Saturday, January 24, 2009

Glyphs crawl the walls...

Nascent installation piece - black glyph shapes will float over painted glyphs on walls... black shapes are cut from 1/2" particle board, mounted on 1" wood blocks.

Stark Contrasts - winter sun

New foray into yellow, gray and black. I just love these colors together.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Teens need art!

One of my main goals as Ed. Director at the Arlington Center for the Arts has been to get teens involved with us. Last year I started the Teen Mural Project, in which middle schoolers were paired with high school students to create murals on canvas that could be shown around town. We are now into year 2 of the project. Read more about it!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sending positive thoughts today.... my friend and colleague Debra Giller who is undergoing surgery today at 1:30 pm. Debra is an amazing artist, hardworking and extremely dedicated to her craft, working in ceramic sculpture. I showed with her in 2002 because our work shares a common interest in the biomorphic. She teaches at the Arlington Center for the Arts and at Endicott College, and she is also, like me, a member of the Bromfield Gallery in Boston. You can visit her website to see some of her astoundingly complex pieces. Send her some good thoughts!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Movie review and life review

Yesterday I saw "Who Does She Think She Is" at a screening at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (see my last posting.) The film focuses on women artists who have managed to make art despite the pressures of raising a family, and brings up many interesting points. A must for young women artists! While the film has its flaws, it makes the case that trying to balance a serious career and a family/relationship can be very difficult, and the added issue of making art (which usually goes unpaid) makes it even harder.

A friend and fellow artist Barbara Poole has a few of her hilarious take offs on master paintings with nudes and vacuum cleaners in several parts of the movie!

I always knew that I wanted to be an artist, and followed that path straight through college and grad school. I paid my way by becoming a teacher (which I love!) and now an arts administrator. My work is not particularly saleable, but I am content to have my bi-yearly exhibits at the Bromfield Gallery. However, my fondest hope is to someday have a solo show at a local museum.

It was very hard to do much art when my children were little, but I persisted and always made it into the studio - it was consistency if not quantity that kept my hands in the game and saved my sense of self and my sanity while raising an especially difficult child and his sister.

So- full circle, now my "difficult" son is a grown up, 23 years old, and wonderful! And has been the inspiration for this, my strongest series of work ever!

I have been feeling a little strange about admitting that my son has inspired this work, but after seeing this film, I am FINE about it! Its ok for women to be mothers and artists and to let their family life influence and inspire them. YES!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Who Do You Think You Are?? is the website for a film about women in the arts - and the struggles we have trying to have a professional career and a life. I have tickets to see this on Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston - it looks really interesting, and certainly resonates with me. Check it out!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Studio walls

More of the spatial experiments. Top left shows some wood cut outs based on the doodle shapes.

A productive two weeks!

Playing with layering the scribbles on to poured and transparent painted backgrounds.

In the New Year

A few things I am especially grateful for: friends and family who make me laugh, the New Yorker, independent movies, friends who "get" me, artist friends who share this obsession, September at the Vermont Studio Center, long walks, good health, Boston's skyline at dusk, paint, burying my nose in my rabbit's fur, engrossing books, NPR, smart people, my students, hazelnut coffee, chocolate, and warmth on a cold winter night, renewing old acquaintances, funny dreams, art dreams, comfortable shoes.