Back in the Saddle….again!

Wow….halfway through the year already.  I am constantly amazed at how quickly time moves.

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I have been very busy since the beginning of the year, and have produced five new pieces!

My work is being exhibited in three exhibitions so far, this year

Artist as Quiltmaker, Oberlin, OH

Urban Murmurs, Rochester, NY

New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts, Fort Collins, CO

The foundation for this new series, “Identity,” centers on my new life as a single city dwelling woman.  I am discovering so much about myself and loving my life!  My life is truly mine now. I live freely and honestly from and through my spirit.

When I began this series, I wondered if other artists work in the same manner; where do they start? Color? Idea? Fascinating responses were split evenly between idea and color palette.  Since I work in a series mode, my ideas are in place, so I move seamlessly into color mode.

What do you think? I’d love to read your comments, so please don’t hesitate to leave one…..

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing Publicity….and More

I was fortunate to be a featured artist in the publication, AZ Images this month.  Writer Donna Kublin did an amazing job delving into the foundation for my work, both in textiles and paint.  Photographer Bryan Black came to the studio and worked with me for many of the images.

The direct link to the publication is here.

As I wrote in the previous blog post, I have begun a new series called “Identity.” This piece is called “Emergence,” shown in progress, measuring in at 35″ x 55″. Very different from my previous works in geometrics; this time, I am developing more sensuous work in organic shapes. Once squared up it won’t be much larger.

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I am very excited with this new work; I feel freer, lighter and energized!

Thanks for reading this, and remember, comments are always welcomed!

 

 

 

 

 

Identity

Identity seems to be an overused word by many artists, so my choice to use it did not come easily.  I have not written a post for nine months; these months have been a time of retrospection and major life changes. My identity has changed from a married person to single; naturally, along with that overdue decision came a change in living and career situation. I am now back living and working amongst people, something I craved for many years. I am rediscovering my identity.  And I really, really like what I am discovering!

I gave up my art for a short time as I needed to get back into the work world.  From my opening statement on my home page, I clearly describe my love of fashion and style.  Living in my former secluded environment and the type of relationship I had, I rarely had the opportunity to dress in a manner in which I enjoyed. Plain and simple, it just did not happen. Well, that has certainly changed! I have reentered the world of style…. and it is a ton of fun, too. My new life affords me the opportunity to dress beautifully and express myself as a woman again.

As an artist, it is more intriguing for me to delve deeply into the driving force of my work.  Yes, I can create “pretty and pristine objects,” but I prefer substance. I created “Compartments,” a large series in textiles with overpopulation/overcrowding as the theme:

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a series in oils exploring underlying structures, what lies beneath, where we have come from, the past:

Spring Morning and Ripe

I worked in gourds with art deco as the theme – purely decorative that time!

Gourd vessel

And glass – with underlying themes of chaos and control:

Red Wave and Blue Wave

It is clear to me now that I am ready to create art again, and I find that my first love of textiles is my medium of choice.

How does identity fit into this post?  This time it will be more personal; more revealing of myself.  During this transition, I have had the support of a core group of friends who I deeply love, male and female. Each has offered me something different. Gabe, my mentor who guides and helps me see things more clearly; Becky, my strong-willed friend of almost twenty years; Mike, who just loves me from NoCal and Sandy, who listens ever so patiently. And of course, Patricia, my ever enthusiastic friend who never ceases to amaze me.  (The names have not been changed!)  I have learned that love is possible to love again, and learned that not everyone has the same definitions of love. Thank you all.

I will explore my personal identity through my art; as I watch the twists and turns as an objective observer.  Now this should be fun!

Thanks all for reading this, and remember, comments are always welcomed!