Greetings from an unusually snowy day here in Southwestern Ohio. This weather has the kids off of school and the pace slowed down to a more artful clip and I am relishing it. Last weekend I hung my recent encaustic paintings at Pleasant Perk Coffee Shop in Pleasant Ridge and I am happy with the results. As much as I enjoy making the art and playing around with materials and researching the concepts, my least favorite part of being an artist is the whole business of showing it off. To put it mildly, it makes my skin crawl.
One would think that I would have gotten over this in art school, and to a certain extent I guess I did while I was there. But it has been quite awhile since I have made a point of showing what I might consider a “body of work” and this coffee shop show is a baby step in that direction. I am approaching this show as more of a works-in-progress kind of thing versus anything epic. And I am comfortable with this. You may recognize some of the works in these snapshots, while others have never been photographed. If you are in the area, I encourage you to stop by the shop and see these paintings in situ. There will be a small opening this friday from 5-7 pm. I hope to see you there!
With this show up, I have the studio cleaned and ready for its next burst of activity. The next few months are likely to be extremely busy as many projects and labors of love come to fruition. One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to be a little more frequent with the blogging so that when I sit down to catch up on it, it doesn’t seem so daunting a task. So stay tuned and keep an eye out for news on new work, new classes, benefit concerts, drawing for the corporate set, and large scale commission work. It should be pretty exciting!
In the meantime, Happy 2010 to all. I’m going to go play in the snow and make some art.
Today is the Winter Solstice, a day when the pendulum of time comes to a still point. When the days which have gradually grown darker and darker make the switch, ever so quietly, to become lighter and lighter. It is a time of hope, and renewal. And only weeks away from the quickening of the earth which will indicate the coming of spring.
Last week saw the culmination of weeks of work by everyone in our household. The kids finished up final exams at school, my husband left town for the week to meet with others in his company in order to get everyone on a similar page at work, and I hosted a pilot workshop for Drawing Down the Vision. The week before, Adam and I had attempted a dry run, the results of which were a bit of a train wreck. But we needed to learn the lessons from the dry run in order to be prepared for the actual pilot, which was, thankfully, a complete success. We had 5 participants at the pilot, all of which were prepared to give us critical feedback at the end of the workshop. Everyone involved seemed to get a lot out of the class and gave us some things to tweak as we develop the next pilot…. all leading us to eventually offer the class to the business sphere. It’s been so much work and research but worth every minute. I am looking forward to honing this process into something that people in all realms of work can utilize to enhance their creativity. Stay tuned in 2010!
With DDtV successfully piloted, and our schedules a little more fluid for the next couple of weeks, I am back in the studio, bundled up against the cold working on the last few pieces slated for showing at Pleasant Perk Coffee Shop in the month of January. I am excited to show the work outside my usual comfort zone and see what makes people take notice. One of the paintings from this show (not quite sure yet which) will go into a silent auction, part of a benefit concert being put together for the Esme Kenney Memorial Sculpture Project. This concert is scheduled for January 30 and will showcase an incredible array of musical talent… plus some art! I will keep you posted as things progress on this project.
For now, here are a few “works in progress” snap shots to whet your whistle before January’s show. I hope this post finds you surrounded by loved ones and able to find some warmth in this the coldest time of year. I for one am intensely grateful for the opportunity to update this blog now and then and to be doing the work I love. Peace to you this holiday….
I’ve been doing some drawing here and there prior to the wax application…..
… and some print making as well!