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Maureen Blakeley
Kingston - Canada
Mixed Media & Collage - Portraits & Figures

Lately, my focus has returned to drawing and watercolour. This has led me to try colour pencil as a medium. I am primarily a self-taught artist although I did take a summer course in fine art many years ago at university. I studied silk painting with Hilary Scanlon at St. Lawrence College. While silk painting remains my first 'love', I'm enjoying getting back to basics and re-discovering the joy of graphite. I hope that this joy shows in my art and brings a good measure to you the viewer.
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Funny how things work out, isn't it?
It was a little over 30 years ago that I enrolled in a summer school course at university. My minor is in Art History. We were allowed to take one fine arts course.

The course I took proposed to give the student an overall competency in several of the major media. I remember it as a wonderful kaleidescope of experience. Most scary? Definitely using the electric band saw to create a frame for one of my art pieces. Most love? Sculpture. Due to an injury I had to give that up about 25 years ago.

I do remember sweating bullets over the drawing phase. My instructor was the very model of patience. I hated drawing!!!

Wherever he is now, I know he'd be rolling on the floor, laughing hysterically at me now -- if he only knew. This time I approached drawing without the fear or angst. This time I'm enjoying the journey, taking small moments to enjoy the shading here or the highlight there.

Funny, isn't it?

Sally, age 2 - Graphite on 50 lb cartridge - 9 x 12 - $sold

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