Tour of My Mindwork Art Exhibition

Greetings 🙂  Can you believe it’s the end of October already?  I hope many of you had a chance to see my recent art exhibit at the Troy Public Library.  But if you didn’t, don’t fret!  You can still take the virtual tour now.  Enjoy!  (Don’t forget to let your mind wander…)

Mindwork honors the mind as both creator and creation.

That’s all for now…  Until next time!

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I must admit I’m not a big fan of abstract paintings.  First of all, I don’t really “get” them.  What am I supposed to see in a bunch of squares and dots?  I think my mind just doesn’t know what to make of it.  If I can detect a form or something tangible in a piece, then my mind at least has something to grasp.  If there’s an explanation or a title, that definitely helps.  But usually when I’m at a museum or gallery, I hurry through the abstract paintings and head straight for the Impressionists.   For me, this style of art is the perfect balance between abstract and realistic imagery.

But recently I had an experience with making abstract art that changed my way of thinking…at least a little bit.  A neighbor of mine is also an artist.  I admire her because she hangs her art all over her house.  You can’t help but see it.  More than that, you can FEEL it.  That’s because her style is Expressionistic.  She seeks to evoke a feeling or idea more than anything else.  She says she hides herself in her work, which is really interesting.   She’s always asking me what I see in her paintings.  Sometimes I have to admit that I don’t know.  But it isn’t as simple as that.  I feel something immediately, but I can’t conceptualize it right away.

I love a good mystery as much as the next person, but I couldn’t let it go at that.  The more I didn’t get it, the more I wanted to.  I’m stubborn like that 😉  I was just going to have to try it out myself.

My neighbor invited me over to paint.  Her dining room is her studio.  How cool is that?  The number one rule:  there are no rules (except to wash out the brushes.  She was serious about that.)  Then she put on some chill country music (because if there is one thing about country singers– they know how to feel!)  She told me to pick out a canvas, any shape and size, and motioned to the large tubes of acrylic paint in every color you can imagine.  I think she could sense my hesitation.  Her only advice:  Start with your hands.

I felt a little silly at first, like a kid again finger painting.  But you know what?  It helped me loosen up.  Something about getting your hands in it.  Like playing in mud.  It was a goopy mess really.  But with a little dab here, and a splotch there, I was starting to get into it.  I stopped focusing on the end product and started focusing on the process.  I was definitely feeling something, although if you asked me about it, I probably couldn’t put it into words.

Before I knew it, I was done.  Was it a masterpiece?  I don’t know.  But I was proud of it anyway.  I’d tried something that scared me.  And isn’t it the stuff we don’t know that scares us the most?

I’m not going to tell you what it means.  I’ll leave that up to you.  It was my husband who named it.  When he looked at it I turned the tables and asked HIM what he saw.  “Energy,” he said without batting an eyelash.  Okay, so I guess some people just get it right away 😉

The only thing about it I can tell you for sure is that I was grasping at something.  Something a little bit mysterious.  Something probably divine.

Celebrate Bullying Prevention Month!

Did you know October is National Bullying Prevention Month? Bullying can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any age. You might have experienced it growing up or maybe your children are experiencing it now. You might have experienced it at work with a co-worker or boss. The bottom line: BULLYING IS NOT OK. Standing by and doing nothing while it happens is also not ok. How will you be an upstander this month?

One of the best things we can do as artists is share our stories.  I will give my story a voice in hopes that it will help other kids find their voices.

Mindwork: My Art Exhibition at Troy Library

Greetings 🙂  I’m excited to report that my artwork will be showing at the Troy Public Library for the month of October.  It was a lot of work putting together, but I’m very pleased with how it turned out.  It’s a combination of work, some adult and some children’s illustration.  If you’re in the area, you should come check it out!

I’ve been talking a lot about bucket lists lately.  Speaking of which, I can cross one item off my list.  In a recent post, I offered a tour of Denise Fleming’s Story Park, which features her work at the Toledo Library.  I mentioned that it’s a dream of mine to have my work displayed in a library.  I guess some dreams do come true…especially when you make them happen!  What dream will you make happen?