Here are some images I took of my latest paintings, in progress. So far I have completed 10 of the 15 I am working on for this set. Once I finish the last 5, I will move on to translating these works on to canvas with my favorite medium ACRYLIC!
I look forward to the upcoming challenges of working in different mediums and to the new discoveries found.
Thank you for following along.
I am in the process of updating my websites, so I can start selling my work on here. I hope you stay tuned.
Working on my cellular paintings has led me to find some amazing artists, so I have decided to start a reoccuring series of blog posts featuring different artists that have been particularly inspiring.
My hope in doing this is to not only expose my readers to some new artworks and creators, but to also eventually begin a dialouge with other markers and to foster a community.
The first artist I would like to spotlight is Bruce Riley.
A process-driven artist, Riley starts his works without a preliminary sketch, allowing the piece to determine the outcome based on the materials before him.
His canvases are filled with layer after layer of poured paint and resin, creating breathtaking landscapes of nonrepresentational organic forms. Each piece can have as few as 10 distinct layers, and can be considered sculptural in it's weight and composition.
"Being in the eternity of the moment is the experience that most influences my life, art and ideas. The past and the future look to be human constructs. Everything is whole and present in the moment.(1)"
Among his' influences, Riley credits Eric Nuemann, Carl Jung, Esther Harding, Mircea Eliade, Joseph Campbell, and Krishnamurti (3). He often speaks of his' work being about Everything, all at once. "At the age of nineteen or twenty I had become aware of how fundamental the moment was to my existence. This awareness of the moment, not as an abstraction but in a more direct manner, is what I've been working on ever since. (3)"
“My approach is a bit ‘hands off’ compared to more traditional ways of applying paint. So I’ve gotten used to accidents. I’ll leave really ugly passages to dry that with a light glaze later become the most glowing part of a painting.(4)”
In the 80's, he began his spontaneous paintings and started finding more success; his style lost its figurative undertones and became more abstract. With his growing success, he was able to quit his day job working in galleries and could devote his full attention to his paintings. (3)
"My life is structured around spending time in the studio.(3)"
Check out my board on pintrest for more of Riley's work!
I look forward to when my children will start making art of their own. Child-created art has always been among my favorites.
There is an innocence and clarity found in their work; a refreshing sense of endless possibilities and adventure inspired by not knowing or needing to know.
For a few years, I organized and ran a nonprofit organization that offered free supplies and encouragement to anyone that was interested in creating art, and many of the participants were children under 12 years old.
They have a bravery when it comes to making art that many people lose once they get into the fifth or sixth grade. (Public education tends to strip children of their creative confidence, but that is another post entirely.)
Many artists have commented on and been quoted about art in reference to children, one of the most famous being Pablo Picasso. I would agree with his sentiment.
Creating Art is the purest form of creation, in my mind. The act of creating is one of the, if not The, most noble of pursuits, and children accomplish this with little to no pretense.
The world and the act of “growing up” batters individuals and strips them of their sense of wonder and excitement. Too often people talk of cynicism with pride, bragging about how much more they know now than before.
Artists aim for the opposite!
As an artist, even as an unacknowledged goal, one focuses on discovery and exploration. Within that context, they must be willing to Not Know, to search and create- outcomes be damned! That is why you will often hear artists talk about the Process being their main focus, rather than the end goal, the product.
The same goes for children! The point is using the materials and discovering the possibilities for both groups.
I remember as a child, around 10 or 11 years old, I was coloring with a younger cousin. She must have been around 5 or 6 and we were at her house, filling up pages in her coloring books. Her parents had obviously been working with her about staying in the lines and using the “correct” colors; she was timid and second guessing herself. I told her the lines were just suggestions and that she could use as many colors as she wanted, and in any combination she could think of!
Her parents overheard me and quickly corrected my sentiment. They told me that I was wrong and that I needed to focus on my own pages. The lines were not a suggestion and skies should only be colored blue, and grass green.
The event changed my view of them, and made me self conscious of my own drawing…
It took me a while of coloring privately to get over the initial shock of the reprimand.
But, thankfully, I was a stubborn young thing and didn't let their scolding deter me for long.
I knew I was right, even at age 10.
And now, as I am about to become a mother, I am so glad I did.
It was, without a doubt, the coloring book event that inspired me many years later to start offering a safespace for children and adults to create without judgement or instructions.
The point of creation is Possibility.
My latest work has been inspired by many things, from histology to construction manuals, microscopic images to my current focus of growing a baby!
Inspiration comes from unexpected places.
Find more on my Instagram.
Life, as seen as a paintbrush can take many forms as a metaphor. And, perhaps, I will recycle it in the future. But for now, my point is Confidence is Key.
When painting, if you are apprehensive and cautious, more often times than not, your efforts will appear muddled and uninspired.
Using confident strokes and passes produces Crisp lines and Brisk clear colors. Much like life!
