You are an artist!
My current employment involves me painting on display at paper with ink, focused not engaging with people in the room.
It's not about that, but it's what I do in within the ABOUT.
Recently, while focused on the papers surface while making brush contact, I became aware of a young girl sitting on her mother's lap that had situated themselves on the hard granite floor to watch behind me. I could feel a warm presence, and hear faint whispers, one fast, the other slow and particular in answer.
I painted for much longer than I thought spectators would watch before turning to peek at my audience.
The girl grew from sitting to standing to address me. He mother encouraged her by a reminder, " You have a question? " She egged the girl on.
It's funny that I don't remember her initial question past the manner of curiosity and the crisp sweet of her words in asking.
What I do remember is I after I asked her if she liked to paint, she burst out "Yes", with a powerful nod.
Her mother blended in a loving laugh to add she has made many, many paintings.
The girl told me distinctively that she just had made "a self portrait ...at my school".
She actually said this to me;
" When I grow up I am going to be an artist." Proudly stated.
"Oh, That's is wonderful!" I said. I don't remember what I added, but I do know what I regret NOT saying.
I didn't know my error until after she left the gallery.
I wanted to Call out after her;
: "YOU ARE AN ARTIST! NOW! "
Already! You paint and you love it. you are an artist always!
As much as anyone is, at any age Growing up to be an artist is really, growing into the artist you are!
If the mom and child ever read this; please let me paint this title for you
"You are an artist!"
And sorry I wasn't quick enough on my feet to say it to your daughter there on Monday.
I made a secret new years years resolution to blog once a week.
It is so secret! I haven't even done it yet. Third week into 2019.
It's a bit daunting in my Weebly site. I have to type on a keyboard, and load images on my phone. It binds my will. But that has been this way for two years. It won't change.
SO I will.
Blog more. DO it.
Read and follow will help me.
The summer days have been pushing past in force.
I have been floating in very personal sketches and note taking since my
return from Penland in July.
A new solo show is coming next month.
In Pittsburgh, up for two months. I will share details next posts.
Just giving a hello now.
(back to sketching)
I learned how to create digital transfers in Evie Richner / Erin Curry (lead this portion) experimental drawing class. What a cool treat and process.
This was my first, and i was a little aggressive in removing the paper , but all in all I love the ghost double image it creates.
loved experimenting !
I have returned home after a magical two week workshop at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. I took a workshop under the instruction of perceptive, inspiring Evie Richner and her forthcoming resourceful teaching assistant Erin Curry.
I was awarded a work scholarship to study in this incredibly serene mountain historical School, allowing me to push areas of drawing that being at home wouldn't allow. It was a very challenging stay for me, especially considering I hadn't been away from Pittsburgh for over one week for the past 15 years! (Could that be? ... )
Let alone to fully engulf in my artwork in that daily time period.
The staff was out of this world wonderful in talent and in example. Everyone worked to full potential. The fellow students were generous and focused. The submergence in art reset my core. I am completely grateful to Penland and the Windgate Scholarship Foundation for supporting me to make this possible in my life.
At home, I thank my friends the Pyles that loaned us their car and Katherine that house/pet sat for the trip, and my David that kept the house upright while I was gone. So many points came together that this Penland experience could not have worked if they didn't. I won't ever forget them.
More thanks to everyone that has shown interest in this venture along with me.
To Laura Jean Mclaughlin for telling me about Penland!
And anyone I may I have missed to mention, but you know who you are.
Stay tuned for more images from the trip.
bursting with gratitude for scholarship to a lofetime opportunity at Penland School of Crafts in N.C
Its awkward to admit I forget to blog.
I know its a tool to help us connect, and I desire that, but entering on my keyboard, adding photos, tags- I forget to enter it all. I post on Instagram daily but I know not everyone uses that platform.
so many platforms...
I want to include anyone caring to know more about my work. Hang in with me! Ask me write me like me
I just forget to blog too
Big thanks to Arriviste Coffee Bar for hosting a terrific opening for my solo " Sympathy to Symphony"!
Got so busy, forgot to take pictures opening night, but here is the set up .