Friday, November 30, 2007

People to see, Places to go

There is such a plethora of art venues online right now. My head wobbles due to the variety. There is…………………
Etsy
Café Express
Squidoo
Artbreak
Proud Artists
Ebay, of course.
Oh the list could go on and on. Most of these sites sell art marketables. Crafts, wearable art, or design oriented paintings/sculptures/mixed media work. I have investigated these sites due to my interest in the “self supporting” opportunities for artists. I wish I could give a great, optimistic report of my findings. I can’t.
Yes, people sell their creative wares on these sites. However, the compensation is not impressive. As an artist, I know what it costs to make a piece of art. I know about materials costs and time spent making the work. I cannot understand why some artists will sell a piece for under $50. That hardly pays for materials and that is for a TINY piece. Maybe it is feasible if you can crank out great drawings or paintings on the hour. If you can do this, good for you! I am trying in a questionably enthusiastic manner to create some stuff to SELL. I can’t get my prices low enough to satisfy the masses. I guess some artists want sales so MUCH they will sell for cost. I won’t do that. I would rather keep the work for my own pleasure and/or a reminder of my accomplishments. That is probably why I have a “day job”. I just can’t see giving my work away for peanuts. Those who question the price of art, I ask, “How much do you make an hour?” “How much is your paycheck this week?” It is really time for people to see and understand what it takes to make art. It can take so many hours to finish a painting. Most people don’t understand this time investment.
Yes, art is a luxury. However, it is something that is human made. That is such a rarity these days. That alone should make it worth the price.
Despite my skepticism and uneasy feelings about selling ART, I have been trying to make stuff that relates to my art, but is more economically feasible. I have started work on my “WIZZLE WORKZ” webpage. This is for stuff that is a bit less austere, more fun, and marketable. Yeah, I guess that is the ticket!

This “Wizzle Workz” page is just the beginning.
I am trying to find ways to make stuff to sell.
At least, I am TRYING!
Click to go to WIZZLE WORKZ!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

ART (home) SICK

I have lived in St. Petersburg, Florida for sixteen years now. I can’t even believe that. Time truly does fly! I consider St. Pete my home. I love it here. I will die here. I have said I will NEVER go back to Detroit. Well, now I understand the phrase “Never say never.” I got a promo a few weeks ago for a party scheduled to be held this week at the Detroit Institute of Arts. I knew for sure bunches of people from my past would be there. I wanted to go! WHAT?? Sheree go back up to Detroit??? No!
I thought about it. I thought about the cost. I thought about the feasibility? I thought it would be too impulsive. I didn’t go. I don’t regret that decision. I can live with it. However, I am sitting here right now realizing I am so homesick. No, not home town homesick. I am “ART HOME” homesick.
I have never connected with the Florida art scene. I have tried. I have done the work, invited people to my studio, I have spread myself all over the web, NOTHING happens. When I was in Detroit, there was a community. There was always something going on. There were things to do art wise. I miss that so much.
I was almost over this homesick feeling and then today, I got an email from my BFF Gilda (the famous artist). She has a spread in the Metro Times, a Detroit area publication. She send me the link to the article. When I saw the first picture of her in her studio, I melted. I miss her so much. The flood of DEE-troit feelings came back again. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm…….maybe someday I will go back just to give this BFF artist a big, giant hug!


Gilda Snowden, Artist Extraordinaire!

Click to see "Motor City Cribs" article.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Few FAMOUS Women Artists (?) Huh?

I can remember it so vividly. As a freshman in college, I enrolled in a class titled “Women in Literature”. Those were post hippie days and on the heels of the Feminist movement. Sitting there with my made up face, cute new shoes, and a body full of naïve enthusiasm, I listened. There were all kinds of women in this class. Little girls, like me. There were plaid clad big women who seemed very loud. There were a myriad of every sort of female. I became distressed during the very first class. There was so much noise and angst. I couldn’t understand it. In my eighteen year old mind, I just didn’t get it. Coming from an all female family and never being told about being female in America, I just didn’t understand. In my world, I thought I could do whatever I want; I could be whatever I wanted; the world was my oyster!
Well………………………………….It took a few more years, but I finally got it. In grad school, I was totally aware of my female stature. TOTALLY. Now, I know this kind of stuff is like talking about religion or politics. Words suggesting discrimination of any kind are like drops of gasoline dropping on sparkling kindling. Too bad! This is the way I see the world. It is so obvious. I remember a few years ago, I was ordering art posters from an art supply catalog. There were over a hundred posters available showing artwork by male artists. I could find four by female artists. This just isn’t right. I wrote the company and told them I was so ticked; I would never buy their products until this inequity changed. I saw their catalog recently. I can report I noticed very little difference.
I was so happy today to read an article on ArtNet.com. Jerry Saltz has written about this female/male dilemma as it relates to New York museums. Read it! For those who think this is B.S., you are so wrong. Discrimination in all its forms lives, big time! Yes, even in 2007!


