I am always honoured to be included in Seth Apter’s blog. Seth (who has recently published a collective of mixed media from around the world) is a hub of infomation of how artists tick – what they’re thinking, what materials they’re using – who is inspiring them – and so much more. Being an artist is not necessarily logical. Seth kinda gets a handle on this. He brings together current exhibitions in his home town of New York, he ‘talks’ to artists across the globe, he IS an artist – check out his blog – you’ll be hooked!
Changing the subject, I have just gotten back from seeing the movie ‘The Vow’, where Rachel McAdams plays a young wife (who is a sculptor) who is involved in a car accident where she incurs a semi serious head wound. As a result of the injury, she ‘looses’ a 5 year chunk of her memory – during which time she had left law school (her parents dream for her); breaks up her engagement to ‘the perfect’ guy; gone to art school……… become a sculptor (who has just secured a significant commission) & subsequently met, fallen in love with & married a gorgeous guy. Through various toings & froings in an attempt to prompt her memory – she ends up back in her old life, living with her parents, in law school, and with the potential of hooking back up with the ‘ex’. The thing I love about the film is that she never does regain that 5 years back – BUT her need to create is within her – & she sits in law school classes drawing studies of the human form, akin to the sculptures she was/had been making prior to the accident. She has a ‘do-over’; yet her life (without the prior experiences) heads down a very similar path – with this art inside her needing to be birthed. AND – amazingly – it’s actually a true story! A bit gooey – but worth a look.
Sadly – Misty’s Open Studio has run it’s course. It was fantastic & I feel a bit of a hole. I have just downloaded Katie Kendrick’s new book onto my iPad, encouraged by some other participants that this is a worthwhile purchase. (I have to say, whilst I LOVE my iPad – I do miss ‘leafing’ through a book & the texture of pages!). The piece above is much bigger than I usually work on – Misty encouraged us to ‘work big’ this is about 18in high x about 30in wide. It is a combination of markers, crayons, watercolour, pens, acrylic & beeswax pencils. It is loosely based on the work of Paul Klee – I love the way he uses colour & breaks up line & form……….but the evolution of the image itself & the form it took was inspired by Alan Alda’s quote:
‘ You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. ‘
I’m there. My life has had so many twists & turns – some that I have chosen – some that have been life happenings………that I don’t any longer have a ‘city of comfort’ – but I must admit though – like all of us to some degree, I come carrying my own self protective wall! So a little wilderness now and then is not entirely unwelcome! This piece of Klee’s is one of my favs – it appeals to me as a designer – a quilter – some one passionate about colour & an artist – it’s titled the highway – so it even has a tie in to this creation of mine.
I am attaching a new selection of free images for your own use & for use in your own published work, but not for sale or reproduction. Despite significant effort – I CANNOT get them to behave – so they are appearing a bit higgldy piggldy…….they work just the same though! LOL! ENJOY, and feel free to share the link to these with others, or on your blog. (cut & paste – http://wp.me/pXG69-m5 )