The dilemma of the creative process for me is that I impose pressure to make impressive, or at least good, creations. I worry they must be meaningful and pleasing, and if they aren’t, then self-doubt, fear and discouragement paralyze me from working.
In many ways, this quarantine has been a positive experience for me. I decided to let the pressure go (with no upcoming shows or commissions to finish) and just play around with the limited materials I had on hand (acrylics and junk mail). I started small, making simple 6″ x 6″ painted collages. Working on up to 12 paintings at a time, I skipped around between them if I got stuck. I let myself step back and make work that didn’t need to be good. And you know what happened? My creativity came back. I was excited to go to my studio every day and see what would happen next. After finishing forty-two of these “Tidbits,” I was ready to move on to something more substantial.
I am writing to check-in and see how everyone is faring in their remote corners of the globe, and hoping that you are safe and well.
I’m currently sheltering in Florida with my hubby, where I’m fortunate to be able to walk and bike outside. I fill my days with art-making, cooking, reading, and enjoying game nights with friends and family (via Zoom).
As the situation has me unable to truly focus, I’m making a little bit of everything. In my studio, I have half-finished oil paintings, acrylic doodles, watercolor sketches, and cold-wax experiments. While they patiently wait for me to get back to them, I am happy to share at least one completed effort here.
There is a lot of disparity of quarantine experiences across the world, and I am genuinely grateful that we are one of the lucky families in these uncertain times. Those of you are doing essential services, you are the true heroes. You have not gone unnoticed, and we cannot thank you enough for your courage and commitment to others. Thank you.
It was a big art week in New York City. Ok, there is generally dozens of art exhibitions every week in the Big Apple, but this week featured some of the biggest art fairs of the year with the Armory Show at Pier 92/94 and the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side. Additionally, one show you might not know is the “Art on Paper” art fair down on Pier 36. I headed down to the Lower East Side to check it out. As an artist who uses collage paper in her work, I have a special love for art created on paper and/or with paper. This exhibition didn’t disappoint. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from this year’s show.
Last Thursday night, it was a whooping 8 degree Fahrenheit in New York City. But that didn’t stop the art lovers from turning out to attend the Atlantic Gallery’s “Over the Bridge” exhibition in Chelsea. I was fortunate to have two paintings in this show, along with 38 other Long Island City artists. The wine was flowing, the crowd was enthusiastic and the art was excellent. I’ve included photographs of that night “before” and “during” the opening to show you the crush. There is still plenty of time to see the exhibition on display until January 17th at Atlantic Gallery, Suite 540, 548 West 28th Street, New York City.
In my last post, I started a new “vine” painting and showed you the first two steps. Today, we move to step 3. To complete the “under-painting”, I added lots of pieces of colored paper to the panel. I kept the colors bright and bold, weaving and overlapping them to create a surface of bold color and heavy texture. I added several more layers of paper over these initial paper layers shown below. All of the paper was coated with acrylic medium on both sides to glue it to the surface and protect the surface. It looks like a hot mess now, doesn’t it?! Step 4 will be posted tomorrow, and you’ll see how I resolve all of this random color into a coherent design.
Okay, that a huge exaggeration. However, I am showcased in MoMA’s PS1 Studio Visit. This is a web initiative by MoMA that offers virtual presentations of artists’ studios. Emerging artists working in the five boroughs and greater New York area are invited to upload video or still images of their studios and work. Artists’ submissions will be present on the website for at least one month. Studio Visit serves as an online artistic hub and give viewers a look at some exciting new work while examining the varied artistic practices located within the New York City area. Come check it out at http://momaps1.org/studio-visit/
I recently started selling my mixed media paintings online through Art Finder. Art Finder is an online seller of “authentic art from independent galleries and artists” from around the world. That’s me…an independent artist =)
I had two mentions in their daily e-mail newsletter, which they send out to their client list. The first mention was for “New Mixed Media Artists” last week. Today, I received another mention in their newsletter under the category of “New American Artists to Watch”. I hope there are people out there “watching”. (pun intended)
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