Posts Tagged ‘creativity’

Often I start a painting with a certain idea, and it sort of evolves into something different, letting go and letting it happen is the most important lesson I’ve learned as an artist. Here another peek at my work in progress……

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…I did. I went to the library and found several good books. The one I’m really excited about is: ” The Artistic Mother: A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life ” by Shona Cole. She gives several ideas for projects and step-by-step guidance on how to create, but what I really loved most of all are the passages she wrote about creativity and motherhood. In her introduction she writes about, how when we as mothers allow ourselves time to create, we actually become better mothers.  I really like this theory! I do think I’m a sweeter mother, more patient and forgiving, when I’ve had the paintbrush in hand for a few hours, than when I haven’t taken that time to myself. I’ve learned to let the laundry hang a little longer on the line, and the dishes to sit by the sink, because later after I’ve painted, I can recruit the girls to help me get those little chores done. And I’ve found the girls enjoy helping out, so it’s really a win-win!

“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” -John Updike

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I was commissioned over the summer to create a painting with the theme of two siblings. I did several sketches and I was stuck on another idea for months, that I wanted to “make” work, but it just didn’t. Then I came up with the idea for the painting below and the painting just happened!!! There was no struggle only pure painting JOY! I love when that happens!

Copyright 2011

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Writing & Drawing  Click on the link here for the PDF to be readable.

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Face painting season is right around the corner….

Here some new designs we tried out from a library book:

Linea the Earth Goddess, Samantha the Gemino Clown

and below Adina the Flower Girl…

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Self-doubt creeps into my mind sometimes, this weekend was one of those times. I felt so critical of all my paintings! Looking at them I only saw what needed to be changed, some I just wanted to paint over. It was not a good mood to be for painting, the paintings annoyed me! Who do you think you are anyway? Why do you think you can paint? Those kinds of thoughts will kill creativity anytime! So I let the paintings be and I went hiking and read a good book instead.
Then Monday night, my husband Dion decides to grab a hot dog @ Target and when I join him, Lisa (the “other” face painter) and her husband (the balloon guy) are at the next table just inches away. I excuse myself for interrupting to see/hear if she remembers me.  Her face lights up in a smile and yes of course she remembers me, in fact she was just at the Art Center where her and Steve, her husband, had seriously thought about buying one of my paintings! “you have really mastered your style” she tells me and “your color scheme.” “Thank you” I reply, “you have no idea how good that is to hear!”
Then the next day @ Michael’s I go in to check out their frames because they are having a sale. “Seed of Life” is the piece I brougth with me. The middle age woman helps me pick a frame, and figures out how much it would cost with the discount. Then she confides in me that she really likes this painting. “You are onto something really special here” she says to me. I thank her and she says “you should do more on this theme.  Wow I think to myself another affirmation!
You would think that would be it, but then a lady @ the book store falls into conversation with me and she wants to know if I sew. I tell her not really, I atually paint. She asks which gallery I’m in, and I tell her about the Two Rivers art show and hand her one of my business cards. She tells me I should think about teaching workshops and /or classes for kids who are homeschooled. By now I’m smiling to myself, it is almost like it’s too much! All these affirmations to keep me going…
I pop in to see what Caole is doing @ Planet Earth and the Four Directions Gallery, she’s remodeling, but says she is so glad to see me, and that she has been thinking about me since she saw my paintings at the Art Center. She said she was drawn to them!
So there it is! All these affirmations left me feeling warm and inspired to paint! Yes, I will keep painting!

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It’s like a concert tour, but with sketchbooks.

Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country.

After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view.

28691 artists from 94 countries around the world are participating. The tour starts February, 2011.

Sign up by:

Nov. 15th, 2010
(Midnight, EST)

Postmark book by:

January 15th, 2011

Tour starts:

March, 2011

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This collage I made today at a collage workshop with a local artist that I admire, Gayle Gershon. The workshop was held at a yoga studio and we all were barefeet and sitting crossed- legged on the floor with all our images, papers, ribbons and cloth spread out around us. 

We did an exercise called Circle of Life to take a look at where we are with our own goals and dreams. I realized that my home front is very strong and secure and that it is okay for me to start branching out more, (or in the case of this collage lift my wings).

 There is a lot of symbolism in this collage that I would like to share:  The nest in the bottom symbolizes my home, I try to keep it neat and clean, always cozy and full of love, the yellow bird is me taking care of the nest. The Tigerswallow Tail is my husband Dion who also does his part on the home front, as well as supporting us on one income! The three golden butterflies are my three daughters, two born close together and the third catching up…then there’s a hidden owl who symbolizes wisdom, the wisdom needed to take the next steps toward taking flight….at the top I’m soaring and the little butterflies are too. The pieces of map in the background show Denmark in the lower corner where I was born the ocean we flew over and then North America in the top corner which of course is where I live now. All the flowers had to be there as I grew up in a greenhouse and was around both flowers since before I could walk.

The whole process was so much fun, I got really into it, and actually forgot for a little while that I was in a class. At the end I walked around and saw everyone’s collages and they were all so different and all so fun! I met some interesting women and had a great experience.

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