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"

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Growth-Creative Art Block

Growth, 7.5 x 4.5
Cedar block, Four small collages on sides with handmade papers and sheet music on top under the door knob. Jute on the bottom underneath for the roots that are exposed and the copper nails and wire there as a connective element with the greens. 

Ebb and Flow...

Questioning...silly but it comes and goes...What am I doing ?  why am I doing it ? and where the fudge bunnies am I going?

Been working through the artist way book, Walking in this World...late on posting Week 11   Late to whom?  myself...Setting standards and not meeting them make me have some depressed moments.   I've got the whole day head of me and I can do what I want I'm told....That's true.  So what am I fretting about.

All artists get discouraged. All Artists have deep inner wells of self-pity into which we periodically dive. All Artists are doing better than someone else and worse than someone else. All artists are doing better today than they have in the past and worse than they will in the future. All Artists specialize in self-doubt. It is how we hone the creative imagination.

I had to pull this out of week 11 the statement about.  it's again time to check in on myself and ask some question and walk...been a few days.  So funny how when you can work it all.. it works but then life has your routine jumbled and then your/I, am off kilter again.  But the blessing it knowing that you can regain a bit of balance with a few simple things. (Reminder to self-Balance is not being disturbed.  And that's what I feel like...also to know what to do with your feelings before everyone in your house hold knows your disturbed is hard, that one I've not perfected yet.)

So I will reread my notes from week 11 with all the spelling and type o's and continue on because that's what I do well.  I get all caught up on the business side of things and I know what it does to me...it Ebbed my flow and realizing as I plunk away on my key board here...its natural.

decreaselessendeclinereducesubsidedie down, abatedwindle,fadeslacken

 off, moderatelet up, ebbwanerecededie away/out, peter out; 

  1. Flow
    In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

Both have to present to know the full impact of life...cycles, rhythms, seasons.

~from Living Wabi Sabi~ With all the good we encounter in life, there will always be at least a bit of bad, just as we will always find a piece of fortune in misfortune when we look close enough. Why does the Universe work in this mysterious way?  Maybe because flaws and mishaps are great stimuli for growth and creativity.  

As the husband leaves for work today he ask...I don't get you why do you do that to yourself...Doubt that this?   

Because honey I'm growing again....The ebb and flow of life and beauty of the imperfect flaws that make us real and alive. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Art on the Wall

I was graced a few days ago with a surprise from a friend and art patron.  Strata no 1 has found a home... warms my heart.  Thank you MB.  

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Friday and Saturday

Yesterday I purged some shelves in the studio and while I was up there I worked on the third Creative Art Block.  I pick the collage subject, this case it was the flowers. Though I love flowers I'm for let them grow naturally then as a gift. Sounds so ungrateful but the truth, mainly because I hate to see them drooping over in the vase...their life span is cut short...literally.   So when I picked the flowers I added my favor paper for the season the gray and white strip.  A had a flash of an Victorian Gentlemen walking up with flowers for his lady...So hence the name, "Gentlemen Caller."  Now the series is projected to be done for the solo exhibit, their not the feature of the exhibit bit I would like to use it as a deadline for them.  Got other ideas to bring forth so this needs to get done first. 
The hardest part about these Creative blocks is to not go to far.  Keeping them simple is a challenge.  Yesterday I felt the sense of cross over when I go to far..the lost of assemblage to craft. If that makes any sense?  Well that was the clue I used to stop, when it feel like it was starting to go to craft. 

By evening The Husband came home and I was debating on going to the Union Street Gallery exhibit, I had received a phone call from  Will Ursprung, he is part of the National Collage Society, Director of Development, and lives in Gibertsville PA. I was so surprise by the call and invite to come see his work in the exhibit-Art AS ARTIFACT.

 Will Ursprung's assemblage piece, Automotive parts, created to look like a face. 

I sorry for the poor photo...not till after you live do you see what and how the photo turns out but I looked at this piece of painted cut sheets of plastic stapled together...very interesting...the art of the staple as an adherent device.  I was impressed. 

Had to get a picture of Will and I  The talk is having the National Collage Society's Annual National Exhibit there at Union Street Gallery...that would be cool...but talk now is all that it is. Things would have to wait till 2017 possibly but that's what Will's job it to developed direction. 

So while we were there at the reception there was a group from the Theatre & Art Leadership Kouncil.   didn't get picture of them but the would write a poem for you and each time the young gentlemen read it he would get a new round of painting done on his body so by the end of the night many people had a poem written about him and other artists there were inspired by the people and the words of the poems for the painting done...wonderful and interest collaboration. So Randy...the husband decided to get a poem.  Paid his dollar and shared a few words and waited to see what the young artist/poet had for him.

Part of this was the rap flow that the artist rolled with too. It was a interesting evening then off to have a dinner together.  Came home and went to bed. Late one for me...10 pm.  

Now the Friday night I went to the Zhou Brother's Opening and saw a few friends and the Zhou Bros. works,  this one touched me and the brothers descriptions of how the work together. 

