Ginnie Cappaert's Blog

Thursday, August 3, 2017

As I prepare for my solo show in Santa Fe...

I am totally amazed that I can be so focused on my artwork during these beautiful summer days!  I still feel there may be one more 'good painting inside of me' so I will continue to paint under a fun-type of pressure until my departure on August 20!

I have had smaller solo shows in the years past, but this is a biggie!  Not only is this solo show on the world famous Canyon Road in Santa Fe, it is a concentrated effort of a full year's worth of painting selected for one grand showing in a fabulous art city - one that I have shown in for about 7 years now!  I am grateful!

I wanted to share with you the process of preparing for a solo show as it is quite lengthy!
First, an artist decides on a concept or inspiration for the show pieces, along with the show title, and statement about the work - thankfully, I had help with all of that!

Then decisions are made with the collaboration of the gallery on the sizes of the paintings that work best with the gallery space.  Next the panels are custom built and then I begin to PAINT. PAINT. PAINT!

Once I have a complete body of work finished (in this case it was 20-30, mostly large paintings) to choose from.  All the images are then photographed, titled, recorded and archived in files for promotion materials and reference.

Eventually it becomes show time - you load up the van, drive across the country and the opening reception takes place where you meet collectors from all over the world!

The ending to all of this is...having a great time in Santa Fe, my city I LOVE and I swear - no painting in the month of September because I will be exhausted by then!

So, I invite you to follow my travels to and from Santa Fe on my Facebook page as I document the trip, the show and all the fun times I will have in Santa Fe.

Thank you to Globe Fine Art and the owner Steve Cie for the solo show opportunity!  Onward!
Meanwhile, Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, is open every day 10-5 through October so be sure to stop in and see us!

I thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you this year!

Ginnie Cappaert
Cappaert Contemporary Gallery

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself." - Paul Cezanne

Usually an artist puts 'all they got' into their art which often makes for an interesting life, at least to the artist themselves but maybe not so much to those around them.  Some, though, are so intrigued by the way an artist see's, thinks, lives.  I am grateful that I put 'everything I've got' into my art.  As I'm working on this blog I have to say that my Pandora station just played the song, "Have a little faith in me" - for some reason that song has been repeating itself more often than usual.

Opening in Santa Fe on August 25 at Globe Fine Art, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM is my solo show "TRANSITIONAL HORIZONS" and I honestly have been putting 'everything I've got' into the paintings for this exhibition.  A huge undertaking but a great opportunity for my art career, and may I add it has been and will be a fun adventure!  Luckily, I had some good friends who encouraged me along the way to keep going and not stress over the enormous amount of 'focus' that this new series would involve.  After putting my life on hold for months,  I am putting the final wrap on many of the pieces and although I work intuitively, there were a few new mini-series that came to me and will be a part of the show.

The 'Taking Flight" series was inspired by photos from the sky (as in an airplane) that were shared with me by my friend who is a pilot.  It's amazing the abstract textures and shapes you see among the clouds and sunsets - especially when you zoom in really close!  I am very thankful for Mike who continues to share this inspiration with me (and I have to give him credit for coming up with the show title too!)  What is that saying, it takes teamwork - one cannot do it alone?

Also part of the exhibition will be the new 'sunsets' - again inspired by the air pictures taken.  By zooming in to a sunset you really get to see some intense colors and layers which I tried to capture in paint.

Oh and there's more, but you will just have to be patient and wait until the show opens!  "This solo show represents these places of beauty, from distant horizons and wide expanses to up close, intimate bits of the landscape.  They are the echoes of my soul and vision coming forth through my art." - 

See you in Santa Fe (I might just have to buy another pair of boots!)!

Ginnie Cappaert

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

"We travel because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity.  When we get home, home is still the same.  But something inside our minds has changed, and that changes everything." - Unknown

What fuels you?  What keeps you working day after day, year after year?

