Art with Cause
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Monday, December 24, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
It is very nice to be distracted by comfortable, intelligent, conversation... it is nice.
I guess I need to make time to create... I haven't made time at all this week!!! AND I still haven’t pulled out my holiday decorations and created some Christmas magic!!!
But I totally let myself be.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
But it is wonderful to see people surprise themselves as they paint for the first time (or one of the first major attempts at learning to paint). The happiness, self gratification, self exploration, and looks of amazement are inspirational to say the least.
Last night we worked on the same still life as the last time. A happy little still life, with happy little leaves and things... what a wonderful time!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
It is Mexico's equivalent to the American Memorial Day.
Except American's put out cheap plastic flowers in a plastic cone or arranged like a flag in the cemeteries of their loved ones - then post sweet and seemingly deep sentiments on facebook about remembering - then picnic, party, and generally celebrate a day off of work - leaving out the deep soulful connection to their ancestor. (Speaking of the mass populous and not the few who actually pull out pics of their dearly departed and have a moment.)
The Mexican celebration is much more focused on ancestors, remembering and honoring their dearly departed, and celebrating the life that they have now because of their roots. This deeper connection to remembering is misunderstood and even a bit frightening to people who spend their whole lives self absorbed and once removed from anything uncomfortable and dead.
I have a few acquaintances who do not seem to understand that Día de los Muertos is memorial day for another culture and can be celebrated without compromise to a set of "values" they hold onto. Yet on Sunday morning they celebrate the dead with rather gruesome symbols of broken body and blood which they consume. I wonder what the difference is between remembering the death of Christ and remembering the death of a loved one - except that we would not remember our loved ones by consuming a symbol of them. But painting their dead body/skull or decorating a sugar skull in their honor is somehow misunderstood. Maybe it is because it falls so close to Halloween?
(But don't get me started on that one!!! Halloween, aka All Hollows Eve, actually came out of Christianity. Yet it is the Christians who no longer want to acknowledge it. Wishing to separate them selves and by extension also separating themselves from All Hollows Day, aka All Holy Day - which is sort of celebrated in Mexico as Día de los Muertos - a holy day to remember.)
Regardless of undue controversy, it is this deeper remembering that I am longing for.
Like without realizing it was the 11th year anniversary of my Grandmother's passing, that I created a portrait of her. I just had to paint her - not sure why. Creativity can be a slave driver when an idea comes into my head. So I made it in a patchwork quilt style because she quilted. I gave it a cheesy lace trim, because she put that trim around many of her quilts. Then I showed my aunt, who then told me - "It was this week, 11 years ago..."
|"Grandma's Quilt" 36x43 Mixed Media|
This is the deeper remembering - the connection with your ancestors - the soul food that sparks creativity...
This is my longing!
And taking a moment to think of her... I am inspired to dig deep and spill the creative flow inside me... you will find me at my canvas.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Floral painting class was a two hour class working from a silk Lily.
Still life class was a two hour class working from a pumpkin, apple, grapes, berries, fall leaves and a chair (Although I didn't seem to incorporate the chair into mine).
The second and third Wednesday of every month is a class! Come join the fun - learn to paint, fine tune your painting skills and/or socialize while painting! Always a wonderfully inspirational night!
Next month's classes are 'frozen sea-scape/water scene' and 'fall still life'. Hope to see you there!!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
I have been looking around at the objects and images I keep around me...
things that inspire me and ground me...
and I wonder if those images and objects have symbolic meaning that could help me find my voice?
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
|The Community Art Project from Last Year|
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Maybe it is the blood rushing to my head? Maybe it is my usual environment turned upside down?
In my painting class I have been turning the paintings of my student's upside down occasionally, to give them a fresh look at it - a trick I learned in art school...
I also say "walk away"... meaning get away from your work, look at something else and then look back at your work from a distance, to get a fresh perspective...
There is always a point when you need to see (insert almost anything) from a different point of view, a different perspective, and re-evaluate things.
Sometimes in life when the fresh perspective is needed and we fail to seek it, life forces it on you!
In art school, some students and teachers have noticed a little thing referred to as "The 3rd Year _itch" (yes I omitted a B in hopes to keep this blog a bit on the pg side).
By that 3rd year of school, students have learned the foundation, all the "rules", the ways they can be broken and the the oximoronically occurrence that happens when you do break them: you aren't actually breaking them and are still bound by the "rules".
