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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Subjects and Style I Choose are....Because...

Spring Fever.
That is the first "exercise" I had to write about in my first attempts at creating an artist's statement. I am using Alyson B. Stanfield's book, "I'd Rather be in the Studio" as my guide.

I have to say, after writing for the required thirty minutes on that topic alone, I did unearth some things I didn't expect. Namely, that I really am passionate about living, growing things. I know that about myself and yet I hadn't really put it down in words before. Alyson's point that artists have to understand what they are trying to accomplish with their art before they can explain it to others in a coherent fashion really hit home.

Saturday, the first really warm spring like day here, I spent three hours hand-digging a new garden spot with a pick. Then while turning soil in one of my garden spaces from last year, I was plotting and planning how I was going to try and outwit both weather and chipmunks for a more successful growing season this year. I hadn't planned on spending so much time outside, but I was so inspired by the idea of beautiful growing plants. It is no wonder that I love painting them and try to capture the light shining through their leaves.

This is, of course, only one of the required writing exercises. I have a lot more to do. Hopefully digging about in my subconscious will eventually yield a harvest of good ideas to put in my final statement.

If anyone would like to know more about Alyson's ideas on artists and self promotion, check out her blog at She has some really helpful suggestions.

Jeff's Corner: Always call the utility company before digging around in your subconscious!


Alyson B. Stanfield said...

I'm so glad you are finding the exercises helpful, Jeff. Thank you for sharing them.

Muffy is darned cute!

Rob and Amy said...

Got your msg last night - I'll call you later. Good luck in your battles against the chipmunk invaders! I totally feel your pain - we have a theiving squirrel that stole/chewed on apples and ate ALL the grapes.