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Painting of a hibiscus flower in purples and pinks

Night Runner by Katherine Darcy

Not long ago, my dear friend Jean sent me a picture of an unusual hibiscus flower. The colors were like nothing I had ever seen before, as if the flower was not in a photo, but a painting. I was determined to paint the flower but needed to see it first to believe it was real. I like to have…

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Painting of a woman by Maya Barton

Transformed by Pigment by Maya Barton

Transparent sepia is a fascinating pigment when you mix it with linseed oil. I pick up a Cornellisen bristle brush and stain an empty canvas with lazy rogue strokes, while I take a sip of my strong coffee. My studio turns into a blinding space of endless imagination. Yann Tiersen piano notes swirl into my space from my amazon music…

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Painting of a lush green field with fall trees in distance

Painting the Field by Jackie Clary

Life at the edge of our field is always interesting and inspires my painting practice. Many of you who live in a more rural part of the Piedmont know what I’m talking about, and even if you have a small backyard you may see some of this wonder as well! Every day is a new visual experience depending on the…

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Photo of Carolyn Choi's garden

Flourishes by Carolyn Choi

As luck would have it after retiring from my day job I moved from my home of 45 years in Chicago to the small town of Carrboro known as "The Paris of the Piedmont." I love this small town and the people who are enthusiastic in supporting the Arts. Here I have continued to pursue my two loves — garden…

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Photo of an Australian burl

Turning Australian Burls By Michael Salemi

“Kookaburra sits on an old gum tree...” goes a song from my childhood. Gum is a large family of Australian trees which are locally known as “Mallee.” Burls from Mallee trees are especially beautiful and, when you find them available in the US, are expensive. Because of the expense, I was unwilling to turn Australian burls for several years after…

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Painting of a cow

Paint What You Love by Joan Vandermeer

As an artist I am never at loss for painting ideas. Most of all I love animals. These ideas often come to me as I paint instead of setting out to depict a certain scene. As I paint the colors and images all come together and I change this or that until I can say in my heart I am…

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Colorful quilt with ferns on it by Susan Brubaker Knapp

Wholecloth Painted Art Quilts by Susan Brubaker Knapp

This past summer I’ve focused on making wholecloth painted art quilts. These are not quilts for beds, but textile art to display on the wall. Each piece starts with plain white fabric, which I paint with acrylic textile paint. I then layer the piece with batting and a backing fabric before free-motion machine quilting it. I love both the process…

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Painting of a cat birthday party

My Creative Journey as a Painter by Joan Vandermeer

The first art book I ever bought was Betty Edward’s Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. The book’s premise was that any beginner could learn to draw, and I was a beginner. Although I had zero formal training as an artist, I had a very big urge to create something. I had studied creative writing and had a…

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Art In Quarantine Featured - Blue decorated eggs by Susan Brubaker Knapp

Art In Quarantine

During this time of quarantine, we are most lucky as artists to be able to continue the work of making. It may be that if we are forced to stay with our work, and are less distracted by things beckoning us from the outside world, we might find that we can go deeper than we expected.This may take a variety…

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