Star of the Show featuring Cindy Mac

Rainy Day with Cherry Blossoms’
(16 x 12 oil on gessoboard)

I was recently accepted into The American Impressionist Society (AIS) Small Works Showcase. The particular painting that was accepted, came on the heels of completing Kelli’s Finding Your Artistic Voice Course. We had just completed the segment on identifying our Mirror Mentors, Artists from past and present who speak to us on a deep level. It was then I was able to reconnect with my deep lifelong passion and identity towards The Impressionists and Art History in general. (It reminded me that the first and only master copy I’ve ever done was of Manet’s Blue Venice Canal painting in 7th grade when I was about 12.)

This exercise touched me on a deep, soul level. It kept me up at night.

About a week later I set out to do a Sunday Painting! I lugged home a truck full of past-peak cherry blossom branches that my florist said would not sell, but she knew I painted, so gifted them to me.

I put my heart and soul into that rainy, moody day, setting up the scene in my tiny studio corner, taping up branches with blue painters tape, and finally got to painting! (Luckily I started early in the day). It was one of those times that I felt the painting almost painted itself. (Almost! LOL!)

I also was finally able to see my work clearly as Impressionist.

It received a lot of positive interest and feedback from my peers. It felt very natural.

During my research, I decided to join AIS. It was time to connect myself with a larger community of Impressionist Artists and have the confidence to be part of that and consider myself as such. I saw they were having a Call for Entries for their 4th Annual Small Works Showcase. I immediately knew this was the painting to enter. I didn’t even think twice.

I knew from what I was learning from more experienced artists entering shows, the chances were probable to NOT to get in.

I didn’t give it a second thought but had a very positive feeling in my gut and heart whether I got in the show or not.

When I saw my name on the acceptance list a month later, and thinking of it now, I feel so incredibly honored to be in this show, among many of the best and most accomplished modern day Impressionist Artists. I feel like it connects me to my roots, passion, and dedication. Based on some beautiful messages I’ve received, It helps me realize part of my life’s purpose of inspiring others.

Lots of Love,

Cindy xoxo

To view more of Cindy Mac’s work, please click here to visit her website.

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