”GIRL I NEVER WAS”
Acrylic/Mixed Media
5” X 6” X 4”
Click to Enlarge

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Back to ART BUSINESS

Oh geesh!! I am going to need a vacation after this vacation! It has been a whirlwind week. I have gotten a lot of ART stuff done. However, I have found the holiday festivities coupled with this mode of creative overdrive has been exhausting. I wanted to get into the studio early this morning. Last night's holiday party with friends nixed that idea. I woke up and thought “I was having a lot more fun at that party than I am right now!” My dog gave me a nudge to get up, but my body was not too happy about this need to move. I have been dragging all day.
One thing I just have to do this weekend is get caught up on my soft sculptures from my “ONLINE: Lost Souls, Lonely Hearts” series. I have never shown them to anybody. I just make them. I would like to exhibit them together some day. I am not sure how many I have done because as soon as I finish them, I put them away in a box. It is fun to look through them occasionally. I decided not to start any new ones until I get the ones pictured below done!
Another thing I accomplished this week was getting more YouTube videos up. I am finding I have to be careful though. YouTube can be addicting!

Here are some of my “Lost Souls” waiting for their “toe tags” to be attached. Gotta get it done!

This was the YouTube video I uploaded yesterday.
YouTube is a blast, but it is just another thing that
takes time away from all the things that need to get done.
But it is so much FUN!!
If there is a blank box here,
it is because YouTube is down.
Shockingly YES! It happens!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

THANKFUL COUNTDOWN #1
My BABY GIRL

No words can describe the magnitude of my feeling of thankfulness.











For her, I am MOST THANKFUL!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

THANKFUL COUNTDOWN #2
GIZMO, “Wizard of WIZZLEWOLF”


Ten and a half years ago, my daughter wanted a dog. Actually, she wanted a cat, but her allergies and my resistance to living with a cat caused us to settle on getting a puppy. I found Gizmo. He was a mess when I bought him. He was a mean little devil and not as “pure” as the pet store claimed. He is a Yorkie. When I got the paperwork to fill out for AKC, I laughed. He was such a wreck; there would be no point in spending the money on papers. However, I thought about all the fancy dog shows and the dogs that have million dollar names. I decided the reason Gizmo was such a terror was because he lacked self esteem. Therefore, I deemed him
“GIZMO, WIZARD OF WIZZLEWOLF”.
Now he has class and pizazz!

The name wizzlewolf came to me because it is silly (wizzle) and fierce (wolf). What a great combination! The next day, I stole the name and became wizzlewolf (the second). I have been using that name for ten years now. Gizmo doesn’t mind. He is my true buddy. My daughter has grown up and left. Gizmo is still here being my helper around the house and studio. He is my true friend. I love him more than I could have ever imagined. He has turned out to be a sweet, loyal, smart doggie. He loves me unconditionally. What more could anybody want?


Here is a shot by shot demo of Gizmo doing his “Ballerina” routine.
Even though I put him though such humiliation, he still loves me.
I am REALLY thankful for my Gizmo the wonder dog!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

