Oh week #3....I was afraid you'd almost not happen. We had so much going on at night this week that I had to squeak in studio time! I hate squeaking it in because I don't always do my best work that way. I like feeling no pressure to be in the studio, but rather to just be in there as an escape from reality and place and time to let my mind wander creatively. I rarely ever think about anything while painting. I like to listen to music and escape to creative world. Yeah, I am a freaky artsy type. I admit it wholeheartedly.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
This one is called, "finding my heart".
Friday, March 23, 2012
There were plenty of on lookers and crowd cheers this week in the studio. See:
With wax you can do a multitude of techniques. Prior to making the #2 canvas this week I messed around with layering. Some made it to the sell in shows pile, others made it to the what the heck was I thinking need to paint over pile! But all a learning experience nonetheless. Here I started with a paper doily as a mask. Then made this crazy organic green center. Then started doodling....then layered more medium on top of everything...then doodled some more and added color. The stepped back and said a-ha! I think I am figuring this out a bit. Then messed it all up with too hot a medium and had to fix, then repaint, re-carve, etc...like a said, a learning curve week. But I love the end result. Because it is so off the common thread. It's a freeing feeling to do something out of the norm. So the question will I keep up the doodle abstracts? Not sure. But I did enjoy it!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
blog. So be sure to check back and forth for a spin on all that's going on in the creative journey! Oh, and later this week more about the process of the painting!
Friday, March 16, 2012
A little sneak peek at behind the scenes this week. I always love seeing how artists work. So here's my behind the scene! Woohooo!!
Once I set up for this medium I start painting and can... not....stop. It's addicting. The canvases just fly out of my head and into the wax. I love it. And then just like that, the tap runs dry. I neatly pack it all up and put the cold bricks of wax away. It's crazy how my viewfinder brain works.
To see more of this medium be sure to check my regular blog...I've got a dozen made for an upcoming show!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
So the thoughts behind the painting....I wanted to paint my favorite little blue bird Mattie. The little bird that started this creative journey. She's under an umbrella. It's her birthday....and it's raining. Just in case you don't live around my parts, it just happened to be raining Monday, on my special day. So yep, symbolism in it's most simple form. Plus I like painting umbrellas and birdies. But there's more. Did you notice the drops in the bottom? They are little upside down hearts. I just feel a lot of this lately....puffy hearts, love, emotions, all bundled into one gaint cloud. Last week I literally let it ALL fall out over and over again. And perhaps that's why I painted the umbrella too. I was sheltering myself from the rain. And from my heart breaking. I really love being a teacher. But quickly I've come to realize that I absorb every child, and all their emotions and all their angst and all their fears and all their problems. And I want to fix the problems, hug their hearts and give them my umbrella. But I can't. I just can not keep giving out the umbrella. Because it is soaking me to the bone and making me worn slap out. I'm not saying I'm not going to keep teaching with all my heart and soul. But I am going to let go a little. And be an amazing example of living a joyful life. Because I firmly believe that being an example to these children may be what they need to see. These little visual learners absorb so much all day. So much of which is crappy. If I can present myself daily as a joyful, spiritual woman who embraces life with whole heartedness, maybe.... just maybe, they'll pass the umbrella along one day.
Monday, March 12, 2012
-I'll skip all those younger years, I basically lived in a bubble my ages 0-20. You don't want to know about how blissful it was. Seriously.
-My 20's were spent graduating from art school, planning a wedding, working a crappy job, building our first home, getting married to Billy, getting certified to teach art, loving that job, having our first baby William
-The 30's were packed with having Mailey, my Dad being shipped off to fight the war on terror, my parents getting divorced, fighting depression, leaving teaching, opening an art studio, Billy becoming a State Representative, hitting rock bottom financially, adding a retail store to the studio, leaving that retail store and deciding to become an artist full-time, selling our first house, buying a new house, finding financial stability, going back to teaching full-time
Whew. It's funny how things go full-circle. And the older you get the more you find a rhythm that works for you and your family. How things that were SO important in your 20's, become frivolous in your 40's.... that sort of thing. Like how shopping becomes a chore instead of an escape from depression (thus the financial stability coming into play). How working a job you truly have a heart for can change your attitude about life goals. How being at home is more important than anything. How loving yourself (even the frikin' thunder thighs) can change everything. Everything. So yep. The 40's are destined to be wonderful. Not perfect mind you. But full of crazy potential. Because I've got 40 years under my belt of mistakes, good decisions and decisions yet to make.
I do hope you'll follow this journey through my 40th year and join me in Birmingham, Alabama this time next year for the gallery opening. It's going to be an amazing showing of work. And for such a wonderful cause. I love the support you all give to my creative journey and can not thank you enough for being here in this little world with me. I puffy heart you. :)