For me it is many things but especially traveling!  Recently I returned from the beautiful country on the other side of the world called New Zealand!  All I can say is I didn't have enough time there and need to go back, although I seem to say that wherever I go!  I guess it's how I look at things!
Spending most of my time painting, hiking, horseback riding, wining, wandering and exploring fills my mind and soul with images, thoughts and inspiration for future paintings because YES, I always come home to my sweet little studio in the US!
My time in New Zealand was spent on the North Island in and around the city of Auckland.  Within a short drive of the city I could be on either side of the coast which varied no matter which direction you would take!  Just like life, it varies!  As we drove north to go horseback riding we discovered beautiful dunes and white sand beaches, beautiful like in Michigan.  As we drove west we discovered steep cliffs through the mountains jetting over the ocean.  It was here where these black sand beaches were famous for surfers from all over the world!  Then of course the hiking in the woods, somewhat tropical, was just breathtaking as well!  And who could resist a short ferry ride to Waikeke Island - home to some of New Zealands most beautiful wineries!!!
No matter where my travels take me, I am excited to come home and ponder the images and thoughts racing through my mind.  Eventually these images settle and I can create for a long time on the memories from my travels.
Where will my travels take me next?  Well,  now I am 'slightly grounded' and staying put in my studio.  I'm finishing up commissions and working on some new paintings to send off to my galleries this Spring.  THEN!...I will be starting to paint a whole new body of work for a solo show that I have coming up the end of this summer!
It's going to be a great year - and if you don't see me around, it's because I'm locked up painting!  And THANK YOU to all my friends and gallery owners that keep telling me that YOU CAN DO IT, even when I am not so sure!
This painting, "stillness" reminds me of the black sand beaches in New Zealand!

Monday, January 23, 2017

"It's the making of the thing that matters.  How that changes you." - poet Li-Young Lee

Blogging is an expression.  Many artists, writers and creative people choose to share their thoughts via blogging.  I follow many blogs and this morning I found this quote on one of the inspirational blogs that I read (CalmThingsBlogspot)!  Because this resonated with me I wanted to dwell a bit today on the process of art.
I am lucky to have so many art friends near and far and often when we get together our discussions range from making our art, finding studio time to selling our art.  Always, Always I emphasize to my friends to MAKE THE ART, don't worry about the selling of art that will all fall into place.  Truly.  Have faith.  It works.  The bottom line is if you don't take the time to MAKE THE ART, you won't have anything to be viewed or sold anyway!
As artists, developing a practice is very important.  Yes, even as devoted as I am to my art, I still find myself drawn away from the studio to play outside.  I have to constantly remind myself to focus, to 'develop a practice and submit to that'.  That may mean we miss out on some activities, maybe our house and laundry may not be perfect or done, maybe the meals we create are less than gourmet, but something has to give when you choose art as your career!
Hanging with those people that inspire you and spark your inner intention sure helps!  They get you and what you are doing!  Yes, hold those people tight, because there will be many in this world that don't understand you and  your decision to live a creative life.  If you make the decision to be an artist know that their will be many plateau's in life and your career but you must make the decision to just go through with it and create like you breathe.  Ginnie Cappaert
"Finally Understanding"  18x18" available at Arlo Gallery, New Orleans, LA; oil mixed media

Monday, December 19, 2016

As I sit here in my "summer studio" and contemplate the year 2016, I can basically sum it up in "What a ride, not all good but all made me stronger and now I know capable of handling whatever life throws my way!"
  Yes, the last two years, every friend that told me 'You will be OK', 'things work out for reasons that you don't always understand' and all the many other inspirational words my friends passed along to me, I do now find to be true!  Peace to all.
2017 brings new beginnings and it is the peaceful winter days that remind me of how good life is!
This morning I shoveled out my 'summer' studio' so that I could spend a  wee bit of time painting by the good energy here in Door County!
As I was painting and jamming to some Van Morrison tunes, these words from one of his songs settled deep into my heart and soul:

Help me Share my load.
Welcome home.
Enjoy it while you can.
The the bright side of the road.
Help me Sing my Song.

