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January 2018

News, Quote of the Month, & Thoughts about Graffiti

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News, Quote of the Month, & Communication

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January 2018

News, Quote of the Month, & Thoughts about Graffiti



The Chelmsford Art Society’s Members Exhibit is on display at the Chelmsford Library, 25 Boston Road, until January 18, 2018. Two of my winter-themed paintings are included. An Artists Reception will be held on Sat., January 13, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00.

The Chelmsford Art Society has monthly demos from September to May, and all are free and open to the public. On Sat., Jan 20, 2018 there will be an oil painting demonstration by Tom Dunlay at 2:00 (at the Chelmsford Library, 25 Boston Road). Check the CAS web site for more information: Chelmsford Art Society

And, now to spend some quiet winter hours painting! Let it snow!

Quote of the Month

“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” - Andy Warhol

Thoughts about Graffiti

I was thinking about graffiti… there sure is a lot of it. I’ve always lived in a rural area, and maybe I notice it more when I visit a city than do people who live there and are used to seeing it every day. Oddly, the graffiti in other countries looks the same as it looks in the United States – mostly spray painted, big, bold 3-dimensional letters.

Graffiti is a crime. It is vandalism because it is done to someone else’s property without their permission. The offenders who get caught get fined and perform community services that include the eradication of graffiti.

Is graffiti art? A good subject for debate! However, it’s irrelevant, it’s still vandalism.

A possible solution: provide legal places for graffiti artists to express whatever it is they are trying to express – preferably indoors and out of sight. I say this with regard to “The Broken Window Theory”, which is, simply stated, if a window gets broken and no one fixes it, additional windows will be broken because it is apparent that no one cares, and further destruction will follow. Not controlling graffiti is a similar scenerio; it’s viewed as, and amounts to, not controlling crime.

That said, I enjoy looking at artistic murals on the sides of buildings. They differ from graffiti primarily because they have been solicited by the buildings’ owners, who understandably do not want graffiti. It is heartening to think that the work was commissioned and that the artists got paid for their efforts.

December 2017

News, Quote of the Month, & Communication



If you are out exploring the scenic area of Jaffrey NH, stop in at the Civic Center and view their Autumn Exhibit, on display until December 16, 2017. Jaffrey Civic Center

"Where Ponies Once Lived" acrylic painting by Nan Quintin, currently on display at the Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey NH.

The “Mystery, Magic & Moonlight” Exhibit at the Gallery at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts is still on display, until December 17, 2017. Check out their very cool gift shop in one corner of the gallery!

The Floral Arts Gallery on Route 110 in Westford has a new winter–themed exhibit where I have eight of my paintings on display. Several other gallery artists have delivered new paintings as well and it is an exhibit worth seeing! The Gallery is on the second floor, above the Floral Arts florist shop, across from the Nashoba Valley Tech. School.

The Chelmsford Art Society’s Members Exhibit is now on display at the Chelmsford Library, 25 Boston Road, until January 18, 2018. Two of my winter-themed paintings are included. An Artists Reception will be held on Sat., January 13, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00.

Quote of the Month

“A picture is worth a thousand words" is a common idiom that refers to the idea that a single still image of a subject conveys its essence more effectively than a description does.


“Two-way process of reaching mutual understanding, in which participants not only exchange (encode-decode) information, news, ideas and feelings but also create and share meaning. In general, communication is a means of connecting people or places.” (from

Art is based on humanity and the desire to communicate with others.

An artist paints what has meaning to him/her, but they do so because they believe others will understand what they are trying to convey. They do this by using their skill, talent and tools of the trade, such as composition, color, lighting, symbols, etc. combined with their own experiences, thoughts and feelings. They tell stories that others can relate to.

November 2017

News, Quote of the Month, & The Lowell Art Scene



A fun Costumed Reception was held on Oct. 27 for the “Mystery, Magic & Moonlight” Exhibit at the Gallery at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts! The exhibit is on display until December 17, 2017.

Scene at the Costumed Reception at the CCA’s “Mystery, Magic & Moonlight” Exhibit! Nan & Amy Quintin in front of Nan’s watercolor “Being Followed by Moon Shadows”.

Below is a view of two mill buildings that I painted while on vacation in Belvidere, NJ. I painted it from the balcony of the historic Belvidere Hotel.

