Okay here is the post that was meant for last Saturday! Its always fun when your phone bogs up and deletes all your hard work, but now I have it back again, yay! So last week on the 12th, I went to an art show in my home town and talked to a few artists. The Art center of Battle Creek is celebrating its 70th anniversary, hence the name of this show being “70 artists 70 artworks.” There were so many artists, too many to write and share about, so I’m just going to write about the artists I got a chance to talk to.
A few years back I saw George Martinez at an art walk. I talked to him at this show first because his work previously inspired me to look outside of the traditional ways of making art. He said the inspiration for his work happened while cutting hair. He went to sweep up the fallen pieces and noticed the pile had a distinctive shape. After playing around with the shape, he had unintentionally created his own form of art. That small act of discovery led him to using hair clippings in his paintings as an outline and for texture. Like all artistic forms, some people may not see the true art behind his work. I honestly think that his way of creating is interesting and cool because he used what was in his own surroundings to make it. I have never forgotten his work because of the difference of his style. If you are interested, this is a link (from his Facebook page) to the picture “Bethany” that changed what I thought about art.
After talking with George I noticed one of my favorite teachers from middle school Mrs. Doyle, and talked with her about random stuff. I was later embarrassed because I didn’t notice the name tag on her that said she was one of the artists. When I got to a painting and saw her name below, I felt awful that I didn’t get the chance to talk to her about her piece. I messaged her later and got to know a bit more about her. She said she had been doing watercolor for about 6 years but that she was originally inspired by a teacher when she went to college for her teaching degree. Seeing her art shifted something within me, its interesting because as a kid I never got the chance to see her artwork. I think her art reflects the care that she once gave me as a student… if that makes any sense. I’m actually not sure how to describe it other than having a new awareity and respect for being taught by her.
While randomly looking for artists, I ran into Selena. I found out she was once an art teacher as well. I showed her some of my art and told her that I’d like to get into more realistic work but that I haven’t been able to understand it yet. She talked to me about shape and color and how everything is just made up of individual pixels. She said, once you understand and see that, realism begins to get a bit easier. I thought it was pretty cool that she took the time to talk and try and help. I look forward to seeing more of her work in the future.
I briefly got the chance to talk to Kimber. Her picture, that I took with my phone, is more impressive in person. Each stripe had it’s own category of shows, hand drawn, that have been aired on TV. The red stripe at the bottom had cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and the Pink Panther. The white stripe above it had news clips and the red above that had sports. It went on to many other types of shows on television. It was pretty cool to see each individual drawing. She said the original is a lot bigger then this canvas one, but it still looked really cool. Her other works include many murals around Battle Creek and collaborative projects with other artists. You can check out more of her work on her website http://www.kimbervision.com/commissions-2017.html.
Lastly, I got the chance to speak with Toni. She recently started doing resin pours but really enjoys seeing the process of the finished product. I thought her title “Galactic” was perfect for her piece. She also does sign art which you can check out on her site: www.squareup.com/store/tg-creations. I hope to see more of her art soon too!
Well it took a full week to write this post but I’m glad I finally did! I’m thinking about taking a short break from the blog to fix a few problems with some software programs that I normally use. That and I’d like to restructure the look of this site and make it ready for the upcoming events: “Heart of Art” at the Art center and the Spring into the arts in downtown Battle Creek. I may pop in a few times to write up a few short posts but for now I would like to keep my schedule open for these projects. You may have already noticed that the ads have been removed and that the site is now just http://www.unfoldingtheheart.com. I’m happy to say that after 6 years of writing on this blog I have purchased the .com and am going to start running with my dream of becoming an artist! See you soon and wish me luck 😉 !