THANKFUL COUNTDOWN #3
My HOME

Some of you might not get this post. Having a house and a home might be something that has always been there for you. I have never been homeless in the true sense of this word. I never had to live on the streets, but there sure have been a few close calls. There have been moments when I surely had no HOME. No matter how much art success I obtained, I still didn’t have enough money to buy a HOME. I was busy raising my daughter, paying bills, and surviving. Six years ago, I FINALLY had enough money to buy a house. After living in apartments for so long, I had saved up a series of visions that illustrated how I wanted my future home to be. As soon as I moved into my new bungalow, I got busy. I wanted to make my house MY HOUSE. The biggest compliment I get is when someone who knows me comes through the door and says “Oh my gosh! This house looks like YOU!”
I smile a huge smile.
Now this may not seem like a big deal, but it means a lot to me. Back 25 years ago, I was doing a lecture about my art at an art association. At that time, my portfolio consisted of crude, primitive, architectural sculptures. After the lecture was over, I went to the bathroom. An audience member was in there. She looked at me and said “After seeing your little house sculptures, it seems you are looking for a HOME!” Her statement hit me like a brick. I was.
Years later, I thought of that woman during the closing when I bought my house. I have a home, my HOME. HOORAY!! I struggled with the decision of what photo to use for this post. My house is so visual. I decided to use this little sampler. I found it at thrift shop right after buying my house. The weird thing is the embroidered image IS my house right down to the yellow, red, and green. The main part of the house is to the left. Then, there is a little addition on the right that is my studio. Finding this little artistic replica of my house is an experience that encourages me to believe in Universal Principles. Very spooky, but comforting.


All my life, I wanted a HOME. I have that now.
I am ever so thankful!

Monday, November 19, 2007

THANKFUL COUNTDOWN #4
Being an ARTIST

Last Friday, a woman I work with asked what I would be doing during my vacation. I told her I would be painting in my studio and making movies for YouTube. She said “Movies? About what?” I said I am making movies about art. She scrunched her nose and said “Ohhhhhhhhh, I thought they would be about something I was interested in…..” I walked away not knowing whether to laugh or cry. A few minutes later I realized I felt so sad for her. I can’t imagine a life without art.
I was born an artist. I knew I was meant to be an artist before I started school. At that time, I didn’t know being a creative person had a name. My uncle was a painter. I remember going to visit him when I was four years old. His living room had an easel in the middle, canvases lining the walls, and the potent aroma of turpentine drifting in the air. I didn’t think anything about his lack of furniture. I can remember thinking in my preschool mind “I don’t know what he is doing, but I want to do this!” So, I was very lucky. I had a head start honing my creative skills from a very early age. There hasn’t been a time in my life when I wasn't making, building, painting, or thinking of creative things to do.
Even though I don’t sell enough work to support the “lifestyle I desire”, being an artist has helped me experience many interesting employment situations. I know I have complained about my current JOB. However, if I have to work somewhere, it might as well be there. I am allowed to be creative and help others find their artistic spirit too. Also, it gives me the funds and security to support being the kind of artist I want to be.
I think right now I am having the best time in my art life. I am more creative now than ever. Age has helped my sense of humor grow. I certainly make myself laugh every day as I am creating. Also, the years have taught me to appreciate my art gifts and never take them for granted.


As an artist, I even love the messes I can create!
God made me an ARTIST and I am truly THANKFUL!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

THANKFUL COUNTDOWN #5
FRIENDS

This week I got an email from an old friend. Actually, he was one of my first professors when I started college. As I look back on my university experiences, I can say he was one of my best teachers and greatly influenced my life as an artist. His name is Jim Pallas.


As our emails zoomed back and forth this week, I realized how this friendship has endured for so many years. This made me realize how I have been so blessed to have so many friends during my lifetime. I have always thought of myself as being “anti-social”. Yet, I can sit here and think of bunches of people who are my friends: Richard, Dayna, Todd, Debbie, Janet, Martha, Karen, Ron, the list goes on and on. We all have acquaintances, but I consider a friend someone to whom I could tell my secrets.
My all time BEST friend is artist Gilda Snowden.


Here we are wide eyed and bushy tailed just after grad school. We are sitting in Gilda’s classroom at Center for Creative Studies (CCS). (The art in this picture belongs to neither of us. It belongs to her students. LOL LOL)
Our relationship has endured marriages, babies, art success, art rejections, and all kinds of life in between. Yes, I have been blessed and very lucky to have so many wonderful people drift in and out of my life. However, the greatest blessings are those people who have been with me for the long haul.
Love you Gilda!



