There's been a lot going on around here so thought I'd take a few minutes to just let you all know What's Up. Homage to Bri. Encaustic mixed media.  1. I now have TWO ways of getting my latest information into your inboxes: Newsletter : Travelogue of an Artistic Mind . A low-volume, not too chatty not too sales-y, once a month email direct from me to you. Exclusive sneak peeks. Discounts. And more. You can subscribe here . Friday Musings : A weekly email with a short synopsis of any posts that have been made on the blog. You can subscribe here . 2. A new feature 10 Questions for Artists which will be posted on a random basis as artists answer my questions. So far it has just been myself and Bridgette but there are a slew of amazing artists in the queue so you might want to bookmark the page. You can find it  here . Also. If you'd like to be featured, I'd love for you to join in. Simply email me and I'll send you the details. September Sunflowers. Encaustic. 3...
  I've been friends with Bridgette since 2004 when our paths crossed on Live Journal. We've participated in art challenges and collaborations, shared life's trials and tribulations through births and deaths and moves, artistic ups and downs and I can't think of anyone I'd rather have as my first guest on 10 Questions for Artists .   1. Favourite artist. Living or dead. Ahhhh, already overthinking this one! Hmmm. There’s an artist I have followed a long time online that whenever she posts on flickr, my heart beats a little faster. Her work is conceptual, beautiful, haunting, the mark of her hand is evident in the work, and just pulls me in. Ines Seidel 2. What’s one thing in your studio you REALLY should throw out? I have bins of saved textiles that I have dreams of turning into things….but yeah, they’re just taking up space. 3. Best studio snack. (creative nutrition is important!) I don’t eat in the studio. 4. Favourite studio smell. I actually love the sm...
In the April Edition of Between Artists: A Conversation with Bridgette Guerzon Mills , she asks: When I’ve taught workshops before I always tell people- we are here to create and we are here to learn and we are here to make mistakes. Mistakes are gifts- that’s where we start to find our voice. Can you share something that you stumbled upon that was a “mistake” but then now it’s become part of your creative process?  Very early in my art making, I was doing the "Art By the Inch" challenge or the equivalent of NANOWRIMO we cooked up on Live Journal, ARTSOMOFO. Creating something FINISHED everyday is indeed a challenge and often ends up as a frantic whirlwind of paper and glue and paint and, well, a mad scramble to get SOMETHING out there. And I remember my art table being an absolute diabolical mess with finished pieces being interspersed with works in progress and scrap paper and drying paint and glue. But out of chaos, comes ingenuity and discovery and truth. At some point...
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, "...