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March 2019

News, Quotes of the Month, and 2019 Exhibit Schedule

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February 2019

News, Quote of the Month, and Thoughts about Change

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March 2019

News, Quotes of the Month, and 2019 Exhibit Schedule

 

I have a full schedule of art exhibits this year, including ongoing, seasonal exhibits at The Floral Arts Gallery in Westford, MA all year, and a Solo Exhibit at the Lawrence Library in Pepperell, MA during the month of October. See below for a list of my planned exhibits for this year.

I recently delivered new paintings to The Floral Arts Gallery in Westford MA, as well as the Jaffrey Civic Center in Jaffrey NH, the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro MA, and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society in Pawtucket RI.

“Twilight at Beaver Brook” This watercolor painting by Nan Quintin will be exhibited at the Attleboro Arts Museum’s “Annual Flower & Nature Show” in Attleboro, MA, March 21-24.

Meanwhile, I keep busy perfecting my painting techniques. It is not Spring yet where I live, and I get a lot of studio work done on dark stormy days. I am, however, looking forward to spending some time painting outdoors when the weather improves!

Quotes of the Month

“The more I work, the more I want to work.” - Joan Miro

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” - Neil Gaiman

2019 Exhibit Schedule

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

- Chelmsford Art Society, “Winter Members Exhibit at the Library”, Chelmsford, MA, Dec-Jan 2019

- Whistler House Museum, “Annual Members Exhibit”, Lowell, MA, until March 6

- Jaffrey Civic Center, “Annual Spring Exhibit”, Jaffrey, NH, March 22-Apr 19

- Attleboro Arts Museum, “Annual Flower & Nature Show”, Attleboro, MA March 21-24

- Rhode Island Watercolor Society, “Annual Members Exhibit”, Pawtucket, RI, March 16-April 12

- PCA, “Westford Regional Art Exhibit”, Westford, MA, March 29-April 7

- Fitchburg Art Museum, “Annual Regional Art Exhibit”, Fitchburg, MA, June-Sept

- Rhode Island Watercolor Society, “Tell-a-Tale Exhibit”, Pawtucket, RI Jun 22-Aug 9

- New England Watercolor Society, “Regional Exhibit”, Portsmouth, NH, RI Jun 1-Oct 13

- Attleboro Arts Museum, “Opposites Exhibit”, Attleboro, MA June 12-Jul 12

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

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

- Rhode Island Watercolor Society, “National Exhibit”, Pawtucket, RI Aug 10-Sep 20

- Beaver Brook, “Fall Festival, Art & Photography Show”, Hollis, NH, Sept

- Lawrence Library, “Nan Quintin - Solo Exhibit”, Pepperell, MA, October 1-31

- North East Watercolor Society, “43rd International Exhibit”, Kent, CT Oct 21-Nov 2

- Jaffrey Civic Center, “Annual Fall Art Exhibit”, Jaffrey, NH Nov-Dec

- Rhode Island Watercolor Society, “Art on Paper Exhibit”, Pawtucket, RI Nov 9-Dec 20

- Whistler House Museum, “Annual Members Exhibit”, Lowell, MA, Nov-Jan 2020

- Chelmsford Art Society, “Winter Exhibit at the Library”, Chelmsford, MA, Dec-Jan 2020

February 2019

News, Quote of the Month, and Thoughts about Change

 

The annual Members Exhibit at the Whistler House Museum in Lowell has been extended to the end of February. It includes my watercolor painting “Farmhouse”. The Whistler House is a wonderful museum and fun to explore; it is open Wed-Sat, 11:00-4:00pm.

I was recently honored to be one of the judges for the Annual Chelmsford Photography Exhibit. There are many exceptional photos in three categories, and some of our decisions were difficult to make!

Quote of the Month

“Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.” - D.W. Winnicott.

Thoughts about Change

Ever re-read a favorite book and react to it differently than you did the first few times? Ever been to a play, or seen a movie twice or more and had an entirely different experience each time? Ever look at a familiar painting and see something in it that you’ve never seen before? How is it that something that never changes is not the same as it was before?

