WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"bold contrasts" artist profile W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 178 exhibited at locations including Providence Hospital, the Unum Corporation in Worcester, Dorset Cafe, and the Wellesley Free Library. Upcoming exhibits include The Center for Arts in Natick (November through December 2014) and the Sherborn Inn and the Sudbury Library in 2015. Although her career is still new, it has been intense. Besides her thousands of hours of practice, Blake has studied at the New Art Center in Newtonville and at the Museum of Fine Arts. Along the way, she's grown as an artist. "I did a lot of representational painting early on, and now I'm enjoying the abstract side," she says, with work that explores color relationships and features bold contrasts. "I'm gaining more confidence. I don't have to prove that I can paint it. There's so much freedom in not painting representationally." Blake's process starts with a concept, a sketch, or a photo. Fast-drying acrylic suits her personality — her paintings are created quickly — as well as allowing her to attend to her family. She paints from a vintage red stepstool in a corner of the all-white kitchen of her Chatham Circle home, using a repurposed armoire to hold canvases, reference photos, files, paints, brushes, and other materials. Above, a shelf running along above: I'll Miss You; below: Beach Umbrellas

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