And, which would you prefer? Crisp and Brisk, of course.
Those I most admire often throw caution to the wind and leave trepedation to the mice. Why then, would I allow anything else for myself?! And, why should you?
Be brave and determined in your actions. Do not allow self doubt to cloud your judgement or shaky lines to ruin your composition.
Paint swiftly and boldly.
You will not be disappointed with the results.
With the start of my new series, I have some updates to do to the website.
Please bear with me. I will accomplish these updates as soon as I am able.
Thank you for your patience.
Getting past |STUCK|
\nRight before I found out I was pregnant with our first child, I hit a major wall- artistically speaking.
\nI had been on such a roll with a new series! I was exploring ideas in ways I had never done before; I hadn't seen anyone else produce work like I was making, and that bolstered my confidence greatly.
\nSo, when the road block hit, I felt devastated.
\nLooking back, now I can see how some of the emotional rollercoastering might have had to do with pregnancy hormones.
\nAt the time, however, I was just confused and trying to find a source to lay the blame.
\nWe were living in a much smaller space, and I had been aching to take my work in a larger direction. I was beginning to feel I was reaching the limit of the series on such small grounds...
\nMy supplies were packed up- even more now than when we were living with family. Keeping my art supplies "put away" always seems to affect my productivity; it makes it seem like such a huge task to pull everything you need to work out of the closet, when you've grown accustomed to having a studio set up and left in progress for the next session.
\nThere were other reasons I could justify my lack of motivation and production, but after all these years as an artist, there was the one truth I knew.
\nThis Happens. To every artist.
\nThere are several steps you can take if you face a block.
\nRemember, this is not the end.
\nThe trick is to remember that it will pass and to (somehow) enjoy the time in between bursts of creative force. Perhaps this is the beginning of something new about to blossom. Perhaps you need to process what has just flowed from you creatively, and once given some time & space, you will be able to return with renewed vigor and clarity.
\n2. Don't beat yourself up.
\nThis one is hard. Especially if the block lasts longer than you think necessary. But, this time is vital for your mental health and overall quality of work. Often times the Best work follows periods of self reflection and calm.
\n3. a) Just show up.
\nJust pulling out supplies and putting something down is a Huge step in the right direction. Progress isn't always the most important part: Persistence is.
\n3. b) Have fun.
\nDon't put too many rules on what you do. Try to get back to the truth of it- the reason you started doing all this in the first place. Relax into your media and remember why you do what you do!
\n4. Look for inspiration.
\nIt can happen anywhere and any time. The key is to Allow yourself to be inspired. Read books, the ones you've been meaning to get to and ones you'd never have given a second glance before. Look for pictures of things that interest you. Watch movies. Meditate/ pray and Journal. Surf the web and willingly follow the rabbit trail on interesting ideas. Anything can turn into a lead!
\nRecently, I tried to follow my own advice and low and behold, my rut is in the past! I have discovered a whole new subject to explore and I am more excited now than I have been in months. (Aside from the growing baby, of course.)
\nBut, I shall save that for another time.
\nGood luck in your endeavors.
\nIf you have any Unsticking tips or advice, I would love to hear! Feel free to comment below.
About a month ago, my husband and I moved into a 14" trailer. We started downsizing over a year ago, and I still can't quite believe how much stuff we still have! Neither of us are terribly matetialistic, but we have both gone through long periods in our life having to go without. Once you've had little to nothing, it can be quite a mental challenge to let go of what you have accumulated.
I have found some rules on the interwebs that have helped.
1. Toss anything that is damaged -unless it can be mended in under an hour.
2. You must Love what you own. If it is something that you are holding on to for someone else, toss it or box it.
3. Be ruthless! It seems tough, but once that bag of donations and trash has been taken care of... the weight is lifted!
The more stuff we have around us, the more stressed out we feel and become. We deserve better!
Below is a link to some pins I have saved for inspiration.
Do you have any decluttering simple living tips?
I would love to hear from you.
How do you live more simply?
I keep my chalk pastels in an #Artbin with plastic tabs so the storage can be customized to your needs!
I love my artbin- it is so much nicer having all my chalk in one box.
Before I kept the chalk in the original packaging. Sure, it worked for awhile... until I had four boxes to go through when working on a project, trying to find the right color I knew I had somewhere! 😤
Now, I know what I have and have it all easily accessible at my fingertips.
my idea was to fix some type of foam or padding to the lid?
It helps lessen the chance of the chalk being smashed to smitherines And helps keep the rattling noise to a minimal, because that constant shaking Can get a bit annoying (especially on a long bus or bike ride!?).
I used tape to keep tissue on the lid, to cushion the pastels during transport.
Before I taped it to the lid, I just kept the tissue in each slot. But when working outside, the wind would try to blow them away! Adding the tape seemed hokey at first, but has been a Vast improvement.
An Artist & Adventurer