Ginnie Cappaert's Blog

Sunday, January 3, 2021

 "Our brightest dreams and our greatest fears are just over the horizon." - Kent Nerburn

I'm happy to be in January, 2021!  I will not talk or think about 2020!

I've been relaxing and resting more than I am used to these past few days and with that has come a lot of time spent contemplating and doing some deeper thinking.  Just this morning I was thinking about how the 'horizon' or 'horizon line' has been a long-standing signature in my paintings.  Sometimes very distinct and solid.  Sometimes more abstracted and free, but always there and sometimes changing.

Yes, it's true that the horizon line may be 'overused' by painters and artists and somedays I explore more vertical or circular design elements, however, I usually come back to the horizon line in one way or another.  To me it's a comfort.  A calming and serene 'linework'.  It just is how I speak, how I try to live my life.

Looking back in my painting archives I have found several examples over the last decade alone where the horizon line shows up on my canvas.

For example, the early years,  were very simple as far as the division of space yet there was a lot of texture and subtle nuances and variations of color and value within these spaces that I still really love!
Some years my work would turn more landscape based rather than abstract!  Again, plenty of textures and mark making which added movement to the piece while the horizon line added the serenity.
"Almost There" hangs in my living room and I cannot seem to part with this one - yet!
The subtle variations of the abstracted landscape really speak to me!
I spent some time in Ireland painting years back and this piece was inspired by an overturned, retired old wooden boat and the remains of chipped paint and wood on its surface.  Still I was drawn to the horizontal pattern.
This series, "When Wings Were Only a Dream" was inspired by two things at one time.  The ice break-up and patterns on Lake Superior when it was frozen and I happened to be there snowshoeing AND an image from a friend who was on a beach in New Zealand (thus the color).  This series of 18 pieces (I think) is completely sold out except for 1 piece and one piece that I kept for myself!  The texture was more subtle in this series and there was more removing/scraping to unearth the deeper layers underneath.
Sometimes the distinct horizon line in a more landscape based painting is set off by another love of mine, trees!  I really love the simplicity of this one!
AND....this year with all the Covid and staying at home, I was able to spend most nights on my deck enjoying beautiful Door County Sunsets!  It is amazing how this simple part of my life has now inspired an entire new series!  I'm working on these this winter and they will be released in Spring at my gallery and the other 6 galleries that represent me.  Each one is so different and I'm really exploring and pushing the use of color and medium on these pieces.  Why?  Because each sunset really is so different and by 'zooming' in and photographing variations in the sunset, I have created some wonderful color combinations that are endless explorations of beauty.
Stay tuned!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

 "Only one eye sees, the other feels" - Paul Klee

I've been grateful, this year especially, for the opportunity to work on several commissions for clients.  I actually have grown to enjoy and appreciate commission work and I think that is because of my process that it gives me a sense of freedom while working on these. 

 Each time I am commissioned to do a special painting for someone I take into consideration several factors.  The basic components of size and colors do not complete the commission.  I want to know more about the person, their life, their home, their feelings.  Years ago when I started taking on commission work I developed a process of painting 2 paintings, similar but different, for the clients to choose from.  This released a lot of pressure and stress from me because one of the paintings I would follow more 'guidelines' or suggestions from the client and the other painting would be for me, a free-for-all, which made me happy.  The clients love that they have 2 paintings to choose from, or options and the unselected painting goes to a gallery for purchase by another collector.  It truly is a win-win situation that I enjoy working with!

Here is a photo of a recently installed painting I was commissioned to do for a couples home, they loved it!  I am currently working on 2 more commissions, one for a home in Florida for a long time collector and another one for a Door County resident!  These are fun times!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

 "All the best ideas come out of the process, they come out of the work itself" - Chuck Close

Thoughts on my studio practice and some of my favorite podcasts!

    I've had the pleasure of working on several commissions this summer and found that morning in the studio was the best time for me to work before opening the gallery!  My studio time is a mix of quiet time, podcasts, audio books and npr but seldom music.  I use the time to learn and listen as well as paint.  I am lucky!

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite podcasts with you and they are a wide variety! Some days when I paint, I am interested in listening to art podcasts featuring the studio habits of other artists or just basically listening to others talk about their life in the arts.  These include "Authentic Obsessions" by Margaret Petrie (a new one and a lot of fun), "The Messy Studio" by Rebecca Crowell who is a master in oil/cold wax and long time knowledgeable artist, "The Creative Life", "The Savvy Painter", and the "Art Bizz" for the business side of art!  It's a great variety of art related podcasts that I highly recommend you check out!

Some of my favorite podcasts for self care and deeper thinking include Oprah's "Super Soul" Podcast, "On Being" with Krista Tippett, "The Ginni Show", and "Happier" with Gretchen Rubin.  

