A Season of Headlines

August 2020

News of the virus continues to dominate headlines. No one is immune to the profound changes in our lives.

Left: "Rain"

Despite the new reality, life with the Heuermans has been action-packed, including my recent move to Bay Harbor, Mich., for the summer.

Remember my quarantine-inspired painting, Distance? It was featured in a two-page spread in the July issue of Gulfshore Life. The article is about what artists are creating while they’re an “artist in residence.”

Also in July, I was featured on the cover of Old Naples Living as part of its new monthly artist spotlight.

Add Reside magazine in Bay Harbor also had a nice article to greet me when we arrived for the summer.

Above: Old Naples Living article

While I’m grateful for the attention, it’s back into the studio for me!

As I’ve stated, the creative will has a mind of its own and often artists don’t consciously direct their work. We need the spontaneity of expressions from our hearts and soul.

Case in point: My new paintings are an expression of how some people feel in the enforced solitude — alone together. We can dance like no one’s watching (the name of one of the new paintings) or spend precious time with family or celebrate the collective goodwill of our larger communities.

Meet “Rain,” a companion painting to “Distance.” Almost the entire painting was done with a palette knife, even each and every figure.

Then there are “the girls,” which for me evoke purity, innocence, and hopefulness.

Above: Reside magazine article

Sky and water remain my inspiration and a few seascapes are in the works, to be shared soon!

In other news …

20% off paintings & giclees at Arsenault Gallery through Aug. 31

What’s the cure for the SUMMERTIME BLUES? A 20% savings on all original art and giclees currently on display at Arsenault Gallery as well as on the www.arsenaultgallery.com. As part of the SUMMERTIME BLUES celebration, each week the gallery will share work by one of its gallery artists as well as commentary about how the color blue has influenced their art. As it turns out, there is a cure for the SUMMERTIME BLUES! 20% discount offer expires August 31. This week, I am the featured artist on the gallery’s website and social media. The Arsenault team kindly wrote:

STEPPING INTO ONE OF AMY’S PAINTINGS is like wading into the sea toward a horizon crowned by a spectacular sky. Blue is her signature, the full spectrum, and she owns it. “Most people think of blue as a cool color, but it makes me feel warm and close to nature,” Amy said. Amy is true blue: Her love for the color extends to her wardrobe and home decor, both blue and white. While her paintings are awash with blues, viewers might be surprised by the variety of other colors including purples, greens, pinks, golden yellow, and aquas, that give her blues such dimension.

The gallery is now open. Please call 239-263-1214 for information on hours as well as private viewings in the gallery or in the comfort of your home.

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