Blumenthal started her painting demonstration at the Art League of Nassau
County (ALNC) in a unique way. She turned on some inspirational music,
meditated a few minutes and then picked up her paint brush.
Blumenthal is influenced by Impressionist artist, Claude Monet (1840-1926) of "Water Lilies" series fame and Post- Impressionist Dutch artist, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) who painted the equally well-known "Sunflowers" series.
The artist worked on oil-primed paper and proceeded to paint a large, lively semi-abstract sunflower in oil paint, using a number of sunflowers in a vase for reference. she encouraged the artists to paint from life and work in an expressive, meaningful way.
Kyle’s painting progressed from a few dabs of paint on the canvas to a fully realized landscape of sunflower against a blue sky. It was exciting to watch the process of painting, and a learning experience to watch the steps of the art creation process.
Blumenthal donated an small oil painting of a ballet dancer as a raffle prize.
Kyle Blumenthal is a New York State licensed Art Education specialist with a BFA in painting and art education from Pratt Institute and an MA and MFA in painting from C.W. Post College. She is a Mark Fellow at the New York Foundation of the Arts. The Stony Brook resident teaches at the National Art League in Douglaston, Queens and at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor. For more information, please go to kylesart.com.
The ALNC, formed in 1925, meets at the Clinton G. Martin Recreation Center, located at 1601 Marcus Avenue, at the corner of Marcus and New Hyde Park Road near Union Turnpike. Meetings are always the fourth Friday of the month, except July and August. All residents are welcome and refreshments are provided. Please visit www.ArtLeagueofNC.org for more information or Tim Savage at 917-287-5641.