Some artists never put their brushes down, and they probably shouldn’t.
Many people don’t even know they love the arts until the end of their lives, when they have more time to explore their interests.
Learning new skills, whether in your own field of study or another, can help you stay focused, creative, and more involved in life. Participating in creative endeavors can stop mental decline into the 70s and 80s. Exploring an art form can be the perfect way to continue to develop artistically, creatively and curiously.
Artists from the Mirador retirement community have created a workshop to organize art classes and a gallery to exhibit their work. The last exhibition is “Mirador Women in Art”. The works in this exhibition are those of residents Diane Peters, Cornelia Morgan, Annise Lindeburg, Ann Neal Reimer and Jenifer Hartsfield.
Diane Peters considers her paintings to be her “privileged places in the sun”. She says she is addicted to outdoor painting and that her part of the exhibition is about places where her “feet stepped in the sand”.
“As artists, we walk until we find something inspiring, then unload our easels and paint in the streets. The locals are intrigued. We develop an unspoken love with them as we go along. we interact, developing their cities, foods, customs, language, atmosphere, and people in a painting. Combined with the emotional and environmental aspect, there is the mathematical concept of collection, elimination, emphasis and use of perspective to execute the scene in a matter of hours on white paper. The process is etched in the mind like a painted journal, becoming ours forever. “
Another of the artists, Cornelia Morgan, loves color. His subjects are the flowers grown in his garden.
“I am fascinated by the application of watercolor pigments – the way it creates unpredictable textures and patterns; combinations that create new colors; the challenge of creating depth and dimension on a smooth, flat piece of watercolor paper. Everything involved in painting is a joy to me. “
The watercolors and acrylic paints created by Ann Neal Reimer are the joy of her life. She says she is excited to take photos of the flowers and wildlife of South Texas and use them along with the outdoor painting to create her art.
Cancer survivor Annise Lindeburg says it’s still good to paint at 79. The late Joseph A. Cane once said of her work “in her floral paintings, she fixes with intensely cultivated precision the composition frame that adapts to the canvas. These paintings make you want to paint if you are a painter, to make music if you are a musician. Everyone exudes a state of well-being. “
Residents of the Mirador observed and interacted with another of the artists, Jenifer Hartsfield, during a month-long demonstration of her analog designs. These are drawings in which Hartsfield makes thoughts visible by cultivating an openness between the work in progress, his thoughts and observations and those of the spectators. These factors inspire and influence the process and the results are displayed in this exhibit. Hartsfield also teaches drawing at the Mirador.
Lynda Jones is an artist, former art teacher and has served on several art-related boards. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are going to
What: ‘Mirador Women in Art’
When: Reception at 4 p.m. on August 27. Discussion of work and other work will take place at a reception. The exhibition continues until August 28.
Where: Mirador Retirement Community, 5857 Timbergate Drive
Information: 361-994-0509 or 361-993-5202