Rising to the Occasion—in more ways than one…

Kudos on so many levels!  Your efforts in the last exercise of letting go of expectations, of not holding tight to  pre-conceived imagery, of allowing satisfying  pages to go the way of the wind and your willingness to see what might be “around the next corner”, even if it meant mud or mayhem, has led to some sophisticated, inspired works in progress.  I spent a good deal of time with them on Sunday and they made hungry to see the next moves.

Now is the time to ask yourself what may they be about?  What do you see  in them when you gaze for a while and when you squint and when you turn them around?  Where is the chord struck?  If you have time to noodle on the internet or stick your nose in an art book, look at some artist’s work you admire and let the  their vision wash over you.  No need to study or even read. Just, as I like to say, NOTICE WHAT YOU NOTICE and see how that informs what comes next. 

In the mean time take pleasure in looking at these two WEB albums, both courtesy of Shawn’s camera. (So happy she got more photos upstairs during our open studio than I did.) Again, appreciate both your concentrated efforts of bringing your work to exhibition ( http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=JoAnnGilles&target=ALBUM&id=5560455937878137441&authkey=Gv1sRgCKnQm5-fpdyWcg&feat=email ) and the playful teamwork of our holiday party.  Thomas Kinkead never had it so good.  (  http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=JoAnnGilles&target=ALBUM&id=5560409776173051105&authkey=Gv1sRgCMD78PS6nc3e5wE&feat=email ) If you play the slide show for the holiday party it gives a good feel for the evening–great fun!

Go Ducks!

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