A daily dose of collage creativity, in images, words and thoughts. Always remember, "Everything will be alright in the end...if it is not alright it must not be the End"

Friday, September 19, 2014

Every Morning this week I asked....and today I received....

Stuck on the question I asked a few days ago..."What is the hardest thing about being a woman artist?" well every morning a different answer came to mind....trying not to be negative cause god knows we have enough of that going on.  I then think what got me thinking that way in the first place to ask what is the hardest thing us women artist have to go through....and why should it be separated?

From "Trusting the Process" Shaun McNiff
quote from the book-Everything depends upon the quality of attention you bring to experience. as a way of beginning, I suggest becoming a witness to you life as you live it....

Become a witness to your life as you live it, and pay attention is another point I'm catching there.

Quote,  "Everything we do finds it's way into our creations"  so many times I've realized, that having the family all around with their needs I've learned how to work in segments or small lots of time so thinking that I needed to have days to work on stuff the distraction times taught me if I wanted to do it so badly then doing it in segments was what I had and to accept that and work with it.  And to go back to the statement above that all this dailiness which I've know for so long does find it's way in my work...emotional mostly and express with the basic elements of design.

I'm Loving this sentence- So much of art involves moving materials that already exist into new relationships with one another. As a woman working with our families and all the different personalities give rises to a wonderful foundation as a resource for out work.  It already exist we just make new connection and understandings of it.

a segment in the chapter- All the things in our physical environment are potentially capable of contributing to aesthetic interactions, but their effects will be determined by our ability to engage them. What we see and what we create are determined by what we bring to our relationships with the world.
   The greatest opportunities for creative transformation are often lodged in our discontents. Art is an alchemical process that feeds on emotional energy....So of course there more to read and understand...

Then with the life I live I witness continually,  making connections and understanding and embracing with a full cup...learning to take an emotional state and expressing it through, on or with your chosen vehicle, pen, paper, paint, metal, words or song is so RAW...Real Awesome and Whole.

So when I ask this question which a wordsmithly kind might word differently...What is the hardest part about being a women artist?   I can take that and look at it each day and witness each day the hard parts and see where I can come to peace with the hard parts by looking at it with the alchemy of life, the tangle parts that some how make it so interesting and worth every bit of the hard I ask about.

further down the page...Creative transformation of stress gives you the opportunity to move out of the victim role that we often impose on ourselves. Consider writing an ode to the car that is torturing you with its constant needs for repair and it's unpredictability. What lessons can the car offer about life?  About how you handle stress? About what you do to yourself when faced with disappointments? Can the disturbing thing be the messenger that suggests another way of living?

So I guess with all my jibber jabber here I'm in the process again of accepting another part of life's wonderful lesson...lets say I know but I'm being reminded of it...Also just as much as I love to make the connection on a surface of some kind of substrate with my are I so purely enjoy it in life too..and bring it back into what every I'm in the process of working on...circling around and around in a good way instead of feeling like I'm a wandering fool...and making no sense of it....I just keep going around and well find my way...

Yesterday I celebrated with reading this book in the tipi and then the dogs and I took an afternoon nap...so awesome!

Oh some else I want to finish this book and possible some day read it again but I was made aware of another book-World Enough & Time by two people...my mentor and an dear artist friend so need to get my reading moving faster here so I can get all goofy in another book. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just was informed

Just was informed this morning through an email that "Quiet the mind" 8 x 8 collage on watercolor paper has been selected...and will be sent out to the Metropolitan State University of Denver here shortly. And I'm waiting for final approval...as to become a Signature member of the National Collage Society...

Greater Than the Sum: National Collage and Assemblage Association Annual Exhibition

November 21 - January 24, 2015 at the Center for Visual Art,  Metropolitan State University of Denver.  Opening  reception is November 21st 2104 

This passed Tuesday

 Printing some painted deli sheets,
 these papers will be part of the students palette.
 The joy of playing around was never see more so then when we all were able to do some printing.
 Here student's are using the Nevr Dull..and I've not spelled that wrong...the product is spelled that way...using it on the National Geographic papers works best and using stencils for this...you can make your own stencils too.
 The week before we created stained tissue papers, Cindy, Maureen, Karen and Amber are working on that now.
Just a quick class picture at Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery. 

Anne Bagby has a great DVD out and this is one of her techniques of printing...making plates and using the deli sheets as the papers.  We painted the papers solid first so we had a nice base to build off of.

So today is picking the art for the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair....and then I've got to writing up a contract and registration form for a workshop that is just spring up in Janesville WI....got a group of ladies up that way that I can't say no too...so must get busy. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Brown paper bag collage


I'm sharing what we will be doing next week in class...I have a few more video's I did a while ago when I was making these brown paper bag collages...I would love to see a wall of them some day.....If I could only get my timing right and pump out a few of these....that would be cool.

Well off to do some yoga and then self care the rest of the day and a demo for Greater Geneva Art Guild tonight...kind of excited about it...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A questions to ask....

So as I do my journal writing this morning the thoughts come out toward the end of my session..."What is the hardest thing about being a Woman Artist ?"

I want to spend sometime on this question but not to belittle or whine about it....but to embrace it....But time has come where I've got to get ready for class and need to tend to self first...

so will I'm out and about thinking about it...and for sure leave your comments...

