My mission to engage people in creativity is finally happening! My painting classes at the Riverdale Senior Center have now begun their 3rd session!! This post is to show the incredible art from people who never painted before.
And a new student who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s has joined. Robert is a professional artist who studied at the Art Students League. He has a studio upstate New York. However, since his mental decline he has not done art for a long time. I told him the first day that he is still an artist and he can create just like Monet when his eyesight went bad.
My painting classes are not about skill. I do not teach technique. There is a very spiritual connection to art and one student, Margery, has exceptional talent.
So here’s to Riverdale’s emerging artists. And please do not refer to them as seniors dabbling in art. Their work is fearless and vibrant. Totally alive and ageless!
The following are by Robert who has Alzheimer’s:
STAY TUNED FOR PART TWO
I know winter is coming and the trees are naked branches reaching up to grey skies. But I have come to really appreciate winter’s enchanting sunsets and the twisted trees with outspread branches waiting for snow to adorn them.
Artists are outside creating all over and any time of year. Here are some of my winter paintings done in traditional mediums and on my iPad.
A Fearless Artist must keep experimenting and showing their art.
e, Dean Hartung, for giving a weekend workshop on plein air painting. We went upstate and it was my first time painting outdoors . I bought special plein air easel. It turned out to be a clumsy, cumbersome wood easel and I spent more time fussing with it than painting. It tipped over in the wind and sent all my supplies into the Hudson River. Never buy something that looks good at a cheap price. I painted and cried every time the easel tipped over. And putting wet canvas on it was a challenge. A Monet moment it wasn’t
in spite of all this I came home with these lovelies!
I’m in the process of weeding out vampires who will take my energy away. I can’t rescue the world.
I must take care of my health and my mind now. Health is wealth!
I have had setbacks recently with workshops being pushed back. So I am using the free time to do more art on my iPad! What a joy. Here are some new paintings.