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Art Monday!

NEW GALLERY!

An online gallery showcasing paintings both current and from the past.

If you want to see a large body of my artwork in one place, this is it!

 

mcgree art gallery

In progress now…I have many more images to upload, many more paintings to paint.

WHERE?!

 Follow me on Instagram (McGree Art Gallery) to see all of my original paintings.

 

I’ve been painting my entire life.

However, in the past 20 years I have followed art and painting as my passion and profession.  Learning and growing from each and every artwork, every brushstroke tells a mini story of my life.

Looking at them in one place is like looking through an old photo book of memories.

Some good, some shades of darker, some elated moments full of energy (and color).

Join me for a little trek down memory lane and check it out.  Comment on the pieces, share your thoughts, and reflections.  I’d love to hear.

In my paintings… Look for the seasons of my art world. 🙂

  • My obsession with light and reflections that started at Gonzaga University (and shows up in many, MANY, spittoon and motor paintings).
  • My love for Montana and the great outdoors, ESPECIALLY changing weather and seasons.
  • My years as a raft guide and ski instructor on the Gallatin River and in Big Sky, MT.
  • My adoration for sky, weather, clouds and big open spaces
  • Storms.  Because life isn’t always calm and pretty.
  • Mixed in with the easy beauty of simple flowers
  • And then, my more recent study of the inner landscape leaning toward abstraction.

All of these paintings are me.  A piece of me, a moment in time that was celebrated (or gotten through) via paint and a brush.

Pretty amazing to have my story documented in paint.  🙂

Thanks for being here art-loving friends!

Until next week!

xo.

A

 

“Be not afraid of growing slowly;

Be afraid only of standing still.”

Chinese Proverb

 

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New ART Monday!

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”  -Ronald Dahl

Another FULL week!

The grass is greener, the trees are sprouting!  We are all celebrating the start of a beautiful, warm, spring in Bozeman, MT!  🙂 🙂 🙂  I can’t wait to get outside to paint!  I am almost set-up, so expect some paintings en plein air next blog!

This past week I started a few new paintings, finished one Monument, and had a great time collaborating with students at Hawthorne Elementary to paint their Cornhole boards for the Celebration of the Arts!  To top the week off, we had a sun-filled class at Dry Hills Distilleries’ Sip and Paint night (call them to sign up for our next one on June 1st)!

 

Enjoy the gallery!

Don’t forget to get your mini-artists signed up for summer camp!

Until next week!

A

 

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New ART MONDAY!

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”  -Pericles

 

What a busy week!

New brushstrokes, new art lessons, LOTS going on!

Let’s begin with my own art practice this past week.  I continue to contemplate Monuments and how I want to represent them, how I feel about them.

It’s tricky because I don’t want to JUST paint what I see.  I’m striving to share the soul of the place with you, the viewer.  These Monuments are beautifully warm and energetic landscapes…the dance between them, my brush, and your eyes captures my heart and attention.

We’ll see what happens as this series progresses…  I am grateful to have this time at my easel.    

So many AWESOME Artists the past week allowed me to be their Art Guide!

  • We painted our fur family members at Paw-Casso (hosted by Dee-O-Gee) on Wednesday!  At each class, I have adults come to paint despite what their nerves might be telling them.  They are uncomfortable…and they show up anyways.  There is so much to be learned on the other side of fear.  Cheers to everyone who took the risk and created with me!
  • Mini-Artist’s created landscapes with layers of color, pattern, and repetition at Great Beginnings Montessori on Tuesday!  These kids will try anything, and they are immersed in the present.  I love teaching them and seeing their creativity explode and grow!
  • Collaborative Art Projects are one of my favorite processes!  Watching, and helping, a group work toward a singular artwork is absolutly inspiring.  We are better together!  They learn and grow so much from one another. This week, we painted a vibrant landscape full of jumping trout and blue waters…on a saw!

Another amazing week filled with my own art and sharing art with some amazing people!

This week!

Join me at Dry Hills Distillery for Sip and Paint night this coming Thursday night (May 4th).  
More cool collaborative art projects coming up at Hawthorne Elementary School before the end of the year!

Whatever you can do to create this week…cook, dance, paint…just get out and do it.  You’ll thank yourself afterwards.

Until next week!

Don’t forget to sign up for my Newsletter (once a month updates) and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Patron too!

-A

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Contemplating Monuments, New Work Monday!

Contemplating Monuments

“Go outside…amidst the simple beauty of nature…and know that as long as places like this exist, there will be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.”  Anne Frank

My life has been a whirlwind of teaching, traveling, and art-business these last few weeks.  But I have finally found my way back to the easel.  Not nearly enough hours with paintbrush in hand, YET!  But space, time, and contemplation are a part of the painting journey.

What is a MONUMENT?!

 

Photo Credit to Blair Speed

 

I often need Webster’s help to dig up a simple definition…this one was illuminating for me.  Watching the sunset on these amazing sand structures has a mightiness that takes your breath away.  You can’t help but feel connected to both the land and the beautiful calmness that occurs when you’re in the presence of something bigger than you…something absolutly magical.  Peace through nature.  Everything is relative.  Get Outside! 🙂

A monument can be built by man, or nature.  Either way, it is a reflection of the past.  Both a gravestone and a powerful site like Monument Valley (that took nature 300 million years to create) highlight the steps it took to exist in a present moment of celebration.

Celebrating the lives that are no longer with us, and the ultimate power of nature over time.

