Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BLOGGER IS MY ART GALLERY

I don't see art like a lot of people.  I can go to art galleries and it's....eerrrmm....nice (?) but it rarely does anything for me.  People go on and on about what they see or the feelings that a piece stir within them.  Me?  I'm like "That is a nice color.  What are we having for lunch?  I saw a funky little taco place around the corner!"  

Then one night, years ago, I was teaching class and one of the guys mentioned that he was painting entirely differently now that he was clean and sober.  He told us that it had really taken him by surprise.  When he was using, he painted dark disturbing images.  That had changed and he said that it was like his art had taken on a different life.  We invited him to bring some stuff in to show us.  I was like yeah yeah yeah *artist*.

The next class he brought in several paintings.  He brought in the last piece and turned it around...and I lost my breath.  My heart leapt into my throat and I thought I was going to cry.  I asked him if he would sell the painting to me.  He told me that it was not for sale.  We went on with class but I could not get the painting out of my mind.  He called me several weeks later and told me that I could buy the painting.

I am still just as in love with it as the first night that I laid eyes on it.  The circular motions are so liquid to me.  The colors are like words.  My first piece of art.

My second piece of art comes from the beautiful and talented Nicole Maki.  She is a mixed media artist....the most amazing one that I have ever had the privileged of *knowing*.  I have several things that she has gifted me.  She has an etsy page (go look NOW! you will not be disappointed...she has been doing some spoon art lately and you will flip out!)  and I was always watching... watching... watching to see if she posts something that would make me hit purchase.  But nothing said MINE.  I asked her if I could commission her to do a piece for me.  She was happy to do so and told me that she had considered doing it before I ever asked her.  Now keep in mind she only knows me through my blog and on facebook.  She has only know me about 2 years through those two outlets.  This is what she created for me.
 Just look at it!  Does it not just SCREAM Mindy?!?!?!  The colors, the saying, the tail, the crown, the M's, the flying pig, the earring and boots!  All ME!

One of the things that I love about my home is that I get to have my own studio.   I am not an artist.  I consider myself a craftsperson.  I dabble in lots of different things.

I love fabric!  This is the lap quilt that I made for my daddy.  He loved it!
 Pillowcases I made for Marty.

 I love photography...especially black and white.  One of my favorite pictures of my daddy's sunflowers.
 And these are my mom's hollyhocks.

I love to re-purpose things.  This is the pink chandelier in my room. 

My first attempt at mixed media.  It has notes that mean something to me hidden inside of the layers.

What I am working on now....

If you saw the amount of paint on my shirts, you would think I was a great artist.  Creating keeps me on this side of sanity.  I might be culturally dyslexic (lol) but I am smart enough to snatch up what speaks to me.  

 

lol the word prompt is *I gots nothing*

12 comments:

  1. Aw, I'm so touched to be included. Your story, your openness, your capacity to love - it has all moved me to tears more than anyone else I know through the internet. You (in all your glorious you-ness) seem to me like the embodiment of art.

    (((((HUGS)))) dear friend. And thank you.

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  2. That blows me away Nicole. Thank you so much for your words. I so just want to sit in your room and watch you create. I would say I would be as quiet as a church mouse but, yeah...I wouldn't. :) (((hugs you back tight)))

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  3. Anonymous6:15 PM

    I really like your two pieces - a lot! And Nicole's piece is very you! The other piece is lovely and soft and comforting - I hope he's still painting happy pictures.

    But...the one I love most is YOUR very own mixed media work! Beautiful!

    ~Lois

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    1. Thank you so very much Lois! I have to work really hard to not *think* too much when I do it. LOL that sentence does not even make sense. Come play with me!

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  4. WAIT WAIT WAIT!! You have a piece of 'art' that has not been displayed and I called for a redo! It's in the boys room at your house, Joey drew it in Art class, and worked very hard on it. See your cup runneth over with art.

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    1. My cup does run over! I will do a special unveiling of that piece when I get it framed! LOL I really should have included it.

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  5. I love your art too, it is you Mindy and Nicole captured you perfectly...all love, giving, generous and spectacular... and you are amazing.... I love to create too and I miss that.... but very soon I will come back to it.. and back to myself.. make something out of nuthin' I love you Princess of all things pink!

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    1. I love you too my water sister! Nicole is amazing. I can totally see her doing you as a mermaid! Thank you for your kind and generous words.

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  6. okay seriously darling... if you breathe. if you create. you. YOU are an artist.

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    1. Hi hot cup!! Thank you so much for those words.

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  7. Mindy, You are most certainly an Artist (with a capital A)! Just because your art isn't in a gallery or museum, doesn't mean it isn't art. You have a beautiful vision for the things you create.

    And by the way, you and Rev. Amy Haynie should go to art museums together. I think you would be highly compatible in that area. LOL.

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    1. i would love to go with her and with YOU to art museums! Thank you so much for your words. Please come back to Texas. :)

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