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Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for November

Here is a recent Q&A with John McNulty.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

I WAS BORN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA I’VE ALWAYS ENJOYED ART I STARTED PAINTING JUST TO PASS THE TIME AND FOUND THAT I REALLY INJOY IT

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

I ENJOY FEELING I GET WHEN I PAINT IT’S LIKE THE WORLD MELTS AWAY AND THERE’S JUST ME AND A CANVAS

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

FRIDA KAHLO IRVING PENN BANKSY ANYONE WHO CREATES ART

Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

NO FAVORITES

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES THAT’S HOW WE LEARN

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Reading Blues Fest Ticket Giveaway

Reading Blues Fest Tix

Cornerstone has teamed up with the River of Rock Music Network to give away pairs of tickets to headline shows at the inaugural Reading Blues Fest, which will be held this coming weekend (Oct 6-8, 2017). We are giving away several pairs of tickets to the following shows:

  • Kenny Neal with Samantha Fish on Friday, October 6th at 7:00 pm (regular ticket price $39)
  • Jonny Lang with Dana Fuchs Duo on Sunday, October 8th at 4:00 pm (regular ticket price $49)

This contest is now completed. Thank you to all who have entered!

John McNulty

Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for October

John McNultyHere is a recent Q&A with John McNulty.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

I’ve loved drawing as long as I can remember.

I grew up in the Monongahela Valley steel town of North Braddock, near Pittsburgh. In my working-class town, there were no artists or galleries and no art mentors to speak of. But my older brothers gave me my first rudimentary drawing instruction.

When I was ten, a teacher suggested the free “Tam O’Shanter” art class offered by the Carnegie Museum. So I gave up watching Saturday morning cartoons to ride the bus into Pittsburgh, sit for hours with hundreds of other kids, sketch in the museum’s collections, and learn about art. The motto of the class was “Look, to see, to remember,” good advice for any artist. The drawing class led to a high school painting class, and I’ve been painting ever since.

In an attempt to use my love of art to make a living, I studied Graphic Design at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, and worked as an advertising art director, illustrator and production artist. My most rec was fifteen years in the advertising department of Giant Food Stores, now Ahold Delhaize, in Carlisle. I continued to paint on my own time, and began teaching painting.

While taking classes at the Art Association of Harrisburg, I met some members of the Seven Lively Artists, and was invited to paint with them. I’ve been painting and showing with the group for twenty years.

Currently, I keep gallery space at the Millworks in Harrisburg, accept painting commissions, do freelance illustration, and paint interior murals. I teach Digital Illustration at Messiah College and oil painting at the Hershey Art Association.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

As a kid, I began sketching in pencil, and I still love it. Learning to use color has become a lifelong challenge, but a labor of love.

I paint in both oils and acrylics. Both are adaptable to different techniques, which allows me to try new things. I like the quick-drying quality of acrylics. On the other hand, I like the easy blending and subtle neutrals attainable with oils. Lately, I’ve been applying my paint in layers, adding textural interest and making the paint itself more evident. All artwork is a dialog between the artist and the medium. I like to let the medium make itself known.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

I find inspiration in the relationship of colors and shapes in nature and in everyday scenes we often take for granted. I have a particular fondness for painting trees. To me, trees are metaphors for human life and longing. Like us, they stand upright, their roots searching for a stable foothold, their branches surviving hard times while stretching out to grow. A tree’s scarred trunk and twisting branches can exemplify the determination and striving of life itself.

I have a continuously growing pantheon of artists who inspire me. When I was just starting out, my two favorites were Michelangelo and Van Gogh, as different as they are. Then there was Monet and the Impressionists. Of course, John Singer Sargent. I’ve also loved N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and others from the golden age of American illustration. I’ve grown to love the abstract expressionism of the late Li Hidley.

All artwork has lessons to teach. After painting most of my life, composition has become more important to me than realistic rendering.

Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

No.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

Be bold. Start with a big brush. Use lots of paint! Paint doesn’t earn interest the longer you keep it. Remember the composition. Don’t try to squeeze all your artistic ideas into one painting. Do another. Keep painting.

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Kathleen Lubold

Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for September

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Below is a recent Q&A with Wendy Palmer.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

Growing up I loved to draw and to be creative. I was happiest with a pencil in one hand and a piece of paper in the other. After graduating high school, I attended HACC for a period of time studying in the Fine Arts curriculum. But, as life moved on so did my interests and I eventually stopped attending. During my time at HACC I had two photography classes. Although I enjoyed the classes and learned a great deal, I had no thoughts of being a photographer or even using a camera on a regular basis. Little did I know, many years later I would pick up a digital camera and not be able to put it down.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

With digital photography, I like the instant gratification of being able to see your pictures as soon as you take them. I like that you can take as many pictures as you want/need and with computer software/applications you can be even more creative with your photographs.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

Son, mother, husband and God, they not only inspired me but are the ones I attribute and thank for helping me find a passion I never knew I had.

First, my son, Nicholas, who at a very young age loved to use my camera to take picture after picture of his toys, our goldfish, and our cats. Although I thought his pictures were beautiful works of art and I enjoyed envisioning him one day being a wildlife photographer, it became very expensive developing roll after roll of film, only to find that most of the pictures were of his toys, our goldfish, and our cats. Because of Nicholas’ love of taking pictures, I purchased my first digital camera.

Second, my mother, Jean, for it was her garden, her flowers that captivated me. She has always been an avid gardener. I never understood why she loved it so much until I took those first few pictures of her yellow tulips and pink roses. I was amazed at their beauty and that though the use of my camera, I was able to capture that beauty. I continue to be inspired by their beauty.

Third, my husband, Paul, for he was the one that gave me my Canon Rebel XSi and the house we live in with the tree outside the kitchen window where the birds come and gather. I have spent hours standing at that kitchen window taking picture after picture of those little birds or just waiting for one to come along. The joy he has given me with his gift has not stopped since the day he gave it to me and I am so grateful to him for that.

And fourth, I give praise and glory, honor and thanks to God above. He is always with us, always working behind the scenes on our behalf, leading us towards our purpose, for his purpose, for his glory! As I look back, I can see how God brought everything together for me. Everything I described above with my son and my old camera, my mother and her flowers and with God bringing my husband into my life; that was all God’s doing! “Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by His power and everything is for His glory.” Romans 11:36 .

Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

The pictures of the cardinals, they are my favorite.
cardinal

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

Always keep your camera close by and use it every day.

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