WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

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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156 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 carolyn mackin loads a wide brush with bold-colored acrylic paint and faces a large, rectangular canvas. Without hesitation, she makes long, broad strokes. Then, she chooses another vivid shade. Again, she quickly lays down strong, seemingly ran- dom marks, appearing fearless and purpose- ful as she demonstrates her technique to a group of beginning painters. The work begins to take shape. The blank page famously intimidates, but so can the blank canvas. How to start? Which colors or materials to use? When to put down the paintbrush? Fear often can hinder the cre- ative process, but the Wellesley abstract artist approaches each new project with eagerness and positivity. "Starting a blank canvas is very freeing and often an emotional release for me," she said. "Since I know that most of what goes down in the first couple layers of my painting will not be visible in the final work, I keep my gestures loose and free and just focus on getting paint on the canvas." For Mackin, beginning a painting offers the opportunity to try something new—an unusual color combination, unconventional gestures or strokes, a different textural medium or brush. "It is the time to be bold and experiment," she said. "I love that freedom and feeling of adventure into a realm of possibility." Carolyn Mackin at work in her studio studio palette composition canvas inspiration gallery imagination Letting the Magic In L I S A R O G E R S writer artist profile

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