Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Artist's Impulses for Work on Exhibit `Paint from Spirit Within,' She Advises Her Students

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Artist's Impulses for Work on Exhibit `Paint from Spirit Within,' She Advises Her Students

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Doris Aeschliman Flavin, an abstract and impressionism artist who lives in Affton, knows all the rules for putting together an award-winning painting - things like "knowing the subject well, keeping all corners of a painting different and creating a `golden mean,' or `sweet spot,' in each work.

Flavin, who says she has won about 130 awards for her paintings, will showcase 27 examples of her work at an exhibit that opened Sunday at the Monday Club of Webster Groves. The exhibit, entitled "Impulses of the 90's," will run through Nov. 2.

Flavin works primarily in acrylic and watercolor. "Painting is to me like writing a book is to an author - I do it to tell a story," she said, adding that she started painting 28 years ago. "I paint because I want to share and want to leave a legacy."

"The exhibit is all about the impulses for my paintings that come from within," said Flavin, who also teaches painting and advises her students "not to paint what you see with your eyes, but from the spirit within you." Flavin believes everybody has the natural ability to paint, but only a few have the equally necessary strong desire to do it.

"I've always loved to draw - I started right there working with a green crayon at the age of two," she said, pointing to a wall in the room adjoining her living room. "My mother asked why I did it and, with an artist's logic, I said the wallpaper didn't have enough green in it," she recalled. Flavin and her husband Edmond returned to the home she grew up in nine years ago, after the death of her father; her mother Elsie Aeschliman, 86, and daughter Julieanne, 23, share the home.

As a student at Affton High School in the 1940s, Flavin took the few art classes offered at the time. "The principal always wanted my pictures to hang for special displays," she recalled. After graduation, Flavin "drew only for herself" until she was married in 1965, she said. …

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