I am wishing all of you a delightful Holiday Season and am sure that we will all have a fabulous 2017!
Cheers -

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"Gratitude feeds on itself.  It breeds acceptance.  It turns what we have into enough, and more" - from the book 52 WEEKS OF CONSCIOUS CONTACT-Melodie Beattie

Feeling gratitude every day, every moment can make a big difference in our lives.  It should be something to be practiced throughout the year, not just at Thanksgiving.  Many years ago I started a family tradition before we ate our Thanksgiving meal we would go around the table and say one thing that we are each grateful for - I wish we would do that more often.
For any of you going through tough times or just slumpy moments, I highly recommend connecting with any of the books by author Melodie Beattie.  Here are a few thoughts from the above mentioned book that I wish to share with you during this Thanksgiving Holiday!
She says many good 'food for thought' statements:
"The grass is always greener on the other side (is an old cliche but it isn't true).  The grass right where you are, no matter where the place is, is just as green as it is anywhere else.  And if it's not green or it's all dried up, maybe it's because you're not watering it enough."  I find this to be so true in life and in my art.  I continue to keep the faith that society and people I know will appreciate and 'water' or care for what they have instead of searching for it somewhere else.  I know with my painting if I am in a sort of 'blocked' state of mind (which luckily I get very seldom), it may just be the simple fact that I am not taking care of myself enough, filling my moments with crazy business instead of being focused on my art, and also not being focused on IT which means I should just be spending more time painting. period.
"Practice deliberate gratitude.  Force it and fake it if you must."  Melodie talks about this often, when you practice gratitude you will start to see a shift and be more thankful for all that you do have.  In my studio I have what I call a 'gratitude jar' where I write down quick little notes of what I am thankful for.  When you are ever feeling blah, just read through your beautiful, big gratitude jar and you will shake yourself out of that mood!
Saying a simple Thank you can also be just as effective.  "The magic isn't somewhere else.  It's where you are right now."
We all have so much to be thankful for, yes we all go through difficult times we all feel bumps in the road, but with simply changing our mind set and practicing gratitude and thankfulness we can all see how lucky we are to have what we have right here and right now.
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving filled with grateful moments!
                                                 "Dawn"   10x10" oil/mix media on paper

Don't forget my gallery, Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, will be open this Thanksgiving weekend on Friday and Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm.  I am so grateful for all of my artists, collectors, neighbors, friends and family that have supported my artistic endeavors throughout the past many years!  Ginnie

                                             "Stillness" 12x12" oil/mixed media on paper

Saturday, October 29, 2016

"Artists have two responsibilities.  The first is to express themselves.  The second is to communicate." - Audrey Flack, Art & Soul

I am still deeply reading the book "Creative Authenticity" by Ian Roberts and am enjoying the chapter on Communication.  As a person, I feel my skill of Communication could be improved upon, I think many of us probably feel the same way, but as the author speaks about communication I can see what an important part it plays in art.
It is true.  When I am painting a picture I am trying to portray a feeling or sense of time or space or place to both myself and the viewer.  I feel something usually about a time or place and want to express that via my artwork.  Because my work is a bit abstract that leaves more interpretation open to the viewer which ultimately, in my opinion, is the best connection an artist can have with the viewer, an open communication.
I also feel that this communication of art between the artist and viewer should be authentic.  It should be deeply felt by the artist.  That is what makes true art and a real artist.  Real art is more than learning how to paint a pretty picture or throw a perfect pot.  Real art comes from a space deep within.  That space is opened up and usually poured into an artists work.  Showing up for years and decades on a daily basis is what makes art and the artist authentic.  I hope you enjoy my art, it comes from a deep authentic artist.

                                           "Blue Sky Day" oil on paper exhibiting at
                                         Northern Exposures Juried Show, Bonifas Art Center
                                                                  Escanaba, MI


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