Click this link to read the Fall edition of the Chelmsford Art Society’s newsletter (created and edited by yours truly!): Chelmsford Art Society

Come visit The Floral Arts Gallery in Westford, where I have some winter-themed paintings on display!

Quote of the Month

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

The Art Scene in Lowell, Massachusetts

Looking for something art-related to do? Check out the art scene in Lowell Massachusetts! Here are a few of the offerings:

Arts League of Lowell (All) & All Gallery (307 Market St.) Arts League of Lowell

Ayer Lofts Gallery (172 Middle St. Ayer Lofts Gallery) Ayer Lofts Gallery

Brush Art Gallery & Studios (256 Market St.) Brush Art Gallery & Studios

Galeria Café (366 Merrimack Street) Galeria Café

Gallery Z & Artist Cooperative (167 Market St.) Gallery Z

Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios (122 Western Ave., 2nd Floor of the A-Mill) Loading Dock Gallery

Millworks at Appleton Mills (219 Jackson St.) Appleton Mills

UMass Lowell University Gallery (870 Broadway St., Mahoney Hall, 1st Floor) UMass Lowell University Gallery

Whistler House Museum of Art (243 Worthen St.) Whistler House Museum of Art

Click here for additional info about the Lowell Art Scene: Lowell Art Scene

October 2017

News, Quotes of the Month, & What Inspires Artists to Create?



Two of my paintings, “Queen Anne’s Lace” and “Purple Haze”, are included in the current exhibit at the ALL Gallery on Market St in Lowell, from Oct. 6 to Nov. 12. The theme is “It’s Primarily Secondary” – the paintings are predominantly one of the “secondary” colors: orange, purple or green. A Reception will be held on Sat. Oct. 21, 4-6:00.

"Queen Anne’s Lace", an acrylic painting by Nan Quintin

The theme of the upcoming exhibit at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts is “Mystery, Magic & Moonlight”, inspired by this time of year! The exhibit runs from October 27 through December 17, 2017. My watercolor painting, “Being Followed by Moon Shadows” will be included in the exhibit. A fun Costumed Reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, 5:30 – 7:30. See you there!

Quotes of the Month

“Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.” — Grace Coddington

“Draw the art you want to see …" ― Austin Kleon

What Inspires Artists to Create?

Artists are inspired by many things! Some examples are: nature, their surroundings, books, magazines, movies, television, music, travel, emotions, memories, their sketchbook, other artists and their artworks, and much more.

Some of the things that inspire me include the following:

- My own experiences and memories of growing up on a farm in a small town in New England during the 1950’s and 1960’s

- Nature

- Where man and nature meet (i.e., farming, gardening, architecture, hiking trails)

- Patterns of Light

- The Mysterious

- Great art and artists - artists of the past, and artists of the present!

- Bringing an abstract idea to life; storytelling

- Dichotomies such as interior and exterior, physical and mental, light and dark, reality and dreams, and past and present

- Wabi-sabi - the beauty of decay in items such as rusty tools and dilapidated buildings

September 2017

News, Quotes of the Month, & Whether Being an Artist is Hard Work



The theme of the upcoming exhibit at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts is “Behold: Beauty”. Acknowledging that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, each artist was asked to submit what, to them, represents “Beauty”. I appreciate beauty in all its forms, but lean to the Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy of beauty in things “incomplete, imperfect, and impermanent”. This aesthetic includes items which are, in general, returning to nature, and include old rusty stuff, flaking paint, and falling down buildings. The exhibit runs from September 8 through October 15, and includes two of my paintings, “Abandoned House, Maine” and “Ray’s Keep Pile”. The Opening is Fri. Sept. 8, 5:30 – 7:30.

“Ray’s Keep Pile” acrylic painting by Nan Quintin

The Beaver Brook Art Festival in Hollis NH will be held on Sept. 23 & 24 (11-5:00) and will include several of my new nature-themed paintings. Opening Fri. Sept. 22, 7-9:00.

Look for my paintings in October at the ALL Gallery in Lowell. The theme is “It’s Primarily Secondary” – the paintings are predominantly one of the “secondary” colors: orange, purple or green. I am partial to green! Exhibit dates: Oct. 6 – Nov. 12; Reception: Sat. Oct. 21, 4-6:00.