And finally, my new favorite is "le vie Creative Paris" which is a fantastic series done by an artist/photographer living in Paris who interviews other artists in France!  As you know I LOVE France and have been there several times AND am teaching a painting workshop in the South West of France in October, 2021!  This will be a long-waited-return to  a country I LOVE!

I hope you enjoy these podcasts as much as I do!  During this pandemic time we are all looking at new ways to learn and explore via our phones and internet!

My Featured Show at Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek is now open and runs through September 23!  A beautiful gallery if you have not been there yet!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

"the most adaptive survive, not necessarily the strongest" - quote from the Podcast 'Beautiful Anarchy, Episode 32

I release any guilt from not 'blogging' the last few months!  Life takes over, how you spend your time shifts, putting pen to paper may not inspire you.  That's where I have been at.  I really do not know what possessed me to write this blog today, but here I am!  
Today I was listening to a podcast that was based on the subject matter of the 'importance of making mistakes' and evolving, learning and growing from them!  It was so good!  He also stressed the importance of acceptance and not worrying if mistakes are made.  Again, like life and art these thoughts are all interrelated.  It's also very important not to focus on the mistakes but to keep moving forward.  I find this so incredibly important when I am painting day after day.  Some days it seems everything flows along and progress is made and other days mistakes are made and I feel the painting has taken '10 steps backwards'.  The next day in the studio is a new day and progress can be made, mostly because I learned from the mistakes of the prior day!  Painting is an ongoing process and it is the lengthy layers and thoughts my mind carries with me  that keeps me intrigued and in the studio! 
Currently, I am focused on five commissions!  I am thankful to say they are all going really well but I will need to be patient as some of the layers may be 'mistakes' that I have to fully process, change and repeat!  Again, similar to life.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

"The windows in my recent paintings...They function as metaphors for either hope or disturbance..."
-Sean Scully

I have been reading "Inner - The collected writings and selected interviews of Sean Scully'

and I have been thinking a lot!  About Villages, communities and how there are good people in this world who still believe in good people, communities that still believe in communities.  How blessed I am to share two beautiful communities in my many years.  Although it is a lot of travel back and forth, there is something I love about each and as I slowly transition to one community and long to be in just one place, the process is slow and bittersweet.  Spending time in my favorite spot in Santa Fe also lightens my load.  The sunshine, the inspiration and a continuation of a new series.

Find your community and your people and embrace it!

Contemporary Art in Door County

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Contemporary Art in Door County, some rambling thoughts!

It's been here a long time, just in bits and pieces!  Over the years many fantastic artists made Door County there home, many of whom are contemporary artists such as Wence and Sandra Martinez, Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard, Rebecca Carlton and Tony Staroska, Margaret Lockwood and so, so many more!  Although I feel the Midwest tends to be a more traditional/representational art region I think if you really look you can find some 'pockets' of more contemporary works.

This Saturday, September 14, 3-8 pm we are hosting our 2nd Annual "Contemporary Art Tour" here in Door County!  Four contemporary galleries will be hosting evening receptions and are open to the public to celebrate the contemporary arts in the heart of Door County!  Martinez Studios has been here for 25 years and features the weavings and paintings of Wence and Sandra, they are incredible!!!  Peter and Skye at Bazyli Studio features stunning jewelry and contemporary clothing of their own designs as well as other artists, another special must see studio/gallery that celebrates 5 years at this location!  Dan and Diane at Idea Gallery are also new to the scene and represent some pretty amazing contemporary artists as well as Dan's own mixed media photographs.  A great gallery in the country with an intriguing selection of art!  Definitely have to go! And then there's me, Cappaert Contemporary Gallery!  Coming on the art scene five years ago features my oil and cold wax paintings as well as a select group of 30 artists who push some edges in there own work every year in whatever medium they choose, sculpture, jewelry, ceramic, mixed media, glass.  We specialize in oil and cold wax painting and encaustic painting and sculpture!  Come visit - and now that I have my little studio in the gardens cleaned up you can take a peak at my work space too!

Can you tell I am so excited about our art scene here in Door County!?  I hope you can join us for these gatherings on Saturday and enjoy all that Door County has to offer in the music, theater and visual arts scene AND of course nature!  Life is an adventure!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

"Chance favors those in motion" - James H. Austin

So always be in motion?  Lately that is how I feel!  and that can be a good thing at times!

I just returned from a two week trip to the mountains in New Mexico, with horses!  A group of friends trailered our horses and rode in the mountains staying at a rustic ranch!  What a great time but I am happy to be back at the gallery and in the studio!  Sometimes you have to just say yes and go forward in motion no matter how busy life can be!

Say yes!  Saying yes in the studio when I'm painting has truly gotten me farther than holding back ever would.  Our studio time is an adventure, just like all the other adventures in life and certainly just as important.  Carving time for everything can sometimes be a challenge and learning to navigate through time management may even be a harder task, but finding that balance, time to fill the well, etc is the best way to be in motion!

                                          Evening Breeze, 48x48" Oil/cold wax on wood


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