“Weather on the Water” Annapolis Arts Alliance Show Celebrates the Elements

by Sandra Olivetti Martin and Kathy Knotts with Krista BougheyAs published in Bay Weekly July 2019 Weather plays out in high drama on the Bay’s big stage. In stormy weather, clouds sweep the sky in roiling 3D Technicolor, complete with sound and light effects. In calmer weather, the blue sky repeats itself in blue water.

Kathy Dennin-Meagher is this Month’s AAA Featured Artist

The Annapolis Arts Alliance is excited to feature Kathy Dennin-Meagher as this June’s Featured Artist of the Month! Bio:I went to school and received my BFA, but it wasn’t until April of 2016 that I could go back to creating art. I too took a path that paid the bills, often in the art industry,

Art “MAY” take courage, but is so rewarding!

Every year we celebrate our business anniversary with a Student Art Show. This year we had a range from 10 to 87 years old submit a piece of their work.  The goal, rather than selling your art, was to give you the “artist experience”.  Each person was toasted with a very important quote to ponder

Will the real watercolor brush please stand out?

Why is it so hard to find a good watercolor brush? It might be because every brush manufacture makes what they call a “watercolor” brush. In the madness to determine what really is a good tool, I have simplified what to look for when purchasing one. BRISTLES: First, try if you can to sample (yes

Drawing on Confidence

People often back down quickly when asked to draw. This intimidation always surprises me, since the same is not true when asked to paint. Maybe it is because we have held a paint brush to paint some trim in our house or put varnish over a picnic table. Maybe it is the difference in large

Perfect Gift for the Experience Seeker

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the experience seeker? This past year we have had many people enjoying and purchasing gift cards for art classes and workshops. Many gift cards are given as retirement gifts, but just as many are given as birthday gifts. We all seek out new and unique experiences to

The Reward of Private Art Lessons

The reward of treating yourself to something comes with age. We earned the reward with hard work and therefore, the thrill of receiving it is so much sweeter. When we allow ourselves time to focus on our own needs, we want that reward to be fulfilling and special, like taking private art lessons. Taking art

Life is Colorful

In a recent meeting with a group of very creative people, someone made the comment, “Color is scary for some people.” That statement really threw me off guard. I don’t understand how color can be scary. It’s just an odd concept to me, since I feel that color is life itself. Color is associated with

Watercolor vs. Acrylic

When given the choice of watercolor vs. acrylic painting, everyone chooses to learn watercolor. In fact, I have to give the acrylic painting pep talk when I get inquiries about learning to paint. The truth is most people feel comfortable with watercolor because it is used everywhere. We are drawn to it’s pigments because they

What’s In a Name

Have you ever heard of the game Two Truths and One Lie? It’s a little trivia game where you tell three things about yourself — but one of them is a lie. I thought it would be fun to get to know each other a little bit and play to see how much you know