Art2Life Workshop

“Art is not just ornamental – an enhancement of life. It is a path in itself – a way out of the predictable and conventional – a map to self discovery.” –Gabrielle Roth

I just finished an amazing 3 month online workshop with Nicholas Wilton – Art2Life.  It wasn’t a workshop based on learning new painting techniques necessarily.  Although we did discuss the principles of design and a little about color theory, materials and tools. It was more about discovering and clarifying my own artistic path. Another wonderful side effect from this class was getting to know about 200 other artists from all over the world who I shared these lessons with. No matter where we are, we are now connected by the Art2Life community. It’s brilliant really and I highly recommend attending any of his various workshops (click on the link to visit his webpage to learn more).

Here is some of my new work done in this workshop —

Is He Home Yet? (22.5×22.5)

Finding Balance Above It All (12×12)

Animal Testing On The Farm (14×14)

Where’s My Moose Going? (sold)

“then, she began to breathe, and live, and every moment took her to a place where goodbyes were hard to come by. she was in love, but not in love with someone or something, she was in love with her life. and for the first time, in a long time, everything was inspiring.” -r.m. drake

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Thank You Spotlight On Art!

“When you are describing a shape or a sound or a tint, don’t state the matter plainly, but put it in a hint and learn to look at all things with a sort of mental squint.” -Lewis Carroll

I am thrilled that some of my paintings sold at the Spotlight on Art Show. In fact one piece sold before it even got hung. No matter how many paintings I have sold in my life, each time one sells I remember that someone actually paid money to buy a piece to live with and look at every day. It makes me over the moon with happiness that I get to share a piece of who I am with someone – a connection – a friendship. Thank you for that.

So these are the pieces that sold —

 

“If you feel something calling you to dance or write or paint or sing, please refuse to worry about whether you’re good enough. Just do it. Be generous. Offer a gift to the world no one else can offer — yourself!” -Glennon Doyle Melton

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Gallery Sales & Spotlight On Art Show/Sale

“A life of making isn’t a series of shows or projects or productions or things, it is an everyday practice. It is a practice of questions more than answers – of waiting to find what you need more often than knowing what you need to do. Waiting, like listening and meandering, is best when it is an active and not a passive state.” -Ann Hamilton

A big thank you to those folks who purchased my work recently! And also a big thank you to my galleries!

Sold – Art Alley, Birmingham, AL

Miss Rosie (sold)

Sold – High Country Art, Blue Ridge, GA

The Dog Whisperer (sold)

My time during the holidays has been spent getting ready for Spotlight On Art, a juried show held in Atlanta (opening January 30). There will be lots of fun events and opportunities to buy artwork. Check out the link to find out more. Here is the work I will have available: (click on an image to see it larger)

“As artists, we’ve been blessed with the ability to turn to our work at such a time – for solace or for catharsis, or simply to make sense of our experience. And although we do this for ourselves, it is a double blessing when such work speaks to others as well.” -Alan Weisman

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Studio & Gallery News

“Artists are intuitive. They wait for inspiration. That’s what art is about – the intuitive, not the intellectual. Art about ideas stimulates ideas, but art that comes from inspiration stimulates feelings of happiness, innocence and beauty.” -Agnes Martin

I love that Agnes Martin quote. It says so much. It says why artists need solitude, quiet walks – less angry news. Even though I live in the woods, in the mountains and rarely turn on my television; I still get online. I’m not going to talk about politics. Differences of opinion are what make the world interesting to me. What I am tired of is the hate – the ugliness. And even though we’ve chosen our next president, I don’t think the ugliness will go away anytime soon. My studio is a great place to tune all that out and ‘get-lost’ making art. I am fortunate.

I am busy making work for Spotlight On Art . An invitational show/sale at Trinity School in Atlanta that’s been going on since 1982. I’m thrilled to be part of this show. Click on the link to learn more about it.

These pieces sold this past month. YAY! Yippee! Thank you so much – galleries and buyers!

Bennett Galleries Nashville –

The Bark School (sold)

The Bark School (sold)

 

High Country Art & Antique –

The Red Thread (sold)

The Red Thread (sold)

Audrey (sold)

Audrey (sold)

How Did Ruby Get Up That Hill (sold)

How Did Ruby Get Up That Hill (sold)

Now back to the studio. I’m only halfway ready for the Spotlight On Art show.

