Saturday, April 18, 2020

Artistic Sheltering in Mendocino ~

Hello Art Friends!

Wow - what a time in life!
It is April 18, 2010 week 5 of California's 'shelter in place' for the Covid 19.
As I am sure this unusual time has been for may of you - it's been a time of reflection, thought, and also for me -thankfulness.
I feel so fortunate to be able to be in Mendocino, California for this time. It is a beautiful place with stupendous natural beauty all around. There is nothing like gazing at the wild Pacific Ocean. It's strength and magnitude continually awe me.

Wonderfully, I have a studio to work in here, so I have been working - a lot!

Even though this has been a very weird, and scary time - there have been benefits.

Sadly all of my Spring Shows were cancelled.
My large Annual Solo Show show at the wonderful Castoro Cellars - the vineyard located in  the Central California Coast region near Paso Robles, Ca. was scheduled for March & April, 2020, but  had to close up. And I had a smaller show here in Mendocino for March & April, but it also closed up.
Our Spring Open Studio show at our Hunters Point Shipyard Studios - to be this weekend - had to be cancelled.  Plus 2 weekend shows with the Marin Art & Garden Center Galleries in May through Marin Open Studios.
I also had a Plein Air Painting class scheduled in late April through the famous Mendocino Art Center, which sadly will not be happening either.
But on the brighter side - I do have photos and even a very short movie of my shows to share with you!

So - what is the benefit of this all?  A pretty amazing present - TIME!!

I have been working quite diligently on a number of paintings. This extra time has given me the ability to go a little more slowly, and really work deeply through these paintings.  It has been wonderful!
I am quite pleased with my new work.
I will share some of it with you as well - though some pieces may still be 'in process'!

My intention is to Blog more often, and share more of my 'inner workings' as an artist. It is quite a journey. I am Thankful this has been my calling - as difficult as it can be.
I hope this brings you some Joy.

Wishing you all the very best. Please stay healthy - and strong - through all of this.

With Love,

Maeve

Here's a sampling of some of my newest work ~



                                           Valley Oak & Vines
                                           Oil on Birch
                                           24" x 30"



North Coast Light
Oil on canvas
12" x 36"



                                          Headlands into Big River
                                          Oil on canvas
                                          12" x 12"

                                                         
                                                          My First Little 'Movie'!!
                     It's my Mendocino Show for you to see - since it is currently all closed up!



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hello Art Appreciators and Friends!

It has been awhile since my last Blog, and a lot has happened!

I have returned to Northern California, which is wonderful. This is my time to focus on my art - completing paintings, and making new work. I very much look forward to this time. I was in Northern Michigan all summer, where I have my summertime Art Gallery, Maeve's Art on Mackinac Island, Michigan. It was a very busy summer, and I sold a record number of paintings this summer, so that was very gratifying. 

       My paintings were invited to Japan for a Museum Showing this past summer!
They showed at the Matsumoto Museum, Matsumoto, Japan, and the Iizura Gallery in Omachi City, Japan over the summer. Some of my paintings were sold at the Gallery show, so I now have pieces living in Japan, as well as England, Switzerland, France, Mexico, Canada and of course the United States!

Stormy Bluff Pine           16" x 18", oil on canvas

                       In September I had the honor of being invited by the 
Mendocino Art Center to be a Judge  and 'Featured Celebrity Artist' for the     week long Mendocino Open Air Paint Out (MOPO).  
It was a wonderful experience! There were more than 70 participants, and we all painted everyday. I had to let the Art Center know my daily painting location each day, so participants could come and watch me paint 'en plein air'! I painted in the gorgeous Mendocino area for 7 days and also gave an indoor painting demonstration on 'How to Paint an Expressive Tree' - it was great!


Druid's Pines          20" x 30", oil on canvas

The Fall has been busy with my Fall Open Studio Show at my Hunters Point Shipyard Studio October 14 &15, and a second 'Pop Up' Open Studio Show at the 
OrangeLand Gallery on Nob Hill in San Francisco (November 4 &5). 

And more shows to come!


Next week, in the beautiful Anderson Valley of Mendocino County,  I am having a show at Scharffenberger Cellars. 
The Artists'Reception is Friday November 17, 5:30-7:30
Scharffenberger is famous for their amazing Sparkling wines, and Pinot Noir! 
 I hope you can come!

Here is the Show information:
 Woods, Wine and Water
Maeve Croghan, Debra Lennox and Micaela Marsden
Explore the Intertwining of the Wild & Human

November 17, 2017 – February 15, 2018 
Reception for the Artists
Friday, November 17, 2017
5:30-7:30 pm at the Scharffenberger Cellars Tasting Room
8501 Hwy. 128, Philo, CA 95466   (707) 895-2957
info@scharffenbergercellars.com




The following weekend on Sunday December 3rd, is our 
Holiday Show at the Shipyard Artist Studios.
This is a very festive and fun event!
It's just the one day on December 3rd, 11-5pm
Over 50 other Shipyard Artists will be Opening their studios for a Holiday Party and Show! 
It's a great opportunity to visit! 
It's a quieter 'Invitation Show', and not as busy as our Fall & Spring Open Studios at the Shipyard.  

Above Pacifica             oil on canvas, 12" x 48"


Upcoming Sausalito Show

This early winter I've been invited for a Solo Show at  the lovely 

Madrigal  Family Winery & Gallery
                                     819 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
                                                    415-810-6089
                                                              January 31 - March 10, 2018
                You won't want to miss this Opening Reception - they have wonderful wines!
         I'll keep you posted for the Madrigal Family Winery & Gallery Show's Reception date!

Beaverstock Oaks    oil on canvas. 20" x 20"