Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thank you for sharing, now go sit down

I want to make note of something I wrote to a student of mine after reading his thoughts on making art ( futile, frustrating, and other art school trauma scars):

I "hear" that you are "scarred" from your (former art school) experience - that said - "MOVE ON!" You have a sharp mind conceptually and intellectually, are definitely capable technically, so LET GO of all the "stuff" and just dig. I would rather see you take a risk in our remaining short time together. Heck - there are times I think maybe I'll "stop being an artist" and do something else, rather than fall short of my own expectations, but I keep showing up... because when you get down to it the act of creating is exhilarating.

Remembering these thoughts will also be helpful when I find my old demons raging against me!

Wrapping it up

This month marked the 5 year anniversary of my cancer diagnosis and with that came some reflection and closure. It has been an interesting ride to say the least and probably because I can look back knowing I am healthy and cancer free and say that it has been kind of wonderful which I know sounds weird but I am sure other people who have been down this road have said the same. Family and friends have been incredible, I have met people like my doctors who are truly a gift in my life - brilliant, compassionate and generous...and all the paths that came out of that experience - the Art of Survival with Dr. Beth Deutch, Claudia Ansorge, Christine Burke, Charlotte Scherer, Amy Puccio, ....and our book Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings with my cousin Ellen McVicker, Fran Waldman, Leslie Nicholson, Robin Pack, and Nadira Husain to name a few.

And my studio work- the images from the Art of Survival and Chrysalis, the Targets on wood with encaustic.... the opportunities that came from that work and continues to. So what next?
I finished the commission of the Navesink River for Christine and yesterday printed a linocut as part of a portfolio exchange with my Print 1 & 2 students at MSU. We each chose a card from a Tarot deck and did a contemporary approach to it. I chose the Ace of Pentacles. As I searched the web I found different interpretations of it but all said that it relates to a symbol of potential in the material world. The card also speaks of nature; planting a seed- though you may not recognize it, and a turn for the better in terms of fortune and wealth. It can also be a time of good fortune with indications relating to nature and fertile soil.

I need to get my boys off the bus, so I am going to post this for now.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Demoiselles Revisited & Tribute/ Drawing

I just figured out where in cyberworld one of my other posts my test blog...go figure!
And since I don't know how to get one into the other I am attaching the invite for the upcoming show at Francis M. Naumann Gallery. The exhibit is titled The Demoiselles Revisited and is a group show of artists responding to Picasso's Les Demoiselles D'Avignon on the 100th birthday/ anniversary of the painting. Champagne and cake on Friday, November 16th, 2007!
Frustration seems to be the word of the am...just wrote a somewhat interesting witty blog and now it is somewhere out in cyberworld!?!?!!? Same thing happened yesterday when my efforts to down load photos from my trip in May to Israel...where are they out there? But I remind myself that it is time to go out to the studio and let this all will fall into place eventually and if now what the heck...I haven't been doing my "morning pages" as of late so consider it done....