Change. We have had the most wonderful long gold light autumn. Now, suddenly snow and short days.The holidays are upon us, joyful but hectic, and less welcome change. All of this has me thinking we need to take care. I make things that express the beauty I find in the natural world. On December 10 I am having an event at the studio where I offer this work to you as part a relaxing day with food and art activities.
I’ll post the schedule soon for Winter Care at the Casket Arts Carriage House 10 am -6 pm studio 303
The Little birds that stay with us all winter, the real Snow Birds
We live in the midst of beautiful interconnected systems, both in the sunlight world and underground. I love finding the right combination of materials to express that beauty with some understanding. I was interviewed by Brian DeVore for the Land Stewardship Project news letter and podcast here’s the interview: http://landstewardshipproject.org/posts/podcast/886 look for Ear to the Ground 185 Soil Art
My sense of line, light, and space is deeply informed by the natural world. In my most recent work I am trying to remain faithful to the scientific truth of the systems I’m exploring visually.
Experience as an expressive artist plus some basic earth science lets me compose layered art pieces that have both a visual and emotional resonance.
Cross to your creative side
“Creative energy is energy. When we are worrying about creating instead of actually creating, we are wasting our creative energy.” Julia Cameron
In 2 weeks take the opportunity to step away from worrying about creativity and start a creative practice with the support of fellow creatives. Join the structured class that uses Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” exercises to examine the patterns that keep you from expressing your creativity and then just play with a great variety of art materials.
Julia’s book contains the quote “Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.“ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Taking the Artist’s Way Experiential can be that beginning. Join us @6 pm at The Casket Arts Carriage House for free introductory class on August 29th. Then sign up for 12 weeks of creative exploration starting Sept 12 Full description!
I have loved showing my new body of art to the crowds of Art A Whirlers.
Some pieces have found new homes and others will move on to be part of my up coming shows listed below.
See you in the studio or at the galleries
FIBER ARTS SHOW AT
OPENING MAY 27 4:30-6:30
RUNS MAY 27 -JULY 5
N2030 #3 SPRING STREET
WWW.ABODEGALLERY.COM FOR HOURS
3RD IS “VOICES SEEN, VOICES SHARED”
I AM PART OF A NINE ARTIST GROUP, WORKING IN VARIED MEDIA, WE MEET BI-WEEKLY TO DISCUSS WHAT IT MEANS
TO BE AN ARTIST IN THE MODERN AGE.
OUR GROUP SHOW IS BOTH A CONVERSATION AND AN EXPRESSION OF OUR PASSION FOR OUR INDIVIDUAL WORK.
BETHESDA HOSPITAL GALLERY CAFE,
C-LEVEL, 559 CAPITOL BLVD., ST. PAUL, MN 55103.
OPENS JUNE 10, 6 PM – 8 PM.
THE SHOW UP UNTIL JULY 31.
This work in heading to it’s new home in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
I began my rooted pieces a while back when my father died.
The more I do them the richer they get,
both visually and contextually.
The roots are doing more than just holding the soil.
They are moving water, they are filtering water
they are communicating with other plants.
We are standing on beautiful complexity.
What a joy to express my gratitude for that.
Process of Change
The art that I create is built on multiple layers; of materials, of processes, of meaning.
It’s an exploration of what I’m currently in love with; the theme of big changes on the Earth, expressed in the mediums I continue to adore: fiber mixed with paint and stitch.
I call these pieces Maps of Change.
I am having a 40th Art Anniversary party at the studio On March 12 6-9 pm I hope you’ll join me.
This show is a celebration of doing my work but also a thank you for your support. I am grateful that people continue to be interested as I move through themes and techniques and stories.
Fully 1/2 of the 40 pieces I have created since the new year for this show (with materials I created in the last couple of years ) will be small framed pieces for $40 or less.
Shoreline 3″ x 4″ rusted organza, painted linen, found frame.
Water and Fire shaped the world.
I am having a marvelous time cutting, burning, and layering fabrics and papers I have rusted, painted, and mono printed into my “maps”. I am reading about early earth: volcanoes, asteroids, millions of years of rain create the canvas for wind, water, fire, and ultimately light to shape our earth. I just read an article that says early earth with life was purple and blue read here about the light and evolution. My artist’s eye wants to see the purple and the green take shape. Here are some abstracts of me mapping change. The earth is a miracle.
Light in Autumn Grasses
My work is made of cotton, water, pigments in suspension, organza, ink, threads, yarns, stones, and observation. Years of paying attention to the world and my chosen materials yields art that communicates the beauty, complexity and fragility of these elegant systems we walk in and through every day of our lives.
Green Grass Light
Earth’s Millions years of Rain
I have been offering Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way as an Experiential for more than 5 winters. Each year remarkable things happen in class and out. We begin at 6 pm on a dark winter evening and end in the light of spring. There is play, there is exploration, there is support for the many small steps it takes to engage our creative natures. This fall students from year two collaborated for their 1st show. Another pair are working towards their show which will open in late January. And that isn’t everyones goal. I’ve heard from artists who have made space in their homes and lives for self expression in everything from knitting to a single sketch a week. Paint, print, collage, write, dance, what do you want to let yourself do? What is keeping you from doing it? Come join us this winter something besides the light will change for you.
Here we are.
Winter in the Midwest.
to explore our creative urges. Start HERE Intro class with a project is Free Jan. 4, 6-8 pm
Find new skills and practices to enliven your Art Life here
This saturday my work will hang in Vesper College Studio 101 Casket Arts Building 10 -6 pm
Casket Arts Building , 681 17th Avenue NE for Holiday Marketplace; the Halls will be full of artists.
Here we are in the short daylight part of the year
after the most beautiful summer and long mild autumn in many years.
I am currently hanging the work I created in those ideal conditions.
on the walls of Vesper in studio 101 Casket arts Building Saturday 10-6 pm
My work always contains the work of light; it dances on the many surfaces I use to I create my artwork, which are slices of place.
Works that are reflections of my experience of light in the natural world.
I hope you will come and experience what I’ve created.
And consider taking bit of light home with you.
Light in Autumn Grasses
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