At this point the students have been inside the proverbial "box", outside the box looking in, outside the box looking the other way, deconstructed the box and made it into a sculpture, reconstructed the box and made it into an ashtray, and created a deconstructive structural analysis that prove that the actual existence of said box, causes the said box to NOT exist because of the mere fact that it does exist without existence, concluding that the sky is never actually blue but it is a small paint drop of every color.
All of this foundation knowledge pushes some art students to the point of almost giving up. (If a student in this situation does not take a look from a new vantage point, they will give up and everyone is going to let them. The faculty all know, that at that point in your artistic journey, if you don't know to take a fresh look a do some searching of your own, then you don't have what it takes.)
"What is the point? - I am in bondage to rules that don't exist, everyone is pretentious and superficial, it seems like everything has been done before, what is the point?!!!"
Sometime during the late 1800 early 1900, the entire known world of art needed a fresh perspective. Suffered from the 3rd year bit_h (changed it up for you).
A very frustrated Marcel Duchamp, was part of a growing group of artist, who were suffering from this strong need to see things differently. He was part of the first group of artist that discovered that because the proverbial box exists, it therefore does not. (or more accurately: because art exists, it does not; and because it does not, it therefore does!) He personally felt the art world had become a pretentious joke and he was going to exploit it.
He took an old urinal, painted the name "R. Mutt" on it, treated it and displayed it as a valuable marble sculpture from the Roman era. He wanted to prove the art world was ignorant and they would accept it as art. He thought that when he exposed the truth, that he just signed a piece of trash, that the art world would wake-up and be embarrassed.
But it forced a new perspective on the art world, it caused everyone to question all that they thought they knew, and that maybe there was more out there. Even today, I know people who look at it and say: That is Art?! Marcel Duchamp made many works that each made the viewer question all that they thought they knew about art, causing a revelation through new perspectives forced upon the viewers.
That is a very abbreviated, slightly altered (completely inaccurate yet, accurate in every way) rendition of the story, which is not just a story, but maybe it happened.
Either way, it is Marcel Duchamp (or maybe R. Mutt's) birthday (July 28, 1887)! Happy birthday!! and thank you for a new perspective and the valuable lesson: that every now and then we need to look at things differently.
And thank you all the artists who paid attention and began to explore other avenues giving birth to many other movements in the art world.
And thank you to all the industrial designers that paid attention so that today's piss-pots are much more esthetically pleasing.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Here is something a friend of mine shared with me, that he was given from his teacher while he was a student:
"Rule 2: (General Duties as a Student) Pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students."
"Rule 3: (General Duties as a Teacher) Pull everything out of your students."
"Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment."
"Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make."
It is most important to have fun! And to DO something creative. Doing is much more important than outcomes. Quality outcomes will follow, eventually. So do something creative today.
No matter how you feel... you can work out those feeling through a creative act: paint, write, sing, make music, take photos, and/or dance!!
Here is a little inspirational music to get you going:
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Since we are a stones throw from the Adirondacks, I did an Adirondack lake (I do prefer to paint what I see- not paint from a photo, and I couldn't get to the ocean, so...)
The most difficult thing is that the class is only two hours long and I can't complete a painting in two hours! So two and a half hours later I have a very hurried look to my foreground! Always my own worse critic.
Can't wait to spend some time exchanging creative energy with a group of people who have the desire to paint!!! The last class was SO inspirational!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Elder Betty is my favorite so far!!!
Can't post the work I have done, since it is for my solo show - but after three weeks I am DONE with this one. I am not completely satisfied with it. But I am my worse critic. It is better than it was yesterday, which is better then it was the day before... and at this moment I feel like I am at the edge of overworking it. There is no UNDO button (God knows that if there was, I would have used it with a certain matter of the heart!) so I must be careful to stop before it IS overworked.
So I am calling it done and will revisit it in a month or so...
ugh... I need a clean surface to prep the paper on... So I guess I clean, just to slowly pull it all back out again by the end of the next one.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Me a good photographer. ...?...
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
So, I passed my Certification Exam. I am now a certified acrylics painting instructor through Grumbacher Paints. I have my hands in so many...
Here is the first couple photos from the "Pin-Up Girl" shoot!!! ... Edited to look like paintings (Yes, I know they look over edi...
Day of the Dead . It is Mexico's equivalent to the American Memorial Day. Except American's put out cheap plastic flower...
9x12 inches Colored pencil, pastel and ink Study of a seed in macro, on homemade paper (I made the paper from the flowers that the seed ...
Well, I survived the Holidays. I made 32 handmade gifts this year. Phew (Posted pics on Facebook ) Unfortunately I waited till the last min...