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An Uncomfortable Place

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 11-9-2020 I hit the wall. I got to the point where I couldn't create. I'm slowly coming out of it but it lasted a couple of months. I couldn't create. The only thing I could do was rest and think. Even then, thinking was difficult. It has been a long while since I was in this place. I'm usually very productive and creative but this time, all of my energy was sapped. It was an uncomfortable place. I had painted over 30 paintings and almost 20 drawings. I felt I was on a roll but it came to a screeching halt. Was I tired? Yes. Did I feel like I exhausted my possibilities with my work? No. But I felt a change coming. What that is, I'm not sure yet. I feel a new sense of stirring which will inform my work but I'm in the dark as to what it is. I know I need to get into the studio and work it out. This is unknown and uncharted territory of which I embrace. I'm excited to see what comes out of it but I'm still tired. I'm still in this place of inaction. I&

Seeing

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 8-10-2020 “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas What does an artist see? How does the artist translate it to others? How does the magic of an art work happen?  One of the first things that an artist learns is how to see.  Beginning with rudimentary observation skills to the development of intuitive creating, seeing becomes paramount to the creation of any art work.  Seeing encompasses a large percentage of the creative process. But what is 'seeing'? It is more that just looking at something to copy it.  Seeing involves much deeper and intuitive factors. Seeing allows the artist to take what is before her/him and bring to to a place of significance - bringing it out of the ordinary, of cognizance - making the artist and viewer aware of something new, and transcendence - transforming the moment to a new level of understanding.   It is within these factors that an art work speaks.  The creative endeavor of an artist aims to reach others with it, all

An Adventure

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7-31-2020 Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul. W. Somerset Maugham I couldn't agree more with this quote. The creation of art is an adventure, one that requires honesty, trust, commitment, and faith. Without them, the works suffers. Honesty is essential to the artist, for the creation of the work is a direct outpouring of what is inside her/him. It's a reflection of the soul. If the artist is not honest, if the artist is holding back or relying on copying another visual source and not interpreting it with her/his own unique perspective, then honesty is compromised. Even not taking a risk can compromise the honesty of a work. Honesty requires the artist to dig deep and pull out what needs to be said, unabashedly, in the work of art. That is where the adventure begins, being true to oneself helps create works of art that are unique to the artist's voice. Trust is another component of creating work. Artists need to trust the proce

A Defiant Act

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7-20-2020 I've been busy in the studio, working on paintings and pastel drawings. I found a new surge of energy after a time of not feeling to inspired. I'm excited about what I've created. I'm still working on my Stirring Series and a new series of pastel drawings titled, Verve. They, like the paintings, have much movement and energy. I feel like they reflect the chaos and energy of the time. I've also hung my solo show at D'art Gallery in a smaller gallery within the space. The room is filled to the brim with my work and it has energy! I'm very pleased. It's been a blessing and honor to be able to exhibit. My hope is that the work touches those who see it. This time of Covid-19 has been a challenge for when I didn't have the energy or desire to create, it really affected me. I finally forced myself to paint and was glad I did for the creative force that drives me was renewed. I've been listening to many artist friends that have said this ti

Coronavirus, Creating and Connecting

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6-27-2020 It's been a while since I've written. We had the coronavirus hit our house and while only one of us was affected, it was scary.  Everything was sanitized, we were doing lots of laundry, wiping everything down while my poor husband was in isolation.  He's fully recovered, thank the Lord, but it was not fun.  While in some ways I've appreciated the down time that the stay-at-home has brought me, in other ways, it's been very difficult.  Worring about my husband and not being able to see family and friends is taking its toll.  I know many of my friends are experiencing similar feelings, especially those who are alone.  The one thing that this has taught me is that it is my responsibility to reach out to others.  I'm grateful for face-to-face platforms, phone, texting for they've given me a chance to connect with people.  This time has also given me a chance to connect in the studio.  At first, I was painting up a storm, creating many works but now,

Bara'

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3-24-2020 Bara', the Hebrew word for create.  This verb literally translates: to shape, to fashion, to create.  It is the verb used when God is creating the world the the things in it, conditions and circumstances, and transformations. It is a pretty comprehensive word when it comes to creation.  It was the force that God used to make it all. It is that force that allows us to create in our own unique way.  It is a force that can mold and transform us to create incredible works that speak to us as humans.  I believe that we are made in His image - both male and female - and when we create, being linked to the Creator, we can tap into that same creative force. This brings me comfort to do what I need to do as an artist.  I have the ability, through the creative force of God, to create.  Does that mean everything I do is wonderful?! Of course, no but it does mean that if I lean into the Spirit, listen to the still, small voice, I can make, I can be fashioned and shaped into the ar

Connections

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3-18-2020 Coronavirus.  This is a word that strikes fear, anxiety, skepticism, caution, and panic in people.  It is showing us both the bad and good in people and forcing us to isolate and reduce our physical connections with them as well.  I'm actually in isolation now, per my doctor, for my protection.  I had pneumonia a couple of months back and my lungs hurt so we're taking precautions, just in case.  It's a good thing although it will be hard because I really am a social butterfly.  This isolation gives me time to redirect myself towards what is really important: my family, my faith, my friends, and my art.  Even though I'm not going out of the house, I'm so appreciative of our modern conveniences like the phone and internet.  It keeps me connected.  I guess that's the takeaway.  Stay connected even though we're separated.  The physical separation cannot stop the emotional and spiritual connections we have.  They transcend that.  I'm grateful for