Artist Lynn Kinsella loves getting up close to flowers and animals for her work.
“Nature seems to draw me in,” she said in an interview at her exhibit in Patchogue-Medford Library’s gallery on the lower level. Several of her watercolor paintings have been on display for the month of November, and will remain up through Wednesday.
Kinsella, a Brookhaven hamlet resident, teaches drawing at St. Sylvester’s Parish in Medford and has previously taught quilting at the Town of Brookhaven Recreation Center.
For Kinsella, the creative process begins through observation of her subject.
“I will study a photograph or the object that I’m painting. Then, I lay down my basic colors and from there I go back in and do the detail,” she said.
In addition to watercolor painting and quilting, she also loves to work in black-and-white using pencil, pen and ink.
Depending on how big a painting is, making a piece of work can take about a couple days to a week or more, she said.
Her favorite pieces of art in this exhibit include depictions of lily flowers, a lizard and fruits.
For kids that may visit the gallery and want to get into art themselves, Kinsella encourages them to start with the basics and then creatively experiment with their imaginations.
“I would start them off on drawing first. Basic items, basic objects and then take them into water color,” Kinsella said, noting that her own children dived into making art. “Kids are really great, I mean my children were very good with their artwork and I just let them, gave them a piece of paper and let them go with their imagination.”
In addition to the library, Kinsella has also displayed her work this year at the Mill Pond Gallery run by the Smithtown Township Arts Council as well as in exhibitions run by the Patchogue Arts Council.
Anyone that would like to reach out to Kinsella can do so either by calling 631-286-0712 or by email to Lynnkinsellaart@gmail.com.