Meet Joe McChrystal: Our Artist Extraordinaire!

You’ve met Joe about two years ago. His work is stronger, bolder and more succinctly organized. Joe is a born story teller and his paintings convey depth, strength and sensitivity in theme and paint handling. His paintings are multi-layer. They engage the viewer into his/her own revelry and thoughts.

Joe’s work is classic, creating reflection and response in the viewer. Artwork is a dialogue between artist and audience. As one can see, his work is not didactic but allows the view entry and exploration in their experience.

Bravo Joseph!

Some paintings were almost monotone early on. Then one cold winter I started to counter with more vibrate color to force myself to have more light and positive emotion. Various forms of yellow I find calm in. When i re-purpose a painting that was drab I will add more colors probably from sun conscious.

The process of painting abstract or expressionist is like navigating on the high seas or out in space until some solid forms arrive. Maybe its trying to find clarity… I could call all my abstracts “A glimpse of sunshine trying to get through.”

The class setting is a positive energy. Everyone gets lost in there painting until the right shapes begin to make sense. Certain images from magazine or other random paintings strike an emotion I find needs to be combined to form a new image…its like falling in love with a beautiful person that you never see again but the image in your mind remains.


Thoughts on Seeing and Designing a Painting

Most of us are unaware that our cultural conditioning, our perceptions are influenced by the media today. Instant everything.

We live and are immersed in the digital age. INSTANT EVERYTHING.

We come to believe that everything is equally important. When one designs a canvas, it’s important to know that the bottom of the canvas has more weight and therefore more significance in your painting.

Where to place ones’ attention in a painting is similar to designing one’s life. The edges of the canvas, like the edges of our lives, want less attention. This is a difficult concept for all of us. We’ve been conditioned to believe that we can have it all, all the time. We know this is false, but we do become disaffected when it’s truth is born out in our lives. Knowing when to let go of false or insipid information is important in our paintings and in our spiritual/soul life.

These are the challenges we set for ourselves in the Artists in Bloom Ministry. We are called a ministry because we are a community of people on the journey to God. For me, this is the Christian Trinity. However, we are joined by faithful Hindu’s and faithful Muslims, and faithful people, sharing our work and journey. It is not fashionable today to say that we are doing soul work. That this class is as much about spirituality as it is about paint and canvas.

Let us try to budge the logs in the forest of our eyes and see everything as new again, as if for the first time!

Meet our Artists Extroadinaire, Nancy Marie Spotts and mother Udella Spotts

Nancy brings joy and good humor to the class and is deeply admired.

Meet Nancy Marie Spotts, our Artist Extroadinaire. Nancy is a Piano teacher as well as a Master Gardner. She brings warmth and soul to our community.


Nancy Marie has a unique style all her own as she finds the heart and soul of each painting she creates. Each subject Nancy paints is expressed uniquely, she doesn’t pretend to be a camera. Nancy paints the embodiment and essence of her subjects through the eyes of her soul. She is a unique and wonderful artist as well as master gardener and piano teacher.Udella left this world for the next and is missed by all who knew her.

Udella Spotts is sporting that brilliant Red Hat as we celebrate her daughter Nancy’s Birthday.

Udella Spotts, Nancy’s mother, was a wonderful lady who painted with the class until she was 90 years old. Udella’s work lies in the truth of its simplicity. Udella is a Master of color and design and with these two tools she finds the essence of each piece she paints. Udella worked as a waitress at Pier W for over 30 years, while raising four strong children, cooking and being a master gardener. The strength of both their paintings is that they find the soul of their subjects without pretense. They are well admired by her fellow artists and peers.

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