Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Along the Way

Along the Way
Oil on Canvas
Nancy Medina Art
Nancy on Facebook

Inspiration for Along the Way

Photography by Sharon
of A New England Life

I have never had an art mentor who was a giant in the industry, someone to sternly push me forward or correct my repeated mistakes when I take a wrong turn with the brush. But I am just as fortunate to have a muse, my friend Sharon, who takes the most beautiful photographs of her home and her region in New England and so generously shares them with me to paint. Sharon's blog focuses on the changes in seasons and the creatures that thrive in her region. She lives in one of the most idyllic spots in the nation, though the winters can be brutal there.

I am counting the days until October when I will hop on the Northbound Train from Boston and travel up to see her and her family and critters again. Maybe we'll take her beloved Lily for a walk on the beach and sit in the car and eat sandwiches, or order coffee with whipped creme and chocolate on top from some little shop in Portsmouth. She always has some amazing thing to show me. But the best part of traveling there is to see my pal.

The year feels like it is moving toward a close already, doesn't it? Wherever you are, I hope you have a muse in your life, a friend who is very dear to you, and little four footed assistants to help keep your schedule on track like I do. Oh and some master painter mentor to give you a kick in the oil spattered pants whenever needed. Wouldn't that be grand.

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