Posts Tagged ‘life of an artist’

Just wanted to share

February 18, 2017

At the height of my hand injury, I was going stir crazy about not making art, not knowing when I would be able to make art, not having control with my painting hand, and not even being able to write properly. My writing looked like a child’s. I decided to keep busy making things, in […]

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Diving In (Gina's Window), acrylic on panel, 36 x 48

The Oak and the Cypress: Diving In (Gina’s Window)

October 7, 2016

…And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” Excerpt from “On Marriage” by Kahlil Gibran This body of work is about being married, or in a long-term relationship. When I’m thinking, I always look […]

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Hand-Marbled Paper

Discovery

October 7, 2016

Learning something new somehow refreshes the soul, doesn’t it? I felt like I was walking on air after a friend taught me how to marble this paper.

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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

September 25, 2016

Deinstalling an exhibition is emotional work. It’s the end of something you’ve worked very hard for, you find yourself looking at empty walls once again, packing up the car and holding a little box of plastery nails and gnarled wire…when you’re used to making things instead of tearing them down, it’s tough. I just closed […]

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Work-in-progress, Stage 2

Behind the Scenes (The Painting Fought Back)

March 7, 2016

The author David Foster Wallace once said something like, When writing a book, there always comes a time where you fall to the ground and bang your head against the floor. I see a lot of parallels between writing and painting, but I don’t feel this way with every painting because there are some that […]

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If Renoir Can Do It…

January 16, 2016

I watch this video of Renoir, painting with his curled-up arthritic hands. Then I think how dedicated he must have been to go at it, near the end of his life, with those painful claws. Then I wonder why I have a hard time getting in the studio, when I’m as healthy as they come.

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People's Choice Award, FW 2015

Maura McGurk Wins People’s Choice Award at City Hall Exhibition

October 29, 2015

The Federal Way City Council awarded painter Maura McGurk the People’s Choice Award at their council meeting Tuesday night, in recognition of her mixed media painting, Mia, Siena, Stripes. The work is part of the Arts Alive exhibition currently on view at City Hall. McGurk said that her inspiration for the painting came from two […]

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Garden of Hospital of Arles, 1888, Van Gogh; Photograph of Espace Van Gogh (formerly the hospital), 2015

Road Trip: Van Gogh’s Arles, Part 2

October 29, 2015

Arles has managed to keep the look and feel captured by Vincent van Gogh in 1888. Here is the hospital where he stayed after he cut off his ear. It’s been converted into an art center called Espace Van Gogh, with small souvenir shops (mostly related to art) on the ground level. The garden is […]

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Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night; Van Gogh Cafe in Arles, 2015

Road Trip: Van Gogh’s Arles

October 27, 2015

One of the most stunning places I’ve been to is Arles, in the south of France, specifically retracing some of Van Gogh’s steps. This is where Vincent van Gogh spent about a year – probably the most eventful year of his life. Arles is where he created many of his masterpieces (the painting of his […]

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365 Days of Art: December 27 – NYC Mayor Doesn’t Understand Gorky’s Work

December 27, 2014

December 27, 1935 At the opening for a group exhibition that features one of Gorky’s sketches, for his airport mural, New York City Mayor Fiorella La Guardia meets Gorky, views his work, and tells a reporter: I am conservative in my art, as I am a progressive in my politics. That’s why I perhaps cannot […]

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365 Days of Art: December 25 – Cornell Prefers His Exhibitions to Fall on Christmas

December 25, 2014

December 25 This is one of the most important dates on the calendar for Joseph Cornell, because he is born the day before, on December 24. His associations with happy childhood memories lead him to try to arrange all of his exhibitions to coincide with his birthday, and therefore, most of them fall on Christmas […]

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Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889

365 Days of Art: December 23 – Vincent Cuts Off Ear

December 23, 2014

December 23, 1888 After an argument with his housemate and fellow artist Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh cuts off at least part of his own ear. Many details are missing or unclear, since Vincent himself has no memory of the incident. We know that Gauguin and Vincent are housemates, and that Vincent has been dreaming […]

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365 Days of Art: December 22 – Basquiat is Born

December 22, 2014

December 22, 1960 Jean-Michel Basquiat, painter, player, attention-getter, friend/frenemy to Andy Warhol, is born.

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365 Days of Art: December 20 – Frida and Diego Leave the US

December 20, 2014

December 20, 1933 After almost four years of living in the US to work on Diego’s various mural projects, Diego and Frida depart NYC for Mexico.

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Nathan Oliveira, Seated Woman Fur Coat, 1961

365 Days of Art: December 19 – Nathan Oliveira is Born

December 20, 2014

December 19, 1928 Nathan Oliveira, one of my favorites, is born.

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