Monday, March 16, 2015

What Does It Take to Keep Working

This weekend I attended a birthday party and exhibition for an artist friend who was turning 90 years old.  This is the third such celebration I have attended this year.  

I hope to do a full article on this artist soon so I will keep the identity to myself for now but seeing the work was very inspiring.

So many people give up on their creative pursuits.  They drop by the wayside for many reasons.   What does it take to be one of those who continues to create:  desire, drive, good health, luck, support of family and friends, all of these things.  Making art is not easy.  Most of us do it because we are born "makers" and aren't happy if we aren't in the studio.

Part of the party Saturday was an exhibition of work by this particular artist.  The work had been produced over the last 20-30 years including about 10+ new pieces made during the last 18 months.  I loved seeing the older work next to the new and recognize the brush stroke of this mature painter in all of the paintings.  

Our culture is so youth oriented that older people are often overlooked while in some cultures they are revered.  Look around.  You may be blesses with some very interesting and creative people who have entered the realm of senior citizen.  Enjoy them.  Learn from them.

Congratulations to my friend on such an impressive accomplishment.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Passport To The Arts A Big Success

Drawing by Clemson Alum, Geo Sipp.
Lee Gallery, Clemson University

This was the fourth year for Passport To The Arts a fundraiser for The Art Center in Clemson, SC.  This year they sold out of tickets for this unique event.

The OLLI Center featured a showing of work by art students
at Clemson University

Each ticket holder receives a passport which allows them to ride between exhibitions of art around town.  This year the venues were Lee Gallery at Clemson University, The Bus Terminal for the Clemson Area Transportation Department, The Art Center of Clemson, and the Osher Life Learning Center which is at Patrick Square.  Each location has art, refreshments and music.  In addition to this, each of the buses has entertainment for the riders.  We heard some wonderful poetry and two singer-musicians on the buese. Here are a few shots of the event.

The CAT Bus terminal was lots of fun with an opportunity for art making on
a large scale.

Poet Tony Click read his poetry to riders of one
of the CAT buses. 

The OLLI Center featured a nice three piece jazz combo to
entertain people while they viewed the art.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

South Carolina Clay Conference

Attention all SC potters and pottery lovers!  The City of Newberry PRT is offering a first "ever" Clay Conference, taking place at the Newberry Arts Center in Newberry, SC at the end of February 2015.  I will be speaking to the group on Sunday March 1 on the topic of Building An Art Presence.  Please plan to join us.

For more information and registration details, contact: Marquerite Palmer, Art Program Coordinator, at 803/321- 1015 or e-mail to (

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Putting Down Roots

Tom is pictured putting finishing touches on my studio cabinets.

As you know Tom and I moved just before Thanksgiving.  We are still trying to get things fixed the way we want and need them to be but we are finding out that it takes time to do that.  We moved a number of times when we were first married but at that time we had few worldly possessions and 45 years less of art work!

We are turning the double car garage into a shared studio and Tom is doing the work.  Thank you love.  Besides all the rooms in houses we have used as studio space, Tom has build us 2 studios and is now repurposing the garage as a studio.  In addition to this space we each have small areas inside the house for studio.  All of this is going to be very nice when completed and we are double ready for it to be done.

Tom's cabinets are just in view behind all the still to be stored studio necessities.

While the general process of learning to live in a new home has been moving along nicely we still haven't hung any art and that's getting old.  I'm accustomed to being surrounded by art and this house has some very large walls that need attention.  There is a long hallway with great wall space as well as large walls in the living room.  There are many smaller spots calling for art also....we have our work along with the work of many other artists to select from so it will be a treat to curate this "show".

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Self Critique - Learning to Evaluate Your Own Work - Part 6 - The List

It has been a pleasure for me to share my thoughts and the thoughts of my art friends during the past few weeks regarding how to evaluate your own work or perform what I call Self Critique.  Feeling good about what we do is really great but living in a state of delusion is unfortunate so we have to learn how to find what might be changed and celebrate what is perfect as it is.

Here is a list of ideas on how to help you hone your skill at looking at your work with a sharper eye.

  • There are many answers for any issue in art whether technical or conceptual.  Be willing to take a chance on your ideas.  Be brave and give yourself credit where it is warranted while remaining open to hearing the opinions of others.

  • Work with intention and then evaluate whether or not the finished work fulfilled your intention.

  • Be willing to occasionally suspend judgment and allow your intuition to lead the way.

  • When you view your finished work ask yourself if you would be engaged by this work if it weren't your own?

  • Compare your work to someone's work you admire.  What are the qualities in that work that you admire?  Can you find those qualities in your work?

  • If you attend workshops, look at your work and see if your work still carries too much influence from exercises you may have done.  Have you processed what you learned in a workshop or class in a personal way or does the work still carry the stamp of a workshop project?

  • Does the work have presence or soul?  Can you see or sense the "something special" factor?  

  • Consider how your work fits into today's world.  Does it look fresh or tired?

  • If you are unsure about a work, hang the work and study it over time.  Invite ONE respected friend to address specific questions or concerns you may have.  Remember when doing this, you're looking for input but you don't have to agree with all or any of the possible observations.

  • Be willing to put the work away and review again later.

  • Be willing to invest in your work by spending the time required to know yourself and what you want to say.
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