One Sky Gallery in Sudbury until November 11.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Flower Series 2018 acrylic on wood
represented by Gallerie Division from Montreal at Art Toronto
Flower Paintings Oil on Paper
represented by Jill George Gallery from London England
at the Art Toronto fair last weekend Oct 26 - 29 in Toronto
I attended with my sister, it was her birthday.
is usually the name of the colour and the date
right: pale moon hand 2018
Life is simple my friends. When you are easy to love, you are easy to tear apart. xo
Friday, November 02, 2018
What a huge question
The first thing that comes to mind is that my ideas come from MY LIFE.
It is the most obvious answer. But our lives are so immense aren't they?answer: Place
a) the environment I currently live in and experience is a source of ideas. It is awesome to live in Northern Ontario. Driving to Manitoulin from any direction places me between rock cuts and close to clear lakes.
And Manitoulin Island is full of spirit. I seek solitude here. It is quiet with water horizon views.
Also the SKY is a source of ideas. Moon, sun, stars, clouds, blue-ness, hugeness, above-ness.
where I grew up, a farm in North Western Ontario, with big fields and a spectacular lone elm tree.
I always felt isolated there.
My parents and siblings had a big impact on me, and still do.
I study art every day.
I look at reproductions in books and read about artists and their ideas and lives.
I write about these things in my journal, sometimes inspired to try something immediately.
Art study is a passion of mine.
I gather thoughts in them every day.
I re-read them. I find and develop my own ideas in these journals.
There is true-ness in the journals
It is ongoing, and continues to give me more than you can imagine.
Strong emotions such as great sadness, furious anger, or physical fraility may be where I start a piece.
However, although these pieces may begin with vehement negativity, as I work into them with my hands, those emotions are displaced, replaced with a glowing serenity.
I feel serene after so much time with the work in my lap, and the completed works are calm.
What is an idea really? So often it begins as just a glance - a speck
something off to the side.
after so many years at this art-game, now I recognize the feeling of that speck
I grab it from the air and write about it or sketch it into my current journal
and move on with my day.
It usually takes me a few days of sleeping and moving before I feel it as an IDEA, not just a glance.
I have inner dialogue with my self.
I imagine that all humans do to some extent.
My heart responds to stimulation so quickly and generously,
and I want to make art that will allow my open heart to speak.
I want to make work that is as true to how I understand my life as possible.
So that when another human encounters my work, that person will know me. .
I hope that person's heart and inner self will recognize something in my work
that resonates deep within them.
And they know something more about them selves.
But I am side-tracked away from the question about where ideas come from.
I don't know.
To live an absolutely original life one only has to be oneself. Agnes Martin
All images in this post are of a new large scale work in progress.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Brian Jungen (born 1970) from red leather gloves.
The title refers to Joyce Wieland, who was passionate about Canada, and was activelly engaged with Pierre Trudeau's nation-building project in the 1980's. Brian Jungen is a first nations artist and the gallery wall text states "while feminism and sexual rights formed an important part of the discussion in the 70's and 80's, indigenous rights were not addressed" and that is why this maple leaf is upside down.
collected here and on modernist aesthetic blog here.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
She often worked with found objects, such as clothing, which holds traces of the body and
that evoke loss and the passage of time.
by Betty Roodish Goodwin, born and died Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 1923 - 2008
(text quoted the gallery'swall signage)
I spent an entire day at the Art Gallery of Ontario and am now filled with inspiration, moved by the emotional authenticity of the contemporary art I saw there and of the respectful and intelligent way it was presented for the viewer.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
I started a new system this fall to keep my bodies of work and my daily and emotional life on track. I'm using the kitchen timer again. (not for the emotional parts)
In this new system, I work on just one piece for a week and then fold it up and work on a different one the next week. The rule is: I can have in 10 pieces in rotation for this morning stitching, but no more.
(The many others will just have to wait until I have finished one of those 10)
Also, I am avoiding my inbox.
I seek no deadlines...
I post once a week on instagram of whatever I am currently working on.
I post nearly once a week on facebook.
I write in this blog once or twice a week. I'm sad that blog readership seems to be down because of the three, the blog is the most true.
The only-10-things rule has made room for new ideas. I think it's good that they keep coming.
I neglect the in-progress pieces piled on chairs and the sketches, re-drawn countless times.
Writers and Company with Eleonar Wachtel.
My husband and I have our Netflix date around 10 pm
and I work on the piece I leave in the TV room.
This finished flannel quilt (above) was posted on instagram Friday.
This photo was taken last weekend at the cottage. Canadian Thanksgiving
This post is about time.
There just isn't enough of it.
In a day. In a life.
I have too many ideas.
Most will get done.
Somehow. Anyhow. Everyhow.xo
Monday, October 08, 2018
a time to plant and a time to uproot
a time to mourn and a time to dance
a time to embrace and a time to refrain
a time to keep and a time to throw away
a time to be silent and a time to speak
a time for peace
and a season for every activity under heaven ecclesiastes 3:1-8
|grand mum and aili (us)|
world of threads festival...opening soon
four are on my new work blog, the fifth is Maia's quilt Feel Invincible, Sweetheart