Sip and Paint at MAP Brewery, October Class! SOLD OUT!

Join me for an evening sipping amazing MAP beer while I guide you to create your very own masterpiece.

NO experience necessary (really)!

Your first beer is on us!

$45 per person

Sign up early, this class sells out VERY fast!

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

Paw-Casso (paint your pup at Dee-O-Gee).

PAW-CASSO NIGHT OUT!

Paw-Casso (paint your pup) at Dee-O-Gee

Dig up your inner “Paw-Casso” and come paint a

canvas and acrylic portrait of your pup!

This 2 hour class will be the highlight of your week!  Celebrate your furry family members with a painting you can bring home to cherish forever.

GIVE BACK!

25% of the proceeds from this event go directly to Run Dog Run of Bozeman, in support of their efforts to make a wonderful new fenced off-leash dog area at th2 Gallatin County Regional Park.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

This is a step by step BYOB (bring your own beverage) painting class.  Please arrive 10min early to park, get checked in, and settled.  You will begin painting your fur masterpiece with instruction by Allison McGree, local artist (me!). 🙂

 

DETAILS

Please bring a few of your favorite images to work from.  Allison will help you choose the best one for this 2 hour class.

15 years old and up

21+ to consume alcohol

BONUS

Receive 10% OFF at Dee-O-Gee on the night of the event!

 

SIGN UP HERE

Sign up early, this class has limited space!

(406) 551-2364

 

PIR Art Day October 2, 2017!

Art PIR Day!!

Join me in my studio and the surrounding area (walking distance) for a day full of art-making!!

Age 6 and up!

8 person MAX

We will be working with a variety of high quality art materials and following the interests of the group in regards to art media.

I will bring a healthy snack for the group!

 

Please bring the following:

  • jacket
  • walking shoes
  • lunch
  • water bottle

 

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

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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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Let’s have an ART PARTY!

Did you know that I teach a variety of private and group art lessons?!  🙂

And!

TRAVELING ART PARTIES

Off site private events can be booked ANYTIME!

Grab your favorite people, some food, a drink of your choosing…and prepare for a great time!

The painting time is approximately two hours of art-making fun. 

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

I will arrive early to set up and help with the painting clean up.
– You choose the painting!  If you need help with inspiration, I would be happy to send you ideas.

– There is a 10 painter minimum to come to you.
– The cost is $35 per adult painter (15+), $30 per student artist (under 15) and includes all materials- a canvas, paints, brushes, etc.

 

Outside of Bozeman?!  I can come to you! 
– There is a $150 travel/set up fee for travel anywhere more than 30 miles from my studio in Bozeman. This also includes set up for art materials- paper for your tables, water cups, napkins, and easels and aprons.

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Perception and Layers.

I am drawn to atmosphere and layers…in artwork, and in life.  

Layers of questions, layers of color…overlapping and flowing together to create space.

I am drawn to improvement of myself, my art, my everything.  At times, it’s exhausting.

On this Monday, I feel like I’m circling around a few messages and themes that the universe keeps bringing to my attention.

Fear

Doubt

Faith

Change

Openness

Potential

Purpose

Belief

As with all learning and growth, seeking deeper understanding whenever I can is damn uncomfortable.  It’s a dance of sorts, two steps forward and one step back.  Slow down to move fast.

I believe in the “impossible.”  I believe that the universe has our back and that limits are BS.  But I crave these beautiful words by Tony Robbins to support that theory.

“Create a vision and never let the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Ignore conventional wisdom.”  Tony Robbins

Feed your Fear or Feed your Faith

I believe we all have a choice continuously throughout our day.  Faith or  Fear.  I also believe that this work, is hard freaking work.

“If trust is a garden of paradise, then doubt is the weed. So how do you water your Faith when doubt-creep is inevitable? With a lot of really hard work. Unceasing, daily doubt-whacking. Faith works up a sweat. She is anything but passive.”  Danielle LaPorte

In the end, it is a choice we (I) need to make again and again.  Strengthening the pathways that lead to connection, faith, love, belief.

Feed the good.

My heart is drawn to paint.

Painting has always been akin to ice water on a hot summers day.

Soothing, satisfying and absolutly fulfilling.

So today, I will follow my bliss and head toward the paint.

xo-A

 

Layers of Atmosphere in oil paint on display at the Holter Museum of Art now through the end of February.  

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5 steps to enhance creativity!

 “We need people who think with the creative side of their brains—people who have played in a band, who have painted…it enhances symbiotic thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning how to kick-start a new idea, or how to get a job done better, less expensively.” 

Annette Byrd of GlaxoSmithKline

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“Rays.”  Oil on Canvas 2016 allisonmcgreefineart.com

Creativity.  Learn to think outside of the box. 

5 steps to take to enhance creativity:

  1. Try something new. Set your music to a new station and spend the day exploring new and old tunes.  Try a new recipe, seek out a new restaurant, get artsy and MAKE something.
  2. Meditate.  Yes, daily meditation has amazing benefits.  But it might be difficult to jump right into.  For now, just TRY out the idea.  Spend 10min on a walk without music or your phone to distract you.  Simply observe the world around you.
  3. Say “YES…and.” Become an open-minded Improv actor by using the technique of “YES, and.” This simple tactic will do wonders toward having novel thoughts and ideas.  Make it a game!  Try saying yes for a full day and see how the world unfolds for you.
  4. Move! Get out and move your body. It doesn’t have to be aggressive, sweaty, or difficult.  Find a way, ANY way, to move your body for 30min.  Your creative brain will thank you.
  5. Soak up inspiration from others. Read a great article, find a new book, explore podcasts (there are so many amazing ones!)…listen to a Ted talk.

 

Creativity is about slowing down in order to see the world from a new perspective.  It is a beautiful way for your mind to connect with itself and the world around you.  We all, in every field, would benefit by learning to “think outside the box” aka be more creative in order to be able to move with the ebb and flow of life.  Life WILL happen, things will not always go according to plan.  There is more than one way, one method, one answer…Whenever you find yourself backed up against a wall, creativity will be your window out.  Challenge yourself to be uncomfortable, and to see or learn something new!

Plus, it’s best to tap into your creative powers now to get them primed to work for you when you REALLY need them!

 

Leave a comment below with three of your favorite ways to get your own creative juices flowing!