It feels great when you’re done! Several years ago I set about, with the help of my organized librarian cousin, to compile an art record of all the pieces I had created for the last 50 plus years. It is a chronological list and a set of images. The first three decades took the most… Read more »
Category: Artist motivation
These two pieces are a comment on the political times.
I have become aware of dust bunnies and a neglected car, paper piles and soiled slip covers. These things are on, and then off my radar, with no action taken. There are a limited number of hours in a day and there is a limited supply of energy in a person. So these things usually… Read more »
For weeks now, my response to the pandemic, has been to do lots of radical pruning. What does that mean? You might think that it means cleaning out my studio or office or some other sort of spring cleaning that many artists spent the month of March doing. I applaud them! No. My radical pruning… Read more »
People are influenced by what they experience. The current pandemic has many of us even more focused than usual on what it is we want to do with our time, and what we want to say. I will share with you my newest artwork (created February to mid-March), and what I was thinking about. This… Read more »
In any creative activity, whether it be gardening or building an image of a donkey, it is not easy to know when to stop. Creators in every medium are often warned about this. Art: If you go too far, the paint will become muddy! Poetry: The freshness of an idea might be lost. Cooking: The… Read more »
Goldilocks tried out bowls of porridge, chairs and beds, to find the ones that were just right. When this child wandered into the home of the three bears, I assume that the bears were out doing work, or getting their exercise, or attending choir practice. Maybe baby bear was climbing trees or swimming with a… Read more »
Abstract Art Quilt
I recently visited the art room at an elementary school, as a guest speaker. I was at school all day and talked to 7 different classes of all grade levels. I brought along three examples of my artwork, two abstract and one figurative. I explained my ideas and why I had made the choices of… Read more »
What to do next?
We grapple with this question over and over in our lives, year to year, day to day, and hour to hour. There are some big questions about what to do next, but there are the simple prioritize-my-time sort as well. Because it is summer, I’ve had difficulty smashing-cramming-condensing four hours of exercise and gardening into… Read more »
In June I traveled overseas, and for twenty-five days was away from the safety and boring routines of home. The countries visited were Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary (cities – Zurich, Prague, Olomouc, Bratislava, Vienna, and Budapest). I was with my traveling cousin and the Gillette Chamber Singers. The experience was good, great, delightful,… Read more »