Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
chicky babe in her shell
And I know owls are trendy, but I had to create one; I saw two owls in one week, which served me as a sign and inspired me to create a whole line of animals inspired by creatures I see around my house. I'm currently working on a bat (which I had to shoo out of my house last year), and mouse (which I had to shoo out of my house last week), and plan to do a bunny, a raccoon, and some birds. Some of the creatures I've encountered around my property and house, have somewhat bothered me (don't get me started on insects), so part of creating these sculptures is to embrace these experiences.
Art as therapy once again.
(n) menagerie (a collection of live animals for study or display)
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The property has so many interesting hand created strutcures to see.
1. you're really excited about your project (120%)
2. you start to sketch and toss around ideas and the excitement decreases a bit (100%)
3. you spend the funds it takes to create your project (decrease)
4. you start to work on the project and it may or may not go well (for me this is a daily evaluation, and the amount decreased depends on how well it goes that day)
5. at the completion of your project, if you find that you are at 87% pleased, then in 5 years when you revisit it, you will be 120% pleased with it again (or at least 100%).
*I love this theory, because I find it true. While you're in the passion of creation, emotions toward a piece can become exaggerated (especially negative emotion, and especially when money is involved). I like my work better when some time has been put between us.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I love how Etsy gives so many opportunities to allow looky-loos to find treasures they wouldn't have otherwise known about. I recommend checking out the Showcase area, but my favorite way to randomly discover new items is to pounce (and I prefer just listed/hasn't sold).
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Maybe the Leos will dig it.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
1. they appreciate art and have a nice collection themselves
2. they are a large cool open space to show
3. they have great appetizers (catered last time)
If you have not been to the Edmond's Artwalk, I encourage you to go. The link to the map for the evening's events: http://www.manyaveeselects.com/artwalk/artwalk.htm.
I researched a few of the artists to see who's going to be there, and I found one in particular whose work I really like. Her name is Jennifer Lommers, http://www.jenniferlommers.com/Gallery.html, and her site is worth looking into. It's the only drawback to participating, missing the opportunity to see the work of everyone else.
If you're in the area, come see me and say hi.
And now for an update on a recent painting, and thoughts regarding the life of art:
I recently blogged about a painting I finished (three robins and remained untitled). I felt ill at ease with it, so before I sealed it I decided to change directions. One day last week, I was having a terrible, non creative, no patience, no imagination toward the future end result to pieces I was working on day, and days like those seem to throw my whole world upside down. If there are any other artists out there reading this post, does this happen to you too? Anyway, I did what I always try to do in this scenario, I walked away (although it was several hours later than I should have; maybe it wouldn't have troubled me so much had I walked away sooner). So a couple of days later I went back. I turned my painting into a mixed media piece, using vintage cookbook recipes to fashion the birds, and finally I call it finished--cook book birds.
One last note, if any of you are wondering where Heather is, I can assure you all is well. She's busy with family and such, and I'm hopeful she'll chime in soon; I appreciate her creative perspective.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
On to other things: I'm almost crazy to share the link that I'm about to, because when you see his work, and then look at mine--well, it makes me look like I was painting with my hands tied behind my back, while I was intoxicated, during an earthquake, with my eyes closed--in other words, no comparison. Anyway, I want to share the link to Vladimir Muhin's work (http://www.muhin-art.ru/english.htm), because it is so beautiful. I was researching him to show a friend of mine, and I thought I'd share the visual wealth. My favorites are the Basics and Portraits. Looking at his work makes me want to sit up straight.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Today was a great day to paint; first day back to school for everyone but me. Nothing pressing, except inspiration, so today I streamed archive Positive Vibrations, via www.kexp.org, and went to work painting. If you are not familiar with positive vibes, I suggest you check it out: Saturday mornings, 9am-12pm. It's a program featuring Jamaican music, mostly reggae--to me a day without reggae is a day lacking in vitamin irie.
Kids hops (dj) is the best Seattle selector since Reggae Charlie back in the day of KCMU. That's my two cents concerning musical accompaniment to most of my work.
When music and paint come together, this is what comes to life.