of my warm studio looking at a cold dessert in a built landscape. The plants where I live have died back or gone dormant. It’s a waiting time.
It’s that quiet space in my year when the new work shows up.
I gather my materials, my sketches, my photos of the green world. I add to them my curiosity, my concerns, my feelings, my itch to make something of all this.
I pile them all on my big white tables, piles of texture, piles of color, drifts of ideas. Then add the threads, my continuity. The new work is tied to the old work, always by love of place. And, love of a sort of dancing line and the light, light, light, always present in my world. I am always looking for a fresh way to express it in my work.
The finding begins, & images emerge.
There more is to come. I am building a show to open on Earth Day April 22 @ the Carriage House 3rd floor gallery in NE Minneapolis. The show opens on the same day as the Scientists March on Washington. The images that are perking up are from my autumn visit to the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area near Forrest Lake. A place where science & nature meet to understand and preserve our environment. I begin again in the cycle of my creative year.
Each layer a surface I have created. I use water, pigments, & fluid dynamics. The weave of the cloth, the tooth of the paper, each accepts, or resists, shaping the marks. Compression, heat, evaporation, & chemistry, make their impressions. My art is made of surfaces invoked by process, then composed in layers by an attentive eye. To show you what I see: Earth. Her systems make beautiful change on her surfaces daily. Just look.
Just be You. You are Perfect. You are Enough. You are Invaluable. Come share the wine and art.
It’s live! The art that I’ve created for this special Winter Care Event is available on my shop. The studio and gallery are cleaned and hung with Art Work The table is set for art play: Mandalas at 11:30 , 5 x 7 pour the paint @ 3:30 The wine is bought, the nibbles are being baked by people earning a living wage. Fluffy snow has been predicted, but we have hot coffee to drink as you gaze at it.
Change is made easier with good company and beauty. Come find some of both On Saturday Dec, 10 Studio 303 1720 Madison St NE Deborah Foutch
Change. We have had the most wonderful long gold light autumn. Now, suddenly snow and short days.The holidays are upon us, joyful but hectic, and less welcome change. All of this has me thinking we need to take care. I make things that express the beauty I find in the natural world. On December 10 I am having an event at the studio where I offer this work to you as part a relaxing day with food and art activities. I’ll post the schedule soon for Winter Care at the Casket Arts Carriage House 10 am -6 pm studio 303
We live in the midst of beautiful interconnected systems, both in the sunlight world and underground. I love finding the right combination of materials to express that beauty with some understanding. I was interviewed by Brian DeVore for the Land Stewardship Project news letter and podcast here’s the interview: http://landstewardshipproject.org/posts/podcast/886 look for Ear to the Ground 185 Soil Art
My sense of line, light, and space is deeply informed by the natural world. In my most recent work I am trying to remain faithful to the scientific truth of the systems I’m exploring visually. Experience as an expressive artist plus some basic earth science lets me compose layered art pieces that have both a visual and emotional resonance.
“Creative energy is energy. When we are worrying about creating instead of actually creating, we are wasting our creative energy.” Julia Cameron
In 2 weeks take the opportunity to step away from worrying about creativity and start a creative practice with the support of fellow creatives. Join the structured class that uses Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” exercises to examine the patterns that keep you from expressing your creativity and then just play with a great variety of art materials.
Julia’s book contains the quote “Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.“ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Taking the Artist’s Way Experiential can be that beginning. Join us @6 pm at The Casket Arts Carriage House for free introductory class on August 29th. Then sign up for 12 weeks of creative exploration starting Sept 12 Full description!
I have loved showing my new body of art to the crowds of Art A Whirlers. Some pieces have found new homes and others will move on to be part of my up coming shows listed below.
See you in the studio or at the galleries
FIBER ARTS SHOW AT ABODE GALLERY OPENING MAY 27 4:30-6:30 RUNS MAY 27 -JULY 5 N2030 #3 SPRING STREET STOCKHOLM WI WWW.ABODEGALLERY.COM FOR HOURS
3RD IS “VOICES SEEN, VOICES SHARED” I AM PART OF A NINE ARTIST GROUP, WORKING IN VARIED MEDIA, WE MEET BI-WEEKLY TO DISCUSS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN ARTIST IN THE MODERN AGE. OUR GROUP SHOW IS BOTH A CONVERSATION AND AN EXPRESSION OF OUR PASSION FOR OUR INDIVIDUAL WORK. BETHESDA HOSPITAL GALLERY CAFE, C-LEVEL, 559 CAPITOL BLVD., ST. PAUL, MN 55103. OPENS JUNE 10, 6 PM – 8 PM. THE SHOW UP UNTIL JULY 31.
This work in heading to it’s new home in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I began my rooted pieces a while back when my father died. The more I do them the richer they get, both visually and contextually. The roots are doing more than just holding the soil. They are moving water, they are filtering water they are communicating with other plants. We are standing on beautiful complexity.
The art that I create is built on multiple layers; of materials, of processes, of meaning.
It’s an exploration of what I’m currently in love with; the theme of big changes on the Earth, expressed in the mediums I continue to adore: fiber mixed with paint and stitch.
I call these pieces Maps of Change.
I am having a 40th Art Anniversary party at the studio On March 12 6-9 pm I hope you’ll join me.
This show is a celebration of doing my work but also a thank you for your support. I am grateful that people continue to be interested as I move through themes and techniques and stories. Fully 1/2 of the 40 pieces I have created since the new year for this show (with materials I created in the last couple of years ) will be small framed pieces for $40 or less.
I am having a marvelous time cutting, burning, and layering fabrics and papers I have rusted, painted, and mono printed into my “maps”. I am reading about early earth: volcanoes, asteroids, millions of years of rain create the canvas for wind, water, fire, and ultimately light to shape our earth. I just read an article that says early earth with life was purple and blue read here about the light and evolution. My artist’s eye wants to see the purple and the green take shape. Here are some abstracts of me mapping change. The earth is a miracle.