Very busy lately with everything, including my latest love, Zumba, so art hasn’t been given its proper attention. Hope to find the right balance to fit everything into life soon. For now, here are some umbrellas that I hand painted for an art council fundraiser in Boston. It was a fun assignment and I love how they turned out. However, I do need to fight the impulsive side of myself that keeps taking on “assignments” that don’t include pay or enough publicity for the artists involved. I tend to get excited by these “calls for arts.” They do encourage me to create and complete things because of deadlines, but they also take me away from what I should be focusing on——my own work. Although I consider anything and everything creative “my own work.” See what I mean? Note to self: Stop it!
Oh, I’m loving today. I’ve spent the day focusing on being creative–finally. Didn’t have any major errands to run for once in a long time. So I filled the day with sushi making (not too pretty, but delicious), art making (love these papers, but not sure what I will do with them yet, and learning a new routine for Zumba. Now, that’s what I call a Saturday!
I’m really excited about this exhibit at the Hope Lodge in Boston. Not only is it an opportunity to share my art, but it also is a chance to do what I always hope to do as an artist–lift the spirits of those who most need it.
The Hope Lodge is an inn for out-of-town cancer patients. Rather than having a single gallery space for the art, the entire building is used for display. I toured the inn when I dropped off my pieces (several paintings and two portfolios of works on paper) and was just floored by the tranquility and healing spirit created here.
The funny thing is that I never knew this place existed. The curator of the exhibit found me somehow—she doesn’t even remember where she learned of my work. Funny, huh? Meant to be…maybe. If you are in the Boston area, please come to the opening. A percentage of the sales go to the American Cancer Society.
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.”
I 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.”
When I was in college one of my art teachers required us to sketch in our sketchbooks once a day. Being the typical college student, I procrastinated–even with art. I put off sketching in favor of…what? I have no idea. Inevitably the sketchbook would be due and there I would be wide awake the night before–pulling an all-nighter, sketching! So ridiculous when I think about how precious having time to actually sketch is now. Ah, youth is wasted on the young. But I digress.
The habit of sketching every day is such a valuable tool for keeping the creativity going. I’ve lost sight of that in the past several months as I’ve been busy with work and life in general. But with the start of the new year I’m trying to reconnect with that basic. I’m using a lined notebook to try to sketch something, anything, every day, which will also reconnect me to the daily practice that really got my artwork off the ground when I first connected with the Creative Every Day Challenge.
I’m using a lined notebook instead of a traditional sketchbook because the paper is not special, therefore, I’m free to do whatever I want without thinking every drawing is some precious masterpiece. I tend to freeze up when I have a really nice sketchbook (too nice for me to “mess” up, the internal critic (that bitch 🙂 ) always tells me). Above is one of those drawings–just a random pen drawing that came to me as I stared at the blank page with no ideas and began to simply add triangles. Those triangles then turned into a crown, which, of course, begged for a goddess.
I’m very pleased with the results of the two craft fairs. Good sales, very nice comments about my work, supportive friends who came to see me on both days, and a booth space next to my artist friend, Laura, who makes amazing hooked rugs. I’m so thankful. Sometimes being an artist can be draining. Friends and supporters help me re-energize and get me ready to gear up again.
Here is one of my latest creations. ‘Tis the season for angels. I saw plenty of them this weekend.
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.
Each year, REACH, an organization that advocates for victims of domestic violence, hosts the REACH for the Stars auction. Among the items auctioned are ceramic plates designed by artists and celebrities. I was asked to design another plate this year, which is such an honor for me and my very small way of helping the cause.
The event will be October 18 at WGBH Studios in Boston. You can find out more about the organization here and see a gallery of some of the plates here. I call my plate “Reach Out.” The idea is that as we reach up to achieve our own goals we also need to remember to reach out to others so that they too reach theirs.
The other plate artists are: Rosemary Broton Boyle, Sally Brophy, Angelica Busque, Rona Conti, Emily Corbató, Elli Crocker, Cathleen, Daley, Eleanor B. Goud, Barbara Grad, Norman Laliberte, Julie Levesque, Pat Mattina, Todd McKie, Deborah Edmiston Miller, Sally Moore, Roberta Paul, David Penna, Shawn Sargent, Nancy Schön, Rosalie Ripaldi Shane, Janet Shapero, Julia Shepley, Michael Wilson, Rita Wolfson and Barbara Zeles.