For those who can’t help themselves when they see a sketchbook, to ask “may I look?” there is an upcoming show for you called Little Black Book at Mills Pond House. This exhibit deals with the sketch phase before the “main” art is created. The show displays the translation of sketch/ idea/ concept to the finished art piece. I am very excited to be participating in the show, as keeping a sketchbook is nourishment for me as an artist. My The Tree painting will be among those exhibited, however I will not be going to the opening, which is June 13th 2-4pm.
I’ve decided to take a “sabbatical” of sorts and follow my soul to a very rural place far away for a silent retreat. I’ve always wanted to do one of these type retreats and I’ve finally got the opportunity to have the experience.
To be silent for a few weeks, not plugged in, no Internet or e-mail, no telephone no TV, no talking… and no blog.
I hope to do journaling, for me that means visual journal with my sketchbooks. Many years ago I religiously kept a visual journal and only this past December I blog about it, SEE. So much inspiration came from that experience and many paintings.
The last few years have been topsy-turvy for me, as those close to me have witnessed. Healing is my ultimate goal, and reconnecting with my creativity. I don’t know what to expect really, I sort of think of it as an adventure. I’ve long been an introspective person, seeking answers within myself rather then the outside world. I don’t know which is right or wrong if any, it just is. And with that said I will certainly blog when I get back about my experience and perhaps show some art from the experience.
In the meantime go to the show, enjoy your life. Watch the sunset this evening. See you in July.
"To draw a great deal and not to reflect too much." Henri Matisse
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Back from my "Sabbatical" I managed to go see the show and was moved by some of the personal vulnerabilities of what the artists were saying in their sketchbooks. I thought it was a pretty good show. FYI the show is up till July 10th.
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