Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Back to Reality

It's been quite a while since my last post.  I was away for a month and it was spectacular.  I was not sure what it would be like to just relax and have no deadlines, no structure, no demands on my time.  Well, I have to say, I loved it!  My husband loved it too and that was a huge surprise.  He is such a workaholic but found he liked to sleep in, read, take our dog for many walks a day, go to the beach and just hang out with me.  I did bring my paints and did some work.  Then back to reality, which isn't all that bad,  just busy again.  The first week home I was so disoriented that I really could not fully function.  It's nice to just let go and float for a while.  It's pleasant to not feel guilty because you are not being productive.  It's satisfying to just be.  I will admit there were a few times when I was a bit bored but mostly, I just felt free.  I still am feeling some of this and have given myself permission to have days to myself to do whatever suits me.  I began working on a series of cityscapes just before leaving and have thoroughly enjoyed this new endeavor.   They are kind of funky and folk artsy.  I am working in different sizes and using many color palettes.   Here is one of them:

9x17

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Going Within

The past several weeks are a blur and I have been at loose ends for a number of reasons.  Rather than push myself, I decided to let go and take care of myself.    We all have our ways of processing and for me, it's joining with my emotions at the deepest level and letting myself be.  Eventually I come to terms with the dilemma, come back up for air. and move on.  So here I am.  Is everything in perfect order?  No.  Do I still have things to deal with?  Yes.  I am not, however, stuck in that dark place.  I am painting, listening to my music, seeing my friends, getting ready to go to a warm, sunny place for a month (I can't wait!), seeing my grandchildren and living my life.  I have decisions to make and ideas to process and as long as I keep myself connected and grounded, I will be fine.  The most fun thing that happened is that I got an e-mail from one of the galleries I have my work in telling me that four of my pieces sold.  This really was a clear message that I am on the right track.  Very exciting.  As I just mentioned, I will be away for a month and I am not sure I will be posting.  This was kind of a bucket list thing - to go away for a month during the winter.  It was my husband's suggestion and was quite surprising coming from him, the man who doesn't even like to take a week off from work.  Of course he will work remotely but who cares?  I am taking my paints and am hoping to be able to sit outside in the sunshine and create.  Here is an old piece that I love.  The girl is a transfer, the background is painted.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Create, Create, Create

 I am making every effort to do something creative each day.  As a friend reminded me, it doesn't have to be a big thing.   Cooking is a creative endeavor as is writing in a journal.  I enjoy finger painting with my grandson.   Not only are we creating a piece of art, but we are also creating connection and memories.  Just one little creative act a day helps me to feel that I have expressed myself in some way and it feels great.  I am not one to make New Years resolutions, yet I think this is one I would like to make and keep.  Actually, last year I resolved to keep this blog up for one year and here I am, still at it.  If I fall off the wagon and get too caught up in other life events, then I will just have to find a way to begin again.  I had a client who really struggled with her weight and she finally was able to stay on a diet and lost weight.  Then she went to a party and overdid it.  When she came in to see me she was so upset with herself and declared that she had blown the diet and all was lost.  No it wasn't.  I told her to just start again and to stop beating herself up.  It's not fair to yourself to think in terms of black and white, either or, all or nothing.  Life happens, we mess up and then we need to forgive ourselves for whatever we think our infractions are and move on.  We need to stop tripping over our "shoulds" (we should do this, be that, etc.) and do what feels good to us inside.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Holidays

What a busy few months.  I took an art class at the Concord Art Association.  It was fun and inspired me to try new things.  It's always a challenge to figure out what I am doing in a class, to get my bearings.  I am better working in my studio.  This class set things in motion and I came home with new ideas and energy each week that I followed through on.  I also participated in the Acton Farmer's Market Holiday Fair.  I keep telling myself that I am going to take time off and relax.  Then I am presented with an opportunity and can't resist taking it on.  Today though, I promise to take a nap!!!  Here is what I was selling at the fair.  Collage boxes and blocks.  In the background, what I made as a result of the class, playing with cardboard.  Something I've never tried before.

Happy Holidays to all.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Here's to New Adventures

I had a wonderful Artist Reception on October 28.  I am grateful to family and friends who attended.  It is a bit overwhelming but great fun to be seen as a working artist.  Life presents so many opportunities and if we open to them, we can go on many adventures.  This is my newest journey and I am exploring and expanding with each step.  I continually challenge myself and it is not always comfortable to do so yet I am impelled to keep moving on.  My brain needs to be stimulated and making art brings me to my highest heights.  I drink in the colors and patterns and my endorphins go crazy.  I may struggle with a piece but when it comes together it is such a wonderful feeling of completion and connection.  My next journey is into the world of teaching.  I will be running a collage block workshop on Sunday, December 11 at Artists Corner Gallery.  Here is the link to the website and pictures of what we will be doing.  Keep moving forward and allow yourself to adventure out.

www.artistscorner.gallery/workshops


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Focus

Open Studios was last weekend and it was an uplifting experience.   I had a whole wall filled with my work and it was a bit overwhelming and exciting to see how far I have come.  A number of people asked about my process and expressed their desire to get back to their own artwork that got neglected along the way.  As I have said many times, it is so easy to get taken over by life and it takes focus and determination to pursue any interest that has meaning for you.  Believe me, there are times when I have to push myself into my studio, then once I am there, I am so happy.  Though I know some artists who say that they must do something every day, even if its for five minutes.  I'm best when I have a deadline, whether self-imposed or external.  Next Friday evening I will be hosting a gallery reception at Reasons To Be Cheerful, 110 Commonwealth Avenue, West Concord, 6:30-8:30.  Please feel free to drop in for hors d'oeuvres, wine and some colorful work.  Here is a photo of my wall:


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Moving Forward

Now I am in the thick of it!  Open Studios are this weekend - actonopenstudios.org and www.youtube.com/watch.  I will be at the Artist Corner and Gallery, 566 Mass. Avenue, Acton - 12-5 Saturday and Sunday.  On Friday evening, October 28, I am having an artist reception along with Rozsi Moser at Reasons To Be Cheerful, 110 Commonwealth Avenue, Concord, from 6:30-8:30.  Our work is colorful and uplifting so please do come and feel free to bring a friend.  So much to do.  I am having fun mounting my work on wood panels.  It presents a whole new dimension.  I have been working feverishly to get things done and along the way have allowed myself to let go of what I am not satisfied with and reconfigure the piece or concept.  What I have ended up with has pleased me because I did not allow myself to become blocked.  I just relaxed into the process and moved forward.