March 31, 2022 (Last post 3/2/2020 can't seem to delete it above)
As we all know, much has happened in the last 2 years. This poor website has been dormant; but not me. The term "art heals" is really true. I made art...lots of art...but for only me and my avenue for getting through it all sanely. The thought of selling my work never occurred to me all that time. I was driven to create, to meditate through my brush, to survive, to escape into my own world in my gardens and journals. Today I am awake and ready to enter the world of art where I become reacquainted with artists and friends and hopefully meet new people. I can hardly wait for the Roots Garden Center Bloomfest tomorrow. It's exciting to show my new venture into reduction relief printmaking. And also, to showcase all this art busting at the seams in my house and studio!
I"m part of a group of artists that have been posting daily paintings to a private FB page beginning on Jan 1 this year. It is an awesome way to get into my studio and just start painting. I decided to do watercolor in a 6" x 6" format. I began with still lifes of everyday objects found in my studio, This exercise has been liberating. I can spend weeks and months stressing about "What to paint?" This way I'm compelled to look around me and get started. I've decided to share a couple of my favorites. I'm hopeful that I will just get better and better!
What happens when artists get together to eat, laugh and share stories? Pure fun!!! Lori Blaylock and I hosted a gathering to introduce Jennifer Simard Solberg, a journal artist from Omaha, Nebraska, to the artist scene in Billings. She got a good dose of frivolity! Seen at the Scene: Diane Ridgway, Lori Blaylock, Kathy Walters, Jennifer Solberg, Sarah Singer, Nick Nicoll, Eileen Tuss, Sally McIntosh, Betina Johnson, Lisa Hall, Carol Welch, Lisa Carnicom, Rachel Long, Sandy Mehus, Lola Jore, Julie Pederson, Kate Jore.
"Lazy Days of Summer" Garden banner acrylic 14x48. These are the days that I'm reminded that I AM retired afterall, maybe it's legal to sit in the shade and read a good book!
Each morning I'm practicing meditation, started at Creative Arts Camp at Camp Miminagish. It's awesome because it naturally leads me into really wanting to paint in my journal! Each entry becomes a bit more detailed, which is good for my impatient nature when it comes to painting. Each morning study becomes a candidate for my watercolor batik process later in the summer.
These days I'm enjoying recording vignettes from my garden in a new handmade journal I purchased from an awesome artist I met at the Great Western Design and Living Show in Great Falls, Jennifer Simard Solberg from Nebraska. It's really true that having quality materials makes the difference when creating art. This journal serves as my compilation of plein air studies that may turn into a painting, a garden banner or a watercolor batik later. I'm loving this process this year. Plus, it helps me focus not only on the art, but I'm able to keep everything in ONE journal...instead of random sketchbooks I may pick up. Thank you, Jennifer Simard Solberg!