Be Kind to You

We’ve made it to March Chicago, just two more months till stuff starts blooming!  We all beat ourselves up for not being productive enough all the time, but, why not give yourself a break? I like this quote a lot: 




On Confidence

This quote from the 48 laws of power, (full disclosure I have not read) is a wonderful sculpting and painting tip, I see so many students doing wonderful work, but then they slow down and get lost and start overworking, during class I ask them to step away if they’re not sure what to do next, but this quote is eloquently written and sounds much better than me saying quit picking or quit smoothing!

”If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily  corrected with more audacity.”

My favorite teacher, Simon Kogan, would have me resculpt a piece rather than  smoosh all the energy and spontaneity of the first marks. 

Go forth and create my friends- just remember to step away. 


I have so much work to do at the studio for my quickly approaching show, but I'm wearing slippers. and it's cold and rainy, so I thought I would recommend to you and me both this quote by Stephen Pressfield:

"Procrastination is the most common manifestation of resistance because it is the easiest to rationalize."

It is from the book The War of Art and I highly recommend it. You can easily find it on Amazon below or at your local bookstore.

And now, I'm going to the studio, and I'm bringing my slippers!

Our FIRST 2D Workshop!

This is the 4th year Simon has come to share his wisdom with us, lots of wine, food ideas and ink flowed over the course of the weekend. We worked hard to make ugly drawings in ink and pencil, and were all wildly successful. If we were too good, you would get this treatment:  your brush, attached to a 3 ft pole taped to your arm, Mary was the only one who suffered this invaluable lesson, the rest of us were in no danger of making anything too pretty!

 On Saturday, before the class started, we went to the Murakami Exhibit, it was my 4th time, but seeing it with Simon was like seeing it for the first time, he made me understand in a whole different way, as he often does.  When he comes through town next year, we will organize a group tour of the Art Institute with Simon asour docent.

Mary using a lengthy brush to improve her skills!  You go girl!

Mary using a lengthy brush to improve her skills!  You go girl!

Thank you Simon, we can't wait for you to return!


So... this happened

I broke my left wrist - and I'm a lefty... d'oh😣   I was swinging on a money bar and let go and slipped on my very ungraceful dismount, I broke the tip of my ulna off and laterally cracked the head of my radius. Here on my cast, I illustrated the damage!:



Good art never stops revealing itself

Static images deliver the information they contain instantly. But they also have the capacity to reveal the whole process of their making, as well as the depth of their narrative, over an extended period of investigation, meditation, and  analysis. Paintings are especially unique in this quality. Good art never stops revealing itself. And though that I can take in an image in its totalityn an instant, great images reveal their secrets slowly. The more complex and image, the slower the revelation.

Kit White 101 Things to Learn in Art School

In my opinion the same thing, goes for sculpture and it is the reason why I strive to get beyond representional art. When you have a lovely model in front of you, the tendency is to try and capture every nuance of that model, and that's fun and very difficult to do and an excellent exercise, but in the end, it doesn't feed my soul, and there's only so much to reveal. When I (or my students) make things from imagination or reinterpret the model, it becomes something more, and takes longer to reveal itself, that's when I get the feedback that I love to hear, which starts with 'it reminds me of....' and ends with things I've never even thought of- which means I've sparked the viewers imagination and made them look, score! 

The Flame

The Flame

Aesthetics matter- do the work!

As an artist and a teacher of art, I always want to encourage anyone's efforts because making art is sometimes hard and is definitely a hard way to make a living.  Who I do begrudge though, is those that eschew aesthetics altogether create a pile of trash and slap an incohesive string of artspeak next to it and call it art. I don't understand it and I don't understand why people buy into it- for six figures and more sometimes, that annoys me to no end, it started with Duchamp in the 60s under the title Dada and sadly continues to this day. This article by Roger Kimball hits that nail on the head:

here is an excerpt :

The spirit of Duchamp is such an abiding influence in the art world that we are tempted to forget that Duchamp did not attempt to revolutionize art, he attempted to destroy it. No one was more surprised by the absorption of Dada into the canon of art than Duchamp himself. “I threw the bottle rack and the urinal into their faces as a challenge,” he noted contemptuously, “and now they admire them for their aesthetic beauty.” 


So, my work is being featured at this lovely event, the home is stunning, it was designed by Charles Adler(of Adler Planetarium fame for you non Chicagoans!) we are bringing my horses, along with several of the bronze pieces, would love to see you guys there! And if you can't make it don't worry -I'll take pics;)


I'm a Cover Girl......

Well, my sculpture is a cover girl, which is way better! Thanks to the Palette & Chisel, for putting my work on this years catalog- I can't believe it's been 10 years I've been teaching there, I never imagined how much I would love teaching. I'm quite certain I've learned more from my students than I've taught them- so a million thank yous to you all!