Gilda and I cuddle with artist John Lees back in 1978
1978??????
That was 30 years ago!
Time flies when you are having fun!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

THANKFUL COUNTDOWN #6
Being AMERICAN

I have never been a flag waver or political. My first recollection of being American (whatever that meant) was in elementary school. I remember hearing about the commies and how they were going to come and get me. I had nightmares about air raid drills. My childish mind wondered if climbing under my school desk would be protection enough. Duh!!! Do you think? I remember when John F. Kennedy died. I didn’t understand the word “assassinated”. I think watching the funeral on TV was the first time I realized how being American was something very special.
Now I watch TV and I am continually reminded how lucky I am to have been born in the U.S. Even though our current politics are maddening, I still think this is the best place to be in our world. The sheer abundance of our American lives can be taken for granted. When you go shopping, do you ever really stop and LOOK at what is available to us? The richness and variety of services, goods, and opportunity are truly breathtaking.





When I bought my house, I decided to buy a flag. I had never owned a house before. I had never owned a flag either. Now, I get so excited on one of the days you are supposed to put up your flag. I am proud of that flag now. I am not proud of our wars, but that is a whole bunch of other posts. I am proud of all the good America does and I am proud of our country's positive potential.

So, as I look out my window and see the sun shining, I can say I am THANKFUL I have been given the privilege of being born an American girl.



Also, I thank God everyday that I live under our American sky.

Friday, November 16, 2007

THANKFUL COUNTDOWN #7 FREEDOM

I have decided to countdown for the next seven days. I want to account for the TOP seven things for which I am THANKFUL! Number 7 on my list is FREEDOM. I have always been independent. I laugh as I think back to my childhood. I have always been a petite "tomboy". Even as a preschooler, I would
walk the neighborhood carrying a step stool. I did this just in case I had to climb something outside. I didn't want to ask for help. I wanted to do everything myself. This was a good thing. I learned to take care of my needs very early in life.
As time went on, I remember when I got my first driver's license. Oh my gosh!! I felt like I had been born again. This feeling repeated itself when I would buy each new car or with each new job. I was collecting skills and experiences to be FREE!
For sure, this attribute and desire has played havoc with my social life. I have never wanted to be accountable for my time or energy. I just want to do what I want to do. Looking over the years and through my card catalog of relationships, I see the demise of these relationships was my own fault. I just didn’t want to tell anyone where I was going or what I was doing. Devulging this kind of information would be totally against my nature. I was never up to anything negative or suspect. I just never wanted to be predictable. Needless to say, not many people want a partner like that. I don’t blame them! I am not sad I am alone now. In fact, I rejoice in my state of isolation. In my younger years, I did the relationship thing because I thought that was what was expected especially for women. It never felt right for me. Now, I realize I LOVE being alone to do what I want, when I want, how I want, and however I want. I am as FREE as I could be and I am thankful for this!



There is no comparable feeling.
To be FREE is the joy of life.
"Free", 24" X 24"
Click to enlarge

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bizarre

One of the GOOD things about getting OLD is that you have a history. I was googling the name "Rensel" tonight. I am not an egomaniac. I have a goal. Many of my techie references have to do with teaching. My GOAL is to get it so when I do a search for myself it will come of with ARTIST links first. I know this is trivial. However to me it is a big deal right now. I want to be an ARTIST who teaches, NOT a teacher who is an artist. There is a difference.

So I googled myself tonight to see how I was doing. I came across a link I had never seen before. It freaked me out. I had never seen the stuff I have accomplished in a BLOCK of text. Extremely weird. I saw this:

Sheree Rensel
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Biography - Sheree Rensel is an artist and art educator in St. Petersburg, Florida. Holding a BFA and MFA in Painting from Wayne State University, and one year completed toward a Ph.D. in Educational Technology at Walden University, she strives to juggle the demands of teaching and working as an artist. Originally from Detroit, she relocated to Florida in 1991. For the past twelve years, she has worked as a teacher of SED (severely emotionally disturbed) students K-12 while exploring new ground as an artist using traditional media, as well as, investigating the possibilities of the new, digital media.

