Tuesday, February 9, 2010

About Inspiration

"Birth of Venus" 10 x 36
Opening night challenged me to see things differently. I found myself unable to completely answer some of the questions asked. So now I'm trying to put it all into the bigger picture.

You asked me what my inspiration was for your painting. It may be the way the fog sat heavily on the hillside. Or the way the colors filtered through the light. Or the way the wild grass seemed to dance in the mist.

My first impression is very different from what was captured by my camera. And the thing that my hand creates from that image is even further removed from the original. I don't know exactly how the image will evolve when I begin. I may have an idea in my minds eye, but I allow the conditions of the day to guide my hand. If I am relaxed the work takes on a softness, if I am anxious, my nervous energy transfers through my hand to the canvas.

When the painting is complete, it rests. And then I see something entirely new. It is as if this thing I painted is a mirror which reflects my personal histories.

Now you see the work with different eyes. And you bring all your own memories and associations. Your impressions can be so different from my own. And that is what I love about art. That it is different and unique for every person.

I try to create something beautiful. But it is you who gives it life. And that is inspiration enough.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

February 4th ArtWalk Downtown Seattle

For those of you coming downtown for the first Thursday ArtWalk this week in Seattle, I have a few suggestions for your walking tour.

ArtWalk officially starts at 6pm, but come early and start your night at ChezShea. Chez Shea is a beautifully intimate restaurant and bar in the Pike Place Market. Buy yourself a glass of wine and enjoy one of their delicious appetizers while enjoying the art of Laura Marks.

It's 6pm, and you are now ready to begin the journey south to Patricia Rovzar Gallery. This month she features the work of yours truly. It's my first major solo show, and I can't wait to see how the work looks in her fabulous corner location on 2nd and University.

Next stop: Pioneer Square. Anne Siems is showing at GroverThurston Gallery in Occidental Square. The newest work looks phenomenal. Anne has been inspirational to my own development as an artist.

Finish off the night at the Collins Pub, base of Smith Tower on 2nd Ave. Enjoy your beer and pub grub while checking out the "fetish dolls" of Shaun Doll.

There is loads of art to visit this month, and I would love to post it all. Stop downtown another time during February and see what else is up.

Hope to see you on Thursday night!