After 25 years - Farewell Piece to Moynihan Gallery

Posted on September 07, 2018 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

The blank canvas of this bench was the perfect last-piece-to paint when I chose to retire from my retail art gallery in downtown Holland.

Over the years, the craggy birch tree has become my beacon. The beauty of this tree is the imperfections in its raw rough bark. At times, during my artistic journey, I felt as exposed only to realize that if I embraced my short-comings I could stand tall like the birch.

As I turn the key to lock the gallery for the very last time, the click reminds me how happy I am. Memories of wonderful customers, team members and events flood my mind. Better yet, is what lies ahead.

My memoir, A Lone Birch, has allowed me to share some of the lessons I've learned along this journey. I find speaking to groups thrilling, and perhaps, I can  inspire others as I branch out beyond my days at Moynihan Gallery.

My stories will continue on Kate Moynihan Facebook ...  I hope to see you there!

A new web site will launch soon: www.katemoynihanartist.com

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Benefits of One-Color Decorating

Posted on June 11, 2018 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments
Are you unsure of what colors work well together?
Take the guess work out and use one color!
Instantly you'll create harmony and simplicity that is restful for your eyes and relaxing for your peace of mind. Artist, Lisa Lancaster creates an intriguing composition using the contrast of lights and darks ... all with one color!
A key factor to remember when decorating with one color is to jazz things up with texture mixing shapes and surfaces.
A monochromatic color scheme eliminates the struggle of color juggling.Instead of worrying about too many choices, stay focused on your favorite color.

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Inspirational Words with a New Twist

Posted on December 25, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments




Let the power of a word uplift you! Liam did for me!

My five-year-old grandson sparked a surge of creativity for me as we played a silly game of reindeer antlers (balloons stuffed inside pantyhose and planted on your head!). 

By the end of the fun-fill day the rubbery balloons had deflated inside the stretchy nylon. When I pulled the textures apart it reminded me of my collage days. Later, in my studio, I began layering paint, papers, shapes and patterns.
Thinking of Liam's tenacity to wear balloons that stretched longer than his four-foot height on his head, "bend" was the first word that sparked my creative streak.Soon windswept leaves flew onto my canvas among contrasting strong, vertical birch trees.
"Strength" became my next word. What inspires you?

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The Fun of Painting in Circles

Posted on October 02, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

Painting in circles! Commission work is the best way to start my day.
Instantly I was a kid again remembering how spinning and twirling were so much fun. Why don't you try it? Release your inner child. 

Below are custom paintings I was fortunate to be commissioned for someone's home. It's the best way to start my day, even if it was matching the Moir's shower curtain. I love how customers push my inspiration.

The Moir's shower curtain below:

 Unsure how to measure for the size of art you may need? Click here.

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#1 Way to Remove Paint From Your Clothes, Furniture, ...

Posted on August 21, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments
My black art smock takes the grunt of my painterly palette-knife style and after twenty-five years of painting this may be smock number 4 or 5, but who's counting? Although I am primarily protected by the smock most days the oil paint ends up elsewhere too.
As for the rest of my clothes, after trial and error, I have learned Goof Off to be the best treatment for removing not just oil paint, but latex and acrylic paint, along with ball-point-pen ink, and lipstick. If I discover the paint while it is still wet it makes for the easiest clean-up, but that doesn't seem to happen.

Whether trying to remove wet or dried paint, I find if I apply the Good Off (the small can is a stronger strength than the spray bottle) directly onto the soiled garment, then I add a touch of dish soap or liquid hand soap, and suds it up using the porous side of a sponge. I don't rinse, I toss it directly into the washing machine. If I am hours away from the assess to the machine, I let the soap and Goof Off dry and then toss in the treated clothes later that night.

Most of the time, since I paint early mornings, my perfume takes on a lingering mix of this antiseptic scent as my clothes are covered in this concoction while I chat with customers the rest if the day.

Sadly, I have yet to discover the recipe to get dried glue or Matte Medium out of clothes. Ugh.

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About the Artsy Shopkeeper

Hi, I'm Kate Moynihan. Yes, I am a baby boomer, and my professional life has taken a few interesting twists and turns. The journey began as a registered nurse. After thirteen years of caring for others, however, I got the creative itch. At the time, I was a single mom living in North Dakota; that’s when I caught this bug to paint pictures. Now, twenty-seven years later, I have some stories to tell about my artistic journey. Read more...

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