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Salon 4.3: I Like Shiny Things



June 30, 2018

by Maureen B. Fitzmahan. Photos by Maureen Fitzmahan

“I Like Shiny Things.”  This theme inspired some of the best art pieces I’ve seen from the Junketeers.

The artists.

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A list of shiny things


What are my shiny things today?

  1. Making photographs.
  2. Listening to Nancy Mulligan by Ed Sheeran.
  3. Working in my miniature atelier, talking to the mockingbird outside my window.

I like shiny things.

What are your shiny things?



4:3 “I like shiny things”



by Maureen Fitzmahan

Yes!  Let’s start thinking.  New theme is “I like shiny things!”

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Salon 4.2: Self Portrait

May 20, 2018


by Maureen Fitzmahan. Photos by Maureen Fitzmahan and Katie Fitzmahan Strange.

The Junketeers rose to the challenge of the theme, “self portrait”.

The Artists and their Artwork


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Self Portrait Salon

Norman Rockwell.  Triple Self-Portrait. 1960.

5 more days.

The mantra that I repeat at this point is, “Art is my friend.  Art is my life.  Art is fun.”  This is when I pray that my muse will find me in my suffering and will drop at my feet a basketful of  inspiration.

See you on Saturday, May 19th at 10:30 AM.  Come to Brian and Manya’s beautiful house.  Their home is a piece of art, in and of itself.  If you are very nice, I bet you can get a tour of Brian’s studio and Manya’s garden.

See you on Saturday.  Art in hand.




Self Portrait – Year 4


by Maureen Fitzmahan

I believe that every piece of art is a ‘self-portrait.’  In my best work, I say a lot about myself.  I can’t help myself.  I tell you what makes me laugh. Or cry.  I hide somewhere in that image a mote of aggravation.  I let you know how inadequate I feel.  I scatter metaphysical musings.  Sometimes I purposely share who I am. Many times Maureen is hidden somewhere in my photo.  Sometimes my secrets seep out subconsciously.  My colleagues and family sometimes see ‘me’ in my work, and I am indebted to them when they tell me who they see.

It is humbling.  An artist needs to be vulnerable.  And very courageous.

In the next salon, we challenge you to intentionally create a self-portrait.

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