It's been over 6 months now. since we all began our lockdown. Too many people have died and too many are sick or will carry something from Covid 19 the rest of their life. I have been working and staying in my studio as much as possible. I keep my masks handy and try to social distance. As artists, we are used to being alone with our ideas and work, so it has not been too bad. I miss Art Openings and seeing my friends, but eventually we will get past this. It is a great time to organize and be creative. I hope that you are finding some positives in this time. Thinking of you!
So, almost a year since I have blogged, not good! A lot has happened. I moved to Lucas, TX, to be near my family. It was a lot of work, searching to find a house, packing, moving, etc... I did not do a good job of packing and I have too much stuff, so I used 2 moving trucks, if you allow for the fact that Square Cow Movers is terrible and kept 1/4 of the last truck for their supplies. If you are thinking of moving and especially if you get a head person named Aaron, don't use them! Everything had a scratch, I am still missing some things. However, here I am. Now, I'm working on setting up mu art studio in a double garage. It's been difficult, but now a sink is installed, the kiln is wired, and there are more lights and outlets.
We are all inside with the fear of the Covid 19 virus. To go to a store, we have to wear mask and gloves, but stores are finally open here in Texas. I've done a few digital works, which are in the digital slide show, but here's a couple for this page.
The last day of July, the low today was 73, but I missed it by sleeping in until after 8, darn! The high is 94, if the humidity was not also 94, it could be tolerable. We often are thankful for the invention of air conditioning, otherwise I'm not sure paint would dry easily.
I recently finished a painting with a friend/ client in mind., I don't have a photo, but as soon as I do I will post it. It's titled GT Time, as we often have gin and tonics while discussing our lives. Sharing ideas with friends is so important. In a way blogging is sharing ideas, although it's sometimes a one way conversation.
I have done a few oil paintings lately and I'm enjoying getting back to the smells of oil and mediums. In fact as new medium for me is wax. It adds a lot of texture and some translucence to the paint. I do have a couple of photos from that. I'll add them to this blog.
I hope everyone's having a creative summer!
Mother's Garden was my first effort into the wax medium world. It is sold.
Friday I gathered with my art friends, we call ourselves Synergy because our energy is greater as a group than as an individual artist. We share ideas, help critique each other's art works and support each other as friends. I am fortunate to know these talented people.
We turned in our latest art work to the Pearl Fincher Fine Arts Museum Friday, we will have a group show in the community gallery beginning June 2. The show will be up thru the end of June, I hope those in the area can visit it. The show is called New Directions. All of the works are 12" x 36", which was a challenge.
Baby It's Cold Outside! Indeed it is and that song's intentions are now in question. It's a crazy world we live in! I deal with it by doing art and meeting with friends. I enjoy a good book as well. Life is full of joys and pain. Hopefully we all get more of the first.
My day begins with coffee and a sketch, now that the weather is not so hot that I have to rush out to beat the heat! It's cool here today, in the 40's, unusual for the Texas Gulf Coast. I enjoy the change, even when it comes with some rain. Actually, give me a crash bang thunder storm and I'm happy as can be! Rain is good, until it's not...Harvey for instance.
After the sketch, I catch up on news, walk the pups and go to the studio. I love spending the day creating, making new things, dreaming ideas...Life's good!
One problem with my creative time, is that I forget about some practical things that I should take care of. Yesterday I left out chicken and my freshly made chili....all night! Bummer! No chili today! Soup?
Yes, soup... there is a can of clam chowder!
Keep warm and enjoy whatever comes to your today!!
August was such a busy month with all the preparations for the art exhibition at the Jung
Center in Houston with my artist friends Rosanne Hudson and Michelle O'Michael As we prepared to deliver our works, hurricane Harvey hit Texas. The Houston area was hit with heavy rain and flooding. We could not deliver our paintings as planned since the roads were flooded! We were supposed to hang on the 1st of September, but it was actually Tuesday the 5th when we hung with the assistance of Dianne Griffin Gregory, who made curatorial decisions and hung the show. Michelle's husband, Steve, and assistant brought in the sculptures. It was exciting to see the show come together! The opening was on the 9th, Houston had not quite recovered and still has not, but a good crowd showed up and a good time was had by all. This coming week is the last, so I am hoping to get some more friends in to see the show! It's a good one.
Let me know if you would like me to meet you at the show!!
Summer in Texas, is a good time to stay in and paint! As a Michigander, the winter often trimmed our sails and we got projects done, here it's the summer! As you may have noticed on Facebook, I have been updating my Artist page and now back to my web page! Meanwhile, two new paintings are in progress. As each layer dries, I take a moment to catch up on photographing artworks or organization....not my best suit! However, I keep working on it!!
The day always begins with coffee, a bit of caffeine to get the motor running, and feed the furry ones. Off we are into nature, regardless of the temps. Of course this time of year, the earlier the better. I take that time to reflect and contemplate the works that I have going. I really enjoy being out in nature, especially with a bit of breeze...
Then the dogs come home to relax while I get to the studio. It is in my house, so it's busy day and night. Right now a small group show at the Jung Center in Houston, September 2017, is also getting attention! I am sorting and making sure that all paintings are ready to hang. The opening is September 9th, but we deliver our art on August 31st.
May already! I continue to paint, but have found that some challenges are better met with digital imaging, there is an intellectual challenge to combing photos, while creating an interesting composition that will bring the viewer in. As with my paintings, I like some structure such as bridges to unite ideas. I have posted some of my digital works, linking them to the digital image on the home page. More will come soon.
Christmas time is here, presents are bought or made... I do need to do some wrapping, but really want to create!
My potter's wheel was broken, the belts disintegrated into many pieces, just before my kids were coming to use it with me.... I was sure that I could put the new belts on, but it was much too hard! The Ceramic Store to the rescue! I drove the wheel into Houston and their repair man got it all together. Now it's ready for me to throw some pots. I enjoy many forms of art and this is one of them. While the grand daughters were here, they hand built some pieces. They turned out really nice! I need to fire them, so I may as well make some of my own to fill up the kiln!
In the indoor studio, I have been working on an oil painting. I usually work in acrylics, but wanted to explore oils again. In college, one had to master oils before they could use acrylics... I like the way the oils blend and the luminous nature, but the drying time was always an issue. I've bought Galkyd, which is a fast drying medium, this time of year I am busy enough that I am not hanging over the paintings, anxious for them to dry, so it's fun to experiment! Also, I saw the Dorothy Hook show in Corpus Christi. Her works were all in oils, and I loved them! So, with a little inspiration, I am going to have something to share with you in January!!
I am in a show at Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen, the GOLD Show, see the flyer below. The piece on the top, second from the left is mine: "Traversing the Golden Forest." The opening was Monday and the show is up until January 12, 2017, when it will go on to St. Luke's Hospital in The Woodlands, I hope that you can get by to see it!
Sue moved to Lucas, TX in 2019, after may years in Houston. Burke Studio continues, just a new location!! She was born in Michigan, but has lived in many states since. In Texas there is a saying, I wasn't born here, but I got here as soon as I could! It has become home in every way. Houston has such a vibrant art scene, it's a great place to be for an artist! There are always art shows to see as well as fellow artists to share with and I am fortunate to have family nearby.