“I try to make something every day. I find that important. One doesn’t sit down and have a good idea and go out there and perform it. Pointless. Ideas, metaphors, things spiritual or real, occur out of practice. Go in there everyday – make something and something will flow out of that.” -Anish Kapoor

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Sold – High Country Art; Art Alley & Bennett Galleries Nashville!

“Breathe it all in, love it all out.” -Mary Oliver

I love my galleries. They are my unsung heroes. They work tirelessly promoting and selling my work. I am forever grateful for their contribution to my art sales. And I am always amazed and happy when a piece sells. Thank you. Your purchases keep me working!

Sold – High Country Art

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A Winter’s Tale (sold)

Sold – Art Alley

You Are Going To Throw The Ball, right? (sold)

You Are Going To Throw The Ball, right? (sold)

This Little Piggie (sold)

This Little Piggy (sold)

Sold – Bennett Galleries Nashville

'A Good Dog' (sold)

‘A Good Dog’ (sold)

I am also very excited that I have been invited to participate in Spotlight On Art a fundraising event for Trinity School in Atlanta (January 30 – February 4, 2017. Participation is by invitation only and the collection showcases original work from 350 established and emerging artists. You can learn more about the event by clicking on the link.

“The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.” -Rumi

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New Work Delivered Today to High Country Art in Blue Ridge GA

“The imagination is a palette of bright colors. You can use it to touch up memories – or you can use it to paint dreams.” –Robert Brault

I dropped these pieces off at High Country Art (Blue Ridge, GA) today.  The weather in the north Georgia mountains is finally starting to feel ‘fall-like.’ And Blue Ridge has a wonderful (juried) arts festival the weekend of October 8 & 9 – Arts In The Park. If you live anywhere close, I suggest coming to the mountains for this festival. Ellijay is about 30 minutes from Blue Ridge and is in the midst of their fall apple festival – with apple picking at the orchards, hay rides, pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Lots of family fun. There are also 6/7 or more vineyards in the area that have live music on the weekends – plus great wines and long range views of the fall leaves. It’s a fun time to be in the mountains! Come visit North Georgia!

These pieces have sold this past month — thank you! thank you! thank you!

'A Good Dog' (sold)

‘A Good Dog’ (sold)

the-barnyard-cow

The BarnYard Cow (sold)

“When you are describing a shape or a sound or a tint; don’t state the matter plainly, but put it in a hint; and learn to look at all things with a sort of mental squint.”  -Lewis Carroll

 

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Shipping Work to Art Alley, Birmingham AL

“I am restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.” -Anais Nin

Learning to Fly (22.5 x18)

Learning to Fly (22.5×18)

You Are Going To Throw The Ball, right? (10x10)

You Are Going To Throw The Ball, right? (10×10)

This Little Piggie (10x10)

This Little Piggy (10×10)

Lenny (12x12)

Lenny (12×12)

These pieces are shipping out today, so Art Alley should have them by Thursday at the latest. If you are in the Birmingham area, stop by. Otherwise, call the gallery (info under the tab – ‘Gallery Representation’) if you are interested in one of the pieces. They have other work of mine as well. Art Alley has a FaceBook page where you can see other artist’s work they represent. It’s a great gallery and I’m thrilled to work with them.

“I wear the universe backwards. I imagine putting stars in my coffee and sugar in the sky. I imagine going fishing in the clouds and watching the sun hide behind lakes. I’m too busy dancing with my imagination to even tip toe with reality for a second.
They say I’m going mad.
They’re right.” -D. Antoinette Foy

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Smalls

“Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.” -Alan Watts

You Are Going To Throw The Ball, right? (10x10)

You Are Going To Throw The Ball, right? (10×10)

The Town Crier (10x10)

The Town Crier (10×10)

This Little Piggie (10x10)

This Little Piggie (10×10)

Lenny (12x12)

Lenny (12×12)

Hitching A Ride (10x10)

Hitching A Ride (10×10)

And The Band Played (12x12)

And The Band Played (12×12)

It’s been a crazy summer. Really it started in the spring with my house full of workmen which I thought I would be able to ‘tune-out’ while working in my studio. NOT! Then we went to the coast for a week and then to Italy for 10 days and back to more house renovations. Dealing with all that plus having a bunch of dental work done, I have totally lost my daily rhythm.

