Donna Grossman Fine Arts

Painting America



Posted by Artist@donnagrossman.com on September 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Wow, I haven't put finger to keyboard in months, for blogging that is.Lots of life and paint got in the way.

Life Happens.Highs, lows, laughter, tears, beginnings and endings.Painting is good, painting saves me.

This is how painting and I began.

I was a gardener. I toiled in my gardens and many fine gardens along the south shore of Long Island. I probably would still be doing this today if my back hadn't decided otherwise.

One door closes.

It was four summers ago that I met Jason Arkles. A friend and I took a summer ride and chanced upon him at Gallery North.In the shaded yard of the gallery under an awning Jason was quietly working on a sculpture of a mermaid. He brightened when he saw us and greeted us warmly, He spent the next hour talking about his craft and his studio in Italy. He showed us his work, his drawings, models and tools. His passion and joy was inspiring.He invited us to return in the fall to an outdoor art show and see the mermaid completed. There he said I would meet a friend of his who had studied in Florence and was an extremely gifted painter.I had expressed to Jason my interest in oil painting and he said that this artist would be great to study with.

I met my friend and teacher Kevin McEvoy that October and in January 2011 walked up a flight of stairs in a breezy old building in Riverhead.

Another door opens.

Almost four years later, I am exhibiting at the same fair that I met Kevin. The mermaid sits on the porch of the gallery and I think of Jason. I am pretty sure I will think of him the rest of my days.

People are wandering in and out of my tent. They watch me paint.They are pointing at my work, smiling, talking, asking questions. Some ask me to tell them the story behind the painting, others create their own. I am blessed. I am blessed. I am blessed.

A few of them visited my tent at my first show. They want to learn to draw and paint. I am not ready to teach so I give them Kevin's information and assure them they will be in very good hands, I am not ready to teach but I am ready to point the way, to open a door and start them on a journey.

Me and Jason, dropping pebbles in a pond.

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