'Art condenses the experience we all have as human beings, and, by forming it, makes it significant. We all have an in-built need for harmony and the structures that create harmony. Basically, art is an affirmation of life.' Trevor Bell
I guess you could say I was born an artist! My intrinsic artistic abilities appeared around the age of 1½ years old when I began scribbling colorful imagery on my bedroom walls, later carving designs and cryptic messages on my parent’s fine furniture. Over the years, I have continued my artistic endeavors working as a monotype printmaker, painter, mixed media artist, and jewelry maker.
Yesterday was hot, really hot. After teaching summer school, I drove to Lynchburg to look at the gallery space and the Art Academy, where I will have a one woman show show this August. While I was there, I happened to view the current show, Interpretations of the James. All of the paintings and prints dealt with the subject matter of the James River. There were 12 artist represented and the pieces were rather large. I found them breathtaking.
I have always admired the works of Richard Crozier. I marvel at his plein air paintings, his simplicity, his textures created with each stroke of the brush, and the mood he creates. Some of the others, who exhibited were Franks Hobbs, Ray Kass, and Ron Boehmer. The other artists were new to me and I felt I should have known of then sooner than yesterday.
I am charged with creativity right now, despite working half days. I have been creating prints. I have been working very slowly, methodically, and thoughtfully to create a mood while refining my technique of creating monotypes on clayboard. I am in love with the surface.
Last night, my studio was hot, very hot. I had the air on, but it did not seem to reach me. So, I created a cool image, literally. I thought back to the falling snow, watching it fall slowly from my studio door, and feeling much cooler. Summer is not my favorite season. Not that Winter is, but Summer is NOT! This monotype was my attempt to create a sense of winter peace.
The Sidewalk Art Show was good! Saturday it was one of the best weather days ever. Sunday it rained. I somehow found peace in that rain. I know we needed it as it has been really dry here. While the rain was not good for artists, it was good for flowers.
I have been only doing 'little bits' of art. Artist trading cards, small playing card sized art. After next week, I plan on doing more new work. But for now, this is it.