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Gayle Mahoney
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My artwork statement assignment... I chose to write about this piece because it looks a lot different from most of my work, but the theme behind it unites it with my other work...

World Trade Center Memorial - Watercolor on paper

Watercolor lends itself to landscape painting, particularly plein air painting and scenes of nature. While I enjoy painting in those traditional forms, I chose to paint this urban landscape – something totally manmade – because of my associations with this particular place.
 
I am fascinated by the concept of “place” and the way we identify with the places we come from or visit, and most of my work touches on this theme in one way or another. The World Trade Center has always been an iconic place, but has gone through radical changes since the towers were built, fell and as the area is reconstructed. These changes have redefined the meaning of the World Trade Center complex in the context of “place.” The area has special significance to me, since I live just a few miles away, and many people in my town died when the towers were destroyed. It is a sacred space that belongs to us all. As the anniversary of the attacks approached this year, I painted this watercolor as a way to help process my feelings — as artists often do.
 
What I like most about the painting is that I think it captures the contrast between the massive and somewhat severe granite and metal forms of the memorial, and the softening effect of the water, reflections and light that are ever-changing. It is a reminder that even after tremendous loss, life finds a way to carry us all forward.
 
I am making a donation of $5 for every print sold to Tuesday’s Children, a response and recovery nonprofit that supports youth, families and communities impacted by traumatic loss.
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FYI - call for artists who are either seniors or live with disabilities, by Arts Unbound, a great nonprofit that supports senior artists and those with disabilities. They are in NJ but work with artists nationwide. Contact Hillary Hersh for more info hhersh@artsunbound.org. Their website is www.artsunbound.org. Spread the word to those you know who may benefit from their services.

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Hi everyone, I had a busy month and am finally catching up to everyone. Congrats to Judith! I like your work a lot and I enjoyed learning more about your process in the first session. And thank-you to Jason for creating such a great program. I grew up in California but now I live in New Jersey, so I am somewhat bi-coastal (Judith - I lived in the Sacramento area too - Carmichael/Fair Oaks). I am coming back to watercolor after working in ceramics and metals for several years. I am looking forward to learning from everyone! Here's one of my watercolors, Pescadero Beach Pebbles. Cheers!
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This blog has moved!
Please visit my new blog - it's now integrated into my website. I continue to post about both the creative and business sides of being an artist! http://www.gaylemahoney.com/new-blog/

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Open Call for Artists for multiple gallery venues in the Valley Arts District in Northern New Jersey - All media, no cost to apply, no deadline. Please download prospectus and entry form here:
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