July 2018 - Art News from Kathleen Mooney

Workshops, Local and Current Exhibits, new art, travel and painting...

Kathleen Mooney teaches at Ghost Ranch NM in 2018!

ACT NOW - if YOU want to GO - NOW is the TIME! $100 discount extended ONLY until July 15!  Sign up other students and save more!! SPECIAL Reserved Lodging sign up ONLY through August 1! 

My Sketchbook - from the Box Canyon - Ghost Ranch Oct 2017 (c) katheenmooney.com

In 2017 I painted at Ghost Ranch in northwest New Mexico - the beloved landscape of Georgia O'Keeffe!  I stayed for two days in her little cottage at the ranch - happily painting the Pedernal mountain from her front porch.  A week of exploring the Ghost Ranch valley, box canyon, Georgia's home in Abiquiu, and standing "right there" where Georgia painted some of her most iconic paintings of this iconic place.  Incredible.  Beauty.  Everywhere. 

One of my NEW Independent Traveler Workshops is offered September 20 through 25, 2018 (note the date change!) at Ghost Ranch - see Independent Traveler Workshops.  You know you want to go.  You know you want to paint it - yes, you can!  Includes two tours focused on Georgia O'Keeffe - her Abiquiu home and private locations on the ranch where she painted her favorite views, a ranch history tour (rustlers, ghosts and dinosaurs), our own studio space including a patio looking at the Mesa with daily plein air painting and art instruction.  Enchanting, rejuvenating and inspiring.  Open to 12 students - help me recruit students and there is a nice discount in it for you!  Ghost Ranch Workshop Details


Ireland 2018!


I spent over 2 weeks in beautiful Ballyferriter Ireland on the Dingle Peninsula in April into May.  I had "independent traveler" art workshop students for 3 days of exploring and painting - windswept, plein air (outside in nature) and studio painting.  I featured painting with ocean water and coastal scenes.  Highlights this year were hiking to the "Star Wars Meditation Stone" film site, sketching in pubs, photography and making straw masks for the spring festival.  We did prints for International Print Day in May -- representing Ireland and Michigan.  Ireland is always MAGIC.




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Exhibits - WOW!

1) "Rainmaker - Skellig Michael, Ireland" will be on exhibit in Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic.  Invited and accepted in the IWS - International Watercolor Society Exhibition in August 2018.

2) IWS 2018 exhibit in Costa Rica.  Invited and accepted IWS - International Watercolor Society 

3) IWS 2018 exhibit in the Ukraine.  Invited and accepted IWS - International Watercolor Society 

4) Saint Mary's Health Center - 12 NEW Bountiful Beauty - large paintings of floral abundance in acrylic on canvas on exhibit in the Mercy Health Saint Mary's  200 Jefferson Art Exhibition space - September, October, November 2018.  No reception, but contact me for a personal or group guided tour!

5) Saint Cecilia Music Center - The Terryberry Gallery - over twenty of my Scotland / Orkney paintings from my 2016 artist residency will be on exhibit August 1 through September 17 and a special book signing / public reception will be held on August 10 5:30 - 7:30.  Please come see this significant collection of contemporary watercolor abstract landscapes.



Michigan Water Color Society - at the Saginaw Art Museum through July 27.  My painting was selected as one of 20 award winning paintings to participate in a traveling exhibit with locations in Port Huron, Lapeer, and the Greater Flint Arts Council.  My painting "Teal and Indigo" received the Founders Memorial Award (monetary $500) with a generous selection (over $150) of paints and brushes from Jack Richeson & Co.  Juror Geoffrey McCormack.



Just back from the Fresh Coast Plein Air Competition 2018 in lovely Marquette Michigan.  No award this year, but always so much fun!  I did two paintings of Black Rocks Brewery on Third Street.  These will be in my long awaited, egarly anticipated, yet often postponed coloring book for adults - BREW pubs and great pubs in the US and Ireland.  We all have those projects that just keep getting postponed in favor of "MORE research"...


Art Workshops for Independent Travelers

Ghost Ranch paintings and photos by Kathleen Mooney / Plein Aire painting in Bliss, Michigan by Kathleen Mooney

After many requests I have packaged up art workshops in Ireland and several stunning USA locales.  3-6 days painting with my instruction while recording your own memories in acrylics or watercolor.  Pure MAGIC.  Details on Art Instruction on my website -- look for Independent Traveler Workshops!  Now everyone can paint (Yes, YOU can!) in beautiful locations that I love - Ireland, New Mexico, Michigan's UP - all special and inspiring!

Workshops in Michigan

NEW!!!! Monthly 1 Day Workshops at Franciscan Life Process Center. Acrylics and Watermedia, Abstraction, Composition and Finishing - bring MORE power to your painting... learn from my decades of dedicated studio practice!  Workshop Schedule at FLPC: More of my workshops will be added each month.

Why you want to book your ART workshops EARLY...

To ensure you have a spot reserved - and to recruit your painting buddies to attend too!

To make a commitment to yourself to PAINT - and block out time on your calendar!

Many organizers have to decide as far as 30 days in advance if they have enough reservations -- or if they need to CANCEL.  Book your spot EARLY!

So YOUR materials packet from the presenter can be prepared

To secure your lodging and transportation

So you can prepare and gather inspiration, materials, and supplies

To have enough time to research the presenter’s style

So the organizer can prepare for your comfort and optimum learning environment


Other locations to see my art -

At least 44 of Kathleen Mooney's LARGE PAINTINGS ON CANVAS are featured at Flat River Cottage at 317 East Main Street, Lowell MI 49331 Flat River Cottage - I have a nice new selection of greeting cards and paintings at Flat River Cottage!  

Lansing Art Gallery - located in downtown Lansing - just down the street from the state capitol building - paintings and greeting cards by Kathleen Mooney in the Gallery Shop.  Their website is Lansing Art Gallery 

I have large canvas pieces and some of my Art Trunk Show paintings at Art in Abundance Gallery in Grand Marais, Michigan - a lovely place at the end of the road on Lake Superior - a seasonal, special, secret locale... my kind of place.  Facebook page  If you want to join me for painting or a workshop in mid July - contact me!  Pictured Rocks Cruises and inspiring views of the BIG LAKE and dramatic cliffs everywhere!

Design Quest D2 D2 D2 - 4181 28th Street in Grand Rapids 49512 has many of my rugs featured and on display for purchase or custom order in gorgeous contemporary room settings. They are the local Michigan source for my 20 rug designs for Foreign Accents Rugs.  Design Quest 800-944-3232 Contact me if you would like a personal tour of the rugs on display!

Are you and your friends interested in a summer 2019 painting retreat workshop on Lake Michigan at a Dark Sky Park?  Let me know.  Painting in the dark can be fun (we will also paint in the daytime...)

As usual - If you would like an appointment to view my art or have me bring some pieces to your home or business - just contact me via the website KathleenMooney.com or email!  It would be great to see you!

Enjoy the ART! Hope to see you soon!  Kathleen





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