Thursday, March 5, 2015

Living With Art: 4


When we see art posted on the blogs from our community, by far the majority of times it is a cropped picture of a particular piece. We don't often get to see pictures of the art in the space where we actually live. Hanging art. Art on the walls. Art over the couch. Art leaning on the bookcase shelves.

Living with Art is about showing and seeing art in real life settings. Every Thursday I will be posting a series of images shared by creatives showing all of us just how art is displayed in their spaces. Each participant is opening the door and inviting us all into their surroundings. Please contact the artist if you would like any information about the pieces on display. If you want to share yours, simply email me an image, a few lines about your artistic aesthetic, and a link to your own online site. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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and here is week 4...



I don't 'collect' or 'own' art, I invite it to live with me. What I buy has to have a deep impact on my soul, otherwise there is not point to having it. My tastes are eclectic which takes me on a daily adventure.

I believe we don't find meaning in life, we make meaning. The art in my house makes meaning in some way - about life, experience, courage, love. It connects the past to the present, while I live in the present of the art.

Having my artwork on display in my home remains me of how powerful I am. It puts a smile on my face and fills my soul with self love.

The art I live with lifts and inspires me.

Painting I've done for my art show "Altar Ego." The shows content is all about Altars.

I'm lucky to have a fairly nice sized studio to create in attached to my home so the art I create is constantly moving from one place to the next before I let it go into the world. One of the last stops for it is on my desk in the kitchen so I can enjoy it for a little while before it goes to its forever home. I can also see other bits of my collection in my studio from where I sit to do my business type of art stuff.

(and see more of how Rita lives with art here)
Our loft has 10' ceilings so I'm fortunate to have a lot of hanging space to display my original art. Here I've leaned 'Blossoming' a large 40x40 canvas on top of my bookcase. The two antique statues and the grouping of antlers and driftwood help to fill the space and soften the hard angles. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Little Secret...


"I'd like to let you in on a little secret: sometimes the wrong way is the best way. This is especially true when it comes to creativity."

This is an excerpt from my column - The Creative Pulse - in the newest, March/April 2015 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. The theme of this month's column is mistakes - something we all can relate to!


Feel free to leave a comment and share your experience with making and/or embracing mistakes...

Monday, March 2, 2015

What a Weekend

I spent this past weekend teaching workshops at The Queen's Ink in Maryland. The Queen's Ink is among my most favorite venues to teach out of and the owner, Patti Euler, is a favorite too. Her shop is located in Savage Mill, a restored cotton mill. Have a look inside...







I taught three new workshops here for the first time: Viewfinder, Dimensional Stenciling and Brick by Brick.

In Viewfinder, we got our Spellbinders on and created Japanese stab bound books with windows using die cuts, texture plates, and more.




In Dimensional Stenciling, we experimented with an array of approaches to stenciling and used some of the newest and best texture-making products on the market.



Everybody created a technique/product guide that they could refer to in the future as well as these amazing artworks:






Brick by Brick, my third workshop, is an urban grunge, graffiti inspired class. 


It got off to a great start, with painting, group monoprinting, and collage.


Unfortunately, mother nature had another idea. 


An ice storm sadly shut down the venue and we had to stop 2 hours into the class. I have to say that I am impressed with how well everybody handled this. I will be returning to The Queen's Ink on June 7 to make this workshop up and will hold another workshop on June 6.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Week Links: 39

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 39...


An artist's studio made totally our of cardboard. Talk about thinking outside the box. Created by Tom Burckhardt and found on Creative Boom.

And speaking of cardboard, how about an entire enchanted forest made of cardboard by Eva Jospin also on Creative Boom. 

9 inspiring work spaces from Poppytalk.

Loving this multi-panel artwork from Stephanie Hilvitz. Both beautiful and meaningful.

Also loving this sketchbook from Kim Henkel.

File this under I never knew that I wanted one but now I do: Ron Arad's "Pressed Flower" sculptures made from compressed Fiat 500s and mounted on the wall. Now at Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC.

Rikka Kovasin has a monthly inspiration series on her blog. I am especially liking this post on finding inspiration from our art supplies.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Living With Art: 3


When we see art posted on the blogs from our community, by far the majority of times it is a cropped picture of a particular piece. We don't often get to see pictures of the art in the space where we actually live. Hanging art. Art on the walls. Art over the couch. Art leaning on the bookcase shelves.

Living with Art is about showing and seeing art in real life settings. Every Thursday I will be posting a series of images shared by creatives showing all of us just how art is displayed in their spaces. Each participant is opening the door and inviting us all into their surroundings. Please contact the artist if you would like any information about the pieces on display. If you want to share yours, simply email me an image, a few lines about your artistic aesthetic, and a link to your own online site. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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and here is week 3...



The art I buy always reflects something that I care about. I always try to make contact with the artist, either in person or online, because I want to have a personal connection to the artist, what they create, and what I hang on my walls. Mostly I find that what I purchase I fall in love with immediately because it speaks to me.

A tie to the past and an appreciation of the present; everything I hang as "art" has a personal connection (an exhibit I attended, art by friends, a piece purchased or given in connection with some occasion and even some of my own art). It is not a stagnant arrangement but changes according to my mood and inclination but always reflecting color, texture, pattern and tone.

This photo features the crow and raven shrine over the fireplace. I am quite obsessed with these birds and collect their images. The "shrine" features themed works in various media. Some are my own works, others are gifts from family members or works that I have purchased from other artists. The blue glass holds a collection of gifts from the neighborhood crows, gathered during summer dog walks.

I strive for an understated elegance in my own work and surroundings. I want to live with art that reveals itself over time - which I never get tired of seeing.

Self indulgent! I surround myself with work I love and that sparks my imagination and eclectic creative longings. This may be folk art, contemporary art...my art, friend's art...lots of my daughter's art, the only thing I am really lacking is that hidden unknown space I stumble upon in my dreams. That place to put MORE art.

I am eclectic collector of art, tho' I lean toward Australian artists. The work of Aboriginal artists is unique and usually has a story that is a part of their culture. This always reminds me that art is part of who you are, and where you sit in context of the history of the world.

I like to surround myself with color and light - life is dark enough. The art in my home, whether mine, or artists I admire, fills me with inspiration and joy.

Monday, February 23, 2015

New Artists & Makers


Last November, a new print magazine from Interweave called Artists & Makers was released. It seamlessly blends creativity with business and contains topical and useful articles about every aspect of being a working artist. The editor, Jeannine Stein, shared her thoughts with me about the publication in a previous blog post here.

The second issue has just been released and it looks every bit as good as issue one. Take a minute and have a look inside here.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Week Links: 38

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 38...


The beauty of abandoned buildings in NYC from Will Ellis.

Paperology 101 - a truly informative lesson - from Blick.

How cool is this chair - and the video that goes along with it - from Tjep.

Magnificent Obsessions: the Artist as Collector. Wish I were in London for this one.

Clever 3D illustrations using common objects by Victor Nunes on I Need a Guide.

Powerful artwork that modernizes history by Titus Kaphar, also from I Need a Guide.

Derek "Deek" Diedricksen builds one of his tiny houses inside The Empty Spaces Project gallery in Putnam, CT as part of a 3-day workshop. And you can sign up here.


And because you can never, ever have enough inspirational sites to visit.....


99 top design and craft journalists, bloggers and media to follow on Twitter from The Design Trust.

100 fresh blogs and websites for creative professionals to follow in 2015 from Creative Boom.