A Note from Frances – Expansion

We are so excited to be hosting Frances Gaffney this summer as our first Artist-in-Residence! She’ll be working at the AIC May through August, frequenting the trails to create beautiful and thoughtful pieces inspired by the local landscape.

She will not only be here to work on her art, she’ll also be here for you! Throughout the summer, Frances will be available to speak and interact with the public. Every Sunday, guests will discover Frances working out along the trails. Feel free to stop by to observe, chat and share techniques and tips with Frances. She will also be leading drawing and watercoloring workshops on the last Saturday of every month. In these workshops, participants will discover their own artistic style while further developing their skills. Don’t miss out on these unique opportunities to connect with this fantastic local artist!

Throughout the summer, Frances will be writing entries for our blog about her work and experiences at the AIC! Learn more about Frances in our previous post.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Coltsfoot welcoming Frances to the AIC

The Residency is on! Upon my arrival I was welcomed by a yellow blaze of Colts Foot. According to Wikipedia, this is an invasive from Austria. It’s good for coughs but don’t give it to a baby. Too much Colts Foot can harm the liver. I thought it looked just beautiful. On the outside of the building where I will be working there is a huge sign that reads “Classroom”. That is what I’ll call this space from now on.

Classroom Exterior

Frances’s home away from home – the Classroom

This summer I plan to use the Classroom to create fifteen paintings for my series Feeling is the Prayer. These paintings will be based on a combination of carefully chosen meditations and symbols from nature. Pray Bees was the first painting in the series. The other title for that same piece is Center. We must center ourselves before we begin a meditation, or before we begin anything, really.


“Expansion” by Frances Gaffney

The second piece in this series is titled Evolution. We now know that evolution is not linear but more like the opening of a flower, with petals reaching out in many directions at once. This image serves as a metaphor for Expansion which is also the second title for this painting.

Classroom Interior

The classroom is proving to be a great workspace for Frances

The Classroom is an expansive space and has already been helpful. It allowed me the much needed room to complete Evolution/Expansion and to design the next meditative piece, Extension. What is the difference between expansion and extension? Let me meditate on that and get back to you.




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