When you realize you are not a WORKING ARTIST. And maybe not even an Artist at all.     Maker of Things     Artistic     Hobbyist aka Lesser Than. Does it matter?     YES!    Maybe.    I don't know. What I DO know is posing as a "working artist" when I'm not... feels like I am sullying all those who truly are working artists. How do I define that... "Working Artist"?? Someone who strives to make their livelihood from the sale of their artwork. Someone who strives to create a Body of Work. As Legacy. Someone who seeks out representation and galleries and collectors. I. Am. None. Of. These. At once it feels devastating and also? A tiny bit freeing. The weight of expectation, moving off my shoulders. And the need to apologize to those who've bought my work thinking I was in fact all of those things. Or who felt, maybe, I was destined for bigger things. Who wanted my work to have meaning and longevity. Substance. I am also a bit concerned I'm stopping or...
I can't remember how I found Heather on Instagram...one of those scroll-read-follow comment-bread crumb trails I suspect. When you see her work though, that scroll STOPS. Unlike anything else being created right now, mainly black and white with series names like Raw Like Bone, is it any wonder I became a fan? An interior designer, photographer, painter, ceramicist, Heather is also renovating a huge former private school into her main residence. A stark black and white palette with natural materials, antlers, dried botanicals, branches mixed with antiques, I'd liken her as the perfect combination of Martha Stewart, Joanna Gaines and Leanne Ford.  Heather's aesthetic is so on point, she creates magic with whatever she touches. I want to be her when I grow up! Without further ado, read Heather Waugh Pitts answers to 10 Questions for Artists : 1. Favourite artist. Living or dead. Louise Bourgeois 2. What's one thing in your studio you REALLY should throw out? Old work. 3. B...
 In our ongoing series Between Artists :  A conversation with Bridgette Guerzon Mills she asks: We both have been online with our art for a loooong time. Would you ever consider quitting social media? Or have you ever taken an extended break? What are your thoughts in general on social media and the creative soul? Good, bad, neutral? As a bit of ancient history, I was online long before I started making art (again). I made websites before there was any such thing as WYSIWIG or Apps. Raw HTML. Literally taking out individual pixels on images so they would be small enough to actually load. Before jpgs existed. Or photographs could be used without breaking your connection. They were heady days.  So many possibilities. This new technology was going to Change The World. And it did. Fast forward...almost THIRTY YEARS!!...and those "possibilities" have largely become just another way to sell you shit. Okay. Maybe that's a little harsh. Still true but there are benefits to b...
I have been a long admirer of Stephanie. SO long I almost don't remember when I wasn't her biggest fan. Except I do. I remember seeing the book,  Semiprecious Salvage come out and being smitten. I created every single project inside those covers, learning so much and really boosting my confidence as an artist. And that's the thing about Stephanie. She really is your biggest cheerleader, wanting you to succeed in your artistic journey. I consider her my artistic soul's mentor. And she can be yours too! Right now, her new course "Creating Real Confidence as an Artist"   just opened and is available for instant access! And without further ado, please enjoy Stephanie's meaty answers to 10 Questions for Artists : 1. Favourite artist. Living or dead. Picking a favorite may just be too much to ask of me because there are artists whose work excites and inspires me but of whom I know nothing about and there are artists whose work isn't as captivating to me but...
I wasn't feeling very Musing today so thought it might be fun to revisit an older post. This one from back in March of 2015, was rather appropriate seeing as I just finished up a plaster and wax piece using one of these herring tins. (And I still can't stand the smell, or sight, of smoked herring. Ugh!) Regarding my new piece, it is the prize in a Giants of Nova Scotia giveaway next week. In case, yknow, you'd like to enter. Anyway without further ado...  Shrining My husband loves ...LOVES... herring. Pickled. Smoked. Pickled AND smoked. Actually I have no idea if that's even a "thing" because I'm never EVER in the same room with him when he consumes 'teh stinky'. But. After seeing these tins pile up in the recycling bin, I realized that the herring tins were kinda cool. Perfect shape for small shrines. And so ... I now have that recycling pile on my work table.   This is the first of many, I'm sure. Above is a close up of the interior which...
I remember exactly when I discovered Jane's work. Stephanie Lee had reposted a piece Jane was working on from one of  her awesome online plaster classes.  I gasped. I thought, 'Who IS this person and why don't I know her?!?!' (Yes. I really am that obnoxious!) And then I swooned, immediately followed her, and have been completely smitten ever since. Jane is able to take typical mixed media components... vintage photos, assorted ephemera, buttons, sewn elements and turn them into something extraordinary. There isn't a week goes by that I don't gasp (again!), exclaim, 'Why didn't I think of that?!?!' and swoon all over again. I'm thrilled to call her friend and to have her answer 10 Questions for Artists ! 1. Favourite artist. Living or dead. I'm not sure if I'm bending the rules too much here as he was an architect rather than an artist, but I'm choosing Antonio Gaudi . My professional background is in housing and part of my degree i...