Quotes of the Month

“I never dreamt of success. I worked for it.” — Estee Lauder

“Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” — Thomas Edison

Is Being an Artist Hard Work?

You bet it is!

Some of the things an artist’s career involves include: purchasing art and office supplies, photo-documentation and recordkeeping, sales and marketing, website development and maintenance, social media, inventory, matting and framing, shipping, grant writing, looking for and applying to art exhibits/ drop-off and pickup/ attending receptions, attending classes and workshops, and finding representation at a gallery. In addition, the artist needs to be creating a substantial amount of artwork!

Almost no artist “gets discovered” and becomes famous, or has someone else to manage their career while they just create artwork!

August 2017

News, Quote of the Month, & Judging Children’s Artwork



Click this link to read the Summer edition of the Chelmsford Art Society’s newsletter: Chelmsford Art Society

Quote of the Month

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” — Henry David Thoreau

Best Way to Judge Children’s Artwork

This August, I went to the annual 4-H Fair in Westford MA and judged the older children’s artwork (13-18 years old). It was fun and challenging! The 4-H philosophy is (from their website): “Youth learn by doing! 4-H allows youth to have fun, meet new people, learn new skills, build self-confidence, develop responsibility, and set and achieve goals.” Each child submitted what they considered to be their best work, and the judge’s comments were all about encouragement: “Making the Best Better”!

July 2017

News, Quotes of the Month, & Being an Individual



My painting, “Open House”, won the Professional Watercolor division at the Chelmsford Art Society’s July 4th Art Festival this year!

This painting, along with many others from the July 4th exhibit, will be on view at the Chelmsford Public Library until July 27, 2017.

Nan Quintin next to her watercolor painting, "Open House"

In addition, my daughter, Amy, and I were awarded the CAS Founders’ Trophy for being Especially Valuable Members of the Chelmsford Art Society for our volunteer work involving tracking membership, exhibit labelling and inventory, and editing and producing the online and print versions of the newsletter, etc. We were pleased to receive the award!

Nan and Amy Quintin receiving the CAS Founders’ Trophy from CAS President, Roberta Witts

My acrylic painting, Misty Dawn, is currently in the Fitchburg Art Museum’s Annual Regional Exhibit. The exhibit is up until September 3, 2017.

“Misty Dawn” an acrylic painting by Nan Quintin

While you’re at the Floral Arts Gallery in Westford, checking out my paintings and other great artwork, don’t forget to buy some coffee and pastries at the Stem and Bean coffee shop attached to the gallery; in addition, if you like excellent BBQ, visit Bubba’s Real Pit BBQ between 11:00 and 2:00 (until November); it is in the same parking lot!

Quotes of the Month

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

“The first and last rule for the creative writer, then, is that though there may be rules (formulas) for ordinary, easily publishable fiction – imitation fiction – there are no rules for real fiction, any more than there are rules for serious visual art or musical composition.” – John Gardner

Being an Individual

I love it when I read a book that is really different from any other book I have read! Too often it seems I am reading the same predictable plots with only slightly different characters and settings. I also feel that way about art. Since there are billions of very different people in the world, it follows that there should be endless unique ways to express the visions that reside within each person. There is so much of everything out there!

May 2017

News, Quotes of the Month, & What I Listen to While Painting



I have a few paintings currently on display at The Summer Place, 20 Summer Street in Chelmsford, until mid-July. Stop in sometime!

Click this link to read the Spring edition of the Chelmsford Art Society’s newsletter. Chelmsford Art Society

Quotes of the Month

“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.” Edith Sitwell

“A book is still atemporal. It is you, in silence, hearing voices in your head, unfolding at a time that has nothing to do with the timescale of reading. And for the hours that we retreat into this moratorium, with the last form of private and silent human activity that isn't considered pathological, we are outside of time." - Richard Powers

What I Listen to While Painting

I’m sometimes asked, “What do you listen to while you are painting?”

Mostly I listen to audio books on CDs that I borrow from the library. I love that I can “read” and paint at the same time! I also listen to nonfiction, and then I can learn new things while I am painting. The CDs keep me focused and in the studio, and not thinking about “other things that need to be done”. Sometimes I listen to classical music, and sometimes I listen to old time rock ‘n’ roll. Sometimes I work in silence. I guess it all depends on what mood I am in!

