Thursday, June 30, 2011

processing a workshop

12x6 pastel on Uart

4x4 pastel field sketch(on art spectrum suede, taped into sketchbook)
It's been a while since my last blog entry. So much has been going on in my head that I wasn't ready to post. 9 days with Richard McKinley and then 5 more on my own in the San Juan islands to digest my thoughts brings me to a point where I can finally share.

When I was in the workshop I produced absolute crud. Enough said.
I will go on to the whys. In a workshop one takes in so much information. It turns and swirls with the ideas already in your head. The object is to own the ideas, your ideas, no one else's.
Short way of saying that the two pastels above represent the door to my path. My idea.

Another thing that has been nibbling at me is time. Maybe it's really taking huge bites. Time is limited and painting needs time. In short, I will be blogging a lot less. I need to get invested in my bigger ideas and not open the computer. I will miss all my blogger friends, but I realize it is time.

So that's it for now. I will be back when I have something worth while to show and say.

14 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

I never expect to make anything good at a workshop - you are supposed to learn new things. I'd say that probably (I am sure of it) did happen, and that is evident by what you say.

The idea of taping a pastel sheet in the sketchbook is simple, but I never thought of it. You always teach me things. That is an awesome image in there.

Jala Pfaff said...

I love that second one, the colors.

I'm having huge problems with time lately, too. Art requires so much mental time, even when not actively painting.

Cindy Michaud said...

McKinley, in particular, leaves one overwhelmed and gasping for air (in a good way)...we can become a slave to our own habits...good for you for finding some breathing room to sort it all out! That, for me, is inspiration enough from your blog!

Brian McGurgan said...

Hi Loriann! You and I seem to be in a similar place - I've just "retired" my own blog for very much the same reason. I'll keep an eye out for your future posts when they come and will also check in on your website now and then. Happy painting!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hi Loriann. I will miss you and your regular blog posts, of course. But I am excited for you and cheer your commitment to your own journey. If not in your blog, I hope you still chronicle your art thoughts in some way. All the best! Kvan

Anonymous said...

Hi Loriann,
Enjoy the journey. I think that you have been very generous with your time by posting an entry nearly every day. Your blogger friends will be here. It has been evident that for the past few months your art has been going towards a another level. I agree that art does take time-time to create, process, go back to and reflect upon. I know that your electronic journal is not coming to an end it is just going on hiatus.

NJ ART 73

"I cannot expect even my own art to provide all of the answers-only hope it keeps asking the right
questions"
Grace Hartigan

SamArtDog said...

Loriann--
I think your introspective moment in the San Juans has served you well. Blogging has been a remarkable experience, hasn't it? As much of an art form as any other and as artful as honestly looking at one's own place in time. For sure, it's been one of the most remarkable and unforeseen things to ever happen to me, and you're a large part of that.

Lately, I've detected something happening for many people in this wonderful world of art blogs, a change I think should be allowed to become whatever we all will become. Like a blank canvas, it's kind of scary but also quite exciting. Unexpected things change us, but I'm pretty sure that what brought us all here and connected us will never change.

I don't know what will happen next, but I'd like to think this blog will always (whatever that means) be where we can find each other. And ourselves, when we need to.

Karin Goeppert said...

Hello!
I really understand what you are saying about the work done at workshops and about retreating a bit. I did two workshops this year with Astrid and she told me: get out of any forum and just paint, paint, paint and think. And that is basically what I did and it was a very good advise.
But I have enjoyed you blog very much. And I really like your work.

Celeste Bergin said...

the work comes first! everyone will still be here when and if you are back to blogging. A scroll through your blog is always a major treat.

B Boylan said...

Loriann,
As always, I am inspired by your inner discoveries and art. Blogging is fun but it takes time that you can never get back for painting. Enjoy your life doing just what you love the most...painting! Will drop by when you do post and I suppose we will see more delicious 'eye candy' for sure. All my best!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

I've just been catching up with all that you have posted. Since I found your blog one of the things that has most impressed and inspired me is your boundless energy and generosity. To be so productive in painting, to teach, blog, recover from an illness, aswell as all the humdrum everyday stuff takes so much time and energy that I have often wondered how you fit it all in. I am pleased for you, that you are freeing up more time for painting. The investment will be worth it, exciting times lie ahead.
Best wishes.

Adam Cope said...

fermentation & incubation calls to you, n'est pas?

create well, live well

be well Loriann

'Painting is a practice and not a theory' - adam cope (as quoted by Robert Genn)

loriann said...

Hi Casey,Jala, Cindy, Brian, NJ, Sam, Karin, Celeste, Brenda, Lisa and Adam,

Thanks for your support!It seems like any of us are suffering with the issue of time.
Loriann

loriann said...

Casey,
Glad you like the tip. After searching for the perfect sketchbook, that doesn't exist ..I made it.

Cindy, learning not to be a slave to our habits...good way to put it.

Thanks Kvan, I will be checking on you.

Sam, I have really enjoyed our connection. I will be in touch.