Friday, 20 June 2008
Karen Hanrahan's visiting post
I asked Karen the write a post on the day that my post appears on her blog.
We became friends through blogging.
Here is her post .
In asking for guest authors, South African Painter, Thea Burger chimed right in. She's the one who painted the tea cup in my header.
She asked if I'd write a guest piece for her too and I thought what a lovely idea. We planned to post on the same day!
I have an artist in me, I see things artfully, think things artfully, and some say I speak artfully (blush). I have a portfolio of work from high school and college. Nothing of which I'd reproduce today. Drawings of faces in pencil that are so minutely detailed, I'd need a magnifying glass to work on ? I just don't have the patience or expression for that anymore. I am not an artist that produces things day in day out, I am not an artist who uses a medium that one might find a bit of it in my hair, I lack a niche, a consistant medium, and I certainly lack discipline. I want to dress arty - you know one glance and you'd think - yeah that's an artist. Nope - I dress ala JCPenny. I have no idea what image that portrays. Probably just very ordinary. UGH - I hate being ordinary!
I did set up a studio finally for my current collage work, and when I am inspired I will do a piece or two. My very old oak drawing table pleases me greatly as a piece of furniture. As an active surface for producing art ? Sometimes it looks more like a closet. Last month I did 4 collages in preparation for a conference. I liked the way the pieces turn out. It satisfies me to create them but past that, I don't see anyone saying hey - are those for sale?
This to me describes the classic starving artist persona, if I had to earn a living as an artist. I'd die. Yet there is this part of me that wonders what might that be like? What does it feel like to be a full fledged in demand artist? Thus the title of my post: Mother Earth is a Collage Artist. I'm just going to fake it.
Below is a cropped section of one of those four collages I did last month.
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K a r e n H a n r a h a n
Wellness Educator ~ Consultant ~ Blog Author