In our culture of instant gratification, we oftentimes forget to give space to the slow and methodical.  Some things simply take TIME.  The importance of the slow and continuous work of sand, erosion, water, and weather is literally what MADE these amazing Monuments.

Paintings take time

Decisions take time

Grief takes time

Change takes time

Rivers take time

Healing takes time

Goals take time

 

May we all remember to give ourselves more time, more patience, more recovery while knowing that the beautiful Monument is on the other side.

ANYTHING is possible.  One step at a time.

Contemplating great people among the Monuments.

“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

I am inspired by the entirety of life, therefore so are my paintings.  People, places, time, weather, movement, music; there is glowing inspiration in everyone and in everything.

Sit in the quiet and find your own way to shine.  Shine in a way that only you can.

Cheers to whatever that means for you!

For me, I’m off to paint (and to continue to contemplate MONUMENTS)!!

If you want a little more information about the formation of Monuments like those at Monument Valley, click here for a short video. 

Shine on,

A

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New Work Monday!

Monday Morning!

New Week, New Artwork is evolving!

This past week I returned from the amazing beaches of Hawaii to a beautiful, albeit chillier Montana Spring.

Back to the studio and my “Dear Universe” series of paintings…

My first markings on this painting, “Dear Universe, THANK YOU…”  There is so much to be thankful for and it is so nice to pause to do so.

This BLUE inspired ocean scene filled with gratitude is starting to come together.

I’m dreaming of the ocean waves and the warm, salty waters of Kauai where I was sitting at this moment one week ago!

Thankful for time to enjoy the powerful impact of the ocean.

“Going with the flow” seems to be a more fierce a statement while watching the ocean tides and roaring waves compared to sitting near a cool, calm stream.

Nevertheless, smoothly inspired  persistence and patience seems to be reigning at the top of my current life’s ponderings.

Cheers to another week filled with flow friends.  Crashing waves or spring melt…may we all find a pace that gets us where we’re going.  🙂

-A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ENJOY the Ease of Day… New Work Monday!

 

 

  • Ease of Day
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 36x24x1.5 gallery wrap
  • $1500
  • Prints available as well.

 

It is gift to be alive.  To experience in the present moment all of the rich colors the world has to offer for our one trip through this life.

Too often we look to something outside of ourselves for our spark…but I think it could be within us all along.

Dream

Hope

Find Peace where you can…

Hold onto your destiny, it is in fact YOURS.

xo

A

 

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“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” Dali Lama

New Week, New Artwork AND NEW Adventures!

This week is exceptionally exciting!

  • ~New Artwork filled with bright spring-inspired YELLOW (my favorite).
  • ~WILD new adventures (both inward and physically…I’ll very literally be taking one step at a time).

I am running my first 50k in Monument Valley, AZ THIS Saturday!

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”  Dali Lama

I’m going!  New place (Monument Valley) and plenty of new adventures await…

I am overflowing with nervous excitement and anticipation…this painting filled with light and a dash of chaos feels like my inner self.

My honest reasons for taking on this challenge are layered, as are my paintings.

For me, it’s about being comfortable in the uncomfortable.  Patient throughout the journey.  Slow down to go further, simplify.  Don’t let your fears direct your focus.  Just breathe.  It’s okay to be terrified, just take it one step at a time and find beautiful things to celebrate along the way.  Be kind and reasonably selfish in goals and training…find and cultivate my own inner strength, mental fortitude… and I have no doubt that the journey itself will uncover many more learning opportunities.

Why a 50K?!  🙂  WHY NOT!

 Honestly the thought alone terrified me, mystified me, and challenged me in ways I have yet to fully comprehend.  If it scared me THAT much, I obviously had to do it.

 I have already grown in training, more personally and definitely endurance-wise.  I have an amazing support team of not only friends and family, but of the BEST PT at Lone Peak PT, unreal massage therapists, and the MOST inspirational BADASS running coach (and friend) a gal could ask for.  I’m dialed, I’ve done the work, I’ve put in hours and hours of miles…but more importantly, SO MUCH self-care.  These last few weeks have been slow.  Recovery based and time to feel good.  Crazy how difficult that is.

But!  May we all learn how to pause and how to slow down…in order to go further.

In a cool way, it feels like this journey (somewhat obviously) is paralleling my art and my life.  I’m excited to PAINT the blooming desert and to rumble with my own inner voice for a beautiful jog through the Valley.  Look for many, many new paintings coming soon!

Amarillo Sky

12×36 Original Oil on Wood

$750

Prints available 

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New Week, New Work

The whole culture is telling you to hurry.  While the art tells you to take your time.  Always listen to the art.  -Junot Diaz

12×36 oil on wood panel

 

This painting depicts my love of atmosphere and color.

It celebrates both springtime renewal and pays homage through thoughtful contemplation to all of the amazing souls who have come before us.

As spring approaches, vibrancy and light increase (thankfully)!  This makes both our inner and outer worlds radiate with hope and renewed vitality.  A new beginning, a new season, potential…and a chance to use the dark contemplative energy of winter to spark something inspired and AWEsome in each of us.

The Rainbow Sky in this painting is a heart-filled ray of color and remembrance.  Rainbows remind me of loved ones who are no longer with us.  This painting celebrates the people who will forever be in our hearts.  The GIANTS of our past.  Individuals whose impact lasts much longer than one lifetime.  Individuals who have left footprints on our hearts forever.

Artwork allow us a beautiful pause in order to experience it.

Our lives are so busy, our days are so full.  In a rush to constantly do MORE to reach a goal, I think it’s important to pause…

Pause, look at something beautiful and BE happy right now.