Sunday, June 20, 2010
The journey to finding my creative passion has been long and rewarding. My sister and I grew up with the freedom to make things and get our hands, experimenting with all sorts of artistic mediums.
A few years back I took a pottery course with a local ceramic artist, Carol Smeraldo. She was wonderful, introducing us to different projects including hand scultping with clay. I made this platter in one of her classes.
I fell in love with pottery. Shortly after I took the class I met a kind and generous local artist, Gloria Dunbar. She welcomed me into her studio with open arms and allowed me to use her wheel and kiln. I made a few pieces that I'm really happy with and gave most away for Christmas gifts. I haven't played with clay in years, but will someday return to this graceful craft.
I love the fluidity and vibrance of watercolours. Here is a little seascape I painted last year just for fun. I'd like to experiment a bit more with this medium. But at the moment I'm having way too much fun with the buttery texture of oil paints!
Monday, June 14, 2010
These lovely 8" square oil paintings are the first in a series of bright Beach Blossoms...
From top to bottom, they're informally named: Orchid Beach Blossom III, Lily Beach Blossom, Crocus Beach Blossom II, Hibiscus Beach Blossom II, Orchid Beach Blossom II (Self Portrait~ a very 'wishful thinking someday dreaming' kind a portrait~SOLD), Orchid Beach Blossom I, Crocus Beach Blossom, Hibiscus Beach Blossom, Freesia Beach Blossom.
They're all available for sale on my Etsy Shop! Only $100 each
Friday, June 4, 2010
My wheels are spinning. I must be meant to do something more than just live my life. I'm starting to think certain things are connected, seeds are being sewn~ my love for painting nature/ocean/travel/self-portraits/the circle symbol as Earth, being moved by 'Who Killed the Eectric Car', 'Sharkwater', the Gulf Oil Gush, my love for animals/clean water/the ocean, our plans to do a huge continental road-trip, to make a documentary for the Banff Film Fest, to paint it, photograph it.
Hmmm... I'll seriously think about seeking advice, see if anyone's done something like this before, start writing letters, trying to gain support, look into grants, funding, donations from generous hearts, perhaps from people who want to help connect my dots and encourage change. I've been told there are many people out there who want to help, all you have to do is ask.
I'm not an environmentalist or activist, I avoid confrontation, I prefer to live in my happy little bubble and turn my head, and just be grateful for the beautiful life I have. But crying for two hours this morning as I read the news and looked at birds so drenched in oil they didn't look like birds, horrified me and moved me and forced me to look at the overwhelming influence oil has on absolutely everything in my life and home.
I can see our road-trip surf adventure becoming a documentary and art project that touches people's lives we meet in a gentle and inspiring way. I've got some thinking to do. I've got zero contacts, zero savings, zero experience. Gotta figure out how I can make this happen...