A Jun Kaneko in wraps
One of the first pieces I saw in 'wraps' when I walked into Navy Pier festival Hall to deliver my pieces to the Gallery representing me at SOFA Chicago was a Jun Kaneko. What an amazing way to be greeted! For those of you who live in Des Moines there are 4 (or is it 5?) Djangos of Kanekos on the River Walk. A taller version for sure but a few of his smaller pieces (althought taller than 6 feet) are part of the gallery exhibition happening here through November 3.
For figurative clay fans Akia Takemori has several large pieces as well as Janis Mar Wunderlich and many others. Hopefully I'll get some shots of them this weekend and share the images with you.
Off to the exhibit!Comment on or Share this Article →
SOFA Chicago (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art) is coming up the first weekend in November. The image with this blog and on my home page is one of the pieces I'll be taking. Other images are posted and will continue to be posted in the 'works' section under SOFA section. Over the next 3 weeks I'll also be updating more of the images as I finish each sculpture. A new one is in the kiln right now and I'm anxious to see how a new surface (slip with copper oxide) looks. Crossing my fingers.
Art festivals are humbling and strengthening. Artists can get a first hand look at responses to their work from a very diverse group of people. I've learned to 'read' people (to a certain extent), articulate what it is I'm trying to capture in my work, describe the prospect, talk about the weather and get a conversation started about people's interests. This may not appear to be difficult for some, but it's something I definately needed practice with. Artists also get to view lot the art of colleagues and how it's displayed. Where else do we get that experience for 3 straight days?
I've included an image of a piece I exhibited at the Sculpture in the Park in Loveland, Colorado. It attracted hte most attention and responses. What do you think the piece is saying according to your perspective?Comment on or Share this Article →
Join me at the Art on the Square in Madison, WI this weekend July 13 & 14.Comment on or Share this Article →
Behind the white tent walls that pop up throughout the united states during the summer are wonderful collections of art at Arts Festivals. I'll be at the Des Moines Arts Festival this weekend and I am always amazed at the work of other artists, the amount of work it takes to pull together a body of work and the hard work it takes to put up a booth and display the artwork. Don't be afraid to approach the artists and talk to them about their work and also let them know which pieces you like. Artists don't hear feedback when their work is in galleries but at art festivals it gives us a chance to get reactions and thoughts from patrons.
A favorite saying I like is "If you love a piece it's the best spent purchase of your life.' Something to consider when trying to decide whether to take the plunge a buy a favorite piece of art is; Shoes or clothes or furniture or cars are around for a relatively short period of time but art is something we keep usually for a lifetime and look at every day.
Get your art on!Comment on or Share this Article →
I'll be teaching a 3 day workshop at the Des Moines Art Center June 5, 6, and 7th from 9:00 am until 2:00 entitled "Exploration of the head in clay" (see link below for details and t register). It's amazing what people who have little or no experience in clay or with the figure can create for the first time. We usually have a good time and learn a lot. Being able to focus on just creating and especially on the shoulders and head along with the features lends itself well to a 3 day workshop.
More info or to register?
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I've been frustrated the last couple of weeks. The good news is I finished all my pieces for SOFA (stands for Sculptural Objects and Functional Art) Chicago indoors at Navy Pier. The frustrating part is tying up loose ends, making some new work for a new gallery and trying to do all of that between doing my other favorite things--being with grandchildren, teaching an art class, offering help to a couple of friends when they need it, etc. All this juggling inspired a new piece I just finished called 'Balancing Life' for SOFA.
We all have that juggle in life where we feel like we have lots of balls in the air and standing on our heads juggling them. I guess the trick is adjusting and learning to love the vibrancy instead of the unending frustration of it all. So what I've been trying to do is refocus my attention on the part of the glass that's half full. One of my family members and his spouse are struggling with a fast moving degenerative neurological disease; another the separation from a spouse; one has lost a spouse and another, dealing with a shameful mistake that was made public. I also thought about a young friend's mother who is close to death and how our friend is juggling 3 young daughters while trying to attend to her mom. My frustrations seem small and are actually issues I should be celebrating--having people in my life and my work being in demand.
I wonder how I could represent that visually in a sculpture. Hmmmmmmm. You may see that concept one day in a sculpture.Comment on or Share this Article →
She's always full of ideas
You never know when a request for a piece will come. A year ago I was at a sculpture festival and a woman bought a small piece from me. She recontacted me a year later with a request to make a piece similar to a piece I had at the festival and wondered if I could incorporate a rendering of her adult daughter as the figure in the piece. The piece she remember was a woman with little balls swirling around her head. The title was 'She's always thinking of ideas'. I made two similar pieces with some differences and let her choose which one she prefered. The piece you see is the one I kept.
I'll be sharing some pieces that will be at SOFA Chicago in a few weeks next week.
As always. Have a good week.Comment on or Share this Article →
photos do not capture the beauty of this part of the country
A couple of weeks ago I got back from a trip through the Rockies on I 70 to Park City, Utah. I decided to deliver some of my clay sculptures to the Terzaian Gallery in Park City rather than ship them. The gallery ended up taking 11 of the pieces. It would cost me over $1000 to pack and ship so I decided to make the trip and visit a part of the world I'd never traveled to AND do it with a friend I hadn't traveled with for a few years.
I'd been working long hours in the studio so taking a week to step away and get reinvigorated seemed the perfect anecdote to a weary artist. Besides the breathtaking scenery, spending time with an old friend was what my soul needed. Our trips started early in the morning and even though it wasn't raining where we were, ahead of us loomed some darker clouds along with a double rainbow with very vivid colors. What a way to start the trip!
The mountains were so, well, powerful beyond measure (quote from Nelson Mandela and the title of one of the pieces I took with me to Utah). The trees were turning yellow on east side of the Rockies and on the west side of the mountains red was interspersed with dark green pines. Too beautiful for words. The rock formations were amazing in southern Utah with colors similar to the Grand Canyon. We ended our stay in Park City with a trip to the Olympic training center for ski jumping, bobsledding, the louve and skelton racing. Very interesing.
Seeing the gallery that represents me in Park City was also invaluable. 'Loved the art by the other artists. Though the gallery was small it was well presented and my artwork fit in perfectly. There was a nice balance of 2D and 3D work. What a great way to start the fall season. Now my focus is on preparing for SOFA Chicago. You should checkout their website.
By day 6 my friend and I finally ran out of topics to catch up on-just in time to start back to Iowa. I'm glad to be home. Missed my hubby and family and found myself raring to get back into the studio--refreshed and ready for my busy schedule again.Comment on or Share this Article →
Interview iwth a 99 year old
I saw an interview with a woman recently who turned 99. The person interviewing her asked a typical question about her life and what had made her successful. She took some time to think and responded, “With each year I made sure I became more colorful. There’s nothing worse than having a mundane life.” I immediately wanted to know more about her and how she made her life more colorful. She wasn't talking about becoming more excentric or bizarre. I believe she was talking about making her life more interesting.
What an interesting thought especially with a new year beginning. How would I make my life more colorful/or interesting? Perhaps by
being more interested in others, being more open & tolerant, smiling more, becoming more inquisitive, trying new things, spending time with others and being more grateful? How would you apply the idea of growing more colorful?Comment on or Share this Article →