" and "Purple Haze" are two new paintings included in the "For the Love of Green Exhibit" at the Frame Depot during the month of May.

April 2015

Spring At Last!

 

Well, it certainly has been a LONG winter in New England - we broke the record for the most snow received in any year since they've been keeping records, and boy, has it been cold! I am REALLY looking forward to getting outdoors and painting in the warmth of the sun.

My painting, "Abandoned House, Maine" won an Honorable Mention award at the recent Westford Regional Art Exhibit in the Adult Watercolor division!

Two of my paintings have been juried into the "Garden in the Gallery" exhibit at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts Gallery in the old town hall in Chelmsford, MA. The Opening Reception is Friday, April 3, 5:30-7:30; the exhibit is open Apr. 3-May 17, Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4. One of the two paintings, "Spring At Last!", was chosen to represent the exhibit on the advertising posters.

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I have delivered some new paintings to the Floral Arts Gallery in Westford, and I am busy preparing for a solo show at The Frame Depot in Milford, NH where I will be their Featured Artist in May.

Happy Spring Everyone!

2015 Exhibit Schedule

March 2015

- Chelmsford Art Society, "Members Exhibit at the Library", Chelmsford, MA, Dec-Jan. 23

- PCA, "Westford Regional Art Exhibit", Westford, MA, March 20-29

- Chelmsford Center for the Arts, "Garden in the Gallery", Chelmsford, MA, Apr. 3-May 17

- Frame Depot Gallery, Milford, NH "Featured Artist", May 2-31

- Fitchburg Art Museum "Annual Regional Art Exhibit", Fitchburg, MA, June 28-Sept 6

- Rollstone Studios "Summer Exhibit", Fitchburg, MA, June 28-Sept 6

- Chelmsford Art Society, "4th of July Art Festival", Chelmsford, MA, July 3-4

- Chelmsford Art Society, "Summer Exhibit at the Library", Chelmsford, MA, July 7-July 28

- Beaver Brook "Fall Festival, Art & Photography Show", Hollis NH, Sept. 26-27

- Floral Arts Gallery, "Spring Exhibit", Westford, MA (ongoing)

- Frame Depot Gallery, Milford, NH (ongoing)

- Gallery 529, "Memories Exhibit", Littleton, MA, Nov 1-30

- Chelmsford Art Society, "Members Exhibit at the Library", Chelmsford, MA, Dec 2-Jan 21

February 2015

Wine Tasting Event and Problem Solving!

 

A Wine Tasting Event will be held at the Lawrence Library in Pepperell on Saturday, February 7, 2015 (6:30-9:30 pm). Tickets are $25.00 each and include a free wine glass with a beautiful design created by yours truly! In addition, each ticket holder will be entered into a raffle for a hand-painted printout of the wine glass design (also created by yours truly!). Please come and support our great library! For more info: click here.

"Doc Davis Ice Cream, Pepperell, MA" Design on Wine Glass

Techniques for Wine Glass Design and Conversion into an Original Artwork

For the wine-tasting event, I created a design of a Pepperell landmark which was printed onto wine glasses. I used Adobe Illustrator to create a black and white line drawing, approximately 2" square.

I was then requested to provide an 8x10" original color drawing of the same design, to be raffled off on the evening of the wine tasting event. I could think of several ways to accomplish this: 1) enlarge the drawing, print it out in black and white, and color it in using watercolors, in which case it would look like a traditional architectural rendering; 2) enlarge the drawing, color it on the computer and then output it to a color printer; or 3) enlarge the drawing, output it in black and white, and paint it in a manner that would make it into a one-of-a-kind artwork. I chose the third option as the objective was to create a truly unique work of art; however, this presented a few challenges.

The first challenge to overcome was that small imperfections became much more noticeable when the drawing was enlarged, so I needed to spend additional time refining the original drawing. The larger issue involved transferring the drawing from the computer to a printed medium, which required finding hot press watercolor paper that would be thin enough to go through my printer! I tried Canson fine art paper specially designed for inkjet printers, but found it still too thick for the style printer I have. So I ended up printing the enlarged drawing on slightly thinner Borden & Riley archival drawing paper. This worked! The next step was creating a unique artwork.

I wanted some of the lines to appear in the final artwork to match the look of the wine glasses; however, because printing ink is not particularly waterproof, I started by lightly painting over the lines with a clear acrylic medium to seal them and prevent running. I did most of the painting with acrylic paints, using as little water as possible to preserve the original printing (a dry brush technique). For the sky, background and foreground I used watercolor pencils to keep the paper from becoming too wet and wrinkling. Finally, I double matted the finished artwork using colors that matched the building's colors, and put it into a simple black frame.

"Doc Davis Ice Cream, Pepperell, MA" Framed artwork donated for raffle

This project provided an excellent opportunity for learning new mixed media techniques. The method I used is also called "Hybrid Drawing" - using hand and digital techniques that combine any of a large range of digital and non-digital art-making techniques. I look forward to further experimentation with this technique.

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