Memory.  What is your very first memory? What if it wasn't true? What if WHO you are is based on lies-okay so not lies but mistruths and faulty memories? This is what I'm thinking about right now.  Shortly after I closed up shop at the end of June, ready to head out into the garden for the summer, I received an email from a gallery curator asking me to participate in a show next April.  You may recall (or not -  here's the link ) my answer to question 9 ("Describe THE thing that would make you think 'I've made it'") in 10 Questions for Artists was " A gallery owner that comes to ME and asks for a solo show. Yep. That'd pretty much be nirvana for me." If you ever doubted for one minute that The Universe is always listening, trying to help you out? Let this be a gentle nudge to say, "Yes. Yes it is!" Thoughts become things, my friend. And lest you get all hot under the collar saying, "Yah. Well, Jen. I've wanted to earn a...
Wednesday's 10 Questions for Artists was the tenth and final installment for this series. I may revisit it in the fall, so if you'd like to join in, let me know . This also marks the beginning of my hiatus on posts and published artmaking. I'll be focussed on my garden, swimming in the lake (well, sitting in my floatie) and taking a media break until September. I'm sure there will be a photo or two posted on Instagram so be sure to follow me there, if you aren't already. A big thank you to all the artists who took time out of their busy schedules to answer my 10 Questions. See all y'all in the Fall!...
If you've been around the Nova Scotian arts and crafts community for any length of time, you will recognize Julie's name. But it wasn't until a few years ago that I discovered HER work. And I gotta say, sorry Julie, I didn't quite get what she was doing. Was she a knitter? A printmaker? What were all these spidery things on paper anyway?!? And then Julie posted a series of process videos on Instagram which made me sit up and really take notice. They were DAYS in the making. And that's just the prints! That isn't taking into account the time to create the intricate lacey shawls. There is something about a complicated, time consuming 'start to finish' process that woos and inspires me. Perhaps it speaks to my back-to-the-land/homesteading soul that feeds my need to know and do #allthethings but suddenly those "spidery things on paper" were making me swoon. Someday, I hope to be able to create a body of work as personal and intricate and so obvio...
I started following Susan on Instagram...found on the Bread Crumb Trail, I think... and because I wanted to be Mary Englebreit in a past life, it was the graphic (design) nature of Susan's work which really appealed to me. I love her use of colour, repeated pattern, her nature-based themes but it was her honest writing about what this whole (insert swirly hand motion here) "A(a)rt Thing" means that made me a dedicated follower (be sure to check out her ebook Creative Confidence ). Another local artist 'I have yet to meet', I'm thrilled to bits that Susan agreed to answer my 10 Questions for Artists.  1. Favourite artist. Living or dead. First I couldn't possibly pick just one but I'll try and narrow it down to just a few and secondly I tend to be most inspired by contemporary female painters, all of them found on Instagram. My current short list of favourites are as follows: Anna Hymas Laci Fowler Lulie Wallace Rosa Roberts Jo Faulkner Margaret Jean...
I first became aware of Kim's work through Argyle Fine Art Gallery's Pre-Shrunk Show a few years ago. At that time Kim was painting everyday things...nostalgic food and food products, toys, dresses.  Then she seemed to slip off the radar a bit but when she returned was making these abstracted landscapes of familiar Nova Scotia haunts. The simplicity of these pieces belies the fact of how very difficult it is to know when to STOP while still capturing the essence of a place. Plus her colour choices only enhance the pared down scapes. Love them! And I'm super grateful Kim was able to answer 10 Questions for Artists.   1. Favourite artist. Living or dead. This one is hard because there are so many favourites. But the truth is, right now, without a doubt my favourite artist is a painter named Ben Reeves . I think he lives in Vancouver and I only discovered his work on Instagram. The work is beautiful and speaks of solitude and childhood and the work looks magical and fun t...
Anne and I connected as we are both owned by our Jacks. And though we live within half an hour of each other we have yet to meet face to face. Such are the vagaries of life online. Anne has a honed eye for capturing everyday visuals and turning them into something exceptional. Our scenic province is not lacking for photos of seascapes, pretty coastal towns and abundant nature but Anne takes these things and brings out the subtle nuances and details. But it is her play with shape and colour with which I am particularly smitten. Someday Anne, we WILL meet and I'm stoked you answered my 10 Questions for Artists. 1. Favourite artist. Living or dead.    Photographer Robert Creamer 2. What's one thing in your studio you REALLY should throw out?  Oil paints - I will never be an oil painter. 3. Best studio snack. (creative nutrition is important!) President's Choice peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets (I am obsessed). 4. Favourite studio smell. I love the smell of gallery board...