Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ask and you shall receive.

As you know, my creativity has a pulse, but is unresponsive.  I have a week and a half to do something that someone would bid on.  I started, and yes, there were flutters of life in the creativity side of my brain, and I'm hoping to see improvement sometime soon.  Getting to it for a little bit tonight.

I have been contemplating not painting anymore.  My art room is such a mess.  Been asking myself what my kids would do with all of it someday anyway.  Then today, this lady is what I see.  OK. I was starting to compare myself to other more accomplished artists, which is totally unlike me.  I love looking at other peoples art, and my advice to any other artist is "don't compare yourself to others. Do what is in you."  Need to take my own advice.

I was supposed to have a piece in an exhibition tonight. I had another appointment after work and couldn't commit to going.  I went to pick up last months showings and drop off this months art last Saturday.  They were closed.  So the artwork has been in the back of my car ever since.  I totally forgot to run it down on my lunch hour, (and also another errand I should have run) and it didn't have hanging equipment on the back of the art anyway.  So, it didn't get there.

I wish I could kick this creative funk. Ebbs and flows, ebbs and flows.  It'll be back, probably with a vengeance.  Stay tuned...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday April 27, 2014

When in a slump, paint something small, that way, you don't waste a big canvas. 
it's 8x10, and just a whim.  I have to get moving on a fundraiser piece so this was the warm up.  My art room is a mess.  I have just thrown stuff in there the last few weeks.

The statue issue is just getting worse.  The new artist group is being taken over by this issue and although I am not 'with them"  I am not against them either, but feel like I am being put on that side.  Since they are so hell bent in drawing lines in the sand, I am taking myself out of it all together.  And possibly the whole group.  Just hitting me when I am uninspired and not up for the fight.   Hope its all worth it for them.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

So the Art Walk went really well last night... I enjoyed it despite my non-creative mood to be there.

It helped to have a friend displaying with me who I enjoy being around.  I love her work!  She is a potter and a good one at that!  I meant to get a pic of her display and I think I got interrupted and not back to it.   I'm sorry I didn't, but we had a good flow of people with spells of crowds!

I don't sell my work, (I will take orders) but in the little box on the corner of the table are note cards of my work for purchase, and sold a few.  That's just fine...I'm not in it for the money, but loved just talking to people.  Everyone has a story and something that they see usually evokes a story.   Thats the fun part.  And also educational!

So, time to catch up on life that doesn't incorporate art... laundry, house, shopping, etc.
Stay tuned!

Thursday April 24, 2014


That’s bad, right?   Everyone should have their say.  Or at least the right to.
Yes.  Its what makes America great.  We have the FREEDOM to say or print everything and anything we want to.  Everyone wants to be heard.

We've heard the adage: “Everyone is entitled to my opinion.”   But… does everyone want to hear it? 

If it’s in the paper, and they don’t like that opinion, people have the RIGHT to turn the page, or not pick up that paper at all.  If it’s on the TV, and you find it offensive you can turn the channel.  If it’s art, it’s up for interpretation.  With large pieces of art, I suppose, they don’t have to look at it.  Locally this has come to a head this week.

 I AM entitled to my opinion.  Here it is.

A little background:  Our county is a fairly conservative county.   We have always had ARTISTS around, but for the most part, it’s been a dry-art county.  Until the last 10 years, you had to mail order art supplies or travel a ways to just get art materials.  There are no art museums and no way to really express your art here.  That, thank goodness, is changing.  People seem surprised that there is all this wonderful talent in our county.  Their eyes are finally opening.  The talent has been here all along.  Now we finally getting a venue to showcase it.  This county is finally giving our art efforts a little room.

The County Seat has been trying to be a little more artsy.  We now have monthly and yearly art showings and the artists are coming out of the walls and collaborating!  They even have sculptures downtown on display all year.  

One of the new sculptures was there just a few days before there were complaints and the city blue-tarped it over until it could be removed. 

 Which brings me to my opinion, already:

I like to think I am like most artists that have a more open mind than most. Regardless of what I think of this statue, (and my first thought, I admit, was sexual) there is a lot, AND I MEAN A LOT of art that centers around sexuality.  So be it.  One of the most wonderful things about art is it means different things to different people.   It’s up to interpretation.  It is something different to everyone.
Once I read what the artists mindset was, I gave it the benefit of the doubt, as I can look at it from that angle with a little more open mind.  He felt that it shows that everyone leans on someone at one point or another.  OK, I'll give him that.  But unless someone can get that explanation to anyone who may walk by it, its up to the interpretation of the looker.

