|Think about the possibilities. If the world is your canvas, then truly you can create it as you see it. Or as you choose to see it. Once you let go of the boundaries instilled in your mind, there are no rules as you unleash your creative heart.|
Snorkeling. Yep..that was the inspiration behind this painting, a dive in the Caribbean waters many moons ago, About 15 years ago at least maybe more. While I don't remember much, what I do recall is much more than blue waters floating by, it was crayon box of color , texture and MOVEMENT, underwater. Everything is moving with every wave that goes by. Does it look like this exactly? No. But that's okay. The painting doesn't have to even resemble the underwater scene I was envisioning, if someone wants to believe it's a explosion of fireworks...that's okay with me too. It's just a canvas. It's a memory. It's a feeling. It's going to elicit something different from everyone who views it.
Our individual canvases can go from one feeling to another rather quickly, at times it just may be simple and understated like the canvas above. Still, the colors evoke a feeling...to me, they bring me back to a cottage I once knew well by the lake, a little store nearby full of penny candy and freeze pops and a line up of boats anchored near the shore. I imagine this board nestled in a vignette of fisherman's net and starfish, maybe sitting on top of a treasure box full of memories of a summer not too long ago.
Art does that for you. It brings you back in time.
It retells the stories before they are forgotten.
The colors chosen can further remind us of that time when....
Or the time we wish we were a part of...
Art, like life, is a medley of memories, told in bits in pieces. But put together, you begin to see the bigger picture.
I was recently interviewed by Mo of Artful Living Group about my upcoming exhibit at their gallery:
..and as we were talking about the show, she picked up on the fact that I seem to use a lot of houses, communities, fun coastal themes and a lot of positive words or affirmations in my work. We talked about overcoming odds and making a better life for ourselves, and using art to tell our stories..and it was like an aha moment for me. Consciously, I knew what I was going to do for the show yet in a lot of ways, I have been preparing for it for years. Bits and pieces of all my influences have found their way into each of the pieces I will be showing. Some tell color stories, some tell stories of summer love and taking chances, others are about surviving and regenerating, flowing with what life hands you, staying positive while living each and every day to the best of our ability
A subliminal dream.
From the shores of Lake Erie to the Coast of Carolina. It's about where I grew up and where I have planted my roots now. It's all in there, and I hope you stop by to see it come together from June 6th-June 30th with an opening reception June 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 at Artful Living Group on Cape Fear Blvd, in Carolina Beach NC.
Oh heck....let's add one more thing right now to the package....I'm going to hand pick one of my One of a Kind Sweet HeART magnets and throw it in to the goodie box. Total mini fridge art that is uber cool!
UPDATE...we hit the over 100 mark of comments! Thank you everyone that stopped by! I swear, I've been reading every comment, shaking my head and just lovin' on your 'aha' moments. They are a great motivating read in and of themselves!
Well as promised, since we hit the 100 comment mark, I am adding a few more goodies:
I really appreciate you helping get the word out about my show and the prizes you can win here!
Okay so how to enter?
Simply make a comment on THIS post and tell me if you care to share any "Aha" moments you've had in this first half of 2013, it can relate to life, art, career, family, love...whatever you want to share. And if you don't want to share, that's cool too...just make sure you leave a linky so I can get a hold of you if you win.
I'd love if you shared this post to get the word out on my exhibit....and the freebie giveaway!
If you share this post, just simply come back here and make a second comment.
*One extra entry person please:))
Giveaway runs from today May 28-Sunday, June 2nd. I'll announce the winner on Monday!!
*If you happen to go to the show on June 6th, why not stay an extra day and take my class at Artful Living Group, "Lazy Days of Summer" journal making class.
When: June 7th
Where: Artful Living Group, Carolina Beach , NC
*Most supplies are included but if you want to bring copies of pictures, any favorite papers or odds n ends to add to the journal, or favorite colors of paint, you are welcome to do so.
Everyone will get come away with a journal that you can capture all of your summer memories as well as learn several journal page techniques during the course of this class!!
hey...it's early but if you want to bring a mimosa or a bloody mary to class, go for it! :)) Just bring me one, too! jk
Seats are limited so be sure to call today and reserve your spot!