August ArtTalk: Ed McCartan on “Fishing for Subject Matter”

“You are ready to paint, brushes in hand, standing in front of your canvas……….but the creative muse will not make the scene. Try as you might, no ideas will come to you. I think we all often have this experience. My subject is how we can “jump start” the creative juices to get going on a painting. Altering our work, changing subject matter, reworking old material….these are some of the the things we can ponder together. We can learn from each other, and overcome our inertia, so that we can get going and create that great work we know is just waiting to come from us.” –Ed McCartan

Join us on Thursday, August 11 at 7pm for an ArtTalk with Ed McCartan.   Ed will be one of seven artists participating inNature’s Keep:  Artists responding to Divine Design on view at the Harlow through the month of August. Monthly ArtTalks at the Harlow have been made possible by generous support from The Bank of Maine.

Ed McCartan lives in Brunswick, where he has a studio in Ft. Andross, and old mill along the Androscoggin River. He retired from teaching studio art and art history, most recently at Emma Willard and Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.  Ed holds an MFA from the State University at Albany, and masters degrees in education and theology, with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He continues to teach seniors at Midcoast Senior College, as well as giving workshops in his studio. His work hangs in the permanent collection of several museums and in corporate and private collections.