Gallery Affiliations - The WORLD

Exhibitions - One Person Exhibitions , 97/05 Sheree Rensel Online, http://www.wizzlewolf.com , 1994 Song of the Snowbird Sheree Rensel, Macomb College, Mt. Clemens, MI , 1988 Sheree Rensel Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI , 1985 Recent Work - Sheree Rensel Paint Creek Center, Rochester, MI , 1984 Art Babies Detroit Council of the Arts Gallery, Detroit, MI , 1981 Gun Show Willis Gallery, Detroit, MI , , Selected Group Exhibitions, 2006, Human Artifakts - Galerie im Atelierhof, Bremen, Germany, Women, Men, Masculine, Feminine - Ayer Lofts Gallery, Lowell, Massachusetts, 50 by 50 - Online Collaboration, http://www.markcotton.com/50by50.html, Human Artefakts - Jane Sandelin Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, 2005, Human Artefakts - Preliminary for Traveling Exhibition (VA, Germany, New , Zealand 2006), - http://outofsight.co.nz/Artefakts/default.htm, Re-Visioning National - Maitland Art Center, Maitland, Florida , Out of Pocket - Gadsden Art Center, Quincy, Florida, Women, Words, Im ges National - Smithtown Township Arts, St. James, NY, Self Portraits - Mail Art Project, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, Hope Springs Eternal - online: http://virtual.tart.co.nz/exhibit.htm, New Zealand, 2003, Powerstories Theater - Catherine Hickman Theater, Gulfport, FL, Acts of Creation - Women Artists Rising, MAS Gallery, Viva La Frida, Tampa, FL, 2002, FAEA - Member Exhibition Seminole Comm College, Sanford, Florida, PCCA - 20th Anniversary Exhibition Paint Creek Center, Rochester, MI, 2001, Up from the Streets - Detroit Art, James Duffy Collection, Wayne State University, 1996, Faculty Exhibition Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Belleair, FL, Pinellas Art Educators Exhibition Octagon Art Gallery, Clearwater, FL, Out of Solitude Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI, 1992, Environmental Issues Florida Center for Contemporary Art, Ybor City, FL, 1991, Invitational Exhibition Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL, Artists of Florida Sarasota Art Association, Sarasota, FL, Faculty Exhibition The A ts Center, St. Petersburg, FL, Hard Choices Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI, 1990, Motor City Revue Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI, 2-D 3-D Regional Art Exhibition South Bend Indiana Art Center, Art For Life Galleria Officentre, Southfield, MI, Faculty Exhibition Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI, 1989, Motor City Revue Institute of Culture, Zacateca, Mexico, AIDS and Art- A Day Without Art Paint Creek Center, Rochester, MI, Urbanology Marygrove College, Detroit, MI, Kost, Rensel, Sepanski Sisson Gallery, Henry Ford College, Dearborn, MI, Weathervanes and Whirligigs Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI, 1988, Hoyt National Drawing and Painting Hoyt Institute, Pennsylvania, Motor City Revue Lee Hall Gallery, Northern Michigan Univ. Gallery, MI, Faculty Exhibition Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI, Art and Architecture of the Birdhouse Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI, Matters of the Heart Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI, Glass: Sculpture and Mixed Media Detroit Artists Marke , Detroit, MI, 1987, The Form of Color Nawara Gallery, Walled Laked, MI, 8th Michigan Artists Competition Battle Creek Art Center, Battle Creek, MI, Extended Media Detroit Art Institute, Detroit, MI, A Visual Tribute to Martin Luther King N'Namdi Gallery, Detroit, MI, Michigan Fine Arts Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Assc., Birmingham, MI, 1986, W.S.U. in Michigan Selected Alumni Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI, Detroit and Vicinity Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI, Other Spaces Brooksfield Office Park / Detroit Artists Market, Bloomfield, MI, GM-UAW Human Resource Center Premier Exhibition Auburn Hills, MI, Artists Interpret Fantasy Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI, Jurors Select Artists Pontiac Art Center, Pontiac, MI, Transformations Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, Michigan Annual XIV The Art Center, Mount Clemens, MI, 1985, Signatures - 21 Michigan Artists Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, Picnic on the Grass Meadowbrook Art Gallery, Rochester, MI, 1984, Artists Against Apar
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9, 1986 WSU in Michigan Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, pg.26, 1983 Formed Paper, Sight / Insight Marygrove College, Detroit, MI, pg.4, , Published Works - Sheree Rensel, Author , , 2002 Through the Eyes of a Child Teachers.net Gazette, online: EYES, 98/99 W.O.W. Newsletter Editor-Publisher, Educator Newletter, 98/03 Artspirit art and art education web page, available online: artspirit, 1990 Billy Name Detroit Focus Quarterly, vol. 9, no. 2, 1990 A Garden of Visions City Arts Quarterly, vol. IV, no. 3-4, 1990 Inner Views Detroit Focus Quarterly, Detroit, MI, vol. 9, no. 1, 1989 From Artist's Studios Bielat-Eddy Catalog, Detroit Focus Gallery, , Visiting Lecturer / Workshops , 1996 Pinellas Art Educators Association, "Sheree Rensel- Artist", Florida, 1993 Robinson Challenge School, "Teacher's Workshop", Clearwater, Florida, 1988 Central Michigan University, "Sheree Rensel", Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1987 Dominican High School, "Art Careers", Detroit, Michigan, 1987 Warren Consolidated Schools, Artist -in-the Schools workshops, Warren, , Michigan, 85/87 Whitmer Human Resource Center, "Teacher's Workshops", Pontiac, Michigan, , Art Administrative Experience , , 1985-1990 , Exhibition Coordinator, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI, , 1985-1987 , Education Coordinator, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI, -Established, developed, and managed exhibition / education programs, -Developed structure and procedure for exhibition selection committee, -Contracted artists and jurors for exhibitions / teaching positions, -Designed and su
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It stopped there. It looked as if the number of characters was to the max. I love it. I look at this and say "Yep Sheree, you have been there done that." It has been good. Have I been a lucky girl or what? This week, I am going to start a series of "THANKFUL" posts in honor of Thanksgiving. Too bad I wrote this now. It would qualify!

