There’s a big move to support local community businesses and community building is created by staying local. You can shop at your local stores, buy from your local farmers, and buy unique gifts for yourself or others by buying from local artists. There are numerous reasons to continue to buy from local artists. Number 1: you love us and we love you! Number 2: when you buy my art I take the money and go out to eat, I tip the bartender, I tip the waitress and I bring money to the Cook’s pocket and his family. Number 3: when you buy from local artists you develop a relationship that is very valuable. At the very last minute, before a celebration or a gift giving opportunity, we are here for you – who needs a last- minute, unique, interesting gift? Who wants to go to Minocqua on a busy Friday in the summer? Call me up, swing by my shop and I just have the perfect gift for you – – not sure what your loved one wants? I can create something for you! Number 4: many of the ideas that I have are from our beautiful forests and many of the items that I make come from our forest and obtained through sustainable harvesting. Therefore, your purchase of my work are local natural wonders! What a great souvenier! Number 5 your purchases allow me the time and freedom to continue creating more art. The extra time that I have allows me to volunteer in my community. Thanks for your support of local artists!
Porcupine quill class is hard at work
The birth of a porcupine quill hummingbird
The zen like process of porcupine quill embroidery
For nearly 25 years (how can that be???) I have taught basic classes for community education in the arts. I have taught week long courses through the UW School of the Arts – Rhinelander, multi-session classes through the continuing education program at Nicolet College and single session classes throughout the country, through the North Lakeland Elementary Community Education Program and through my contact with others.
When I return to teaching after short lapses, due to scheduling, I am always pleasingly delighted to watch the many students grasp the basics and make the art their very own. It is an honor to share that time with the many different people that have taken my classes throughout the years. What I teach them is small compared to what they teach me!
Yesterday I had the honor of teaching a porcupine quill embroidery class at Fanatical Fish in Butternut, WI. Check them out at www.fanaticalfish.com! It was great to meet Kelly Meredith , the owner and mural painter, and to meet and inspire the students that attended! I look forward to teaching more classes at her studio! Check out my Upcoming events page to more about a free-form peyote stitch bracelet at the Fanatical Fish on September 9 from 9 – 12 and a class called Wire-wrapped Beach Glass, Stones and More on November 11 from 10 – 1.
Let me know what you want to learn – I love to teach – I always learn so much!
Leaving the Nest Mixed Media $235
Tic-tac-toe- three of these paintings have sold! A huge thank you goes out to everyone who came to the opening of my art show called “The Naked Truth – Inside Out.” Viewers were struck by the images that I painted using an intuitive painting method. This show includes interactive and introspective elements. The show will be available for viewing through August. The show, held at the Vilas business incubator at 399 Highway 51 in Manitowish Waters will be open August 11 12 and 13, August 18th and 19th and August 25th, 26th and 27th. The hours are 11 to 5 daily. I am looking forward to seeing you there!
This is 1 of 28 pieces that it will be available for viewing and sale at my solo art show – “The Naked Truth – Inside Out”. The solo show opens at the Vilas County Business Incubator located on Highway 51 and Townline Road in Manitowish Waters on August 7th with a reception from 11 to 2 o clock. The show will be open for further viewing and sales on August 11th,12th and 13th, August 18th and 19th and August 25th, 26th and 27th.
In the last year I read a book called “My Dream of You”. I can’t exactly remember what the book was about, as I was reading several books around the same time. I have a bad habit of only collecting the information that strikes my heart and soul and the rest of it slips away. The “slips aways” go to a place that is similar to a laundry basket full of mending tasks that I have in my basement. I’ll notice them sooner or later.
However the important part of this post is “My Dream of You”. That title really grabbed me. It touched my heart, my soul, my psyche. I had meant to use the book’s pages, which are yellowed, to art collage. Somehow, I could not bear to cut up the pages especially the title on the top of each page. I never knew why it resonated so but it finally came to me this morning as I photographed a pile of art supplies laying on my counter top (that needed to be put away). The title popped in to my head and with it came a feeling of being enfolded in warmth and love. At once I was struck with the reality of living a dream. Thanks to the man in the upper right hand corner of the photograph , my honey Brent McFarland, I am able to live this dream. My days are spent in the forest, watching our chickens and feeding them, spending time with our puppy and creating art. (I do other things also, like dishes laundry, housework, yard work and things of that ilk but who needs to hear about that, right?) I was given this gift almost a year ago and I have learned about peace through art by studying meditation, art and mindfullness, time spent alone and with others of like mind and creating an art that changes daily. This art is the drug soothes my savage beast. Whenever I feel unsettled or out of sorts I turn to art to settle me. Thanks to art, I have no need to worry about side effects, drug interactions and the cost of drugs.
