Monday, March 26, 2018

A Mentor's Legacy: Marie Linnekin

 I was told I should meet a fellow artist called Sue in our village in Ohio and so I invited her over for tea. I was bowled over by her sketchbooks and she felt the same about mine. The discussion over the sketchbooks sparked a conversation about who had inspired us and I said I had this wonderful mentor in Maryland. Sue said "how interesting, me too". I told her it was a teacher at Ann Arundel Community College and again Sue said "me too". I was one of the students the teacher invited to her monthly critiques in her home for several years. Sue again said "me too" and in unison we shouted "MARIE". I mean what are the odds LOL! We could clearly see the influence Marie had on us when it came to our sketchbooks. Unlike some instructors Marie encouraged us to use our sketchbooks like playgrounds for the imagination and exploration of everything. 
Colours, shapes, words, quotes, bits of cloth etc were all tossed into the sketchbook, along with formal drawings, thumbnails. Marie said in time as your skills develop you can go back to those early sketchbooks and realize some of the ideas that seemed impossible to achieve at the time or they will inspire new ideas.
Painting by Marie Linnekin

I was 40 when I took my first oil painting class. My intention was to go to college and work towards my social work degree now that my children were older but that all changed. Marie saw something in me and took me under her wing and that was the beginning of an amazing art journey.  Those monthly group art critiques at Marie's house were a crucial part of my development as an older artist. Learning how to do a critique, how to take one, how to stretch the boundaries, how to get your work photographed, etc etc.
Marie was an amazing artist, an inspiring woman, a fantastic teacher and mentor. I am forever grateful to have been part of her life for a short time and for her kindness and support. 

Last Christmas was the first time in over 20 years I hadn't sent a card and letter. Not sure why but I decided to double check to see if she was still at the same address and I found her obituary.

Marie was a beautiful BRIGHT star and she will continue to guide the way for all those she touched. 

Jacqueline Marie Mills Linnekin's Obituary on The Capital Gazette

Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers. | Jacqueline Marie Mills Linnekin, 84, died in her home, with her children at her side, on February 25, 2017. Jacqueline was born in San Diego on October 17, 1932 to Marjorie and James "Jimmy"

Friday, March 09, 2018

Clouds and Studio Notes in Ahwatukee

Saw these amazing clouds this morning.

If you are a fan of clouds

The new hashtag you should be following? #Cloudporn

Who knew clouds could be so sexy?

About Ahwatukee 
 origin of the name

Each day is an adventure as we learn to live in a new place and a new lifestyle.  I have a new motto when it comes to plants in the southwest, "look but don't touch". They can be ever so pretty but the thorns are lethal and sometimes they are hidden within the leaves, on the trunk or tiny slivers sneak into your flesh and irritate.
Esqualita is now up and with her studio dog Phineas Fallis, all is well in the studio 

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Ahwatukee Rocks

When we first moved to Phoenix I came across this great fb page called Ahwatukee Rocks. I can't tell you just how happy I was to find this as it's right up my alley. I love the whole concept of adults and children painting rocks and leaving them in unexpected places for people to enjoy. 

National craze hits village with Ahwatukee Rocks

From East Coast to West Coast, a trend that promotes random acts of kindness while combining it with creativity is this summer's craze, an unplugged and heart-satisfying alternative to last July's Pokémon Go. In the past month, an Ahwatukee woman and two children have brought the craze local with a Facebook group page, "Ahwatukee Rocks."

So I joined the fb group and after finally finding my box with some of the stones left one out today.
painted rocks and stones
Hope whoever finds it enjoys it.

Well BACK to unpacking studio boxes
 until next time 
cheers and thanks for visiting