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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"the space between yes and no." - that is the title for an upcoming show by Madeline Denaro at the Cheryl Hazan Gallery in NYC.  I ran across that title yesterday and was hit blindside.  I can't get that thought out of my mind 'the space between yes and no.'

Today was really not a good day for me so I bypassed the studio time, lounged around, cried around, tried to cheer myself up by a horse ride and now I'm trying a tea latte.  Artists go through these times automatically as they create, get blocked and can't seem to overcome their fear of making art.  Somedays artists just 'plow through' and the work almost happens like magic.

I don't usually like to get in to too much of my personal life, however I do realize that my personal life and art life really are one.  I'm in the process of a divorce that is taking longer than it should and I am not looking for sympathy, but I do believe hard times as an artist are even more difficult because we tend to be over-sensitive and caring about others over ourselves.  We can't help it, it's part of the left brain/right brain thing!  These difficult times I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.  Everyone has a difficult path and one way that I, as an artist, found some healing was through journaling and sketchbook keeping.  On days, and there were many, that I couldn't get my heart and mind to work, I would write my thoughts down in my journal.
Thus the sculpture: it is what it is.  was created.  This winter I spent my evenings working on 'making' some journals.  These are getting filled up this year and I will try to fill them up with good thoughts!

In life (and on Facebook) I believe in POSITIVE thoughts and I try to keep my negative thoughts to a minimum.  I realize my problems are no different than the problems of everyone else.  Luckily I have my art, my friends, my family, my kids and my new gallery to keep me on the positive side.  Divorce though is like death, 'moving' on 'or getting over it' is not easy and some of us may never 'move on' or 'get over it'.  That is where I am at right now, in 'the space between yes and no' and I've been stuck there for some time. 
So...what I am getting at is I may be having a crappy day, feeling stuck and realizing I can't seem to move on BUT I can guarantee you that my posts on Facebook or my blog will always be positive!  Because we need to fill this world with more positive thoughts!  So I hope and pray that my heart heals some day, one way or the other, and that all of you can fill the world with your positive thoughts too!
Often when I am writing in my journals I try to incorporate pages of 'gratitude'!  Yes!  Just full pages of what I am thankful for - try it - you'll feel better to!
Near my Michigan Home is an amazing abuse shelter that one of my good friends works at.  Recently I saw a post that they were in need of all kinds of donations from personal care to everything...including journals!  They, too, know the healing power of journaling and writing down your thoughts during difficult times.   So....because I so believe in the healing power of journaling, my gallery CAPPAERT CONTEMPORARY GALLERY in Egg Harbor, WI is donating 40 journals to the Rainbow House.  Let's stop the heart break and spread the healing...one small act of kindness at a time.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

"Finding Out" Oil, cold wax on wood panel
"To be abstracted is to be at some distance from the material world" - from page one of the book AGNES MARTIN, HER LIFE AND ART BY NANCY PRINCENTHAL
I just spent the entire week painting!  Way too cold and snowy out to go for a horse ride so I dedicated my time to the studio AND I found out by rising early in the morning (to take my son to drivers ed class) I was able to get a whole lot more done in a day!
So my love of books continues.  I have a stack!  Actually several stacks, but we won't talk about that addiction.  Yesterday I opened the book on Agnes Martin (I LOVE her work) and didn't get past page one because the above quote on abstraction was the first sentence and it grabbed me and hasn't let me go yet!
Some abstract artists work in extreme forms of abstraction and some not so much.  I think my abstraction is slight as it is mostly landscape based.  This winter, though I had the urge to push a little bit out of the landscape/abstraction.  This little nudge resulted in some vertical divisions of space that are all about color interactions, texture and subtle line work.  Although I have some pieces that just didn't work - yet - I felt these two pieces spoke to me and are ready to fly!
"Finding out" and "What next" will be headed out to my galleries this Spring!
Here's hoping you have a great day - follow that little nudge - sometimes it works!
"What Next" Oil, cold wax on wood panel


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