Since I don’t work from photographs or by setting up a still-life, I need my imagination not bothered by mundane details. I need time alone. I need to remember to be present. I remember doing a daily painting challenge last January. It really fed my creative juices. So using that same format, I’ve been painting on small (10×10 or 12×12) birch panels and trying to finish a painting each day. I’ve been using different materials and different ways of approaching the panel. It’s been fun and has accomplished exactly what I needed it to do. I am ready to tackle a larger piece!

These are the pieces I’ve finished. My rhythm has returned. My studio makes me smile again. My overactive imagination has a place.

“Ideas are simply starting points. I can rarely set them down as they come to my mind. As soon as I start to work, others well up. To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing. When I find myself facing a blank page, that’s always going through my head. What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas.” -Picasso

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Playing Around

“I don’t go into the studio with the idea of saying something. What I do is face the blank canvas and put a few arbitrary marks on it that start me on some sort of dialogue.” -Richard Diebenkorn

Hitching A Ride (10x10)

Hitching A Ride (10×10)

And The Band Played (12x12)

And The Band Played (12×12)

I’ve just recently taken new work to all three of my galleries, so I want to take a couple of weeks to just play – with materials, ideas and approaches. Whether this becomes a new way of working is not important. Playing is what’s important. Playing opens all the doors. There are no worries about being correct or whether the piece is approved by my inner critic. It’s only about fun — which leads to learning for me.

I did discover something about myself. When I was a potter, I listened to podcasts all day in my studio. Making dozens of pots in an afternoon can be mindless if it’s a form you’ve made often. It’s repetitive and easy to let your mind engage in something else. But I have found I can’t listen when I’m painting. Painting requires my focussed attention. It’s a call and response and if I’m listening to something besides my painting, I mess up every time.

I do want to share a great website with amazing podcasts — On Being. I now listen each morning with coffee while working in my sketchbook. At least I can multitask with my sketchbook.

I have made a few sales last month. This one from Bennett Galleries Nashville –

The Messengers (sold)

The Messengers (sold)

And these sold at High Country Art in Blue Ridge GA

Bird Dog (sold)

Bird Dog (sold)

Take Your Pony To Town (sold)

Take Your Pony To Town (sold)

 

Thank you for purchasing my work! Your support makes me smile and keeps me in my studio.

“Certainly for artists of all stripes, the unknown, the idea or the form or the talk that has not arrived, is what must be found. It is the job of artists to open doors and invite in prophesies, the unknown, the unfamiliar; it’s where their work comes from, although its arrival signals the beginning of the long disciplined process of making it their own.” – Rebecca Solnit

 

 

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High Country Art & Antique, Blue Ridge GA

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you – ‘I’d like my crayons back please.'” –Hugh MacLeod

High Country Art & Antique in Blue Ridge GA is the first gallery that represented my work. I remember the day I nervously entered the gallery. That was two years ago and boy has it been a good fit. Just recently Blue Ridge has been named one of the top ten towns for craft by a public vote held by American Craft. If you click on the link, you can see all the towns that made the list this year. The photo in the winners list (#6) for Blue Ridge is of High Country Art & Antique. Congrats to a great gallery. Info and a link to the gallery is under the above tab ‘gallery representation.’ Check it out.

I am delivering this new work to them on Monday:

Mountain Biking (16x22.5)

Mountain Biking (16×22.5)

The Dog Whisperer (30x18)

The Dog Whisperer (30×18)

'A Good Dog' (22.5x18)

‘A Good Dog’ (22.5×18)

Hungry (18x22.5)

Hungry (18×22.5)

Why Is He Always Giving Her Flowers (18x16)

Why Is He Always Giving Her Flowers (18×16)

If you are in the area, hope you get a chance to visit the gallery. Blue Ridge (GA) is a great little mountain town with many wonderful shops and restaurants. But if you can’t make it to Blue Ridge, High Country Art will gladly help you chose a piece of artwork and ship it to you. There’s lots of great work from many different artists to choose from.

Summer is finally settling down and it’s almost August – and over. It’s been crazy this year with renovations, travel, garden and canning and dental work. I feel though that I am finally getting my rhythm back. And it feels good to be in my studio – working everyday!

“I try to make something every day. I find that important. One doesn’t sit down and have a good idea and then go out there and perform it. Pointless. Ideas, metaphors, things spiritual or real, occur out of practice. Go in there everyday, make something and something will flow out of that.” -Anish Kapoor

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