I am posting shortly over at Cats and Jammers Studio, my waxing philosophical, often verbose blog. I'll be writing about my journey as an artist and how important I think it is that we allow ourselves the opportunity to shift directions, materials, venues, etc. That post is meant to coordinate with an interview I did recently with Monica Lee over at Smart Creative Women via Skype. The interview will go live very soon, so I thought it might be fitting to share some more material and images on this blog and also the other blog to add to what Monica and I spoke about. Also, for a tour of my studios from last year, take a look at this post.
In a nutshell, what I hope comes across in that interiew is that one needs to be open to new directions as an artist, and follow where the wind seems to blow, no matter where that may be. My own latest adventure began with having artist Richard Dunbrack do an "installation" in our kitchen. We'd loved his art for years and after acquiring a number of his pieces (see if you can spot them in the pictures), the next logical step was to have him redo our kitchen which was bady in need of freshening up. And so he did, using our existing cabinets and his inimitable style. The result just knocks our socks off, if we do say so ourselves. So much so, in fact, that I even enjoy cooking again! Rich was the subject of the very first post on this blog. You can see it here.
But, it didn't stop with the kitchen. Working very closely with Rich as he transformed our kitchen, led to my next gear shift as an artist--collaborating with him by having him take the many antique dough boards I had collected for painting and making them into special "frames." In this assemblage approach, I am happy as a clam. I get to combine two loves: antique junk and painting. Take a look. I think two heads can be even better than one. In progress: about 25 more of these pieces that I hope to share soon. Some of these are still availble for sale. Email me for more info. Gallery show in the works, soon, too.