In a bigger town, this would hardly be a blip in the news.  Around here, its BIG NEWS.  It’s been in every newspaper and TV station around.   The conservative people in this county are jumping all over this.  They may not quite be ready for ‘those artists’ to push the envelope of what is acceptable to closed minds.  I’m not sure the ratio of close minds to open minds is even equal yet.

People are calling names and belittling the responses of this piece. " If you think its sexual you have a dirty mind."  "Turn your head if you don't want to see it."  

So, I wonder how they would mind if something offensive was put in their front yards, and someone saying, "walk around it.  Don't look at it.  Its going to stay right there!"
Art evokes things in people. Good and bad.  

So, because I am an artist, and I display at our regularly scheduled monthly art event, I am being asked to wear a blue tarp during my display.   I am not going to abide.  And I’ll tell you why.

I am not PRO - Censorship, nor am I ANTI- Censorship,  but I try to have some common sense.  I believe everyone has a right to construct any art they want.   TV has a right to air any program they want to.  However, call me old-fashioned but x rated programming would do better in a NON Prime time spot.  (Have you seen primetime TV lately? Yep, so have your kids!)

Yep, the rules of this great land of ours says you can SAY anything you want but we have learned that what you say CAN and DOES affect other people, right?  So YES, you have freedom of speech, but a wise person knows if you want a peaceful life, you just try not to offend.  So yes, say what you want, paint what you want, but you should pick the right audience. 

I have been an elected official.  A good elected official tries to do what is in the best interest of his territory.  THAT should always be the deciding factor.   As a taxpayer myself, I use my opinion to let my elected officials know what I think.  It’s my taxpayers RIGHT to let them know!  Municipal officers are always getting feedback on the feelings of their constituents.  If a number of the residents have an opinion about something, a good one will sit and listen.  After all, I would want them to listen to me and my concerns.  SO, when maybe we have put something out there that didn’t mean to be offensive, but the walkers-by thinks it is, it would be my duty to not only listen, but to do something about it. 

Does that mean that the piece shouldn’t have been constructed by that artist?  Hell no.
Does that mean that the piece is offensive?  Not necessarily.  
Does it mean that the governmental entity should have it destroyed?  NO, THAT WOULD BE CENSORSHIP.
Does that mean that putting it across the street of one of the biggest churches in town  might be a bad idea? 
This piece was between the Police Station, the Public Library, and two doors down from City Hall.   
It’s also across the street from the Church where right after you have services, you walk out the doors and see it.  That just doesn’t float with the church ladies.
If it’s at first perceived as being crude, whether it was meant to be or not, is it what you want dignitaries seeing first as they visit?  

 Location.  Location.  Location.
(Makes me wonder if they would have put it in a different location to begin with, if we would even be having this discussion.)

As a mother of two, I am very grateful that my kids are now adults with opinions of their own, and I don’t have to walk by on the way to the library and have to answer the question of what the people in the statue were doing.  (Pre artist explanation)   These days, with primetime as it is, and so much out there for kids to see, there has been innocence lost.  They learn way too early and I hate that the kids these days have to fight for the sweetness of just being a kid.   

This county has simple values.  We are more Rural than Metro, more traditional than edgy.  More wait and see than cutting edge.   Maybe the fact that we are a county of small towns the people tend to take more ownership of their towns.  There are good things about that too.  Are we ever going to be able to display a piece like this?  I hope so.  Is the time now?  I’m thinking not.

I don’t see this as governmental censorship, and neither do I see it as a tarp-wearing sign-carrying reason to protest.  Move the piece to a more appropriate place, or better yet, to a place where its appreciated. Personally, as an artist, I would much rather have my art displayed somewhere that there are people who love it than somewhere it isn’t wanted.

Ok, so I am not INTO shock and awe.  I also don’t watch Reality TV.  I try not to make a issue where there isn’t necessarily an issue.   I don’t think the Bill of Rights has been infracted upon here, but taking away peoples opinion is also censorship of another kind and another power push of its own.