January 2019

News, Quote of the Month, and Does an Academic Art Education Matter?

 

Winters in the Northeast are very long! However, I am looking forward to making the most of every day, primarily by indulging in my passion for painting. Yes, I love painting outdoors, but in cold weather, I can be found happily ensconced in my studio!

My watercolor painting “Farmhouse” is in the annual Members Exhibit at the Whistler House Museum in Lowell. The exhibit dates are: Nov. 17, 2018 to Jan. 26, 2019. The Whistler House is open Wed-Sat, 11:00-4:00pm.

I have two paintings, “Hospital Barn, Ayer MA” and “Decimated”, in the Chelmsford Art Society’s Annual Members Exhibit at the Chelmsford Library, from Dec. 7, 2018 to Jan. 19, 2019. An Artists Reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

Quote of the Month

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back”.- Albert Camus.

Does an Academic Art Education Matter?

There are advantages to formal training, such as technical know-how in a variety of media, being with other artists in the same learning environment and stage, feedback, networking, opportunities to intensely study art styles and artists throughout history, as well as credentials for one’s resume. In addition, the whole experience of going through college expands one’s horizons and is worth the effort.

The down side is the expense, and the prospects of using a BA or BFA as a well-paid artist are slim; some artists feel it is just a waste of time to create as others are instructing, and that the academic training can lead to a stifling of creativity.

Self-trained artists DO go to school, they just do it on their own time and as they can afford it – by going to workshops, learning online, and buying and studying books about artists and art history. And, same as the art school graduates, they learn by experience in the “school of hard knocks”, and they learn the most important thing – that learning doesn’t end at graduation, it’s a lifelong task (and an enjoyable one).

I believe there are a lot of artists like me. I have a BA degree, but I haven’t stopped learning and improving, nor will I.

December 2018

News, Quotes of the Month, and A Thought about A Blank Canvas

 

My watercolor painting “Farmhouse” is in the annual Members Exhibit at the Whistler House Museum in Lowell. The exhibit dates are: Nov. 17, 2018 to Jan. 26, 2019. The Whistler House is open Wed-Sat, 11:00-4:00pm.

I have two paintings, “Hospital Barn, Ayer MA” and “Decimated”, in the Chelmsford Art Society’s Annual Members Exhibit at the Chelmsford Library, from Dec. 7, 2018 to Jan. 19, 2019. An Artists Reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

“Hospital Barn, Ayer MA”, watercolor painting by Nan Quintin

Quotes of the Month

“I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.” - Anaïs Nin

The following is from a Facebook post by my friend, Ellen Olsen-Brown; it resonates with me:

“I think that artists are in the service industry and that the purpose is to offer the opportunity for the audience to feel their own feelings, to have their life reflected back to them, to have something revealed that was hidden, to inspire, to challenge, to push, to resolve things. You know, all those deepest things in our psyche that we need to touch, art and music offer that opportunity." - Roseanne Cash

“And that's why I write. And that's why I draw. And that's why I tell stories when I teach yoga. And that's why I try to live vulnerably and openly share what I find along the way. And that's why I thirstily drink up art and music and other people's words. Art is spiritual nutrition.” – Ellen Olsen-Brown

A Thought about A Blank Canvas

The New Year’s canvas is blank, and I get to paint it however I choose.

November 2018

News, Quotes of the Month, and What is an Artist?

 

My watercolor painting, “Orchard Truck”, which was recently included in the North East Watercolor Society’s Exhibit, has found a new home! I enjoyed participating in this event and meeting other artists who are passionate about watercolor.

Look for my watercolor painting in the Whistler House Museum in Lowell. I am pleased that “Farmhouse” was juried into the Annual Members Exhibit. The Opening Reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00pm. The exhibit dates are Nov. 17, 2018 to Jan. 26, 2019.

