Annapolis studio teaches the art of mindfulness in ‘Zentangle’ class

By NAOMI HARRIS | CAPITAL GAZETTE |SEP 27, 2019 | 3:15 PM Kathy Dennin-Meagher opens a recent Zentangle class at her Annapolis studio by letting her students know that despite appearances, the drawing technique is not doodling: The method requires a mindful and purposeful approach. Zentangle calls on students to use shapes and lines to create complicated drawings. Last

“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

Is My Kid Talented?

Drawing comes and goes, in stages, as our child develops. So, how do we know at what age our kid might have talent or a knack for drawing or painting? Preschoolers start drawing with scribble lines that move into simple shapes that represent forms by the time they reach kindergarten. As they develop their thinking

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