In progress photos of a new piece. I really love working with all of the windows. I think I'll add quite a few more windows to the next one. The torso of the piece was inspired by an ancient sculpture of Nefertiti (created in 1345 BC) that is part of the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection.
This piece is coming along slowly as inspiration on the direction ebbs and flows. She is the first in a series of guardians that I am intent upon making. I hope to have her finished soon.
Click on the link below for a great article on Indiana artists of the past and Indiana artists now. A photo of my artwork in the Indiana Now 2016 exhibition is the lead image and my artwork is mentioned in the article. If you get a chance to visit Lafayette, IN in the near future, the exhibit is open until September 2nd.
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I cannot get the article to link so you have to copy and paste it into your url. My apologies for my unsavy tech skills!!
Upcoming auction to raise funds for the City of Sculpture, Hamilton, Ohio (my hometown). If you are in the area, please join the event. Craft beer and wine tasting, appetizers, music, and auction participation will all be included in your ticket price. I will have a piece up for auction. Hope to see you there!
I will be showing in this juried exhibition in the spring. So if you are in the Knoxville area stop in to The Emporium between April 1-29 to see show!
This week I traveled to Miami University to speak and give a workshop for their Art Education department. It was a great experience and the people were wonderful. This was my second workshop but my first time speaking so I was more than a little nervous. Creating my PowerPoint about how I teach and how I function as an artist/teacher opened my mind to some deep revelations about how and why I do what I do. I actually spoke for almost an hour and no one walked out or fell asleep so that was a blessing. I definitely need improvement but who doesn't when they first start out in strange territory. I want to share my paper clay process with others and doing a workshop is a positive step in the right direction. My next workshop will be in July at the AEAI St. Mary of the Woods art retreat so I have plenty of time to reflect and improve.
Like all artists, I get stuck in a creative slump. A period of time when I just can't get motivated, I lack ideas, or I feel overwhelmed by every other little thing in life and can't force myself to create. Those periods of time are emotionally excruciating for the creative person. Yes, artists need down time. Periods of time where we rest our creative self. We sit on our mental porch and rock for a while. When an artist has had enough of that time and feels the need to get back into the studio but metaphorically cannot rise from the rocking chair, then they need help. I used to just stay in that rocker until the pain of not creating became so unbearable that I would just make myself get to work.
Two years ago I'd had enough. instead of staying stuck in that rocker, I came to a point where I decided to fight. I started researching on the web, looking for ways that other artists combat this issue. I came across a book called ART AND FEAR by Bayles and Orland, it was a godsend. I then read THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield. I was back working in the studio within two days of starting to read these books and full of ideas for a new series of work by the time I finished both books. Since then, I happened upon THE CREATIVE HABIT by Twyla Tharp and STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST/SHOW LIKE AN ARTIST by Austin Kleon, important additions to my arsenal of creative slump slayers.
I am both a professional artist and an art teacher (which is very time consuming). It can be difficult to go into the studio and get to work after a long day in the classroom. The rigors of teaching can cause a creative slump to manifest itself quite often. I consistantly reread books from my arsenal and I am continually on the lookout for more creative motivators. I give my undying gratitude to those authors who write these amazing books!
October 2nd the Cincinnati Art Club held the opening of ViewPoint 47 at the Eisele Gallery in Cincinnati. The amount of people who showed up was nothing less than overwhelming. You could not even see the art work because people were squeezed into the gallery space. It was much too small a gallery for the amount of people present. I would estimate around 150 people packed into roughly a 25 x 45 foot area. Not a pleasant show opening experience.
Drove to Quincy (7 hours one way) for the weekend to pick up my piece from the Quad State Exhibition. They were having an art festival for the children and there was quite a busy crowd!
The Rosewood Gallery in Kettering, Ohio. The two individual artworks shown here are a couple of my favorites. I did not write down the artists names to post along with the photos but I will make sure that doesn't happen again!