Had a super time last night at the opening for small group show with Susy Pilgrim Waters and Julia Talcott at Laura Sabolefski’s new gallery/shop Front on Channel Center Street in South Boston. I showed paintings—The Step-It-Up Shoe Company ["Wear the shows that take you where you want to go"] as well as my small heads, portraits of people I’ve seen on the street—Hanging Together [So much better than falling apart]. Susy showed paintings and her beautifully designed scarves and Julia showed her amazing woodcut relief prints, both large and small. The show is up until the end of December. Thanks to everyone who came!
Allan Hunter in front of Julia Talcott’s print “Roller Coaster” and “The Step-It-Up Shoe Company.”
Julia Talcott in front of Susy Pilgrim Waters’ paintings and trays.
Susy Pilgrim Waters (in a hat of her own design) and friends in front of Julia Talcott’s print “Nature.”
Allan Hunter and I sporting PilgrimWaters scarves.
I’ll be showing a small installation of shoe paintings at the super new gallery/shop Front in South Boston starting Monday, November 25th until the end of the year. The installation is called ‘The Step-It-Up Shoe Company’—”Wear the shoes that take you where you want to go.” There are different models of shoes—”The Rise Above It,” The Take It Easy,” The Let the Sunshine In” and others. Some of the paintings have words on them, some have words on the frames—a small advertising campaign for graceful living from the feet on up! Susy Pilgrim Waters and Julia Talcott are also showing.
[Front—25 Channel Center Street, Boston 02210. 857 362-7289]
Very pleased to be showing small works at FRONT in South Boston with two very talented friends, Susy Pilgrim Waters and Julia Talcott. FRONT is Laura Sabolefski’s new gallery/shop located at 25 Channel Center Street. The show will run through December and the opening is Monday, November 25th from 4 pm until around 7 pm with the gallery open all day Monday. If you’re in the Boston area we’d love to see you!
I’ve joined Goodreads and find it’s an interesting place to discuss books and get some inspiration for things to read as well. I read a lot on art and it’s great to discover books I might not have known about listed and reviewed by people who share a passion for art. This is a good place to do that. I also have my two books listed there and it’s fun to read people’s thoughts on them there. Thanks to all those who take the time to share what they think and share books they find interesting.
Until the end of November 18th, you can win a copy of my new book Making Art a Practice. Hop on over!
Hello! Summer is winding down and I’m back in the studio making things again. Books take a lot of time and energy. My new one, Making Art a Practice, is out but the work isn’t over. I’m writing essays and doing radio interviews. And I’m back to making art!
A couple of years ago, I interviewed Andy Cao, a wonderful artist who does fantastic installations and public art projects. At the time he was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. One of the things he said was that creative people ought to simply make more things rather than think or study too much. Check out his site—caoperrotstudio. Amazing work!
In my studio, I’ve been working on a much smaller scale making 3-D heads. They started with a project I did with my class last spring. So much spirit came through the heads we made. As I make them it’s easy to see how individual each of us is. Sometimes I get inspired by a person in a crowd. I plan to do some bigger figures as well but, for now, I’m enjoying the intimacy of these. In the making, lots of other ideas are coming too. That must be what Andy was on about. Or, as Picasso said—inspiration finds us at work.
My new book, Making Art a Practice / How to Be the Artist You Are, will be officially released August 1rst in the US! I’m especially excited as it has art by 20 fantastic artists— Aparna Agrawal, Ky Anderson, Mo Cook, Katrien de Blauwer, Laura Douglass, Vivienne Flesher, Sarajo Frieden, Douglas Kornfeld, Margarita Mascaro, Christine Mauersberger, Paula Ogier, Stoney Parsons, Susy Pilgrim Waters, Heidi Pollard, Cinzia Ruggieri, Anthony Russo, Ward Schumaker, Maggie Stern, Gala Vanson, Kate Wilson and Sally Young. Findhorn Press based in Scotland is again my wonderful publisher and I got to see a sneak preview of the book when I was visiting England last month. It looks great, special thanks to the artists!
My first book, The Confident Creative /Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind, showed how drawing can be a way to connect with our true creative selves when practiced with awareness. Knowing how to connect allows us to open to the inspiration we need when making art. But once we begin to gather skills and make art, how do we sustain and nurture ourselves as artists? The new book explores art as a practice like yoga, one in which we commit to showing up on a regular basis, to exploring freely with awareness and to going to the edge of our abilities to find ourselves. The book offers 30 practices to invigorate our art making. Some are practical such as drawing, painting, trying new materials, and keeping an art journal. And some are more perceptive such as looking within, working with inspiration and using discernment. They are all designed to keep us moving forward as artists into our true purpose and creative vitality.
I’ll be posting more about the book and the artists. Thanks for visiting. I welcome your comments!
The book will soon be in bookstores but you can buy it now on Amazon.