Of Earth and Sea
Watercolors by Joan Maguire
“Finding and doing what makes you happy in life can be a challenge. I dabbled in different arts since I was a child, but as an adult I found I loved watercolor and painting the most. I hope that viewers can feel the joy of the painting that I felt in creating it,” Maguire explained.Primarily self-taught, Joan’s diverse collection of subjects range from stone barns to tropical palms. “I love color and have a passion for water, salt and sand,” said the Chester County native. “I like to experiment with different painting surfaces, depending on my subject matter. Along with 300 lb. Arches watercolor paper, I enjoy the challenge of Yupo and Masa papers. Watercolors on Yupo (a plastic-like surface) result in a deep richness. The paint lays on top, easily flows and pools, creating unique effects that cannot be done with brush strokes. Masa (similar to Rice paper but from trees) has an intriguing process. I crumble a sheet of Masa, soak it in water and then gently open up the sheet. Having a final image in mind, I first paint shadows and forms on the backside which seeps to the front. The semi-transparent illusion gives the painting more depth. I then paint my main subject on the front. This process results in a batik effect with subtle textures. I especially like it for painting koi,” she explained.
Joan began teaching watercolors several years ago through painting parties. Almost all of her students have had no prior experience. “They are really Watercolor 101 classes. Students trace the image and I take them step by step through the process. From the hundreds of paintings done, each one has been worthy of a frame and hanging in the participants home. I don’t want any student to leave without a piece they are proud of,” Maguire said.
Joan and her husband Tom live in Hershey, PA. Summer finds her creating at their cottage on Beech Island on the Susquehanna River. During the winter you can find Joan on the shores of the Outer Banks overlooking the ocean, painting her coastal impressions and combing the beach for treasures.
The award winning artist is a Resident Artist at Studio 104 in The Millworks, Harrisburg, PA. You can also find her work at Sophia at Walden and Thea Restaurants in Mechanicsburg, PA, Seagreen Gallery in Nags Head, NC, and Beach Treasures in Duck NC. Her website is www.joanmaguire.art with social media presence listed under Joan Maguire Art.
Joan will lead a watercolors paint and sip workshop on Saturday, May 11 at the Center. This workshop is for those 16+ years of age and will include clear instruction and demos on how to paint each part. You can personalize your painting. Tips and tricks will help you make an awesome painting! This workshop is perfect for experienced painters and those new to water colors. Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and both the class and the finished product would make a great gift.For tickets click here or call 717-692-3699.