Being a woman
A natural nurturing
Social image of what a woman or isn’t
Cycles and seasons of life
Creative homestead work, cooking, cleaning and caring
Personal pain
Creating with limits-making it better

Being an artist
Life experience
Taking risks
Following through on an idea, giving birth
A sense of accomplishment
Mind altering
Open minded
Making the connection
Sharing you view, new perspective

 Then there's the business end of things.....

Naperville Riverwalk This weekend

Booth 20 down by the river.....so excited

Monday, September 15, 2014

Class today...got to run

Class starts today at Mayslake and looking forward to it... then much needed catching up on homestead and preparing for the next class a demo and Naperville Riverwalk this weekend.  Time to get a move going here and pack up.

Had a great day at the Pow Wow in Elk Grove at Busse Woods...got bit sun burned on the forehead but all is full of spirit and the beat of the drums. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Wonderful Wholeness has entered

What happens when...while you are meditating a quick thought flies in...I've been having  them while doing yoga recently...moments of course when I'm focus only on the breathing and listening to the DVD beginning Yoga Gal guide me on the next pose....

Some years ago... probably about 19 years ago I created this piece... I post her here from time to time. The title of this piece is "She walks with me"  and the inspiration came from Julia Cameron's, Artists Way...I forgot what chapter's task work that she asks you to envision yourself at the age of 86...and what would your 86 year old self say to you now? 

So my thing about this all was a guidance from an old woman...as of the good orderly direction now in my life coming from an illusion of a source of Mother Earth womanly image a good whole roundness.  

I know sometimes things like this make no sense and seem so far off and out there. It also is the time of year we are going into...end of summer beginning of Fall and the cooler weather, fullness of a good harvest and the gathering of sweaters, sweatshirts, blankets, families and all around warmth.

But what does this old earthly woman have to advice?  is my questions if the insight or intuitions of the old ones is coming in to be learned from...How might one do that?   

Nature *  forming of circles *  other women *  good foods *  natural creative skills * Love * Spirituality * Worldly discussions *the beauty and gift of listening to each other.  

I wonder.....and will wait and see what comes next...The urge for a good book discussion seems to be calling me also. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Working it till you know it or till your bored.

 Starting Monday at Mayslake I have a class staring, Abstract Landscapes  through collage.  I'm having the students bring in images or photos of a landscape they like...above I've shared this one many times..this is a walk in the woods and well I keep pulling inspiration from it...I had paper already made in my stock/palette I've built up for the last couple of months. You can see the main landscape that I was inspired by and the color that seemed the most strongest out there or shall I say jumped out at me. Because of the late winter melted off and the early spring the colors of spring just didn't pop yet so the grey hue was still upon the woods.

 On one of my Monday afternoon visual spill of creativity I created this piece as a test run to see if I could use the images I gathered and create a piece of work...it became a Tack Down Tuesday and Sold...I was happy with it and very happy to know it went to you young creative type too.

 Then I had gotten into the thing with tar paper and wanted to see what would happen if I made a abstract landscape on the tar paper with my landscape images sheet for inspirations and well pleased with the direction it headed in...tried different shapes and well I feel successful with it.

 Now with the class starting up on Monday as I stated before I need to be more confident about this approach and I torn out of magazines the colors and some what the textures for a collage sketch and well this is totally different then the ones before...which is good I feel. I personal want to push  and stretch myself...so the problem to be solved is to keep recreating a feeling and landscape and a moment as many ways as I can....well it seems to be working that way.

I reverted back to a horizontal format with this one like the second one done on the tar paper...It's great to do this short collage meditation in the morning...seems between the journal writing...a few wisdom words, some yoga and meditation like this I'm ready to go for the day...

well later I hope to write something up but if I don't...I think I do now understand this whole lot better..and there are parts in each one of this that I like and there's parts that just don't work for me but that's the beauty of art...being the process. 

Some Amazing works "Layers" Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles

 I took pictures of the ones that I like the best for some reason or another. I like this one because of the gestural lines...abstract landscape, Layers of gestural papers...kind of cool..Reminds me of the direction of an artist friends work Eve Ozer is going and that she's exploring lately. check out her Oil and Wax pieces...and on facebook too.

I really like this one because of the way the artist pushed back the images and let other move forward. 
Two artist's I know...Elaine Rath on the top and Sally Monkus, which Sally sold a piece last night. 

 Oh my gosh this was so cool...makes me pull out my assemblage stuff...but must finish other works first.
 a few other works there...took a photo so you can see the different works.

 I loved this one because of the line that was used and the repeated pattern.

This piece is amazing...all done with material and leather...and machine sewn...this artist has mastered this technique. I took a few photo's up close so you could see. 

 This was a very 2 D piece but the layers were amazing also. love the colors...spoke to me.

 Old tire papers, burn wood sticks and black thread and whole lot more...love the shape.

 And this is an artist friend that I'm growing fond of her work and playful ways...Sally Tibbetts...she sold this piece last night.  Amazing.

 Texture behind the book and then the book on there with photo and the bone piece on top...something about the color and feeling of it all I do like.
 General photo so more pieces together...

Here I am....standing next to Flashback X   it's one of series of 13. This piece was my art therapy.  Growing up with dyslexia  life at times was a jumble of letters and words, but it was also full of some really great moments of inspiration, intuition and creativity that guided me through...so empowering to work through it all...I still struggle now and then but I've made my peace and accepted my lot in it all... Gave it my all and little did I know this was going to happen and that I would received Best in Show... I do love life so and the best part of this whole evening was Randy came with me and we celebrated with a late dinner at Red Lobster...even had my favorite..Cheese cake...