Saturday, October 27, 2012

Quote of the Week

" Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe where you were sure of finding shirts." Frida Kahlo

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Word for Wednesday is...


A 20th century art movement that began with literary expression & moved on to the visual arts. The Freudian method of free association gave writers & artists the freedom to draw on the private world of the mind & illustrate the realm of dreams.
Some of the visual artists who were active in this movement were: Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro & Man Ray.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Word for Wednesday is...

Hallelujah !

Genesis records that God said : let there be light and there was light. I wonder if all the angels sounded a mighty Hallelujah ?

Yesterday the sky lights were installed in the studio and I was singing Hallelujah as I did a happy dance! How wonderful to have all this wonderful natural light filling my designated creative space. Now, I move to the next stage: moving everything in and setting up. I'm itching to create masterpieces!

My goal is to have an open studio with clayprinting demo before Christmas. Will I make it?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Word for Wednesday is...

Kaleidoscope: a device that produces beautiful designs.

Kaleidoscope: a book to spark creativity, edited by Suzanne Simanatis.

Suzanne has managed to gather a group of mixed media artists who were willing to share their thoughts and advice on the creative process. Subjects include; how to get past a creative block, how to design a great studio, creative prompts and wishes, and a few specific projects with instructions as well. This is a book with enough ideas to savor for a long time. Of course with mixed media, anything goes; but these artists have learned to direct the "anything" to produce work that is a style all their own.
One problem with this book: the print is very small, and often printed on top of complicated art pieces which makes it hard to read. But if you can get past that you can find plenty of inspiration.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ink & Brush

Doc Martin is my new best friend.
 I found a set of his colored India inks and a couple of brushes, and with a piece of plastic to protect the surface, a corner of the kitchen counter became a "for-the-time-being" work space. It was great to just put color on paper. The paper: a new blank journal that I had packed to use at my new home. Of course I had to hunt in several boxes to find the journal, ink and brushes. But now I am decorating pages so they are ready for words about a new phase of my OK creative life.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Word for Wednesday is...


Studio completion is on hold for two more weeks. That's how long I have to wait until the sky lights can be installed. I am past ready to start arranging my studio and getting to work at creating. In the meantime I am painting-but only walls.

But today I found two blank journals, and maybe I can set up a temporary creative corner so that I can decorate some pages. My creative juices need someplace to flow.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Quote of the Week

"What intrigues me is the secret of color relations. This excitement has never ceased." Erich Heckel