“Farmhouse”, watercolor painting by Nan Quintin

Click this link to read the Fall edition of the Chelmsford Art Society’s newsletter (written and produced by me:) Chelmsford Art Society

In December, I will have several paintings in the Chelmsford Art Society’s Annual Members Exhibit at the Chelmsford Library, from Dec. 7, 2018 to Jan. 19, 2019. A Closing Reception for this exhibit will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

Quotes of the Month

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one”. - Charles Horton Cooley

“Tell your own story, and you will be interesting”. - Louise Bourgeois

“The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint.” - Keith Haring

What is an Artist?

I was painting at my easel at a Farmers Market once, when a little girl and her mother stopped to look at what I was doing. They admired the painting, and then the little girl asked, “Are you an artist?” I assured her that that is what I am.

According to Wikipedia, “An artist is a person engaged in an activity related to creating art, practicing the arts, or demonstrating an art; a practitioner in the visual arts". And there are many more definitions online.

So then, what is art?

The definition of art is controversial, and it can be the subject of endless debate. Whether art can be defined has also been a matter of controversy. The best definition I have heard is this: It is art if an artist says it is art.

October 2018

News, Quote of the Month, and Thoughts about Signature Styles of Art

 

My watercolor painting, “Orchard Truck”, is currently on display at the North East Watercolor Society’s 42nd Annual International Watercolor Exhibit in Kent, CT. I am proud to be part of this wonderful selection of 105 watercolor paintings by exceptionally talented watercolorists. This exhibit is a Must-See; it ends on October 28, 2018.

This past September, one of my acrylic paintings, “River Mist”, was included in the annual Beaver Brook Fall Festival, Art & Photography Show in Hollis, NH. The theme this year was “Peaceful Tranquility”.

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

Quote of the Month

“Art is one of the last things a human being can buy that hasn’t been engineered by a marketing committee and mass-produced in a factory.” - Jason Horejs

Thoughts about Signature Styles of Art

As artists evolve, they each develop their own unique style. An artist with a signature style, like any brand, sets them apart and makes them instantly memorable and recognizable. Their mature artwork creations will resemble each other as children in one family resemble each other, in spite of the use of different colors, compositions and subject matter. Artistic habits – how one applies paint to paper or canvas – become deeply entrenched, and are difficult to change.

Although seldom noticed by the artist herself, the moment of establishing the signature style can be obvious to those studying a retrospective of the artist’s oeuvre. After years of absorbing all the art and art history around us, and trying out different ways of doing things, the mature artist will often settle on a signature style that says, "This is who I am."

August 2018

News, Quote of the Month, and Thoughts about Art and Crises

 

I am delighted to report that my watercolor painting, “Orchard Truck”, has been accepted into the North East Watercolor Society’s 42nd Annual International Watercolor Exhibit, to be held this Fall in Kent, CT.

Last chance to visit the special exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the annual Chelmsford 4th of July Art Festival! Gallery hours are Sundays, August 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2018 (1:00 - 4:00 pm), at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. This is a remarkable collection of historic photos, news article reprints, and CAS scrapbooks.

Quote of the Month

“Art is to console those who are broken by life.” - Vincent van Gogh

Thoughts about Art and Crises

I have been dealing with an almost unbearable crisis this month. I have to take breaks from the intense effort of dealing with it and relax, look at art, look at art magazines, paint, anything to distract me from the awfulness. Thank god for art.

July 2018

Exhibit Awards, Quotes of the Month, and Thoughts about External Validation

 

One of my watercolor paintings, “Orchard Truck”, plus one of my mixed media pieces, “Blast Furnace Ruins, Lithgow, Australia”, each won blue ribbons at the 50th 4th of July Art Festival, hosted by the Chelmsford Art Society. The exhibit was held at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts.

Nan Quintin in front of her watercolor painting, “Orchard Truck”

“Blast Furnace Ruins, Lithgow, Australia”, mixed media artwork by Nan Quintin

Don’t forget to visit the special exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the annual Chelmsford 4th of July Art Festival! Gallery hours are Sundays, July 2 to August 26, 2018 (1:00 - 4:00 pm), at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. The exhibit includes remarkable collections of historic photos, news article reprints, and CAS scrapbooks. The display of award-winning artwork from early exhibits includes two of my paintings that have won blue ribbons, “Open House” and “Witch’s Haunt”.

