"Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul." - Edgar Allan Poe

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    MAUREEN  K. BROOKFIELD  WATERCOLORS                    
I am  seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all of my heart”  Vincent Van Gogh

                             News – May 2017

"Red, White & Blue"
  Invitations to quite a few shows appear in my mailbox at
this time of year and it's always hard to decide which ones to
submit paintings to.   Mostly it boils down to time availability...you just can't manage to get around to them all and sometimes you just miss the entry date so that takes care of that. Some of these shows have specific themes, which can be fun if you happen to have the perfect painting for the theme, or have time to paint one.  As it happens the Rhode Island Watercolor Society has just opened a themed juried show titled "Celebrations of Color". I'm pleased to say that my painting "Red, White & Blue was among those chosen.  If you get a chance pop in and see this fabulous show at RIWS Gallery, Slater Memorial Park. 831 Armistice Blvd.
Pawtucket, RI.  It runs through mid June.


I was thrilled to have my watercolor "Changing Sky" accepted in the New England Watercolor Society 2017 Regional Juried Exhibition at the Newport Art Museum.  76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. The Reception is on Thursday June 8th 5-7pm.
"Changing Sky"
The Society has some of the best watercolorists in New England among their Signature Membership.
Newport is such a wonderful seaport town that my husband and I are planning on staying for the rest of the weekend to relax and explore, and if you want a weekend getaway you couldn't pick a better place.


These two Acrylic paintings "Dragonfly" and "Time Out" are my contributions to this year's fundraisers for the North River Arts Festival (on Memorial weekend in Marshfield).  "Time Out" is for the Scituate Art Association's fundraiser "Solstice Soiree" on July 24th at the Scituate Country
Club.  They will be auctioned off to benefit their respective Societies.  Check their websites for more info:  http://www.northriverarts.org and http://www.scituateart.com
"Time Out"

Just a heads up for this summer. I will be part of a three person exhibit at the Gallery at Plymouth Library with fellow local artists Rick Murphy and Tom Torquiest.  I will be exhibiting about 15 paintings in this show.  The opening is tentatively scheduled for June 16th, I will post more on that later. The exhibit will run through Labor Day  so if you find yourselves in or near Plymouth this summer, please stop by and have a look.
Plymouth Public Library Gallery, 132 South Street, Plymouth, MA  508.830.4250.

Monday, September 5, 2016

The summer has flown by with lots of company and good times.    It was too hot to paint outdoors in August so I went into my blessedly air conditioned studio and got the juices flowing painting my summer flowers.  I’ve been inspired by my garden this year and admire the struggle that flowers put up to survive the heat and humidity, and was pleased I still had some beauties growing there throughout the season.
My favorite time in the garden is late spring when the first flush of roses bloom along with the daisies and lupines, not to forget my peonies.  So, although I don’t often paint flowers I decided it was a good time to get to get to work and paint some more.  Below are the new flower works along with some of my old favorites.  Enjoy!




Friday, April 8, 2016

“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all of my heart"     
                                                                                          Vincent Van Gogh

Having recently returned from four wonderful weeks in Australia I've been playing catchup with my email and various other obligations.
One of which was painting new paintings for an upcoming group show with four wonderful watercolor artists: Anne Belson, Wendy Hale, Mary Smith and Burt Longenbach.

Hope to see some of you there!

Opening Reception Friday April 8th 6-8pm
Dillon Gallery
South Shore Art Center in Cohasset at 119 Ripley Road, Cohasset, MA

City Slickers
Slippery When Wet

Summer Shower

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Also in the Fall, my painting "Sunday Silver" was selected for the Attleboro Museum National Juried Exhibit  Possessions: Prized and Otherwise".
This painting represents the nostalgia I feel for the many entertaining and hilarious Sunday dinners with my husband's family when my children were small and we visited from NJ.  Such fun times!
We inherited the silver coffee pot along with some of the other items  in this painting and when I set up this still life I felt it was a tribute to my mother-in-law's sense of family tradition and also to my own mother, whose favorite flowers were lilies. Whenever I look at this piece I feel the powerful and continued connection to these two wonderful women, and those special moments in my life.

Sunday Silver 25"x33"
Haven't posted much the last couple of months.  It seemed their wasn't enough days in the week to accomplish everything. The summer just flew by with construction in my home, house guests and then straight into the Fall and the Holidays.
Besides working hard on my ABC book project and other illustrations (see my illustration blog), I still managed to carve out time for some paintings….(have to get my painting fix in :)

Beach Walk 8x10
Summer Harbor 8x10

I experimented recently, with these two small beach scenes, trying watercolor on canvas…. I think it gave an interesting look and is something I might continue to explore. These two beach scenes are currently on display at the Front Street Gallery in Scituate.

Changing Marsh 11x14
I decided to rework this fall scene as I wasn't happy with the composition in the foreground…I think 
it looks better now. I used an interesting medium "Watercolor Oil" its fun to work with for a change.

I did this watercolor as a birthday gift for my son. A nice memory from when he was visiting back east from California, and we walking with his dog along the North River on a beautiful, warm and sunny day.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

"STARS & STRIPES" The American Flag in Contemporary Art
                                                                                         and  "ARTISTS HOMES & STUDIOS"

I am so happy to be part of these two wonderful art books by E. Ashley Rooney. They arrived in bookstores this summer.

"Stars & Stripes" In this book artists share not only their work but they also talk about the inspiration behind their pieces. The book reflects the feelings about this iconic image and celebrates America in all
her glory. I'm proud to say that I was one of 64 artists selected for this honor. The variety of art forms range from watercolor paintings to crazy quilts, oils to match-boxes, mixed media to digital. The artwork shows all cultural and political viewpoints that define the country today. Check out both books at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

"Artists Homes & Studios"  Go behind the scenes of the art world as you tour the homes and studios of 86 international artists and enjoy this glimpse into contemporary artists' lives.