My process of making art is to follow some idea, emotion, or principle I am experiencing, and expressing it onto a canvas helps me gain clarity and understanding. This winter, I was encouraged by a mentor of mine to just play...not to think or try to express with an outcome of meaning in mind...but just play. These paintings are the result of that. I found it challenging, not to have any kind of intention as I painted...bringing into form something I had no real relationship with. But, what I learned was the fresh new form that came into expression had plenty for me to feel and think about after they were finished. I've spent many hours in contemplation and study of the paintings eager to hear what they have to say to me. Their messages for me are full of meaning. Although the above photographs are not the best quality, they can be seen in their perfection at an art exhibition this Saturday, August 17, 2019, 12:00-7:00 p.m.; A Return to Peace, Love, and Unity; Woodstock @ 50 Music & Arts Festival at Unity of Columbine Spiritual Center, 8900 Arapahoe Road in Boulder, Co. Come out and join us for a wonderful day and come chat with me about what these paintings might relate to you. I'll be in Foss Hall with some other fabulous artists!
A couple years back, Mendhi Audlin, https://www.mendhiaudlin.com/ came to our spiritual center to do some Spirit Groups training with us. I had a lot of fun. Mendhi said we were going to play out on the thin branches because that's where all the new growth is! This fun way of viewing experience in the world especially in regards to growth opened me up to a new way of thinking. Where there is a little bit of anxiety...if I'm a little bit unsure of what might happen... ....well, that's where I want to be now! It feels a lot like play! Anyway, she inspired me and I painted this cute little painting.
I am making prints and selling these with profits to benefit Sister Carmen this 2019 year. If you're interested in purchasing one, or more...please contact me and we'll make it happen.
Last year, one of my spiritual center's talks included the YouTube of Pastor John Gray's talk entitled, The Bridge. You can view it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Rk5WFj5rE It's powerful.
Janis Kelly, the music director at Columbine Spiritual Center in Boulder, Colorado wrote the song, The Tipping Point and sang it on this same Sunday. Pastor Gray's talk and Janis Kelly song inspired the above painting. It's the image that came to my mind as I was being invited to step out of my comfort zone and really get to know those whom I perceive are different than me in one way or another. I was challenged. I painted my bridge and titled it, "Meet me on the bridge?" because I wasn't sure I could trust the bridge, myself, or others. My "little self" felt quite vulnerable. But, I was willing.
Months later, I had my painting in a show and Michael King was inspired. He told me later the bridge had given him a poem. And so, we have collaborated in order to publish the two together for the beautiful and spiritual message they contain. Tomorrow, March 15, 2019 we will participate at the Peace Through Music 2019 concert in honor of the Season for Nonviolence, and to benefit Sister Carmen and Musical Ambassadors of Peace. Michael and I will have a limited number of prints available with all profits being donated to the above charities. We will continue donating any future profits through the year. Also performing at the concert will be a choreographed dance by Kasey Hall, inspired by Janis Kelly's song, "The Tipping Point." From talk and song to painting, from painting to poem, and from song to dance...the message they contain is powerful. I am truly grateful! Thank you God!
They just came to visit, Amy and Ed Burns to Colorado from North Carolina. Amy, Michael's cousin...and he has awesome cousins, asked about these paintings I had leaning against the guest bedroom wall. They spoke to her. It just feels so good when someone connects with my art. I am honored and affirmed.
Shipping is a challenging part of selling art. It is so expensive. But, we found a way! For other artists traveling on Southwest, one can check two bags at no charge and staying within a few measurement and weight parameters, art can be one of them. Box it up with some bubble wrap though and mark it fragile. They will take real good care of it in transit.
Both Untitled, 24"x24", Acrylic and Acrylic Mixed
Another first for me was at the Broomfield Art Guild Newcomer's Art Show at the Brunner House. It was my first year in the Guild and I entered "Fire Within". It was another artist who connected with it and wanted it in their collection. This was very special for me and I continue to have great gratitude for Gerry Case, who is an award winning photographer with the Broomfield Art Guild.
Holding Space, 24"x18" Acrylic
A graduation gift to Madeline Robert. She attended my first professional show at Columbine Spiritual Center and connected with this painting. It was an honor for me to share it with her. She and my youngest daughter, Sloan have been close friends since high school and were college roommates all four years. I am grateful!
