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working hard

Friday, April 30, 2010



Another quote from "Trust the process" - "The creative process requires the active participation of the artists over a period of time. People . . . have to realize that important results are not always immediate."
As a full time artist for many, many years, I know how hard it is to "work" as an artist - not always during successful years, but always continuing to paint and create just because that's what's inside you. I sometimes want to give up but then can't imagine life "not being creative" so I continue on - enjoying the process, even if I'm working way to hard. I was never good at relaxing anyway. I do believe that talent is partly "a gift" and those of us who are blessed with talents should definitely be using them!
Back to the studio - have a great weekend!



North of the 45th

Monday, April 26, 2010



I just received acceptance of 3 pieces into the juried show North of the 45th at the Devos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University in Marquette. The show features artists from the midwest -north of the 45th parrallel and opens on Friday, June 4 with an opening reception from 6-8 pm. The exhibition runs through July 25. Always a great show in a wonderful museum-like gallery space.
I've been working on some new oil/cold wax pieces and have been trying some new techniques to un-earth buried layers. It's interesting to bring up layers from 10-20 layers underneath-adds an interesting dimension to the subtle pieces.
Here's another quote from "Trust the Process" - "Try approaching your creative expression in diverse ways. We learn from continual practice, but exercises need variety in order to solicit new responses."



Bindley Collection Gallery

Monday, April 19, 2010


This past weekend I made a trip to Madison. We took our kids to the big Midwest Horse Fair and immersed ourselves in "horse" stuff - was a grand time. Then Dave and I took off to the Farmers Market and bought some cheeses, honey, cheesy bread, herb plants and met up with my friend Courtney and enjoyed a hot cup of tea at the coffee house on State Street as it was a very windy day.
Then, the best part, a trip down University Ave to drop off artwork at the "Bindley Collection Gallery" in Middleton. Wow! Owners Colleen and Dennis Bindley are great people with a passion for art and have a gallery filled with some of the best artists in the midwest and beyond. Dennis purchased some of my work previously and really enjoys my work - so a perfect fit for their beautiful space. I am excited to be a part of their gallery. If your in Middleton (6771 University Ave) stop in!
But, home at last, and happy to be back in a routine - headed directly to the studio this morning.



reading

Thursday, April 15, 2010



I always have a stack of art books near by, some I'm re-reading bits and parts for the 10th time. "Trust the Process - an artists guide to letting go" by Shaun Mcniff was recommended to me by fellow artist Rebecca Crowell. Here is a statement from that book.
"The way of creation is a practice that lives each instant as fully as possible, lets go, and moves on to the next engagement. When examining the lives of creative people there is always sustained desire and a vision into the future." "The sense that everyday is a new opportunity . . . the sun rises anew each day . . . and that we never step into the same brook more than once."
Painting creates painting, just showing up in the studio makes things happen, not always good, but always an experiment! Enjoy your day!



Delivered

Monday, April 12, 2010



This weekend I made a quick trip to Door County to drop off work at Edgewood Orchard Galleries for the start of their 2010 season. I am very excited to be a part of this awesome, well-established gallery! I had the opportunity to meet the owners JR and Nell as well as their very professional and friendly staff! This will be my first season with Edgewood and I think my new work will be a nice fit to their gallery space and mission and I can't forget to mention the awesome sculpture garden they have added to the property - beautiful trails through the woods with sculptures along the path - you know how I love wooded paths!- so . . . if you're in Door County this summer (they open the beginning of May - October, every day) stop in and say "hi" - they carry a range of artwork from glass to paintings - done by some very professional artists.
Although the weather was cool, cloudy, I had a nice drive through the countryside and backroads, which provided more inspiration for my abstracted landscapes - so I am back in the studio this morning!



getting ready for encaustics

Friday, April 2, 2010


As the weather warms up and winter turns to spring, I am anxiously awaiting the day when I can get my HOT WAX aka. encaustics out. Because of the fumes I only work outside with this medium so it's been since last fall that I was able to experiment. I'm getting anxious to start - yet have no thougts in my mind. Usually when I start working I have some sort of idea in my mind and then I let intuition take over and usually it ends up being something totally different than what I had visioned. However, I have no thoughts in my mind - yet - so we shall see!
I've been doing a lot of spring cleaning and tidying up in the studio and not as much painting as I would like, a transition time, I guess that's good! Happy Easter!



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