Monday, September 15, 2014

Because Playing with Paint is a Beautiful Thing

Those smiles say it all!
Thank you Kaye, Wilva, Linda, Liz, Jeanne, Carla, and Kathy

This past Saturday kicked off the Playing with Paint class series I teach in the Wausau, WI area. Our theme for this class was painting farm market flower bouquets from life. All I can say is what an amazing group of artists I had the honor and privilege of working with for this class. Special stories were shared, painting fears were faced, risks were taken, and in a mere three hours, beautiful paintings emerged. I am so very proud of these artists for their willingness to try something new--painting for the first time, using a BIG brush--as in a 2" wide brush ;) and for giving themselves the gift of art time to feed their creative soul. Beautiful! 

We will be Playing with Paint again on Saturday October 11. It is going to be a splashy, drippy fun time! We would love for you to join us! Details and registration are here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Playing with Paint coming up this Saturday

© Nancy Laliberte
8" x 6" oil on panel
$150 framed
Available at the Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau WI
715.842.4545

It is Playing with Paint time! After taking the summer off from teaching, I am excited to be starting up my monthly acrylic painting class, Playing with Paint, this Saturday from 10 am - 1 pm. Our theme for this session is farm market flower bouquets. 

Class is held at the Rib Mountain Hobby Lobby classroom on the second Saturday of each month, September through May. It is open to all levels from never painted before to experienced in painting, but want to try a new medium or just wanting to paint with others. All you need to bring is an 11 x 14 canvas. I supply everything else (paints, brushes, palette, clean up), including chocolate, and almonds (to justify eating the chocolate). Works for me! :)

Details and registration are here, but feel free to email me if you have any additional questions. It is amazing what you can accomplish when you are "playing with paint" and the pressure is off, and the focus is on having fun! Try something new, come join us...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Golden Days" original acrylic painting by Nancy Laliberte

© Nancy Laliberte
4" x 4" x 1-3/8" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
available at Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point, WI

The midwest landscape of August is filled with such yummy color. I have been thoroughly enjoying the field patterns of golds and greens paired up with the beautiful skies we have been having (when it has not been raining), and punctuated with a few extra spots of color. 

It reminds me of my childhood growing up on a Wisconsin farm and soaking up those last days of summer while running around barefoot with the cool grass under my feet, the golden sun warming my skin, and seeing all of the field patterns created by the hard-working farmers, my father included. These images are etched in my mind and in my heart. I love bringing them out with paint just as one might pull out a favorite photo album filled with pictures of the past. 

Keep enjoying your summer, and be sure to spend some time running around barefoot in the grass before the snow flies ;)

Thank you for being a part of my art journey, 
you are appreciated!
Nancy
side view

Thursday, August 14, 2014

"Winter on the Farm" original painting by artist Nancy Laliberte

© Nancy Laliberte
$48
4" x 4" x 1-3/8" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
Available at Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point, WI
715.343.6251

Continuing the exploration of barns and farms in the landscape. I am definitely not wishing for an early winter, but we have had some beautiful blue skies here lately which greatly influenced my color palette. 

side view

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Summer on the Farm" original painting by Nancy Laliberte

"Summer on the Farm"
© Nancy Laliberte
4" x 4" x 1-3/8" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point, WI
SOLD

A petite peinture of one of my favorite themes - barns and farms in the landscape. I never tire of exploring shape, color, and light in painting. I love asking myself questions throughout the process, "What if I put down transparent colors first..., what is that shape of color I see..., does that color lean towards red or blue..." It is wonderful to be inquisitive and ask questions along the way whether it is in painting, gardening, traveling, fixing things, you name it. You just never know what you may discover or where your next question will lead you. Being curious is a wonderful part of the journey.

side view

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Fun with a "Practice Run"

"Practice Run"
© Nancy Laliberte
6" x 8" oil on panel (plein-air)
available at the Transitions Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI
additional details here

Summer is in full swing and it is fabulous! After the long winter we had, every warm and sunny day sure feels like a gift. In between soaking up some extra Vitamin D and having fun outdoors, if you are in the Wausau area this weekend, be sure to stop in at the Center for the Visual Arts (427 N Fourth St, downtown Wausau) and check out the Transitions Gallery space where I have this painting and other plein air and studio pieces exhibiting through Sunday, July 13. There are a lot of great events happening in Wausau this weekend, so make it a day of summer fun.
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Friday, June 6, 2014

Join me tonight from 5 - 7 pm at the Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI

"The Family Farm"
© Nancy Laliberte
18" x 24" acrylic on canvas
available at the Center for the Visual Arts Transitions Gallery

Remembering life on "The Family Farm"...please join me tonight from 5 - 7 pm at the opening reception of my exhibit of plein air and studio paintings in the Transitions Gallery space at the Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Wausau. Also taking place tonight at the CVA is the opening reception to Craig Blietz's, "Farm to Table" show in the main gallery, and the 7th Congressional Art Competition in the Loft Gallery. All in all, It will be a great opportunity to view and talk art. See you there!
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class or workshop 

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