I love lists.  I love lists of questions. I love making them. I love reading them. I find we learn a lot about ourselves and others when asked rapid fire, off-the cuff questions to ponder briefly, then answer. I came up with these 10 questions after watching Stephen Colbert's segment "The Colbert Questionert". Mine, obviously, are directly geared for artists and this'll become an ongoing feature. Because I can! But it's only fair that I answer "10 Questions for Artists" before subjecting others. Here are mine: 1. Favourite Artist. Living or dead. Hands down, Canadian Ojibwa artist, Carl Beam . I first saw his work at the McMichael Collection in Ontario and had an epiphany. Art was more than just pretty pictures in one medium. Some day I hope to be able to capture his raw passion in my art. 2. What's one thing n your studio you REALLY should throw out? ONE thing? All the itty bitty scraps of wood I saved from our house build. Boxes full....
We are reaching that seasonal change over. From inside vs outside. When I feel less drawn to the studio and long to be outside in the garden. Can you hear it calling? It is wooing me! While I call myself an artist, I maybe identify more with being "a gardener". Certainly over the years I have gardened more continuously than artmaking. And it is where I feel most at home. Without all the headgames - jealousy and inadequacy and self-worth - that are tied up in my art practice. There is something soul-filling and peaceful when growing things. A connection to Earth. Maybe. Even. A calling. If there is such a thing. I love that there are no expectations or numbers or results other that helping things grow. I revel in the sun's warmth, the smell of fresh soil, the feeling of well being, walking into a filled greenhouse with tray upon tray of baby seedlings, that I have nurtured, throwing their everything into Just Being. Such potential. Such hope. Imagine if I could translate t...
Thinking about trying new things. I've embarked on a rather ambitious garden this year, trying to succession plant plus starting most things from seed. To clarify, I try to start my tomatoes/peppers/eggplant every year, but THIS year I'm adding all greens, onions, flowers, herbs, beets, radish...basically anything that isn't a root crop or doesn't like being transplanted (though I WILL be trying some melons and cucumbers just to see) to my seeding roster. And my brain is in overdrive. What if I don't time it right? What if I have too much? (hahahaha. like that is EVER a problem!) What if I have too little? (Always! I am scarcity phobic) What if? What if? What if?  And I realized that this state of mind is often present in my art practice as well when I'm trying something new. To clarify, again, this is NOT a problem when I'm in an experimentation "Let's See Where THIS Goes?!" mindset. But after I've already started a piece and decide, "...
Yes!  No!  Both are true for me. I have three very distinct phases to my work:   The thinking, mulling over, what do I want to say, how is this going to work phase. Music. But no voices. So no radio. (I know! So old school!) Usually my ancient ITouch on shuffle.   The intricate construction, photo manipulation, base layers, getting images "just. right" phase. NO MUSIC! NO NOISE! P L E A S E ! ! I need full concentration and any extraneous sound makes my brain explode. (Shut. Up. Dogs!!) Final ministrations, production line, known tasks phase. Music on LOUD. Or radio. This would be a good time to listen to podcasts if my wifi in the studio was reliable. It is not. Yes. It can be an issue. #ruralnovascotia #firstworldissues   Often, I discover, always after the fact which I find SO interesting, that what I was listening to during the Dreaming/Thinking phase will creep into the finished piece. The subconscious is a powerful player in the creative's world.  I love that th...
Bridgette asks: This question again has to do with your land because as you know I am obsessed with living on the land one day  - when you found the land how did you know that was the place. Or did you? I guess this is The History of Jen Week (did an Introduction post over on instagram ) and given where I live really informs my work, it probably is pertinent. In order to answer Bri's question fully however, a bit of backstory may be in order. I am not a native Nova Scotian. My parents moved out of my home province of Quebec in the late 70s with the institution of Bills 22 & 101 making Quebec an all French province. They moved to Shelburne, NS, where I met Tom. We moved to Toronto for 10 years while he did his corporate thing and I had babies. I was getting into the idea of homesteading and had already started to move our 10 acres from "country estate" to working farmette. And then Tom wanted to move back. Ostensibly so our 2 boys could know their grandparents. But a...
It's still a thrill when things come together in the studio. Currently reading "The Snow Child". May be a 5 ⭐. I equally LOVE and CURSE studio experiments. I just might HATE March-too much Winter-not enough Spring. On the plus side, seed starting has begun! Also. I may have gone overboard on seed buying. I LOVE old barns. Particularly Nova Scotia barns and outbuildings. I should do a Series. I eat, breathe, and sleep a crush,then dump it unceremoniously. I might be the teensiest bit sad to see The Lockdown go away. Sitting in the greenhouse, soaking up early Spring sunshine is a new Life Pleasure. ...