Farewell to the Year

 

Whenever you create art, you are unconsciously giving.  Whether you paint or drag a pencil across a piece of paper, hammer nails into wood or spin the pottery wheel.  Whether you physically provide someone else with your artwork or stash the work away amongst the growing pile of other pieces, you are—nonetheless— bestowing your thoughts, energy, work, and touch into the world.

Maya Angelou shares: “I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I do love painting new work for exhibits and to satisfy that inner drive, but I absolutely thrive when painting for people, both in custom orders and as commissioned gifts.  Knowing that I am forming an image, which will result in an emotional affect on another person is honest and true work.  I often miss teaching and the act of voluntarily directly helping another person, but I forget that I still continue to provide some bit of joy through my artwork.

The holiday season provides me with the excuse to create paintings as gifts for those whom I love. Furthermore, the holidays also give me opportunities to fulfill orders from other people for those who they love.  This past 2012 holiday welcomed several new works (orders and my own personal gifts):

 

A Gift for a Sister

A graphic and modernized, assemblage of newspaper, old calculator keys, and buttons for my sister, Shayna, which reads: “If you’ve nothing nice to say, sit by me.”

 

A Gift for a Boyfriend

A compilation of maps and locations where my boyfriend has lived, worked, and trained, full of ink transfers, multi-media, and embroidered stitching (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Vermont, and Afghanistan, with a small sketch of Church Street and with the directions I wrote and followed the first time I went to his house stitched onto the back of the canvas.)

 

A Gift for a Sister and a soon-to-be Brother-in-Law

A set of robins devoted to each other with quotations form their wedding song, for my younger sister and her fiancé.

A rendition of Minneapolis, Minnesota for my boyfriend’s parents.

 

 

An Order for a Beautiful Couple

A summer scene, which once provided home to the wedding of a couple, whom I adore.

(photo difficulties…)

A long canvas of an acrylic owl, complete with real owl feathers stitched into the wing for a man who has wanted a version painting for YEARS.  To his girlfriend, who ordered the painting: good job listening, hands down!

(no photo taken…)

A scene of North Williston for one of my favorite people who is moving away form where I grew up.

 

A Gift for a Friend

A pair of piggies with the quote: “Above all, be the heroine of your life. – N. Ephron” for one of my favorite women and friends.

 

An Order for an Old Friend

A rooster, ordered from the sister of a woman who I spent my high school years giggling with.

 

A Glimpse of the SPACE Gallery Show

A show at the SPACE Gallery on Pine St. in Burlington.

 

A Preview to an Upcoming Show

A beginning to my upcoming show at the Vintge Inspired Gallery on Flynn Ave in Burlington (opening Friday, January 4th, reception from 5-8pm).

What a wonderful way to open my arms to 2013 than a solo-show for the year’s First Friday Art Walk.

 

 



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