Work of Spirit, 2'x4', Acrylic Mixed
I am grateful and honored to have this painting hanging in the office of Annie Wirth, Administrative Assistant at Columbine Unity Spiritual Center. She had an empty wall and wanted something beautiful to hang on it. I was happy to take care of her need! She has also been one of my
greatest cheerleaders and is an artist herself. I foresee a show together!
I had a monthly meet up with a group of artists in my spiritual community. I wanted to explore the creative process with others artists. We were a small group of individuals with varied levels of training, skills, talents, and mediums. We spent time in guided imagery and meditation. We shared what we were working on with each other. We conversed about joys and challenges we experienced in creating our art. Together we put on a Newcomer's Art Show..."newcomer" meaning...We are new to this thing of showing our art to the public and hopefully selling some. This art show was in April of 2018. It was a tremendous learning experience. The details necessary to create a professional event were many. The flyer for the event is in an earlier, in fact, my first blog post. Again, I express my appreciation and gratitude to the Columbine Unity Spiritual Center community for allowing us the opportunity to use the beautiful Foss Hall and for supporting us in attending and purchasing! It was a beautiful event! Thank you to Aylyn, Doug, Michael, and Sue!
I have three beautiful daughters. Sometimes they say something that makes me realize something I have created is meant for them. My middle daughter, Davis loves this "Affirmation Body" painting. I made it to help me learn a particular affirmation meditation I found very powerful and wanted to learn. Following my own guidance I created symbols for each affirmation and placed them with some order to help me learn them. I remember the meditation so clearly even now and can affirm myself in specific ways anytime I feel I need it.
I have made poster prints of the painting and am happy to reproduce this for others upon request.
(The link goes to a mini lecture but the guided meditation begins at promp 030)
My eldest daughter, Meredith studied Art History at University of Colorado really liked this painting. Typically when I paint, I want to be deep in contemplation and attempt to use my art as a way of understanding something spiritual or metaphysical. I want to see in my work deep meaning. And so, often paintings I create take a lot of time, or I put them away because I get stuck and don't know what I should do next. I shared many of my paintings with Andrea Cermanski, a wonderful artist and a middle and high school art teacher in Santa Fe. She also has workshops for adults which I've thoroughly enjoyed. I still chuckle when she designated this one as one of my strongest pieces. I just went out to my garage studio one day and used up some paint! No thoughts. No deep meaning. Just lovely. I express my gratitude to Andrea for the many technical things she has taught me and, for the invitation to just play!
I am an accomplished seamstress and when the girls were little, I sewed a lot for them. Later when they were teens, I would have liked to have made them things but they weren't really interested by then. Perhaps it's because when we would shop for clothes they would often hear me say, "I could make something like that for you." Only, I never did. So when my daughter mentioned she was wanted a painting for her apartment bathroom, I jumped at the opportunity to actually contribute. I am grateful to Sloan for asking! She's since moved out of her college apartment and up to Wisconsin. So, the painting is back in my possession. But, I welcome future requests, and promise to see it through.
Sue and Kevin McQueen are just my BEST clients! I cannot express my gratitude enough for them in how they have supported and encouraged me down this creative path. They were my first commission and well...they waited a long time for that piece of art to make its way toward completion. It wasn't that it needed to take a long time, but the artists' inner critic can hold things up quite often and for long periods of time. In my still early development as an artist, Sue and Kevin were so very patient and in that patience provided me a priceless opportunity to learn about my creative process and interaction with my inner critic. For that and to them, I am completely full of gratitude and appreciation. Thank you Sue and Kevin!
Vicky and John Hopkins are gracious owners of another painting I sold at this first art sale. Vicky's excitement for my creating a website included several attempts at photographing the painting she bought so I could include it in the gallery. This was before I realized the wisdom in creating a digital portfolio and record of my work and had not taken a photograph of it. And, now I am writing blogs because I recognize the wisdom in creating a journal of gratitude for not only the art that is created through me but also for the people who bless me with their support in all kinds of ways. I'm saving Vicky's painting here in order to do just that. Thank you Vicky and John!!