I’ll be seeing you later! I’m going to toss back a shot of canvas and a chaser of paint! Cheers!
Colored Pencil - inspired by a snippet of song that flitted through my head
Mixed media created at Char's Flying Fish Studio in Ironwood, MI
Three different stages of an intuitive painting
Now we can tell which suitcases are ours!
The Many Faces of My Art
Earlier this year I made a commitment to my art. I committed to create something daily and to accept that every piece may not be saleable. I knew that only through constant practice would I grow in my artistic endeavors. I feel success in some arenas and in others I recognize an opportunity for further growth. To date, I have not followed this exactly. I had the best of intentions but I let others things get in the way from time to time. The days that I don’t create, lack a peace and mindful sense. It is a lesson for me.
Recently, I was reviewing my notes from the week long art class taught by Bob Burridge (http://www.robertburridge.com). The setting of the class was Dillmans Creative Art Foundation Art School in Lac du Flambeau, WI. Keeping in mind the lessons that I learned from Bob, I bravely approached my prepared papers. Each time I enter my studio or approach another surface, I keep in mind some of the lessons that Bob taught us. He taught us to use his color wheel and I would highly recommend using his! One lesson is to have an intention for your work, I name the piece and begin painting. When I use other surfaces such as watercolor paper, boxes, journal covers or whatever I just start painting. Sometimes I use a photo reference and other times things flow into my head, the gift from the creative muses. I have recently began a journey using intuitive painting. It is composed of several layers of paint beginning with all cool colors or warm colors. Each layer is allowed to dry and then the next layer is applied. This all happens with no intention. You slap paint on the surface with your hands, foam brushes, use stencils, use whatever you have at hand. It takes a bit of bravery, I was surprised to find. What a wonderful experience!
Today I will share with you a variety of work that I have created over the last couple of months. Thank you for viewing this and create on!
This sure has been a joy to learn how to use my left hand to paint and create art. My goal is to be able to use my right hand again to paint and write by April. Until then, I will be happy to have two hands. It sure has been a learning experience, but for the most part, I have been able to figure out how to do most things with my left hand. Some things, such as twisting together electrical wires, created quite a challenge but I was able to overcome them. Most people say, “I could never do that!” but you would be surprised! People have reported similar experiences and one of my artist and one of my artist friends artist friends told me about one of her artist friends. She had a dry spell of creativity. Not to be daunted, she decided to use only her opposite hand, meaning her non-dominant hand, for one whole year. That simple exercise, as challenging as it may seem, may be the secret to unlocking the creative mind once again. Do a Google search. There are many exciting happenings and studies that have shown switching back and forth from your dominant hand to your non-dominant hand can help your brain work better. Who doesn’t need that?? Have a great day!
Purchase locally created art today! The art is being offered by members of the Manitowish Art League and can be seen at the Vilas Business Incubator on Highway 51 and Townline Rd in Manitowish Waters. For more information contact Barbara McFarland at 715-543-2975.
The non-dominant hand art adventure continues! This journey has been amazing and very rewarding. I have decided to call the work that I’ve created with my left hand “From the Other Side”. The work is like none I would have conceived myself ever doing. The challengers have actually been like having art lessons, I have learned new methods. I have taught myself new ways to do things and have looked at other materials and types of art to continue on this journey. It has been a truly rich and rewarding experience!
The hand-painted journals are called Midnight Journals because they contain 30 pages of thick, 90 pound black paper. The spiral binding allows for maneuverability. The 5 3/4″ X 7 1/2″ size are great for going about on merry ventures. The journals are great for compiling recipes, your favorite newspaper clippings, photographs, artist trading cards, painting with metallic paint or acrylic paint, using gelli-printing, or doodling with gel pens. No more blank, white page paralysis!
Each journal is complete with a custom-made, matching bookmark, a fun gel pen and the front page also contains some painting or some wording that will help you to go ahead with your creative journey.
These journals and other wonderful art created by artists from the Manito art league will be available for sale at a nacho on December 12th at the Vilas Business Incubator Center located at the corner of Highway 51 and Towline Road in Manitowish Waters. For more information this sale contact Barbara McFarland at 715-543-2975.
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!