It's no secret, I hate winter! With that in mind, I ventured the cold today to create a work of art that Lichtenstein himself would approve of. Sometimes you have to make your own sunshine!
I'm back to my happy place! One of my New Year's resolutions was to surround myself with art. Today I spent the morning sharing my passion with some wonderful women couped up in the hospital. This afternoon I attended a fabulous art show at the Homeless Alliance. This evening it was my time to put all the positive creative energy I soaked up all day into a project of my own. Needless to say I can feel my worries & doubts melting away. Art is my therapy! Go forth & create :)
Had my first show of the year this weekend. It was a group show at an intimate gallery. All art was painted on a bell cutout. Really fun! I love that my family comes out to support me. This year I am hoping to venture out of my comfort zone & focus on what makes me happy. ART! It's my therapy and my salvation when the world starts caving in.
Sometimes life gives us a little more chaos than we know what to do with. It's usually at this point in my life I create some amazing art. But every once in awhile it can stop even me dead in my tracks & create a block that takes me a bit to get back on my feet, artistically. During this time I try to immerse myself in the works of others. Looks like I'm going to be spending sometime at the museum & in the local galleries. Art is my therapy.!
Stone carving... Not a win :(
I have come to realize I'm not a very patient person! I have been carving on this rock for three week and my little gargoyle is still stuck inside. After working hours and hours with hand tools, I finally broke down and used the Dremmel. I put in another couple of hours and only managed to cover my livingroom in a thick layer of dust. (Note to self- this is not an inside activity) I have decided my stone does NOT want to become a gargoyle! I will try to become one with the stone and see if I can figure out what it wants to be....
I recently started taking a stone carving class at the local arts institute. This is a totally new field for me. While it is going to be very challenging, I also found it very relaxing. Something about taking a rough object, filing down the edges and smoothing over the rough spots, transforming it into an object of beauty is very therapeutic to me. Art is my therapy!
I am pleased to announce I am featured in a hometown magazine for the month of November Slice Magazine in Oklahoma City did a wonderful article on me as well as some beautiful pictures. I had a formal interview with one of their very talented writers and a photo shoot. There are several pictures of me in the studio and the backyard. And yes, I did clean before the photographer came! The article can be viewed online @ sliceok.com/creative/ and go exploring. http://www.sliceok.com/November-2014/Creative-Catalysts-Driving-Art-in-Central-Oklahoma/
one of the many wonderful photos by Quit Nguyen
I went on a wonderful retreat this past weekend to Robbers Cave State Park. It is a truly beautiful place. The scenery alone is absolutely inspiring. I also got to spend the weekend with wonderful people. This group of ladies are art therapists from all over the state of Oklahoma. They use their talents and creativity to help people. The purpose of the weekend was to "just make art". We made matchbox journals, shared materials and ideas, worked on our own projects and most importantly soaked up positive, creative energy from each other! I made a promise to myself on the drive home that I would not go a day without art. No matter how I fit it in, art will be in my life everyday! To help others, I have to keep myself well and in a good place. Art is my happiness, my link to satisfying my soul.
I like to consider myself a free-spirit! I would love to be a gypsy when I grow up!