I found a very profound statement in one of my daily meditations today. It came to mind as I was walking past a landscaped garden area today. I glanced at the plants that were cut back for winter and at the stones that surrounded the plantings. It took a few minutes to examine the many rocks that were there. Although they did not bear the smoothness and roundness of Lake Superior’s shoreline stones each rock had its own story and many different planes of beauty to look at. These very stones make up the photo that I took. Remember to look for the ordinary beauty around you everyday. It is everywhere!
Recently, I read an article that stated that the occasional use of the non-dominant hand triggers growth in the brain that stimulates creativity. See this article at http:/www.nwitimes.com Wow! Who knew!
Because of an injury I have adapted to using my left hand for most things. I have also been whining about it. But! Continued use of my non- dominant hand has brought about an acceptance of my “imperfect, not-that-good” art.
That attitude also lead to this piece of different images that somehow (thank you creative spirits!) came together as my October 20 gratitude creation. The falling leaves are inspiring to me, I was thinking about marker trees and then I thought about something that I had learned from Terry Daulton.
All of this inspired a new project that is currently in the planning process.
Amazing! The studies must be right! Give it a try and see what happens!
After a busy September, I have found myself challenged to create on a daily basis. September art included a solo show of my work, four entries for “All Things Birds” and three entries for “The Gathering”. I was fired up by the challenge to get everything done.
Then I kept waiting for my dominant hand to heal from a torn thumb ligament. My mood darkened as the daylight did.
This all changed when my sister-in-law was telling me how her art was changing by doing a daily art – even if it was just prepping surfaces. I had this a-ha moment and suddenly I was no longer overwhelmed and frustrated. I had this great journal that my honey had bought for me that was waiting to be filled. I decided that I would just work with my left hand and the images that I would create would be ” good enough”. Much to my surprise, I noticed that some things got better, some were easier and I was really enjoying the challenge.
The slowed process of using my non-dominant hand is giving me time to “look” more than I would otherwise. Today I am grateful for revelations!
I was honored to be selected as the October featured artist at the Boulder Junction, Wisconsin Library for the month of October. The show will open on October 1st. There will be an artist reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The show is available for viewing during regular library hours through the month. Check out the Boulder Junction Library website for their current hours.
The images that I have selected for this viewing offer forth a plethora of works that are a culmination of gelatin, fingers, breath, spray paint, acrylic paints and much more. They are a final result of the challenge that began with an observation, grew through inspiration and came to be what you see before you. Enjoy!
The Downtown Art Place in Ironwood, MI is holding a silent auction to raise needed funds for their program. On a recent visit to their art gallery I was asked if I was an artist. Upon admittal, I was asked if I would be willing to create a piece for the silent auction. I thought that I could solicit 4 of my artist friends to also paint a donation. Only 2 people did – the amazing artists John and Barbara McFarland! My 3 donations are below. Make sure to check out the incredible art of the McFarlands by going to http://www.barbaramcfarland.com and http://www.johnmcfarlandart.com. Enjoy!
Don’t despair! There is an easy way to remove the dried paint. Yesterday I painted primer on 6 outdoor chairs. The brush took a beating as I applied paint to the sides of the closely spaced wood slats and paint built up as the outer bristles dried in the September sun. Thanks to Artist Bob Burridge (http://www.robertburridge.com) I didn’t have to worry about the condition of the brushes. I put a generous amount of Murphy’s Oil Soap in a cup with some warm water. I soaked the brushes overnight and voilà! After a light rinsing and a “brush-out” to remove the loosened paint the brushes are as good as new! (At least the bristles are! ;)
The September sun is a warm caress, it feels gentle and soothing. It imparts a sense of well-being and opens the door to the rich energy of the surrounding nature. The trees whisper as they dance luxuriantly in the sensuous flow of air that is round and about. The garden plants lie heavily laden with the globes and pods that they feed to fruition. The drone of mosquitoes has vapourized and the soft sound of bird calls reminds us to accept the glorious song of the universe. Scampering amongst the leaves forewarns of the waning time in which to prepare for the darkening, sleeping season, acorns are cached with hopes of finding them when hunger later rumbles. I revel in this time as I reflect on the rich summer of creativity that I was blessed with.
I was blessed to study under many talented artists this past summer. Making art while building friendships, enriching relationships and creating new works in styles that may find their way in whispers of my work was rich beyond measure. Here is a teaser of the work:
Working under the tutelage of Tonja Sell (http://www.doartworx.com), Joan Slack (www.riverrunarts.com), Barbara McFarland (http://www.barbaramcfarland.com), Ginny Stiles (http://ginnystiles.blogspot.com/), Terry Daulton (https://penokeearts.wordpress.com/who-we-are/terry-daulton/), Karen Kappell, FSPA (http://www.marywoodsc.org/) and artist Kathleen Kvern inspired and assisted me in taking my art in to new directions by exposing me to a plethora of mediums and techniques. I am indebted to these wonderful artists for sharing their talents with me!
Click here to enjoy an album of selected works from my Summer of Art 2015: