Pat Nickerson's Art Blog

Artists are continually learning ...

As a Cape Cod artist with a full summer season, I look forward to the quieter days of winter and spring that allow more time for me to focus on my painting. This past January, I was lucky enough to take a two-day workshop with Don Demers, and from January through mid-May, I have been studying with Mary Moquin.

Don Demers is a wonderful, nationally known maritime and landscape painter who lives in Eliot, Maine and teaches workshops throughout the country. This workshop, entitled Painting the Sea, was held at the Cape Museum of Art in Dennis. Each day, Don did a demo and all 12 students were mesmerized by each and every brushstroke. It was a joy to watch a master at work. Since ocean waves are one of the subjects I like to paint, I was particularly thrilled to be in this workshop. The two days were intense, but well worth the time.

Every Wednesday morning, I pack up my painting supplies and head out to the Cape Cod Art Association for Experimental Masters Class, a 3 1/2 hour class with Mary Moquin. Mary is enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. She works with you one-on-one with your own piece and challenges you to explore and expand your art experience. It is a pleasure to take a class with Mary. She just recently received her MFA in painting from UMass-Dartmouth.

I have taken many classes and workshops over the years, and often I reflect on the fact that I am so grateful to the artists who share their talent, time, and expertise with students who need to grow and learn.

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One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity.
~ Auguste Renoir