Wednesday, June 5, 2019
"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." - Mark Van Doren
I am so excited!!! I was invited to teach a painting workshop/retreat/vacation in the South West of France in October, 2020! I've been on a 'me' break from teaching the past several years so that I could focus on my own studio practice and am excited to get back into teaching, sharing and learning along with the students! I've decided to make my teaching adventures a bit like art vacations. How exciting to combine new friends, travel and art! I've just announced this first workshop and will share the details with you here! If this interests you, email me any questions you may have or if you want further information, I have a feeling this class will fill up quickly!
VACATION IN FRANCE WITH GINNIE CAPPAERT
Infused Abstract paintings with Oil and Cold Wax)
Travel. Art. Color.
In this workshop we will gather
ideas and inspiration from our surroundings in France to inspire out own
personal painting practice in oil, cold wax and dry mineral pigments. Students will be introduced to Ginnie’s highly
layered and textured painting techniques as well as her secrets of making color
choices intuitively that sing with happiness.
This class will take you deeper than
just ‘techniques’. We will spend a lot
of time relaxing and enjoying the French countryside because Ginnie knows how
important it is to play (enjoy and absorb) the surroundings in which you
work. Ginnie will work with each student
personally to help them get clarity on
their art and how to set and act on their own personal, creative goals. We will discuss how our art practice can be
integrated into our daily lives to heal, nourish and restore our souls.
These ten days will be used for
soul-centering activities and relaxation time as well as an introduction into
abstract/landscape painting and color studies through the use of oil and cold
wax. Students will learn how to add
layers to create interesting color fields that relate to their surroundings
with a focus on texture, mark making, depth and composition by demo’s, individual attention and lively group
Ginnie truly believes in the
importance of finding your own individual style and a deeper meaning behind
your painting. She allows time for
contemplation, journaling and yoga for her own art practice and would love to share
that energy with you. Her positive,
uplifting personality will be sure to spread throughout the class.
Life is all about taking
chances! Join Ginnie in France for 10
fun-filled creative days, October 19-October 29, 2020!
Cost of class and lodging is $3100.00
US DOLLARS. All deposits are
non-refundable and show your commitment to taking time out of life for
yourself. $500 to hold your space in the
workshop, ½ of the balance due 5 months prior to class ($1300 due May 19, 2020)
and the balance $1300 due August 19, 2020.
See www.levieuxcouvent.com/ginnie-cappaert/ to get the details of what the
package includes and what you have to cover. You will have to book your own
airfare and I recommend you do not book your flight until we receive
confirmation that the class is filled!
Monday, May 6, 2019
The season at my gallery is starting! I'm excited to be out of the studio and meeting and greeting some of the collectors that walk through our doors! Recently I submitted some artworks to some juried shows and have three different shows going on now and coming up shortly that I am happy to be included in. These two pieces "Foggy Morning" and "New Beginnings" will be included in this summer's exhibition at Devos Art Museum in Marquette, Michigan.
Here is a statement about my work and inspiration for these pieces!
Ginnie Cappaert is a full time visual artist with a summer studio/gallery in Door County, Wisconsin and a winter studio in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her surroundings of nature and her travels inspire and influence her oil/cold wax/mix media paintings. Her in depth process of up to 40 layers being added and excavated is what gives the painting the depth and intriguing varieties of color and value. Each piece contains subtle mark making and the layers emerge into the finished painting which is an abstracted minimalist version of a landscape. Both of the exhibited pieces "Foggy Morning" and "New Beginnings" were inspired by Ginnie's time along the Lake Superior Shore. "Foggy Morning was inspired by the break up of the ice and shifting patterns in the early springtime. A push-pull with warm and cool colors. "New Beginnings" was inspired by the rugged shore line and the strong tree's that cling to that ground. Although Ginnie's travels take her to New Zealand, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the Santa Fe area of the US, it is definitely Lake Superior that has the strongest influence in her work.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
"When it all comes together, a creative life has the nourishing power we normally associate with food, love and faith." - Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit
I'm guilty of having many books in my personal collection, I need more bookshelves. I consider these a 'need' not a 'want'. A true necessity in life. My artist friend, Shan, just reminded me of one of my all time favorite books by Twyla Tharp, 'The Creative Habit' that she was rereading this winter. Now I have to tell you, I have re-read this book at least half a dozen times already, but I immediately retrieved it from my bookshelf to find just the perfect amount of inspiration and topics for art journaling and discussion.