WORD to any younger readers: Love yourself now. This pic is circa late 80's. I can NOT believe I thought I was fat and ugly back then. I look at this pic now and think "Oh SHIT! You were such a cutey and a really good artist too!
Lost time and misinterpretations!

Stupid but LOVELY

I am a painter. I went to school a long time to have the credentials to be a painter and get that M.F.A. stamp of approval to be a REAL artist. LOL
Despite all my years of educational experiences, I never took a ceramics class. Clay is not my thing. However when I got hired to work at my current "day job", I realized I had to learn about ceramics like it or not. I taught myself how to work the clay and how to fire a kiln. I even dabbled in making pinch pots and various other ceramic monstrosities. Believe me, I am NOT a ceramic artist. In fact, if a ceramic artist looked at my work, they would ask "So which 3rd grader made this?" "Second grader??"
The odd and wonderful thing about this is that I am just like a third grader when it comes to making stuff out of clay. My work is crude and basic. Truthfully, my work is an example of a child's amateurish attempt to be a ceramicist. I don't care though. This is just for FUN. I have no agenda. I am not going to upload pics of my ceramic work online or on my website. This is just plain entertainment. Also, I like the primitive, funky look of the stuff I make in clay. I use my pieces to silly up my house.
I had made a lame looking bowl for my kitchen last year. I had a jar behind it to hold some pens. A few weeks ago, I thought I should make a little vase similar to the bowl for my kitchen to replace the "pen jar". I did that this week. I glazed it. It came out of the kiln today.
Believe me, I was seven years old when I opened the kiln this morning. I saw my little, pitiful vase and thought it was a masterpiece. I brought it home and put it next to my bowl. BEAUTIFUL!!
Hey, this is why we are alive. To see something that you create and promotes pride represents the reason for living. I don't care if it is stupid. It is LOVELY!! Also, EVERYTHING an artist makes does not have to be part of their portfolio!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

A VIRGIN NO MORE!

Well............ahhhhhhhhhhhh...at least I am not a You Tube virgin anymore! I FINALLY finished and uploaded my first You Tube video. It took me 12 hours to do this two minute video. It isn't even 2 minutes long. It is 1:52 to be exact. I love doing these kinds of projects and the only thing that prevented me from playing and creating with technology is because I didn't have the STUFF. See, my old computer crashing is turning out to be a good thing!
This video is basically an art commercial. It shows my "Misbehaviorists" series. Even though my body feels like a stale pretzel from sitting at the computer all day, it was worth it. I can't wait to do another one!
Here is my "Misbehaviorists Movie"!

