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I have spent several days in a row working in my sketchbook preparing for the November exhibit at the StutzARTSpace Gallery entitled "Uncovered: Food for Thought". I have been trolling my old sketchbooks where, from time to time, I park my brain 1) to hold that idea, 2) to develop an old idea, 3) to play around with parts of old ideas, 4) to read old lists of things or series I was going to paint. These books are my treasures. Some ideas will never come to fruition, but some remind me that I had some good plans, but got distracted.
What has really caught my attention, though, are old class notes from my Herron days---not that long ago. Remember, I am a 2002 Herron grad, therefor a Young Painter. I poured over old class assignments from one of the best painting and drawing teachers in the universe-Mark Jacobson. The assignments are detailed and thoughtful and totally helpful today. Then there are the comments about many completed series. They remind me of my strengths …

Eating on the Road

Eating on the Road...
Well, not really sitting on the road and eating or not roadside eating, either.... Question: "What should the focus be if you are driving the backroads from Denver to Indianapolis?" After googling this and that about Nebraska and Kansas, and after stopping to see Willa Cather's girlhood home in Red Cloud, Nebraska, and following the old Oregon Trail for a bit, we decided that what grabbed our attention the most was Road Food. In Homestead, Nebraska, I had my first encounter with Watermelon Pie! and so I had to turn my experience into ART. You can even make some pie for yourself.

Drawing Happens to be a Passion of Mine

A First Friday is different from the annual Stutz Artists Show which just happened. On a First Friday, the studio is still a working place but we hope you will drop in to see what's going on or just to have some conversation. It's much quieter. It might be messy around here. And there's time for some thoughtful conversation.
Then, you can stay for the opening reception of the current StutzARTSpace gallery show. I am in charge of the food, so I hope it's good! and that there is enough! Come early.....I am bringing along some of your favorites, such as "Devils on Horseback" and that spicy Mexican cheesy dip. Tasty. Those go fast.
But most important (oh, yea...)is the art. Come and see my series of 3 drawings featuring my good friend, Lorraine, who modeled for me. Actually, almost of my subjects are people whom I know pretty well.
The gallery will be open all afternoon as well as the studios (just no food at the gallery in the afternoon. So what'…

Art and Life

This weekend I witnessed two of life's greatest mysteries.
I met our little granddaughter, Chloe Maxine Conovitz, when she was only 30 minutes old and was totally enthralled with this little new life. As she stretched and gazed quietly around the room, we were all filled with the greatest hopes and dreams for her. These were the sweetest, sweetest moments.
During this time, our little doxie, Lola, was struggling from a serious disease. She was not going to get better. We had to make the painful decision to put her to sleep to keep her from suffering too much. We had to say good-bye to our little companion, a sweet, loving, gentle soul who had made her way into our hearts.
The glorious beginning, the heartbreaking end. In life, we are witness to both. We have wonderful memories of Lola and are so thankful that she came into our life. We learned from Lola the qualities of unconditional love, that each new day has such promise, and to be thankful for the small things (…

Danza #4: First Impressions

The finished art--"Danza #4: First Impressions" will be on exhibit at Indianapolis Arts Garden Circle Center Mall Indianapolis, IN during the month of March and at Central Library in downtown Indianapolis during the month of April.
Danza #4: First Impressions will be available for purchase at auction at the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra's Sterling Season Gala May 8, 2010 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
to request an invitation visit or call 317-940-9607

FIRST FRIDAY, February, 2010

Last October, four women joined me at our home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a creative retreat. For a week we made art---painting, writing, drawing. We worked at the villa, at the beach, on the beautiful Malecon, and in coffee shops, trying to meld our individual styles and visions with the lively, colorful culture of Mexico. We viewed local art at the weekly gallery openings and visited with the artists. We hired the neighbors to model for us and painted together on the veranda. At the end of the day we had a glass of wine, cooked local foods, ate in local restaurants and enjoyed meals that neighbors prepared for us . It was a time of great energy---and we all returned home with much accomplished.
We decided to exhibit our work together and the exhibit is on display through February at the Mass Ave Wine Shoppe in Indianapolis. It's a lively show with lots of color and styles and subjects set against the dark walls of the Mass Ave Wine Shoppe exhibition space. As we a…

The Story Continues-"In the midst of it all, there was singing"

Less than a week ago, a horrific earthquake, epicentered in Port au Prince, hit Haiti. Donna Lively Clark, my musician partner in the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra's Notable Arts project, is still trying to get news of a good friend who arrived in the capital last week. It is a very emotional time and an emotional subject. (update: Donna's friend has been located, living on a baseball field, having escaped the school with no means of communication.)

"Danza #4: First Impressions" was finished a week before the tragic disaster. The music piece always projected an underlying sadness to me. Listening to the music as I worked, recalling details of Donna's experiences in Haiti, and viewing photographs of the school and its students and teachers, I was moved to capture the spirit of all of these things: Haitian people, facing difficulties constantly and now, overwhelmingly, and the role that music and art plays in these people's lives. The more I lived with Da…

First Impressions

Welcome! I invite you to read my thoughts about art making (art making is much harder than people think!) and art viewing. I often wonder who stops to think about what purpose art has in today's world and why we are even making art. I welcome your thoughts, too.
So, here's what's been going on:
In the Fall of 2009, I was pleased to be invited to participate in a project called Notable Arts, which pairs a participating Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra musician with an Indiana artist. My partner musician, Donna Lively Clark, a violist with the ICO, selected and played for me music she finds inspirational--------- Danza #4, by Haitian Classical Composer, Ludovic Lamothe. Donna explained that she and other musicians from the United States and other countries travel to Haiti periodically to teach in a music school in Port au Prince and music camps in two small communities outside the city. When introducing me to Danza #4, Donna spoke lovingly of the children and adults who…