What I really noticed on my brief glimpse through the book was again the focus on balance in life. Making time for it all. Making time for the self care, yoga, reading, exercise, family, friends, and studio time too! This balance is again a 'need' and so very important as creatives struggle to find time to make their art. This seems to be a widespread topic with many of my friends and artists all over the globe!
Twyla talks about 'being in a bubble' and how we can relate that to a state of mind. She believes that there are no rules to this bubble theory and that it can exist in peaceful moments and chaotic moments. After all, we have LIFE, jobs, families, and responsibilities BUT we also have that desire to create and make art.
My best take away and advice to these issues is to treat our life as a bubble and make time within that bubble to fill our needs to create. This may mean saying no to doing certain things or going certain places but knowing to find that 'balance' and saying yes to some things outside of our art life, too. I think it becomes a habit. We can create the life we want by developing good habits filled with variety and maximum use of our time as well as taking some much needed 'downtime' as well. In her book she states that 'being in the bubble does not mean being a hermit. You can function out in the world, but wherever you go the bubble goes with you."
The last few snowy days I have taken time to practice yoga, read, and stay in my PJ's way longer than I should have! But you know what, that's ok, I have to keep reminding myself that is all part of living life, a 'bubble style life' as an artist.
For my solo show in Santa Fe, "Color Snaps"
8x8" oil and cold wax, framed
Monday, February 11, 2019
I am so excited! I was invited to teach in the South West of France and am making plans for this incredible vacation/workshop experience in 2020! Looking forward to some work and play time!
PAINTING VACATION IN FRANCE WITH GINNIE CAPPAERT
Ginnie Cappaert is a full time visual artist and has maintained a professional art practice for more than twenty years. In this travel and painting retreat, Ginnie will help students to find an intuitive style of painting that seems playful, while working in the medium of oil and cold wax. Daily demo’s and discussions, group exercises as well as individual attention to guide students to discover their own personal style will be of importance. Ginnie will focus on the use of color, form and line as well as adding layers to create abstract paintings with interesting color fields inspired by the French countryside. In this ten day painting experience, each student will be working at their own level with plenty of time for journaling, contemplation and exploring the local villages which Ginnie believes all help create ‘authentic’ artists and original work. She believes in finding the ‘deeper meaning’ behind your painting and believes art is not just about techniques.
For over ten years, Ginnie has been exploring the medium of oil and cold wax. She studied with American painter, Rebecca Crowell and has developed her own style rich with color, layers, mark making, texture and form. She paints full time, owns her own gallery, writes and blogs about art, teaches, mentors and enjoys a life filled with art, travel, yoga and her horses.
Ginnie feels life and art is all about taking chances and responding to the results which will make this an inspiring time for mind, body and soul. Students of any art level are welcome to join us for this playful, creative art retreat in the Southwest of France.
What’s included in this Creative Holiday
Airfare, a couple of meals and tipping not included.
- 10 night’s lodging (single or shared occupancy)
- Daily breakfasts, lunches and aperitifs
- Gourmet evening dinners
- Transport to unique painting sites
- Daily excursions to nearby historic villages- this is a great opportunity to take plenty of photos, sketch, shop and enjoy French culture.
- 24 hour use of the art studio and extensive art library
- Round trip transport to Toulouse International Airport
- Services of bilingual guides
- Painting demos with group and individual instruction
For more info you can visit Ginnie’s website at www.gcappaert.com
or find her on Facebook and Instagram or read her blog at www.blog.gcappaert.com
For all the details and to register, please contact Ginnie directly by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, January 24, 2019
On this cold January evening, I sit down to think, to journal and then to share with you some thoughts or shall we say, advice for artists. I think I am, or I hope to be, a mentor to many aspiring artists, a source of inspiration and as always I am willing to share what I have come to know about art in the past 20 plus years of my career.
When I decided to put these thoughts in to a list of 25, I found that I could have probably continued on because all of these ideas came to me quite quickly and this was written within a few minutes. Some days I wish my painting would come this easily! So - enjoy and I hope this inspires you in your art path!