 My interested is sparked...I normally work alone anytime I'm ask to be part of a collaborative I back out.   These guys are brothers so I wonder if there's a difference, I'm sure their is as of history together.  Verses someone you met in class and your told to work together, different kind of trust. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Morning Scan of the Studio

 Prepared materials for the Workshop this Monday....happy to say just got to pack it up...and print up the handout.
 Getting ready for the next video/lesson plan session... possible this weekend.

 I keep pushing this rolling clothes rack around with my large papers on it and the back piece under the white trash bag keeps falling off...Time it's about time to get that on a canvas..

 Canvas coated and ready to go for another collage I'm in the process of... what I did in my sketchbook and plan to bring it to the surface...

And I just order three wood panels 24 x 36 so I can make three of the Painted Mare War Ponies I see a class about them too where the symbolize become the personality of the artist...or something like that.  These are day's when I want to say..."Good Orderly Direction, Please hold up I'm trying to catch up...really so grateful for all these opportunities to create and ideas flowing in....and so happy that I have the place and support.  Now to do some yoga...and work on a good balance lots to do and one thing at time works best. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

typing out lesson plans and packets.

I have two workshops coming up and things are lining up and I'm taking care of them a need be. I have many class and workshop process in file on my computer and what I'm doing now is putting them in a nice printable process of a packet.  Coating papers for my one workshop because time is limited and preparing for The Clearing Folk Art School next month...all working out well.

had a few sales on Fine Art American this month...

 Same old, same old was purchased on canvas.

 Honor Self was on paper

And "be enough" was on canvas

Nice little surprise to see the Fine Art America working.
Storm has passed and time to walk in the woods. 

Monday, August 17, 2015


Beginning of a new week...

Excerpt from Walking in this World Wk 9 under Insecurity

Grace is available to us always, as any stage of the creative journey. As beginners, we need the grace to begin. As apprentice artists, we need the grace to continue. As accomplished artists, we need the grace to continue. As accomplished artists, we need the grace to again accomplish what it is we can. At all levels of creative endeavors, the Great Creator is present and partnering, us.

We are brought along like fighters, remarked Julianna McCarthy. She means that the Great Creator always give us strength enough and support enough and guidance enough to meet the precise creative challenges at hand. We may be overwhelmed but God is not.  If we fail at Plan A, god has an endless supply of Plan B’s. There is always not only a fall back positions, but also a net. That net is having the faith to try again.

When we say that making art is an act of faith and that as we make art we purse a spiritual path, we are not talking loosely. There is grace in our very artistic encounter. Miracles do happen. We do not plan them. We hope for them and then we are open to the Creator’s mentoring hand in improving our suggestions. What looks difficult or impossible to us does not appear difficult or impossible to the Great Creator. As we set our egos aside and allow that creative power to work through us, miracles are routinely accomplished-seemingly by our own hand. Creative energy is like electricity. It will flow whether we allow it to or not. As we open our circuitry to conscious collaboration with higher forces, we are shaped by the energy that moves through us into artists we dream we can become. The minute we relinquish the notion that our creative dreams are centered in the ego, the minutes we begin to see them as spiritual adventures, we allow the Great Creator to shape us as only it can and will. 

And then on to Week 10 

Though I'm starting week 11 now I need to go back and read this part in week 9...needing the Grace and Spiritual Space...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A gathering and rolling of thoughts...

Had a wonderful breakfast with my dad and stepmom, our oldest daughter was able to come along. She was off of work so it was a nice treat.  And then were able to visit with her too. My Dad had a bit of scare a few months of go and well had to be on oxygen all the time..but now he's just having to use it at night time.  Progress, though he says it's not all about the smoking, that he's lived a life of Car Mechanics and brake dust and all the other things that he's inhaled over the years. I just hope he stays away from the smoking...hard though cause my step mom still smokes.  One of the things that I wish the best for them but they will do what they are going to do...

After we visited I went to the art supply store...dangerous...Blick Art Materials and picked up a few things that got me motivated to make the hand stitched Art Journal...or is it called a long stitch...anyways now that I made a demo or mock up one I will and hopefully soon make another one or two...so I really understand the process to share for a class or something like that.

There's such a combat of letting go in art these days...You have your masters that are spot on with the realistic abilities and then there are those that want to try to create but are afraid to create because their not spot on with what they envision.  So then there are those that want to get past the spot-perfect way of creating and just want to get back to a purer intuitive way.  Which if one sticks to it long enough they seem to settle into their own style...Kind of like water it always finds it's level spot in where every it is.  The thing is showing up and like journaling daily you need to be commitment the process and letting go of the end result.  I know I've been really enjoying this process myself. There are some collages that I am feeling I need to be spot on with then others exploring the medium is really inviting.  The art of using the tools in our hand and exploring it sideways, improper and then what feels natural to you is really fun.  Very much like how a child explores...but as adults we forget that and hold something in our hand and are stuck or blinded by the way it should be-perfect...

So time to get going on something today...plan out the week a bit.  I have a workshop with Little Company of Mary which I'm so looking forward to.  I'll be working with Women that have been working with Carole Wilson there Art therapy Director their at the hospital for some time...she said 15 years for some of them...the support and creative process to get through some of the most challenging years of these women's lives as they deal with Cancer.  Remarkable is all I say and in awe of them...