A special 50th Retrospective Booklet (produced by me!) may be viewed online: 50th Retrospective Booklet

Quotes of the Month

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

“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” - Louise L. Hay

Thoughts about External Validation

Having recently won two blue ribbons in professional divisions at a prestigious art exhibit, I have been thinking a lot about external validation. Seeking validation from other people is one way of dealing with stress, when life has got you down, you don’t feel well, or you are struggling to forgive or accept yourself. It is a real mood booster to look at the “Likes” on Facebook, and read everyone’s comments. I believe the compliments are sincere because when I don’t like something on Facebook, I don’t pretend that I do. In addition, many people told me how much they like my paintings.

Artists are vulnerable when they present their artwork to the public. Art is an outward expression of personal thoughts and feelings. I think all artists, even the accomplished, successful, and famous ones, have their doubts when putting a new piece “out there” (to be criticized, or not – who knows?).

My choices of subject matter sometimes surprise people, including me! I don’t know why I am attracted to certain things. I like things that are different, as in “Blast Furnace Ruins, Lithgow Australia”. We had just finished a grueling 14-mile hike and were driving back at sunset when we stopped and walked around these wonderful monoliths, big interesting shapes against the bright light. I was initially disappointed with this painting because I had lost the light, which is easy to do with watercolor, and the painting flattened out. I used bright yellow pastel to “fix” it and was quite happy that my new mixed media piece captured the moment.

When my paintings don’t win ribbons, or even get accepted into exhibits, I recognize that it doesn’t mean my artwork isn’t any good; it is all subjective and could just indicate that the jury could not accept all the good artwork due to space limitations, and not every piece of excellent artwork will win an award.

I have had the experience of being a judge several times and I know how hard it can be to make a decision. Entering group art exhibits has value as it encourages artists to improve and show their best work. I, like many professional artists, have developed a thick, protective skin and have come to believe in my abilities and the resulting artwork. I also give myself permission to enjoy the awards I receive when those precious moments occur!

June 2018

News, Celebrating and Quotes of the Month

 

Yay! It’s June! A month that is always much welcomed here in New England where winters are normally long and cold, and white (or brown!). It is a nice change to see greens, and flowers! The rhododendrons are especially nice this year. And it’s nice to want to go outside to paint!!!

Next time you are in Westford, stop in at the Floral Arts Gallery (on Rte 110) and see my spring and summer-themed paintings that are on display there!

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the annual Chelmsford 4th of July Art Festival, Chelmsford Art Society is hosting a special exhibit during the months of June through August in the Gallery at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts (1A North Road, Chelmsford, MA). Special exhibits include historic photos, news article reprints, CAS scrapbooks, and award-winning artwork from early exhibits. Included in this exhibit are two of my paintings that have won blue ribbons, “Open House” and “Witch’s Haunt”.

The exhibit will be open on Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 (5:30 - 7:30 pm); and a “First Fridays” Party on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 (5:30 - 7:30 pm). The Closing Date is Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 (1:00 - 4:00 pm). Come enjoy this exhibit and do some reminiscing!

Also coming up is the 50th Chelmsford 4th of July Art Festival, which will also be held at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts (1A North Road, Chelmsford, MA). I will have several paintings on display there. The exhibit is open to the public on July 3 (4:00 – 9:00 pm), and July 4th (during and after the parade, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm). Come in and vote for your favorite piece of artwork!

Many CAS member artists donate small works of art to the CAS each year to be sold at the Festival to benefit the Society. Each one is professionally matted by Roberta Witts or Ivana Valentich at Roberta’s awesome frame shop, Picture Yourself! in Chelmsford. Most sell for just $15.00. Check them out! I have donated a number of small paintings. Maybe you will fall in love with an unbelievably affordable piece of original art!

