Lynn Ricci's Musings

How Does a New Artist Get Gallery Representation or Build Art Relationships? January 05, 2017 11:10

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Preparing the Paintings for Paint Nights June 13, 2015 17:08

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It seems like overnight different variations of paint nights have popped up all over -- and people are enjoying picking up a paintbrush and creating.  After many friends asking over the years about painting, wondering if I could show them how, and starting to attend paint nights and raving about them I decided to start offering paint nights in my own home for friends -- hence the name Paint Pals. 

Paint Pals has grown quickly and I am now receiving requests for private girl's night out parties, as well as requests to go other places like church groups, sales meetings for team building, and private parties in homes.  It has taken on a life of its own in the last few months. But for any of you who do this, what I find as a challenge is creating the paintings that a non-painter can paint well in 2 hours time.  A few nights stretched into a third hour as people struggled to complete the painting - never mind the finishing touches I might have added myself. 

It has made me step back and really think about the teaching element when I am relying on nearly 35 years of ingrained painting experience, and finding the right level for a group of people with varying skill levels. I am reminded of my art teacher in school and I wonder if they ever got frustrated - teaching a class with different artistic skill levels and keeping the class moving at the right pace to keep the artistic kids challenged and the ones with no skills motivated.  All teachers for that matter need to teach to the common denominator -- but in small at home classes, I find I can give individual attention that the big classes at restaurants and bars and storefronts can't give given their class sizes. 

I've been creating paintings to build a Paint Pals calendar and I force myself to paint differently - modifying my style, number of colors, etc to offer paintings that people can complete and be happy with. I'd love to hear from other artists that get involved with teaching these types of classes -- what works and doesn't work! What subject matters are most wanted? How to keep students moving along? How to gear subject paintings skill level? In the meantime, I will continue to hone my skills as a teacher to hopefully deliver the best customer experience I can to those who sign up for my classes!


Jack the Giant Slayer and The Ides of March July 16, 2013 13:44

Last week I kicked off this blog, and in doing so, announced I was off to start a new painting.  I quickly discovered I needed to go shopping for canvas, paint and a few new brushes (an artist can never have enough brushes). I returned home and searched for a photograph to paint and when I finally selected one, it was too late to get started. Instead I left all my new materials and printed photographs out for the next morning and had a hot fudge sundae with the kids. [caption id="attachment_104" align="alignleft" width="300"]DSC01944 "Greeting The Morning Sun" ~ Chatham, MA ~ Oil, 16x20[/caption] Over the course of the last week, depending on drying times of the paint, I completed my painting of the Bay View cottage at Chatham Bars Inn.  The cottage sits high on the property near the main inn and overlooks the ocean. The South Lawn is visible below by the shoreline where the Inn schedules family activities like wiffle ball and croquet and there is a line of Adirondack chairs waiting in the early morning sun for vacationers to sit and enjoy the view. During the week I watched a lot of movies while painting - two are listed in the title of the blog.  I also took pictures along the way to document the painting -- hope you enjoy the video of the process.  I am off to start a smaller work this week before I leave for Chatham . . .

Toes in the Sand, Head in the Clouds July 06, 2013 10:20

[caption id="attachment_13" align="alignright" width="300"]IMG_0294 Chatham Bars Inn Gazebo, Chatham, MA[/caption] Over the years I have had places online where I could direct people to my artwork - mostly family and friends.  I never really put the time and energy into building my online portfolio, yet somehow I was able to actually sell some of my work, take commissions, and attend a few local art fairs.  This is a bigger leap for me - a more visible way to share my completed work and, as sometimes happens with artists, a way to motivate me to continue to produce. Today I am planning to start a new painting.  I pulled together photos from my last visit to Chatham, MA . . . my favorite place. Chatham, and the ocean in general, have always been an inspiration for me . . . a place where I am happy, relaxed and my mind can wander creatively.  I guess it's no wonder then that I enjoy painting the ocean, our great New England lighthouses, and of course the place where I want to be right now with my canvas . . . Chatham. I will start posting some of my work and will continue to add over the next few weeks until I find my way back to the beach, get my toes in the sand and my head in the clouds.