Yesterday morning while I was reading through the newsfeed on Facebook,
I saw that my long time artist friend, Gavin Gardner, shared this incredible film.
Since yesterday morning, this hour long BBC film has been quickly making the rounds within the Artist community on Facebook and rightfully so, because it carries a profound statement about why beauty matters and what our modern day "cult of ugliness" says about the current Zeitgeist we live in.
Please take the time to watch this film and share it.
As I commented on Facebook, it needs to go viral,
because that's how paramount this message is!
Let the Age of Enlightenment and Beauty reign once again!!
As the very short sailing season here in New England comes to a near halt,
the open waters tend to be rather vacant of boating activities and in some ways lonely,
leaving much room for the imagination of reflection and wonderment.
The Sky and the Water are the backdrops for the Binoculars Series.
As the seasons change for the warmer Summer days to the cooler and colder months of Autumn and Winter, there are more vistas of cloud laden skies with bright sparkling waters.
As long as I can remember, I have always had a natural affinity for the Sky and the Water.
I suppose my love for the Sky stems from having grown up in Pittsburgh, PA, where nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains the most beautiful skies would and do occur over head.
My love for the Water goes back to when I was a kid of 4 or 5, when my family would vacation along the shores of Lake Erie, in Dundalk, New York. I fondly remember the Lake, building sand castles and swimming around in monstrous truck inner tubes that my Dad would collect for Summer use.
The open Sky and the open Water offer themselves freely
to think, to marvel, to wonder, to reflect, to explore, to appreciate,
to feel free, to feel open just as the Sky and Water.
It only seems natural to incorporate more
Sky and Water pieces within the Binoculars Series.
A quick little sketch of the early evening light coming into the backyard.
I had not done a plein-air painting in a long while.
I was convincing myself I 'needed' a car in order to go plein-air painting.
This reason was becoming too much of a crutch.
Something I'd hope would never happen.
So, the crutch has been kicked out of my mind-set!
I have everything I need.
A beautiful yard.
The daily (more-or-less) routine of plein-air paitning is something that I've missed dearly.
And want very much to get back into.
The days of when I had a car I was constantly creating new works,
going to new places, showing them and even selling.
Today, I made a promise to myself ...
I am an artist.
I should paint as often as I can no matter what!
I'll paint what is close to me.
The backyard will an outlet for plein-air painting.
Fruits and veggies will make for still-life(s).
The street lights will make for night scenes.
The Light here is wondrous inside and outside anytime of day!
So, as I sit here and realise how rusty I am at plein-air painting.
I am willing to be kind to myself and enjoy the process of feeling like a beginner again.
The drought is over!
The rain has come!
I will grow again!
And I hope to show you all just how beautiful the Light is!
Some of you may or may not know that I have not a had a car of my own for a number of years.
Simple reasons; I have never been able to afford one. So, I have become dependent on the kindness
of others, mainly my sister and my boyfriend, to help me get around to my favourite Binocular locations so, the series can stay alive until the day when I can afford a car of my own.
I have always had a passion for riding bicycles and as a kid often dreamed of becoming a Professional cyclist. This Trek 4100 MTB, though not a road bike (which I would like to have), was a very special gift to myself back in 2003 when the Binoculars Series had it's first taste of success!!
My bike has travelled the country roads and Hop River Bike Trail of CT, all between Watch Hill and Weekapaug Point RI, all around Block Island and the bestest bike trip to date on the
It has been a little while since my post. I was hoping to follow up with an entertaining one full of Q&A's for you all, though seeing that the article did not garner any questions, that ambition will have to wait for another time ...
An intentional hiatus .... a lesson I learned from this past winter and early spring. Three months which consumed the most time away from the studio that I ever experienced. During those months of not being in the studio, let alone not touching a paint brush, I allowed myself to become consumed with resentment and self pity. I knew my attitude was not good, so, I did my very best to ditch that mind-set and said to myself 'An intentional hiatus can be a good thing!' and I was instantly at peace.