Click this link to read the Spring edition of the Chelmsford Art Society’s newsletter (produced by yours truly): Chelmsford Art Society

Quotes of the Month

“For me, art can reflect the celebration of the simple and good things in life.” – Romero Britto

“The Arts are a celebration of Life.” – Michael Douglas

March 2018

News, Quotes of the Month, and Thoughts about Surrealism

 

During these long, cold winter months I decided to review some of my unfinished or rejected watercolor and acrylic paintings and either finish them, fix them, or discard them (which to me means entirely washing off the watercolor and starting over, or gessoing over the failed watercolor (paper) or acrylic painting (canvas or masonite panel), and starting all over again). It is surprisingly difficult and reminds me of fixing up an old house – it can take much longer to fix it up than just starting from scratch! Some paintings get cropped, and if worse comes to worse, I cut them into small artists’ trading cards (2.5x3.5”), or into bookmarks (which I have a lot of - good thing I like books! :-).

“Before” watercolor painting, by Nan Quintin

“After” watercolor painting, by Nan Quintin

Exhibit Schedule - 2018

Below is a list my planned exhibits for this year (so far!)

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

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

- PCA, “Westford Regional Art Exhibit”, Westford, MA, March 16-25

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

- Chelmsford Art Society, “Summer Exhibit at the Library”, Chelmsford, MA, July 5-21

- Beaver Brook, “Fall Festival, Art & Photography Show”, Hollis, NH, Sept

- North East Watercolor Society, “42nd Annual International Watercolor Exhibit”, Kent, CT, October 14 - 28

- Chelmsford Art Society, “Winter Exhibit at the Library”, Chelmsford, MA, Dec-Jan 2019

Quotes of the Month

“Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe, where you were 'sure' of finding shirts.” – Frida Kahlo

“Hyperrealism can create an atmosphere of surrealism because nobody sees the world in such detail.” - Salman Rushdie

Thoughts about Surrealism

Surrealism is placing two irrational or unnatural objects side by side and letting the viewer make connections between them. This cultural movement began in the 1920s. Artists painted illogical scenes with photographic precision, and created strange creatures from everyday objects. The artists produced fantastic works; they believed the unlimited imagination of the subconscious was superior to reality.

And then there is this: “Surrealism: An archaic term. Formerly an art movement. No longer distinguishable from everyday life.” Brad Holland

February 2018

News, Quotes of the Month, & Thoughts about Simplicity

 

News

Tom Christiano and I recently I judged the annual Photography Exhibit the Chelmsford Library, hosted by the Chelmsford Cultural Council. There were a lot of beautiful photos, and it was at times difficult to make a decision! Judging photographs is like judging any artwork, there are principles of art to fall back on – composition, use of space, balance, etc. as well as craftsmanship (for example, is it in focus?) and originality. It wasn’t easy, but we were satisfied with our decisions!

The Chelmsford Art Society has monthly demos from September to May, and all are free and open to the public. On Wed., Feb. 28, 2018 there will be a portrait painting demonstration by Leo Mancini-Hresko at 7:00 pm (at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road). Check the CAS web site for more information: Chelmsford Art Society

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

Quotes of the Month

“People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.” - Salvador Dalí

“The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” - Walt Whitman

Thoughts about Simplicity

Simplify: To reduce to essentials; to make easier to understand.

A good painting is often not what you put into it, but what you leave out of it!

Artists make decisions rapidly when they are painting. If the artist leaves out too many details, the painting doesn’t have enough information, and if they put too much in, then the viewer has too much to look at. One of my instructors taught us that there can only be one star in the spotlight, the rest of the elements are supporting cast. However, these elements are also important – the entire trip around the painting has to be interesting!

I choose to paint because I believe I can improve upon the experience of either a photograph, or of being there in person. This is precisely because I can provide room for the viewer to daydream, to let his/her imagination participate in the scene and add his/her own experiences.

January 2018

News, Quote of the Month, & Thoughts about Graffiti

 

News

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

 

News

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.

Communication

“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 www.businessdictionary.com)

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

 

News

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?

 

News

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

 

News

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

 

News

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

 

News

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

 

News

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

 

News

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. http://reddotblog.com/ask-a-gallery-owner-fine-art-vs-decorative-art/ 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

 

News

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

 

News

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

Winter

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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