What can be better than that brief moment in time when your work space is in perfect order? You know that feeling when everything is in its place, supplies within easy reach, and a new project idea is all set to go?
Well, let me back up a little and share a recent experience prompted by one of those cute little art carts.
I decided to put one next to my work table just like you see in those perfect Pinterest pictures. In went a few pencils, brushes, and gesso. Hmm, maybe I should sort my pencils by color and type before continuing. Oh, and my paints really could be organized according to the color wheel.
Before I knew it, the apocalypse swept over my entire studio and this happened
Needless to say, I spent the entire day sorting, excavating, and trying to make decisions on what I might part with to clear out some space. Despite being a minimalist in most areas of my life, all bets are off when it comes to art supplies or any salvaged “junk” that can one day be turned into a work of art. Does this strike a chord with you?
Then, after a couple of days of hard labor, this started to happen
and then this
So now the challenge is keeping it this way.
But of course, once the creative process steps in, I can’t make any promises.
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I was recently introduced to these fabulous semi abstract figures by my talented art teacher, Diane Segal. I just happened to meet Diane in a local art store and knew right away that I wanted to sign up for her workshops. (See below for information on Diane’s upcoming art show in Troy, NY)
I love the potential of these simple figures. After finding magazine and catalog pictures, I traced around them with a thick marker, extending their length in order to lengthen them a bit. From there, I cut them out (just like making paper dolls) and gave them a coat of gesso. They’ll be given their forever colors after I decide how I want to integrate them into various mixed media pieces. I’ll keep you posted on the outcome.
Greetings. So glad you stumbled upon my little spec of cyber space. My name is Joanne Van Genderen. I have a pretty obvious “tell”. If I introduce myself as Joni that means my guard is down and I’m up for almost anything. Joanne, on the other hand, indicates a more formal side of my personality, generally used when I speak to law enforcement to try to get out of a ticket or possibly when I have to pay my water bill, depending on my state of mind.
I love everything about art. I love making art, teaching art, seeing art, talking about art, selling art, buying art, buying art supplies I don’t need, organizing said art supplies in a too small studio….you name it. I even love that moment of frustration when I think what I’m making is pure trash. Even that moment. If you are an artist, you know what I’m talking about.
The purpose of this site differs according who’s explaining it.
Joanne would say, “The purpose of this site is to help lead me to business and career opportunities and extend my on-line reach.” Then you’d hear a bunch of things like “connecting people to my brand” and “search engine optimization”.
Joni, on the other hand, would say something like this…“It’s purely for the fun of putting my art out there with the possibility of someone, anyone really, connecting with my content in some way. And maybe someone likes what they see and wants to buy something, or ask me about my workshops, or invite me to their workshop, or just talk art.”
Another truth about my purpose here is that I really like to write. I missed my calling as a journalist so blogging is the next best thing. And I don’t have to get any of those pesky rejection letters.
My dear friend, Joyce Noerr, introduced me to SoulCollage® yesterday. She is a wonderful facilitator and taught me how to tap into my intuition using this fun process. After creating an entire deck of cards they can be used on a daily basis to provide insight and set daily intentions.
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