When I returned to the studio in June, the palette was caked with hard dry paint and had a decent layer of dust on it. The studio received ample attention of a good thorough cleaning. There was energy bursting in the studio, blank panels jumped on the easel for their turn and off the easel to make room for the next one. I was a happy painting fiend! The following 6 weeks procured 12 new finished/framed Binoculars paintings, all varying in sizes and delivered to galleries - some of the Binoculars now happily reside in their new homes!
In contrast, efforts in the studio this week have been sporadic though very productive ..... and the next coming weeks will mostly likely be in the same manner ... I have been called away from the studio again to help with a job, that will help in turn bring food to the table among other things.
Though this time around ... things will be very different, I will keep my palette dust free!
After a couple of weeks of not painting consistently at the easel, partial thanks goes to Tropical Storm Irene and the mess it left behind, and to the non-exsistent supply of mdo (medium density overlay) board. I'm ready to get back in the studio again!!
Now that Irene's mess is all tidy-up and the mdo board supply has been replinshed and is on standby (in the studio right now!) anixously waiting to be used! The ideas for new works, new binoculars, are queuing up fast and already jockeying for position to be the first on the easel! There is a fervor of ideas building up and I love it!
The master plan is to be a painting fiend (well, not exactly - let's be realistic now) and create another 'batch' of Binoculars! Going back a bit to earlier this year, at the time of it's creation Binoculars #140 was the largest bino yet (bino for short) measuring up to 10" x 60". I had been itching to go larger with the binos and I pleased to hear during the course of this past Summer that it's size was well received by many. In this set of new panels there are 4 10" x 60" panels. These will be reserved for 'major' pieces.
Another news of interest on the horizon, which I'm very excited about - is back in the Summer, the Editor of the Montville Patch, Carrie Jacobson, offered to do an article on me after a brief courtship of emailings. And between all that while reading her stories on the Patch, I was pleasently surprised to discover that Carrie was an artist as well and that she would be tending to her own booth at the Mystic Outdoor Arts Festival this summer. So, I made the effort to meet Carrie at her booth and at once I could sense her zest for life and her artistic spirit which resonates through her new found passion of palette knife painting. She keeps a blog The Accidental Artist on her artistic Life and you can see her works for sale.
After our delightful first meeting in the flesh, we managed to coordinate a time (just days before Irene showed up) to have the interview at the studio, which was super fun and no spoilers from me, you'll just have to wait to read the article yourself! And speaking of which, I recently learned that Carrie plans on publishing the story next week on Sept 20th ... oh so exciting!
On that happy note ... please stay tuned for what's to come!!
It thrills me to my bones that you have taken the time out of your day to stop by and check out my little studio blog, it means the World to me! I do realise that there is not much here of interest or excitement at the moment, though there are exciting things on the horizon to be seen and discovered ... please see my (rather) lengthy list below of things waiting to be blogged, to be talked and discussed and to simply happen!
Here is where I hope to share with you the adventures from the studio and Life itself; plein-air painting trips, working in the studio, the binoculars series, shows, openings, galleries, thoughts and ideas about paintings, new paintings - old paintings, meeting other artists, sharing the work and lives of another artists, dead or alive (one of my favourite things to do), the Artist's Spirit Foundation, the evolution of the studio blog, books, random thoughts, beautiful places of interests, websites of interest, hot and exciting art happening, the importance of supporting your local art community, discuss the art community, what it's like to be an artist during this zeitgeist, and perhaps some reflections and offerings on Life itself.
So, as this Artistic Life happens and moves forward, I plan on making the most it by sharing it all with you as best as I can, so I hope you stick around for what's to come!
Once again, thank you all for visiting the studio blog and for your continued interest and patronage in my work!
And a special thanks goes to those who have become followers of my blog, thank you indeed!!!