New year, new work

10487560_10152450805296650_2623399408784844612_nI’m looking forward to this new year. I’ve set my business and creative goals so I’ve got a clear vision of where I’m headed. I’m already off to a good start with some new paintings that I’ve been working on during my winter break.

One of my goals as an artist is to create work to enter into juried art exhibitions. This is not so much about getting into a lot of shows. It’s more about facing the possibility of rejection (which happens a lot as an artist) and not caring about that. I’m treating the themes of the shows as homework to guide my creative process.

An upcoming show has “heritage” as its theme, so I’ve enjoyed thinking about what that means to me and how to visually present the idea. Sometimes it helps to have a prompt when facing that blank canvas.

I’m taking my time, focusing on the process, and letting the work sit until it tells me where it wants to go. Hopefully, the process will take me in new directions this year, away from the safety of what I’m comfortable with as an artist.

What are your creative goals for the new year?

(The painting here is a detail of a mixed media work on a gallery-framed panel. It is just a start.)

Spring flowers

Playing around with flowers for this month’s theme for Creative Every Day Challenge.

In the stillness—inspiration

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
Deepak Chopra

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Following along

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There’s an old saying that goes something like, “If you want to make God laugh, make plans.” I have to admit that I never really liked that saying. I think God is a lot nicer than that and more accommodating of our dreams. But, that’s another story.

The saying came to mind this weekend as I worked on a new mixed media painting that I had definite plans for. I knew exactly where I wanted it to go, spent all morning Saturday trying to drive it there. However, it laughed at me and went its own direction. So, I just had to follow along.

Here is where things are right now. I don’t know if this is where things will be next weekend when I revisit this “unplanned” painting. The repeated symbol is the Adinkra symbol for love, harmony and fidelity. I placed a circle between the two symbols to connect them. I may go back in and broaden the circle until it covers the entire painting, which is about 18 x 24.

So, here’s a new saying, “If you want to make the Muse laugh, plan your art.”

New “Hope”

320986_10151192671876650_461804106_nI had a very busy weekend–doing real full-time-job “work” that can’t seem to fit within the regular work day; cooking for the week so that I don’t go insane (well, more insane than I already am) trying to get everything done when I come home from the full-time job; and finally, finally playing with paint in the studio. I always forget how happy that makes me feel. I began with my brushes on paper, but soon tossed them aside and used my fingers to paint a new mixed media piece that I call “The Goddess of Hope.”

Dorchester Open Studios Oct. 20-21

Golden Goddess

I  will be exhibiting my artwork (including this one), handcrafted cards and beaded jewelry at First Parish Church, 10 Parish St., Dorchester, Mass.,  during Dorchester Open Studios, which features more than 140 visual artists at 20 locations throughout Dorchester, Mass.

The event is Sat., Oct. 20, and Sun., Oct 21, noon to 5 p.m. Please come by if you are in the area.

August exhibit

I will be a guest artist at Hope Gallery in Bristol, R.I., for the “Summer in the City” exhibition. The exhibit takes place from August 7 through August 31, 2012. If you live in the area, please stop in and see me at the opening reception on Sunday, August 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The gallery is located at 435/437 Hope Street in Bristol. (This 8 x 8 mixed media collage on a wood panel with gallery sides is called “Joy.”) Find out more about the gallery here: http://www.hopegalleryfineartfinecraft.com/


	

Yard work as inspiration

I spent much of the weekend yanking weeds and pruning trees–all in need of a great deal of attention. I’m not a yard work kind of girl. I’d rather be inside my climate controled glass art studio with a cup of coffee looking out at the greenry. But once I started sawing and snipping and yanking I couldn’t stop (And why has no one told me how thrilling electric trimmers are? So fast, so powerful). In fact I got quite angry at some stubborn roots that had intertwined themselves throughout legitimate shrubbery, and I yanked and yanked and yanked  until an entire area was clear. What a great release–being able to pull away what does not belong so that the beauty of what does can come forth and breathe. I think a lot more than yard work was going on. So I had lots of greenry to inspire me in this mixed media work on paper. I call it “Growth.”

Paperwork

Emerging from my vacation coma of doing absolutely nothing all week, I finally pulled myself together and created this mixed media collage piece today. It’s on paper, about 18 x 22. I began by pouring one of my favorite colors in liquid acrylic paint on paper. While cleaning up my studio today I found the left over shells from mailing labels so I stuck those to the paper and then ripped them up after pouring the paint, which left some lines where the paper had been covered and also ripped up random sections of the paper. I then played with remnants of other papers I had laying around the studio, and here you have it.

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