Dreams of Summer

Posted on June 24th, 2013 by jennyscheu

 "Dreams of Summer" © Jenny Scheu, 2013 Watercolor and gouache 12.5"  x  7.5"

“Dreams of Summer”   •   Jenny Scheu, © 2013
Watercolor and gouache  •  12.5″ x 7.5″

17 June 2013
Greetings all,
Summer is coming to Maine, with the solstice arriving later this week. We all love the longer light! It has been a very busy and productive stretch for me. and I expect more of the same all summer long. My friend, designer Lucian Burg, shared Ira Glass’ recipe for success with me:

“The secret of success in creative work is to do a lot of work.”

I recently sold three paintings at the MECA sale to benefit artists and their scholarship program. The staff at MECA is passionate about the importance of art in our world, and about raising a generation of artists who have the skills to make a living. With Creative Portland, MECA has held a series of workshops on professional development which have been beyond excellent. Every bit of the
information from these sessions is available online: PortlandArts.org/PDS

I had two of my recent monotypes selected from the Peregrine Press Flat files for exhibition at Patricia Ladd Carega’s Gallery at 12 Main Street in Center Sandwich NH 03227. The gallery has a wonderful focus on contemporary art, and the area is lovely. So slow down, and stop in if you are in that area this summer and early fall!

I am a new member of Art Collector Maine, and am now posting images of my work there: www.artcollectormaine.com

I applied toThe Hewnoaks Artist Colony for a summer residency and have just learned that I have beennvited there for several weeks in late July and early August! I am excited by the prospect of time outside the bounds of my studio, and expect to DRAW everyday, building on a drawing practice started with wonderful Alex Rheault class last summer… LOTS of loose freewheeling drawings using ink, charcoal, pastel and other media which not part of current studio practice. And, this urbanite is excited by the prospect of being in that lovely Kezar Lake setting with a group of other artists. The Hewnoaks Artist Colony is new, and the property has a fascinating history.. a century of summer gatherings of artists: www.hewnoaks.org

I would add to Ira Glass’ recipe for creative success the benefits of shaking things up! New materials, new orientation, new subject, new size.. all sorts of large or small changes to move one’s creative work forward. To this end, and on the recommendation of my great friend, printmaker/book artist Lynn Agnew, I have signed up for a week at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts: a QUILTS course with Jeannette D. Meyer. Lynn sang her praises as a most inspiring teacher of color and composition. I can barely thread a needle, but I love fabrics and color. I am very impressed by the beauty of Jeannette Meyers’s work: www.jdmeyer.com

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