My opinion is my opinion, and I am not going to fight about it.  I don’t want it to become at odds with anyone.  

I may be at the age where I’ll pick my battles.  I don’t think this is one.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday April 23 2014

My unselfie of the day.
This started with finding the glasses at Hobby Lobby in the Clearance section. Had to have them.  But what to do with them? 
This I guess.  
On one of the blocks of wood in the art room.  Why? and WHO? you ask?  I don't know why and I don't know who.  Reminds me a little of Bob Newhart's secretary back in the day.  What makes me do these things???

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday April 22 2014

Letsee...  I have been asked to design a t shirt for a softball team. 
There is a Flag designing contest for our First Fridays.  
I am putting a piece in for a silent auction for the local food bank. 
And another one in for a friend's fundraiser who is battling that damn C.  
I am 4 weeks behind on my art journal.  
And my creativity is at a stand still.  
I have the T-shirt thing  kinda done.  Going to rely on the t-shirt printer to add the lettering.  Would love to have been able to do it on the comp, but mine is still down for repairs.  I don't have my graphics program downloaded on The Hubs laptop that I have been hijacking since Christmas.  (the program is so old it would need an upgrade to put on the laptop anyway)
So, here it is, they can use it or not, the printer will probably roll his eyes as I know its not easy to get a hand-drawn graphic to look decent.  A computer generated one is easier for them these days.
The piece for the Food Bank fundraiser is done and ready to go there- first time for that. I'll have to get a shot off of that and post it next time. 

As for all the rest of the assignments, they are swirling in my head, with pieces on paper, nothing organized at all, but formulating, or fermenting...
Stay tuned.

PS: remember this? From a dozen or so posts ago?

well it now looks like this, but not sure if its going to stay this way:
Stay tuned.

Friday, April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014

Sometimes I do something just to do it, and sooner or later, I get an AH-HA that "this was meant to do this with!"  Thus the project of the day....
I have been making these flowers and leaves from paper towel tubes for a while now.  WHY?  I just don't know, but I have been painting them with leftover paint on my palette whenever I have some.  I hate to throw that paint away so try to slap it on something before I turn out the light.

Then, last week, at work, they were selling those frames that I did the mosaic in and posted here.

SO, 2+2 =

They aren't connected in there yet, but its evolving.   Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014

Today's UNSELFIE....

Outside the window at work, proof that the earth's creatures are waking out of a long winter slumber...

Or maybe its the Easter Bunny checking his list twice....

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April 8 2014

One.  I allow myself one.   One UNSELFIE of the day.... ;)
Besides, if its a fortune I seek, I shouldn't get greedy and have more....

Monday, April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014

My UNSELFIE of the day...  when he's ready to go in, this is the look I get.  Ok, OKAY!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 6, 2014

Ok, I actually did something artsy-craftsy today.  They were selling these trays for a buck a piece at work.  Either they were seconds or thirds or whatever, but I bought one to see what I could do with it.  Now I want a dozen more! This is why my art room is the way it is, because when I am tired of painting, I pick up something else.

And this stays with my NY's resolution to use up some of the stuff I have in my art room! The beach glass is bought, but not able to be used, (because of size and shape) for the angels I make, so I have accumulated a ton of it.  Glad to be able to use it some how. 

I want to pour a clear resin over it eventually.   Love glass!

And my head has a dozen more ways of doing these!  Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April 5, 2014

This was just the cutest thing I saw today.  Found at the dollar store, and the price was right.   Its my UNSELFIE of today.

Friday, April 4, 2014

April 4th, 2014

I have been in an artistic slump lately.  I haven't felt the draw (no pun intended, but ok) to the art room like I usually do.

Is it just a ebb?  Do I feel intimidated?  Am I changing course?  Maybe all three.

Until I figure it out, and I know others that have been through this, and have gone on to make perfectly wonderful art, I will entertain with an UNSELFIE a day.  (OK, maybe every other day or once a week)  An Unselfie is a photo that is NOT of oneself but something found in your day that reflects something about you.

Today, I happened to find this on an empty conference room whiteboard:

I just found it funny.  Although I didn't bang my head there, I have felt like I wanted to lately. So for all the things I would like to do and can't, for all the people that mean well but don't understand, for all the things I wish I could change, this ones for you.