Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"show and tell"

another gallery weekend has come and gone. it all happens so quickly! so many great people come into my studio and i get to meet them and hear their wonderful connections to crows. i love being able to connect to both men and women through my artwork. i had one person say he thought crows of any kind were extremely threatening birds. he seemed pretty freaked out in my studio (he must be part of the alfred hitchcock "the birds" generation), but for the most part it makes me so happy to have my artwork be the medium to help people open up and share their stories. people shared about pet crows they've had, others about how crows are considered very superstitious in their country, or even how they too have felt crows have brought them "messages".

its really touching to see people react to my artwork. it always feels humbling.

but in case you didn't make it down for gallery night, i have a new piece to share with you. what do you think? it is inspired by one of the photos i took while in ireland.

"listen to the crows" no. 3
available here

one of the many photos i got to shoot while in ireland


i forgot to share this was the photo that inspired this painting

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"my new norm"

i love the light in my studio but sometimes it comes to soon
and makes it difficult to paint.
it tells me it's quitting time before i'm ready!

with this new year i've made some goals that i've been focused on keeping my commitment to.  it really takes a lot of effort for me to stay honed in on the same ideas or routines because i have so many interests. it's so easy for me to jump around like a ping pong from one new idea to the next. don't get me wrong. it's not laziness. it's the opposite of that. i am always busy doing something, but that's just it. i'm always busy doing something. i've always admired people who could sit and do one thing for hours and hours or people who have had the same job or home their whole life. that sort of consistency is to be respected for its dedication.

so this is what i'm teaching myself to do now. it has only been 2 weeks into the new year and i can see how some of my natural habits of straying into "oooh what's that over there?" have begun, but i've been able to acknowledge it and let it go. so far i've stuck to my new routines and i can see how i've started to look forward to knowing that i'm going to do the same thing as yesterday.

maybe this is an artist thing. we are like bumble bees buzzing from one flower to the next.

p.s. on another note, does anyone know how to take care of succulents? mine are dying this winter. i don't know what i'm doing wrong.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"let the dreams begin"

officially back in my studio today. the holidays are behind us and we are presented with a brand new year. the goals have been set. the calendar has been planned. the intentions have been wished. this all excites and terrifies me at the same time. i'm not really seeing this as a new years resolution, but as a thoughtfully laid out destination.

let the dreams begin.

"Listen To The Crows"
36" x 36" acrylic on infrastructure canvas
Available Here


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"crow queen"

one of the best moments i had when john and i went to ireland this past october was when i got to take close up photos of a few crows. i was so amazed at how many crows there were ireland. remember when we used to have a lot of crows in milwaukee until the west nile virus killed almost all of them? they are slowly making their way back, but nothing like what i got to see in ireland. they were everywhere! they were how pigeons used to be in milwaukee back when i was little. by the way, where did all of milwaukee's pigeons go?

well i got to shoot around 300 photos of crows! at one point john was feeding them some of my cadbury shortcake cookies so i could get closeups of them. this would be the only reason i would give anyone my chocolate cookies! i felt like i was the crow queen with all of them around me. granted it was just for the food, but still, for that moment i was maleficant. at one point john was throwing the cookies up in the air and they would catch them right in their beak.

when it was time to leave we were a little worried about how we could get away from them without a possible attack so john threw some food in the air and we ran to our car. once in our safety zone, we could hear their little claws walking on the roof of our car hoping for more treats. it was a little alfred hitchkock-ish but well worth it.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"open canvas"

sorry..not the best photo. i'm not very good at remembering to take pics at parties and such.

this last saturday i participated in open canvas here in milwaukee. it was my first time. there were over 80 of us artists painting right on the spot while we waited for the crowds of people to bid on our paintings. it was really a scary but exciting experience. we were all so nervous. except for terry because he's kind of the rock star painter now and just whips it out with ease. it kind of helped me to know my friends were nervous too.

it was my first time doing anything like this. it was pretty tight quarters while we were painting and i'm a pretty messy painter so i was just praying i didn't get any paint splatters on the very neat representational paintings being born next to me. oh yes and i prayed please, please let this look good so at least one person bids on mine!!

there was so much going on around me. so many friends i haven't seen, people watching me while i painted, me wanting to watch them paint, it was hard to focus. in the end i pulled it together and i guess there was a little bit of a bidding war going on for my piece! yay! there was so much nervous energy in the building right before the final bell rings to close bidding. it's exciting and nerve wracking at the same time.

usually i don't have the attention span to paint that long, but it was good to see what i could come up with under pressure. i can't wait to do it again next year!