It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Another Series

It is very common for creative people to get artist’s block. It happens and it is not unusual. I have had it and I am terrified of it. It usually creeps up after a show that I have worked on for months or when I am doubting my direction. I know other creative people get it and I don’t know the answer to this problem. I just think I need to put myself through it and quite possibly it might be part of the creative process.

There are times, during artist’s block, where I continue to make things out of fear of never doing it again. Maybe I make curtains for the house, perhaps I make facemasks for the family (pandemic duties), I bake yummy things (also pandemic duties…haha) and I think I continue to produce sketches and paintings in all varieties. I go through a hyper critical view of myself thinking I do not have what people call having “a style”. I have always been very creative and found it hard to commit to one way of working. In art school, my printmaking looked nothing like my painting because the processes were different. Printmaking was a place to explore and painting was a place to learn a skill for me, I guess. Over time, I think I explored more in my  painting practice. But the flip flopping led to mild criticism from one instructor suggesting it would seem like I had a mental health issue. Luckily and surprisingly, I took it lightly as I did with most “art crits”. I am not convinced that someone who is in their early twenties really knows what they want, but I digress.

I have spend the last few years in this limbo state. I did manage to get through a group show and paint quite a few series of things for practice and for fun. It wasn’t a complete dry spell but it was all over the place and I wouldn’t change a thing.

I am happy to announce that I have finally started a series of work I am totally and passionately excited about. I am working on large (for me) mystical landscapes in acrylic paint that celebrate the movement, colour and pattern where I have one foot in reality and one foot in my imagination. This would not have happened if I didn’t decide one day several years ago to take my watercolour set to the beach, and paint in plein air. It would not have happened if I didn’t make my big abstract for fun in January (I am still playing on it) it will go in my house someday. I don’t think it would have happened without the pandemic which gave me time to work though all this stuff in my head. I managed to produce quite a few beach paintings when people were so lonesome for the beautiful Nova Scotia beaches so I know I love it. It might not have happened if I didn’t do The Sketchbook Project thanks to my friend Leah who gave me it to do because her son did not want to do it.

Everything you make leads you somewhere so just go with it.

PEI POTATOES

PEI Potatoes

I was making turkey soup and to my surprise I ran out of potatoes. I sent my husband, Duncan, to Sobeys to buy a number of items including some Tatamagouche Butter. I was thinking I might want to paint Tatamagouche Butter in  watercolour and gouache. I discovered how well these mediums worked well for me while painting our neighbour’s gift of Apple Pie Jam. Unfortunately, and not surprisingly due to Christmas there was no longer any of that brand and he chose some ADL butter instead.

Apple Pie Jam

It has been over a year since I had painted a food “product”. But trying things in a new medium can make painting seem like a new experience. I wasn’t expecting my husband to pick up such a beautiful bag of potatoes. The logo looked very retro and I was immediately drawn to painting it instead of the butter.

I did the painting and I shared it on Instagram and to my surprise it has had 63 likes since I posted it. I have not had that many likes in over a year, I think. I normally don’t make such a big deal about the amount of likes, but this time I was regularly updating Duncan on how many and joked that my goal was to reach 50!

Anyhow, I am pleased with the result and I hope to make more of these in the new year! But today I might paint the raspberry pudding pie I made for dessert yesterday.

 

 

 

 

KIMZ*MET

KIMZ*MET is this Friday, September 13th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Argyle Fine Art in downtown Halifax. This is a show of works made by myself and two fellow artists’ named Kim. Kim Danio and Kim Eddy and I have been working toward this show since April 2019.
poster kimsmet

I have painted a series of dresses that connect us to the past, to family members and friends, to our passions and our personal lives. The dresses are carefully rendered with an element of fantasy as they float in front of a colourful backdrop.

Kim Eddy has made paintings inspired by her time in Bermuda and Nova Scotia. Though she is recognized mainly for her beautiful resin paintings depicting bird’s eye views of the beach, Kim decided to challenge herself with a series of hand bound books that share a little bit about her process and inspiration.  She also produced a series of acrylic paintings on paper inspired by the same theme.

Kim Danio is an artist known for re-purposing shoes and handbags into playful sculpture that is reminiscent of folk art. In a culture and era where mass consumerism is the norm, Kim takes objects that would otherwise get thrown out and turns them into art objects. It is truly priceless to witness the viewers’ reaction to her art and suddenly noticing the “shoe” or “handbag”.

I welcome everyone to attend our show this Friday and if your name is Kim, please come and say hello!