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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!

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-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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Thank You for your part in my Journey.

Welcome to my Weekly Art Blog Update!

 

Tonight is the night!  

Art Reception at Holter Art Museum in Helena, MT

5-8pm

Join me, I’d love to see you!

With that in mind, I would love to take a moment of pause to sincerely thank every single person who has helped me to be where I am at this moment.    

I’m not even near the top of my field and I have plenty of room to learn and grow…  But I am proud to be filled daily with work I love to do.

I am proud, and exceedingly grateful to be here. Now.

Thank you.

Helena has a special place in my heart, I grew up there.  This small little town in Montana is full of inspirational people and landscapes.  A perfect place to grow up dreaming.

One of my high school art teachers sent me this picture, below.  It is his invitation to my Holter opening tonight with a cattle marker piece I did almost 20 years ago (I had to triple check that as I wrote it, wow…that’s a few days ago).

Twenty years ago I threw that artwork away.  He grabbed it out the garbage and it’s been on the wall of his art room for all this time.   Thinking about who I was when I created that piece, and the full circle that is today…fills me with a crazy sense of time, emotion, and appreciation.

The presence of the full moon in all of these artworks (both old and new) seems like something I should pay attention to.

So I looked it up, thank you google.

A Time of Opportunity.

A Full Moon is a lunar phase that happens when the moon is on the opposite side of the earth from the sun…

The full moon is a time of positive opportunity , wholeness and strength, illumination, and energy.

If these last 20 years are a full lunar cycle in art-time, I really enjoy seeing the full moon again for whatever symbolic meaning there is.

“Dear Universe” my latest series of artwork continues…

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

 

 

And the words behind the wet paint…

If you are interested in more ponderings and information, check out my latest newsletter!

Allison McGree Fine Art February Newsletter

 

For now, enjoy your weekend.  Jep (studio pup) and I will do our best to do the same.

xo-

A

Art Reception tonight at the Holter, 5-8pm

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Artsy Shark Featured Artist Article and new work this week.

Happily painting in my studio this week has been AMAZING.

I’ve started a new series entitled “Dear Universe…”  

 

The new year offers new beginnings.

…and with it, many, many, more questions.

How do you process?!  

I find painting it out works wonders.  

Breath. of. fresh. air.

Add in some great music and my day is made.

So I’m writing questions, thoughts, dreams, pain, conflicts...and anything that comes to mind on my canvas.

…and then I paint!  

Want to learn more about this process?!

In amazing serendipity, Artsy Shark published a Featured Artist article about me this very morning.  Take a look to here more about my process and my story.

Link: http://bit.ly/2k9cJCh

I highly recommend to seek out a creative outlet, source of flow, place  of meditation.  Actively find and nurture your own peace. 

Run, hike, move a barbell, sit in the sunshine, write, dance, rebuild a car, build a house, check out Headspace (I love it)!  Paint. 🙂

We all don’t have to find our place in the same way, and obviously change it up as necessary.

Once we can wrestle with our own darkness, the world is much more filled with light.  Shine from the inside out, as my wise sister has shown me…

Find the light dear friends.

-xo

A