When I am painting outdoors, I only listen to the sounds around me, whatever they are – birds, tractors, babbling brooks, etc.

I know some artists don’t listen to anything because it disturbs their concentration, but I find getting involved in a story or listening to music allows my subconscious mind to do its own thing without my interference.

April 2017

News, & Quote of the Month, & Fine Art vs. Decorative Art



I have two new paintings at the Parish Center for the Arts in the annual Regional Art Exhibit, in Westford, MA, March 31-April 9, “In the Shadow”, and “Winter”.

“Winter” an acrylic painting by Nan Quintin

In addition, I have two paintings currently in the “America” exhibit at Gallery 529 in Littleton, MA “Off On a Hike”, and “Arizona Butte”. The Reception is April 9, 2:00 - 4:00pm. The exhibit runs until April 30.

“Arizona Butte” a watercolor painting by Nan Quintin

Quote of the Month

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

Fine Art vs. Decorative Art

I recently read an online discussion about the perceived difference between “fine art” and “decorative art”, and whether there should be any distinction at all. There were a number of comments that accompanied the article. I like the following ones, as they resonate with me.

“I don’t consider “fine art” better than “decorative art,” regardless of the definitions. I see differences, but both are certainly valid.” Jan Kappes

“My art reflects what I have seen and love.” - Ulricke Opitz

“I paint from the heart.” - Suzanne

“Anything that gives a patron pleasure has value to them regardless what label one places on it.” - Jackie Knott

“Anything that you bring into your environment that stops and makes you smile on a daily basis should be beyond the need for a category, self-validation, or investment thought.” - Rob Stewart

“People know when a work of art speaks to them, no matter what the intent of the artist.” - Jason Horejs

March 2017

News, Quote of the Month, and Spring in New England



Below is a list of my planned exhibits for this year.

2017 Exhibit Schedule

- Chelmsford Art Society, Winter Members' Exhibit at the Library Chelmsford, MA, Dec-Jan 2017

- Floral Arts Gallery, Seasonal Exhibits, Westford, MA (ongoing)

- PCA, Westford Regional Art Exhibit, Westford, MA, March 31-April 9

- Gallery 529, America, Littleton, MA, April 9-30

- The Summer Place, Group Exhibit, Chelmsford MA, May 30 - mid-July

- Fitchburg Art Museum, Annual Regional Art Exhibit, Fitchburg, MA, June 23-Sept 3

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

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

- Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Behold:Beauty Exhibit , Chelmsford, MA, Sept 8-Oct 22

- Beaver Brook, Fall Festival, Art & Photography Show, Hollis NH, Sept 23 & 24

- Art League of Lowell, It’s Primarily Secondary Exhibit, Lowell, MA, Oct 6-Nov 12

- Jaffrey Civic Center, Autumn Exhibit, Jaffrey NH, Nov. 19-Dec. 16

- Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Mystery, Magic & Moonlight, Chelmsford, MA, Oct 27-Dec 17

- Chelmsford Art Society, Winter Exhibit at the Library, Chelmsford, MA, Dec-Jan 2018

Quote of the Month

"We have art in order not to die of the truth." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Spring in New England

I believe Mark Twain must have been referring to March in New England when he said: "In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours." The weather here is never boring! Just when I think it is time to go outside and paint because it is 70 degrees and sunny out, the next thing I know, there is snow and bitter cold winds on the horizon! I will paint by the woodstove a little longer...

January - February 2017

News, Quote of the Month, and Winter



The Chelmsford Art Society's Members Exhibit is on display until Jan. 17 at the Chelmsford Public Library (25 Boston Rd).

A selection of my winter themed paintings are on display at the Picture Yourself! Frame Shop (17 Central Square, Chelmsford MA) until February 14.

Click this link to read the February Chelmsford Art Society newsletter. Chelmsford Art Society

Quote of the Month

"I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future - the timelessness of the rocks and the hills - all the people who have existed there. I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show." - Andrew Wyeth


Hello Winter! It is my favorite season, a quiet time to paint. I prefer studio painting in the winter, preferably with a cup of coffee and not too far from the woodstove. I have taken lots of photographs that I use for reference along with my sketches and notes. It is also a great time for studying books on art and artists, as well as online art videos and articles; and also for reading the art magazines that have collected, especially my favorite one, Plein Air Magazine.

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