Friday, November 9, 2007

SchizoARTia

I just got home from my day job “Happy Hour”. The people I work with are not artists. I love them all, but they don’t understand my “double life”. So after a few beers and well wishing for a great weekend, I came home. I plopped down on the couch. I sat for a moment thinking of the weekend art tasks at hand. I looked down at my “coffee table”. (What a misnomer considering I have never drunk a cup of coffee in my life.) I looked at the array of stuff. I started to do a drunken mental inventory. Even though I was buzzed, I saw something in this pile of stuff. I realized I have schizoartia. This disorder expresses itself in the way individuals who are creatively inclined, yet don’t really know which direction to go collect all kinds of crap to support their lack of focus. They are artistically confused.
So look at this picture. Starting at the left, we have a Jasper Johns video on top of Art 21. Those are both sitting on top of a Jonathan Talbot art marketing book. At the top of the picture, there is an Artists Magazine which embarrasses me, but is good to have for teaching purposes. Directly below that are Art Journals from the College Art Association. The right side of the pic shows RAW VISION, my favorite magazine on top of two books about artists studios. Those books are my dream books and illustrate all the studios I wish I had. So there lies the problem. I am all over the place. Obviously, I need to concentrate. To put it bluntly, all these art artifacts represent different directions. I suffer from SchizoARTia! It is just so hard because ART covers such a huge span of definitions and interests. I told a woman once I was an artist and she said “ME TOO!”. Come to find out she made prefab frog soap dishes and sold them at flea markets. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! No No No No No! I am not that kind of artist. Absolutely no offense to her, but I am a DIFFERENT kind of artist. So I guess it will be my job in coming days to hone down this crazy mess of categories. I just have to figure out where Sheree belongs. In other words, I have to pick a personality. I don’t like being Schizo.


Thursday, November 8, 2007

Patience

This has been a wonderful day. Gee, it is like I have been hit by multiple meteorites! I am just sitting here thinking. I knew all this would start to happen. I knew it. However when we get involved in the day to day humdrum, we forget to believe.
I can't tell of the specifics. Everything is still in the planning stages. However, I just have to say LIFE IS GOOD. I have posted many times questioning the art THING. I have tried so hard to be patient. I know I am doing the RIGHT thing. I know my intent is sincere. I know if I just kept holding on things would happen. Well.......................things do happen. You just have to believe and keep doing what you do best. I am doing that. I truly believe it will pay off. I am not going to predict the magnitude of the payoff. In fact, I am already pleased that my art has done as well as it has. I cannot complain because I have had more perks and opportunities from my art than some artists experience in their lifetime. I am just happy to be identified as a hard working artist. That is all that matters to me.
I intentionally decided to use this digital print of my daughter and I to illustrate this post. She was so young at that time (me too!). However, the emphasis of this pic was to teach her that life is a buffet. I wanted her to learn that you pick and choose. Then, you are responsible to create your own satisfaction. I think she has gotten that philosophy. I am just starting to get into that drift. Hey!! At least I keep trying!!!
:-)

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A New Mentor

I hesitated to write this post because I keep posting things I find on You Tube. The reason I have done this is because I am preparing to do some You Tube videos. Therefore, I am doing RESEARCH. I found this young artist who is so spectacular. She has such a great spirit and enthusiasm. She reminds me of ME (some 30 years ago). She is wiser than her years. All her videos are kind of weird, off center, and have a bizarre wisdom. I love them all.
Also, it helps that she has a fantastic sense of humor which is coupled with a solid sincerity. Her You Tube screen name is Suziblutube. I just love her ideas, philosophies, and videos so much. Check this one out. Listen and watch closely. Don't judge until the end. Even though I am old enough to be her mother, I see her as a mentor. She reminds me of the joy of life. She reminds me of the joy of art. She speaks the truth.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

A Near PERFECT Day

I had such a great, productive day! I worked creating and experimenting with digital stuff all day. I made this video intro for my upcoming You Tube vids. I am really struggling here. I have always used a Mac for video stuff. This is the first time I have used a PC and I don't like it as much. I am going to invest in some better movie software. That will help a lot. I just ate a healthy dinner. I am still in overdrive from all the busy work. I say it was an ALMOST perfect day because I had planned on cleaning the house today. Creativity got in the way. Oh gee, too bad!
Here is the video intro I made.

For Cheryl



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Friday, November 2, 2007

My Girl

I just can't say enough about Joni. Gee, between Joni and Maude, I feel like I have been set for life. What mentors. All I can say is thank you. I love you both so much. Now, if I can only live up to the expectations!
"Rationally, I have no hope. Irrationally, I believe in miracles." JM 2007
Me too Joni.