Mom’s escape: Abstract art

Published 2:21 am Saturday, December 31, 2016

Andalusia’s Blakely Taylor said she always painted as a child, but moving here and being a stay-at-home mom gave her reason to expand her talents.

1231-blakely2“The whole process is a very new thing for me,” she said. “I always painted as a kid, but never to this extent. We moved to Andalusia two years ago and now, I am a stay-at-home mom.”

Taylor said she had time to herself when her sons nap during the day and she decided to paint during that time.

“It’s been really fun,” she said.

Earlier this year, Taylor had her first show at the Opp Cultural Arts Center. In January, she will be the featured artist at the Lower Alabama Arts Coalition’s The Gallery.

“This is my second show,” she said. “The first one, forced me to get my act together. I’ve sold a bunch of paintings through Instagram. Doing the gallery shows is a great way to get my name out there.”

Taylor said all of her paintings are abstract.

“There is no specific picture I’m copying or painting,” she said. “When I put the brush to canvas, I never know how it is until it’s finished. This is my escape from mom life.”

Taylor said she could have as many as 75 pieces – including larger canvases, smaller canvases and items on paper.

“There will be a range of items and a range of prices,” she said.

The show will run all of January.

An opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., on Thurs., Jan. 5.