Thursday, February 19, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity

Still struggling in the studio. Came across this video (thank you, Ellen) which speaks to this sometimes maddening journey by the author of the wonderful book "Eat, Pray, Love". Enjoy.

Friday, February 13, 2009

practice and preparation

Upon Reflection II, acrylic on canvas, 8" x 8", ©2009 (available for purchase here)

It's been a frustrating week in the studio. Nothing turning out right. Some sort of barrier between me and what I want to express. Had a couple of days that were actually pretty good studio days, in that I was in the studio a lot and I felt good being there. But the results left me feeling like I'd spent all day doing nothing. Not my favorite part of the artistic cycle.

But I'm re-reading "Creative Authenticity" by Ian Roberts (awesome book!) and yesterday I read these comforting lines: "The making of art offers a poor example of efficiency at work. Yet all that practice and preparation makes us ready when for some reason everything gets lined up and we become as if conduits for the spirit. It shows in the result. The rest of the time we work to keep the channel open until things realign."

So, I keep working.

(and I post a painting completed a couple of weeks ago)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Call to Artists: Gift of Water

Our gallery is seeking artwork expressing the theme “Gift of Water” (exploring the various associations with water and baptism: renewal, rebirth, resurrection, cleansing, life, oceans, rain, etc.) - a juried art exhibit that will be on view in our nave gallery throughout the 2009 Easter season, April 8 - June 3, with an artists’ reception planned for the evening of April 16th. All genres and media considered. Artwork needs to be 2-dimensional–it can extend into the third dimension, but it must be able to be hung on a wall.

Where: CR Gallery, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore, WA

When: April 8 – June 3, 2009

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 16, 6:30– 8:30pm

How: Submit up to 3 jpegs (72dpi, 600 pixels on the longest side) via e-mail to Please include your name, contact information, and a few words about your work. Also include title, medium, framed dimensions, and retail price of each image submitted. Submission deadline is March 23, 2009. The work will then be juried and acceptance notifications and delivery instructions will be sent out via e-mail by March 25th.

Entry fee: $15 (USD) for up to 3 images, payable via PayPal. This needs to be paid before work can be submitted to the jury.

Please take note of the following:
•Artwork must be ready to hang, preferably from a wire. Photographs and
artwork on paper must be framed with a wire attached for hanging. Canvases
do not need to be framed, but the sides should be painted, either a solid
color or as a continuation of the image, in order to give a neat,
professional appearance, and must have a wire attached to the stretchers
for hanging purposes.

•For work that is shipped, all shipping costs will be the responsibility
of the artist.

•Artwork can be for sale. The gallery will direct buyers directly to the
artist and takes no commission.

•The gallery will take care of advertising and publicity, and artists with
accepted work will receive postcard announcements to distribute

•In addition to being displayed in the nave gallery, accepted artists will
also be featured on the church’s website.

•For ease of transport, and so we get to meet you, we are especially
seeking artists in the Puget Sound area, but this call is open to all
artists over 18.

•If you have any questions, please email Angela at

Please feel free to pass this information along to other artists you think
might be interested.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

New Painting - Cloister View

Cloister View, acrylic/collage on canvas, 30" x 40", ©2008

The painting above was inspired by the view from the water of The Cloisters in New York. Sadly, I didn't end having time to go there, but it's first on my list for next time.

I've been spending a lot of time over the past few days photographing several of my most recent paintings, adjusting the files in Photoshop, and uploading them to my website, and playing with the design of my website too. I'd love to hear what you think.

I feel like there's probably more to say, but the sun is actually shining(!) so I'm going to go take a walk now.