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Special thanks to Jackie @jskarritt Who kindly let me share her EcoMemory “View from Seaside Heights Boardwalk” 😄First paragraph: After I created my first EcoMemory piece for my geology professor Dr. Palmquist, "Partridge Point in Lake Superior”, I wondered what would be my next step. I thought, who really gets my abstract landscape art. I immediately thought of Jackie Skarritt @jskarritt . We have been Instagram friends for a few years and she always would comment so insightfully on both design issues and color palette. She would highlight the complicated designs or the teeniest little piece of fabric that I had inserted and thought no one would notice. But Jackie noticed, and would comment about it on Instagram. She would look at my Clouds series and say she looked up at the sky and it was exactly like what she saw in a recent daily square from that Clouds series. I knew that we saw the world in similar ways. So next step, I direct messaged her in Instagram and asked if I could call her about a project I had in mind. She could not have been more gracious. We talked for an hour and found out we have many things in common. It turns out she is from a small town right next to where I grew up in Pennsylvania. She’s from Red Lion and I am from York. Small world. And then it turns out she’s had many years experience as a professional watercolorist. So I learned so much from her and so grateful for the opportunity to talk to her about art business topics. ⬇️To read the whole article and see the images, feel free to click the link in my profile😄
First EcoMemory🌲🌊artwork. Slide to see the rocks on the island that inspired me and my professor’s, Dr Palmquist’s rock sculpture art show. Article Excerpts ⬇️
Cardinal in on Oak tree. Made today with fabric scraps. Playing in the studio with no pressure.
First paragraph: Phase One of my Winter Artist in Residence at a local Montessori school finished last week. This phase consisted of workshops for two different age groups: primary children (ages 3-6 years old) with their parents and the elementary school kids (6-9 years old) by themselves. I created this workshop speicifc for this school and age groups. The workshop is called Connect to Nature through Art where we discuss thinking about your favorite place in nature, remembering how it makes us feel and then using our imagination to create art showing this special place. I taught them how to tear construction paper into small pieces and glue the pieces onto a larger sheet of thick watercolor paper as their canvas. Being a witness to their imagination and creativity at work was truly inspiring. At this age, creating art is like thinking. There is no anxiety or artistic blocks. There is no hand-wringing of... maybe I should do this or maybe I should do that. It was more like ..."I got an idea and let’s go..." Once they got an idea they started immediately to tear the construction paper. Got to love that confidence. ⬇️To read the whole article and see the images, feel free to click the link in my profile😄
First paragraph: In previous editions of my Studio Notes, I’ve talked about having a period of self reflection to think about what went well last year and what not so well. Then I use that information to decide what I want to focus on for 2018. Remember, this is very personal and obviously specific to me. I thought about not even including this in my blog. But I realized when you read about other people doing this kind of pondering exercise, it makes you, the reader, reflect on what you would choose as what went well and what did not go well and hopefully, what are your goals for this upcoming year. So, I include my State of the Union as an example for you to think about the possibilities. I was inspired by Paul Jarvis's State of the Union in his weekly newsletter to write my own. I’ve written about Paul Jarvis before and have followed his work for years. His honesty and humor gave me a good example to follow. I find this high level bird's eye view of the past year very helpful because sometimes you get so caught up in the every day routine, you don’t take the time to step back and see what has happened in the past year for good or bad. What worked?... ⬇️To read the whole article and see the images, feel free to click the link in my profile😄
First paragraph: Recently, I started thinking about where do people who love nature hang out. Thinking about this idea sparked another idea about being an Artist in Residence at a nature center. I could make art at that location and be surrounded by people who appreciate nature and actively seek to spend more time in nature. I thought about people I knew who could help me think more about this idea. I have a friend who I went to summer camp with as a child in Maine who lives in my local area. She works as the Outdoor Classroom Director for the local Montessori school. (How cool is that title!) So Montessori schools place a lot of emphasis on nature and being outdoors year round. This particular facility is fortunate enough to have a wetlands, prairie and woods on their property for their students. My friend and I met a few times to talk about the possibilities and now I am the Winter Artist in Residence at the school for the next month. ⬇️To read the whole article and see the images, feel free to click the link in my profile😄
First paragraph: This new year of 2018 has brought some changes to my art practice. I am trading in the daily squares from the Every Day Project for weekly EcoMemory larger pieces. This shift in my thinking started last fall when I decided most of my Every Day Project series are based on nature like the Forest and Clouds series. I realized when I thought about how I felt in nature and the emotions from those places in nature and then translated that into my art, the effect was a lot more powerful. This is the beauty of Instagram when you get instant feedback on your artwork. This idea of the emotional power behind the art coupled with my desire to make my art personal for clients and really serve my clients would lead me to a new idea, EcoMemory commissions. What is an EcoMemory? It is exactly what it sounds like. A special memory of time spent in nature. My mission is to help people reconnect to how they feel in nature. I am an abstract landscape artist who uses fabric pieces sewn together to evoke the feeling of that special place in nature. First, I have a conversation with my clients about why that place in nature is special to them. This conversation gives me clues about the color palette and design for the EcoMemory artwork. I gather all my research into an EcoMemory Report to let the client know my vision for their artwork. Lastly, I deliver your Custom EcoMemory that lets you relive how you felt in that special place every time you see your EcoMemory. ⬇️To read the whole article and see the images, feel free to click the link in my profile😄
Clouds is in my shop. Imagine looking up and seeing white and grey clouds drifting by overhead in the blue sky. I try to evoke this mood of "all the time in the world" to just watch the clouds go by with this Clouds series. Consider sharing this feeling with a loved one with the gift of art chosen just for them. 24” x 24” Cotton fabric cut up, sewn together and wrapped around a stretched canvas. Link to my shop in profile.
Day 275 of 2017. Last day of the Cloud series. 🌥⛅️🌤Last day of the Every Day Project. Something new coming in 2018
First paragraph: I completed sewing together the 25 daily squares of the Coral Reef series on Sunday. The final piece is in My Shop. Here is how I describe it. Imagine the feeling of swimming underwater and seeing the coral reef healthy, colorful and full of life. This is the feeling I evoke with the Coral Reef series. This series is inspired by the documentary Chasing Coral. The documentary is available on Netflix and is a wonderful movie to watch with family over the holidays. If you are curious about how I make each piece, I sew all the daily squares in consecutive order from Day 1 to 25 into one big square and then wrap that around a 24 in.² stretched canvas frame. The impact of the blues for the water in the top row and the natural colors for the sand on the bottom row are a little subtle because of the edges being wrapped around the stretch canvas frame. But there are enough little hints of the water blue and sand color that I’m still pleased with the outcome. The Coral Reef series is now for sale my website. Click HERE to see he finished piece in my shop. I am including the Studio Notes article which explains the story behind why I made this series. December turned out to be way busier than I thought so I am extending my yearly review into January. Studio Notes will return the week of January 15, 2018. Happy Holidays and thank you for reading my thoughts (and meanderings) on the creative process. ⬇️To read the whole article and see the images, feel free to click the link in my profile😄