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
Thursday, October 13, 2016
"Something that is authentic 'rings true' for us. It comes from an inner truth." - from the book Creative Authenticity by Ian Roberts
This morning part of my art tribe met to talk art books. Everyone brought a book to share and I learned about some new artists I haven't heard about AND got so inspired! I can't wait to hit my studio - soon!
The book I shared CREATIVE AUTHENTICITY is a wonderful read about being authentic in life and your art. We often wonder what we are creating and if anyone really 'gets it' but as we focus on the authenticity of our own work and of our soul speaking, it is easy to see that what we are doing is exactly what we should be doing.
The author quotes, "The point is what the inner process of following your creative impulses will do, to you. It is clearly about process. Love the work, love the process." I think the more we educate, share and expand upon the thoughts behind our 'process' as artists, our work becomes more acceptable and understood to collectors and the viewers.
In this book the author also states, "This is not the same as trying to get it perfect. It just means trying to get it as right as you can as you go along. "right' means being aligned to your idea. Trying for perfection takes the life
out of expression." This statement alone stirred up a beautiful discussion at book club about 'perfectionism' and the act of creating.
Our wonderful little art book club group also talked about artists Jonathan Green and Blanche Lazzell, two artists that I had not heard of. We also talked about Anne LaMott and her book 'Bird by Bird' and 'The Lonely City-Adventures of the Art of Being Alone.' - by Olivia Lang! What a lovely way to start my morning - thank you to all who joined me this morning to encourage and inspire each other!
"Fallen Leaves" oil on wood 40"x 36"
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
"The turtle is the only creature that can move forward - they can't go backward" unknown
Yesterday I had this delightful woman in the gallery and we talked for quite a bit. She was making a sort of 'retreat'/'pilgrimage' to Door County to honor and remember her good friend Roberta. Roberta was a major supporter of arts in Door County and I heard a fabulous woman. She passed away last year in August after an auto accident where she crashed into my gallery.
So some parts of our discussion had to do with taking time to just be. Time to visit and cherish our friendships and families before they are gone. A very important lesson in life.
This woman shared this story with me on the turtle only going forward not backward. I, of course, wrote it down in my journal. It has inspired me. I want to be a turtle.
I'll be taking some days to work in my studio painting this week and I am so looking forward to contemplating the passage of time in the new pieces that I will be working on. So when my 'working the gallery days' pulls me away from my 'painting in the studio days' I realize how important the balance in life can be and to honor that schedule and the passing of time.
This image was sent to me from one of my collectors. A few years back I was in Santa Fe for the Canyon Road Paint Out in October. This collector had first seen my work there and this summer they bought a large painting here in Door County. What a delightful small world it is.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
"Every day is a new beginning. Take a deep breath and start again." - unknown, found in my journal notes.
September is here! I LOVE this time of year, gathering with friends for apple cider pressing fun, long horseback rides, quiet moments in the orchard and THIS YEAR - cleaning my studio and starting over!
Just last night at Edgewood Orchard Galleries they hung the new Exhibit which features the majority of my body of works from the last ten months! I've been working hard all year creating what I feel may be close to my 'best overall body of paintings' that I have created to date. Not bragging, just sincere.
How did I do it? Lots of late nights and practicing GRATITUDE! There are some very huge, special pieces at the exhibit that I just completed this summer. They are sculptural 3d pillars that depict an abstracted version of the four seasons. Part of this idea came through the simple fact that some days when I couldn't figure out what to be thankful for, I focused on simple gratitudes - one of them being the beauty of our 4 seasons! Yes, practicing gratitude during a few rough years has gotten me through it all and now I'm clearing the slate and starting new...in the studio, too!
My studio in Michigan is empty, yes literally every painting is out in galleries. There are a few unfinished panels and a huge mess that I will sort through, clean and make into a beautiful space to start anew!