Advice for Artists….by
Ginnie Cappaert Thoughts from my
studio, January 2019
2. Love what you do. Simply create because you don’t believe you
could breathe or live otherwise.
3. Make art your life – every waking
moment! Have your eyes open to see the
beauty around you.
4. Balance (relates to #3)! Remember, the best life is filled with
5. Keep your soul/spirit nurtured –
yoga, meditation, journaling – you get it!
6. Stay physically active – every day!
Fresh air clears your mind and refreshes you!
7. Find your tribe! Those friends that ‘get
you’, encourage you and share similar interests, they are worth more than gold!
8. Learn to accept rejection, there will
be a lot of it!
9. Stay positive! Do not let negative energy take up space near
10. Be Strong, you are putting your life
work and pieces of your soul out there for all to see. NOT all comments will be nice.
11. Study art history! There is so much to learn from the masters
and those that came before us.
12. Attend gallery openings and
museums. Be inspired. Talk with other artists.
13. Sit in Stillness. It is very difficult at times, but often good
things come from it.
14. Find a space to create. Large or small doesn’t matter just so that
you have a space to call your own and that is easy to go to when you are in the
Read about art, other artists, techniques, deep soulful thoughts, quotes
16. Use social media as a tool for
learning and sharing about art but be careful of wasting too much of your
precious time on it.
17. Learn techniques, but ALWAYS, ALWAYS add
spirit and soul from within to your work!
That’s where true art comes from!
18. Find your own voice. Do your own art, your way! This takes time. Be your own person and learn how to talk
about your art.
19. Focus. Focus on your medium of choice and do it well. Try to keep yourself from getting too
20. Apply to shows, exhibitions and calls
to artists. Stay in the art circle.
21. Remember that not everyone will like
your art! That is ok! Everyone’s varied taste is what makes the
world so interesting.
22. Appreciate and be grateful for all
your collectors, supporters and galleries that represent you.
23. Work and rework your Bio, Statement
and Resume. Keep it up to date!
24. Have a website specific to your work and
updated on a regular basis. Business
cards and brochures are great too!
25. Be kind! Be kind to everyone. Those that love your work and those that take no interest in
what you do. Those who can and cannot afford to buy your work, too! Mentor, share and encourage others. We were all beginners at one time.
Ginnie Cappaert, January, 2019
We all need a space to create! After a studio 'redo' I'm really loving my Michigan studio this winter!
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
"I will write PEACE on your wings and you will fly all over the world." - Sadako Sasaki
Peace. Gratitude. Holidays.
The Holiday Season always 'shifts' my studio time a bit. I certainly am enjoying the six months of a slower pace in the Door County Gallery Season, but maneuvering my energies into studio time and holiday time can be challenging. I just had lunch with a couple of my favorite artist friends and we discussed that in depth today. How we divide our studio time with holiday and family time. Margaret pretty much sums it up in her calm, laid back way of thinking by just accepting and acknowledging that it is the holiday time and that is how it is.
That is what I will work on. Meanwhile, enjoying some get togethers with friends and family and setting aside the intense studio focus for a little fun is what is on my plate for the next few weeks. I hope you all enjoy your Holidays and remember to hold the gift of gratitude close. Cheers!
Saturday, December 8, 2018
"Oryoki" which roughly means, "that which contains just enough" from the book 'The Zen of Creativity' by John David Loori
I am settling into my winter studio routine and I'm feeling a sense of comfort, of familiarity and a pattern to my days. My painting time needs a sense of calm and quiet, like the winter season brings. Here in the north we already have a soft blanket of snow covering our landscape, and a sunny day here and there filtered with mostly grey skies. All of these reflect light in different ways. The shortened days make us turn inward to reading, writing and painting but 'oryoki' reminds us that contains just enough for us at this moment.
This winter I am trying to balance some challenging days in the studio with some 'outbursts' of wow happenings! I have learned over the years that just being in the studio is what is important, the bad and the good all blend together eventually.
Enjoy these beautiful winter days and find balance in your moments!
Birch Installation was a 10 piece installation purchased by Aquity Insurance.
Oil/cold wax/dry pigments on wood panel. 2018