Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Art talk

I flew down to the Cape this past weekend. Well not literally, but almost with the way traffic flows. It took four hours to our hotel on Cape Cod and another half hour or so to the Blue Heron Gallery. Its end of the season and time to pick up any unsold art. Sadly there were a lot to pick up. Sales continue to be a struggle, not only for me, but for all the artists in the gallery.

I traveled with my friend Sandy. Conversation through two days of driving was stimulating to say the least. I don't know what it is with Sandy and me, but get us together and we discuss art, our goals and desires deeper than with anyone else I know.

I think it has to do with the questions she poses.

Sandy lives an hour away and is an elementary school art teacher. (Those lucky kids. She really teaches them a great foundation!) Consequently we don't get to see each other frequently. Conversation always starts with, What have you been painting lately? ...but goes much further. Short term goals. Long term goals. How have they changed since we last talked about them? Why have they changed? Desires to travel to different places to paint. Workshops. Workshops you need to travel to. Sandy would love to take one in Scottsdale, AZ. She tried to talk me into joining her, but my desires lie somewhere else.

We both expressed a feeling of being on the brink of something very good and wishing we had time to just paint without the typical responsibilities of life. For myself, its as though a deeper understanding of what I'm trying to do with paint is circling in my head. I feel if I had the time to devote to it, I'd create something at a higher level than my usual. It all makes sense in my brain. I just need to make my paintbrush do it! I talked about wishing I was on an art retreat. Nothing to block my mind, just there to paint. Somehow I'm sure something would break through and emerge from within.

We wished we were painting.
All this talk about our desires, yet stuck in the car...

Wouldn't it be great if at the end of our drive we would be on a painting retreat? Our suppressed desire to paint would burst out on canvas! Why don't we rent a house during February school vacation and do just that? Paint without interruption. We wouldn't even have to go far. Stay in Maine and paint indoors. Just be out of our homes so laundry, cleaning and errands are far from our minds. Paint. Paint all day and keep each other stimulated with conversation. What a great idea!

After returning home, I scoured the internet in search of the perfect "home" to do this at. I think I found it. It has four bedrooms, so we need to get two other artists on board. I don't think that'll be hard to do.

The house in question is on the ocean with lots of windows for good light. There's plenty of room to set up easels everywhere. The plan is to bring drop cloths and paint our brains out! Well its not really our brains we want to pour out, more out hearts, but you get the idea...

Karen Choquet laughed when I invited her to join us. "You're always up to something, aren't you?"

Oh, for certain!

(Posted are a few of the tiny 4x4" paintings I did for the November art show.)


  1. I have to make a trip to the Cape soon to do the same disagreeable task. Good luck in finding two artists who would want to paint that boring ocean while staying in a shack on the rocks! LOL!

  2. Wow, beautiful venue and great plan! That would be such a blessing.

  3. Je serais bien tentée... mais j'espère que bientôt tu pourras venir peindre en France... Bisous

  4. Oh wow. First the house is awesome. Second-- I so related to wishing you could paint something deeper and better etc if only your brush would cooperate. THat's how I am feeling about writing. I feel there is something inside of me I want to write and get across but haven't found out yet how to get it out.
    I hope all of you do this retreat.

  5. What a great post Susan...Actually, it doesn't sound like a bad idea....but its more like a seems like every time I want to paint, laundry, cooking, taking Dad to the senior center, picking up the grandkids from school, food shopping, .....all gets in the way! hmmm, that house on the beach is beginning to look good..!

  6. I think you have hit the brain waves of about every artist out there. If only...
    Great idea about the retreat and the painting, painting, painting. Go for it.

  7. I think if we didn't feel like we want to go deeper with our art, we wouldn't be artists...

  8. Anotehr great post they just keep coming. I tried to send you an email Susan hope you got it.


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