Friday, August 21, 2015

what is art for?!?!?

this is a very good question . . . 

in fact it is a question that gets a great deal of my attention throughout the day; 
as I ache for time in my studio or race to get dinner on the table at least an hour before bedtime or as I pay bills.  

photographer: maya rovniak
so when i saw the title of this video, i was intrigued, and when i watched said video, i was not disappointed.  in fact it was a salve for my current state of discouragement and malaise about being an artist, a state that usually follows the completion of a large project, such as 'sky warrior II . . .'

i love all aspects of the creative process, however for me, the final weeks of production when one is racing against an install date and everything else falls back into a dulled haze; that time of razor sharp focus and almost round the clock creating is one of my favorite times.

and when the project is finished and installed i usually have quite a let-down . . . besides the basic physical exhaustion that follows such a period of intense work, there is the loss of focus and usually a disappointment stemming from working so, so hard and yet feeling like nothing has changed . . .

yes, it is true, that something has been created and put out into the world to be seen by others, a piece that might inspire, that might anger, might cheer up, might distract, etc.; yet ...

 Martha Graham has a quote that speaks to this matter, one that i have posted many times on this blog:

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.
No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
Martha Graham

yes, artists each contribute their own unique voice to the world, that is the job of the artist.  and in this video Alain de Botton lists reasons why we, as artists, must continue to do our jobs and what art brings to the world on whole.

all wonderful points to be reminded of as the sabotaging mind-monkeys are plotting their personal attack.  

what you think of Alain de Botton's point of view?? do you agree/disagree??
would love to hear your thoughts . . .

peace, va

Friday, August 14, 2015

'sky warrior II . . . ' in pictures

as usual it began with chicken wire
used colored wires (reds and pinks) to create shape by weaving it through the chicken wire.
first make-shift work station, holding up the bodice so that i could start the skirt,
 set up in the living room with the a/c
my faithful sidekick, scruffy . . .
also enjoying the a/c
close-up detail of the skirt
then hung the dress from the ceiling by a branch so i could continue to grow the skirt
wired heart for inside the dress

installation . . . 
arrived at park in hopkinton, ma. with an 8 foot ladder, but that wasn't nearly enough!!!
So my wonderful assistant, daughter Harriet, and I began to improvise . . . 

here i am attempting to toss the spool of fishing line over the desired branch.
with some minor adjustment from my lovely assistant


successfully installed!!

opening reception:

part of Cathy Weaver Taylor's installation
it's a beautiful trail

beautiful sand art at the beginning of the trail/exhibit

the exhibit runs until the end of September, with a
poetry reading/gathering on Sept. 19th, 2:00
the exhibit and trail are located across from:

118 Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748

this sculpture was inspired by 'sky warrior . . . ' the first commissioned and purchased dress was the 'dressproject' and which lives outside Chicago, IL.

'sky warrior . . . ' installed (2006)
'sky warrior . . . ' front


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

#wip wednesday: have indexcard, will travel, will create . . .

more #indexcardart:
this has been such a great project for my life right now ~  
prompt: portrait (pen and ink)
ms. sally lightfoot crab (pen and ink)
'studies in waiting (o'hare) (pen and ink)
'jake's escape . . .' (colored pencil)
prompt: treehouse; ink stamp/collage
'still life on flower box . . .' (pen and ink)
(mixed media)
pen and ink with watercolor crayons
'cocktails with caroline . . .' (pen and ink)
card #16
'eggplant & ginger . . .' prompt10
card #18; prompt 30: telephone
' mom's spirit guide . . .' card#11

Sunday, July 5, 2015

following the inspiring bread crumbs . . .

I always love how things just sort of unfold . . .

'kitchen table series . . .'
when considering today's dailydress inspiration's post I decided to post a quote that I said years ago, while having tea with artist Louise McCall.

I wanted to share a piece of Louise's beautiful work with my quote and while pursuing her website I was so inspired by the spirit and life of her work that I decided to create a  "dOse oF TaLenT" post about her.

And then as I was choosing what paintings to share I realized that the work that I am really drawn to are her still life's, and I have been really wanting to get back into my studio and paint some of  my  "kitchen table series" and pen and ink and that I have been doing for the ICAD challenge.

I can't think of a better way to light a creative fire under myself than to look at Louise's inspiring work and remember the many enriching conversations that I have had the pleasure of sharing with her.

So on this peaceful Sunday morn, I have been enjoying this treasure hunt of sorts, following these creative bread crumbs that all connect and that gives me a push in the direction of my studio.

Happy Sunday and peace,

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

#wip wednesday: introducing my index-card-a-day collection . . .

(my #wip: #icad2015 . . . . what are you working on??? xxx)
card#1: breakfast al fresca  _ pen and ink #icad
this week I am on the road to the chicago area to check-in with my parents, so I am away from my studio and my endless access to all things art supplies.  But it is all good because I am using this time to play catch-up with an exciting endeavor that I learned about last month:
hosted by Yellow Daisy.  

For anyone who knows me and/or follows me you know that I am a daily challenge junkie!! Love the idea of producing art everyday and sharing it.  I love this idea because it removes that 'precious' element of the end product, because you are just making art!!!  And this idea is one of the main points in my current reading book,

I thoroughly enjoyed Austin's book,
Steal Like an Artist, and so far I'm loving 'show your work'
Both books are inspirational is their message to just WORK!!! 
stop getting in your way, stop being stymied by do's and dont's 
(or at least the message that I get)
work!! work!! work!!
card#2  thank you Vincent  _ pen and ink, marker #icad
and now he speaks of sharing;
 I LOVE sharing!!
share, share, share!!!
this is my banner for my dailydress intentions group on FB  
Reading this book has been quite encouraging in that it champions the practice of sharing!!! and I can NOT tell you how many times I am writing a dailydress inspiration blog post, or editing an instagram post and I get thrown into a tornado of inner nay-sayers criticizing my uses of my time and question the validity of sharing. 

card#3 tray table still life  _ pen and ink #icad

Though Austin Kleon does caution:
"of course, don't let sharing your work take precedence over actually doing your work."
and for those of us that seem to get sucked into the wonders of the internet, he suggests: 
"If you are having a hard time balancing the two, just set a timer for 30 minutes.  Once the timer goes off, kick yourself off the internet and get back to work."
And with that suggestion in mind I am going to wrap up today's post.  
card#4: breakfast remnants   _ pen and ink #icad
Just want to share the few cards that I have done for #icad2015.  
This is a perfect project for me right now, 
as I am doing a lot of talking and waiting on phones and waiting in waiting rooms.    

card#5: lunch on the patio with mom and dad  _ pen and ink #icad

In fact this challenge reminds me of my dailydressjournal from 2011 and my subscriptioncard series, both of these series were results of the demands of life keeping me out of my studio, however I used whatever I could to create - the scraps of everyday life andor the endless supply of subscription cards found in every waiting room.

card#7: long day . . . pencil #icad
so introducing the start of my #icad2015 collection.  I will be sharing more here but you can also find my #icad cards on Instagram and on my Virginia Fitzgerald, art and design FB feed, on a more regular basis.

card#7 prompt14: salt and pepper  _ pen and ink #icad
Happy Wednesday!!
what are you working on???
peace and thanks for visiting, va