Meanwhile, this weekend at Edgewood Orchard Galleries, you are welcome to join us for the evening reception on Saturday evening from 4-7 pm with an artist talk at 5 and wine and refreshments. Then on Sunday from 1-3 pm I will be giving a Painting Demo in the Courtyard at Edgewood. So join me to talk art, watch me work, and share my passion for painting.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
"The space between things; managing your time between things/projects" - notes from my journal.
Today, during a quiet moment, I was browsing through my journal and came across this simple little note. The past year I have been preparing for a featured artist show at Edgewood Orchard Galleries here in Door County. Yes, a whole year to prepare for a show and managing my time between all the projects is very important.
I've been lucky to have the winter months to paint and create inventory for the galleries that represent me and I always feel I have a solid body of work until I feel the pressure of a show. This show, though, is going to be phenomenal and yes, I feel I have a solid body of work ready to be shown at this beautiful gallery space.
Lately I've been working on some new pieces in the studio, trying to get them done for this show. Let it be said that artists work great under a little bit of pressure or with some deadlines!
The opening reception at Edgewood Orchard Galleries is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, September 3 from 4-7 pm and on Sunday, September 4 from 1-3 pm I will be doing a painting demo in the Courtyard at the gallery! All are welcome to join us!
This painting was recently installed in a contemporary home by JR at Edgewood Orchard Galleries!
Friday, July 29, 2016
"It's your tribe, your friends, and your art that make life grand!" - Ginnie Cappaert
I am so thrilled to have found such a generous, kind, supportive and amazing art community here in Door County. Last year four artist friends/gallery owners got together and created a 'fun art event'! This is our second year of our Progressive Art Crawl here in Egg Harbor. We think Egg Harbor is a great community and the fact that there are four of us that are artists/women/gallery owners is pretty amazing! So join us Thursday from 4-8 pm for the 2nd annual "Progressive Art Crawl".
Women’s Fine Art Galleries of
Egg Harbor 2nd annual Progressive Art Crawl Aug 4th, 4-8
Women’s Fine Art Galleries of
Egg Harbor’s second annual “Progressive Art Crawl” is happening Thursday,
August 4th from 4-8 PM. Four Egg Harbor women artists including
Angela Lensch, Ginnie Cappaert, Jeanne Kuhns and Rene Schwaller
representing Angela Lensch Gallery, Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, Lost Moth Gallery
and Off the Wheel Pottery invite you to an art celebration.
These four very different
galleries have made this an annual event, after having so much fun last year.
Starting at 4:00pm and continuing till 8:00pm, the Progressive Art Crawl will
offer a diversity of fabulous art and samples of each gallery’s food creations
including cheeses, breads, chocolate delights and savory snacks. The event is
free. All four galleries are in Egg Harbor, there will be a map on the punch
card you pick up at the first gallery you stop at.
-Angela Lensch Gallery features unique, hand –woven, gold and silver jewelry
by Lensch as well as a variety of fine art jewelry, glass, sculpture and
photography by local and regional artists.
Located at 7653 Hwy 42, Egg
-Cappaert Contemporary Gallery is Ginnie Cappaert’s contemporary art, blended with an eclectic mix of
all mediums representing 30 regional and national artists working in painting,
glass, clay and jewelry.
Located at 7901 Hwy 42, Egg
-Lost Moth Gallery shows resident artist Jeanne Kuhns’ acrylic paintings inspired by
nature and magical thinking and also represents paintings, figurative sculpture
and pottery by Dawn Patel, Maureen McGrath and Tony Menzer.
Located at 7975 Hwy 42, Egg
-Off The Wheel Pottery is the working pottery studio and gallery of
Rene Schwaller. Schwaller’s beautifully handcrafted work, along with pottery,
jewelry and garden art by 20 regional and national artists is featured.
Located at 4234 Cty Rd E, Egg
Visit each gallery, where you
will be presented with a punch card at the first gallery you stop at, there is
no specific order. Get your card punched at all four galleries to be eligible
for a gift certificate drawing.
Call 920-495-2928 for more
information and find gallery information on line. www.cappaertcontemporary.com, www.jeannekuhns.net, www.angelalensch.com, www.offthewheelpottery.com