This is my first post, and I find it appropriate that the first thing I’d like to share was actually inspired by another artist.

Last weekend I was at a retreat at St. Paul’s Benedictine Center where paintings by the artist Margaret Carroll were on display. I found them incredibly vibrant and exciting – certainly one of the most significant gifts to me that day, among many!

Taking my cue from Margaret, the next day I was inspired to try painting with a broader, freer palette than I’m used to. When I started I felt like I was going nowhere fast, but as I continued to work, I could see things coming together, and ultimately felt very energized by the result.

The scene is based on a sketch I did recently at Como Park Conservatory where I draw regularly with other art-loving friends.

Later I called Margaret who generously shared more of her experience and advice with me. I think the lesson for me is, the more we share, the more art there ends up being in the world. Hence this blog, and maybe someday a website too!


2 Responses to “Inspiration”

  1. 1 Patsy Okaya
    March 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Amy, I loved your visit to Chisago County where you aparently found the warmth and friendly people living in rural Minnesota. What an interesting 2 and 1/2 hours you spent and I appreciate you sharing that with me. Your painting is beautiful and hope to see it in reality sometime. Keep up the good work!

    • 2 Amy
      March 15, 2010 at 2:57 am

      Thanks Mom! And you will see this painting along with others I’m doing on the new canvases you gave me for Christmas! 🙂

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