Friday, January 22, 2010

Michigan Annual Art Exhibit

I was truly humbled to be in the company of such beautiful art work! There is a wide variety
of mediums including mixed media, assemblage, digital art, sculpture, watercolor, oil, photography, and clay. Each piece was original and thought provoking. People said very nice things about my piece and there was a decent amount of interest.
Pet peeve: two ladies were enjoying looking at my work and in the process set a cup full of red fruit punch right on the pedestal with my ladies! One of them then proceeded to man-handle my work! Seriously?? Maybe they thought they had gone to the hands-on museum rather than an art gallery :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Beauty Denied: The Trio

I'm so pleased to announce that the Trio "Beauty Denied" has been accepted by the Michigan Annual 36 Art Exhibit in Mt. Clemens. It's an honor to be a part of a show that is being judged by Charles McGee. I have always admired his work.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Bruised, Battered, Beaten....

That's how this week ended up feeling. Wow! Don't we all start each work week with the determination to do our best, give it our all, and emerge triumphant by Friday afternoon? How often does that scenario work out? Not often is my experience. By the end of the week, I've usually lost sight of previous goals and forgotten good intentions. That results in waking up on Saturday morning thinking, "crap, just what did I accomplish this week?"If I'm the only one this happens to, then I really am in need of a little self-respect..........

Monday, January 4, 2010

Waiting for Inspiration............

I've been so artistically blocked over the past few weeks (eight weeks to be exact) and it has been extremely frustrating. I couldn't make myself pull things out to make art! (another good reason for my husband to build me a studio) I felt particularly bad because I'm in a monthly ATC exchange with my friend Veronica. Guilt led to blockage which led to more guilt which led to frustration!

I was finally able to make myself sit at the art table (otherwise known as my kitchen table) right after Christmas. I pulled everything out and then sat to wait for inspiration. And sat, and sat...

Then I remembered something that had helped me in the past. I have found that the trick to eliminating roadblocks, whether it be artistic blocks, problem solving blocks or anything else life may throw at you is to go back to what is familiar and comfortable.

I began my artistic journey drawing silly little cartoon-like characters (mostly males). I eventually moved away from that avenue and pursued other types of mediums. Last week, I started to fool around with one of my little characters named Stanley. I had so much fun revisiting him that it served to break my block, inspire my muse, and bring a smile back to my face! Thank you Stanley, thanks for the inspiration.......