Radical is my Middle Name

I can't believe how long I've been offline. My website looked old and dull. The posts are old!

So, I updated my site a bit, and though it's not done yet, many tweaks to go, it feels fresher. Kind of like my attitude these days, I feel a dawning of something new.

This past year+, along with lots of healing up of my hands, I have done loads of house projects with the expert assistance of my cousin Thom. Two sky tunnels (omg, amazing light!) and awnings on my shed, then I have totally overhauled my shed into a no-longer-shed, but a full on workshop. (Another post coming on that....)

But for now, in prep for this inner renewal, I have gone though hundreds of paintings I've created in past several years, and designated countless paintings for the "return to infinity" pile. And by that I mean I ritualized the process, sat down in deep quiet, and rather than an "X" on each one -that felt so final and almost deathlike- I chose a large "zero" called an Enso. Like this

I did this with white gesso
and lost count of how many paintings returned to the Void
but well over 100 on paper
50+ canvases
50+ on wood
and so on....

the numbers don't matter, though I was a bit curious.

Once I started collecting paintings off the wall, and from other storage containers, I almost couldn't stop. Oh that one there, yeah, that can be painted over, and that one there, oh heck, why not? White enso circle...

And with each and every painting, I spoke a gentle "Thank You" for the experience of having painted it. That was an integral and very important part of this ritual.

So what is next? OMG, not sure, but I feel something new birthing deep within.

And this is my process. Never one to do something in little reasonable increments, when I get an idea....it's all the way. I'm just weird that way. So wish me luck....I am hoping some exciting art comes through. Deeper, richer, more resonant with my being that is healing from 15 months of pain and recovery.

Blessings upon my hands, and yours, too. Take good care of them. Let's see what magic lies ahead.

Isn't my Blossom (aka Muse) precious?
I am currently a featured artist at Graton Gallery. Through mid August. Great show, go see it, something for everyone.

I have one opening in my Monday 10-noon class starting in August. Contact me if you are interested.

I am teaching 4 UNCORKED PAINTING evening classes at the Sonoma County Fair....bring nothing! That's right, everything is ready for you, canvas, paints, brushes, apron, and me - ready to teach you how to paint. Absolutely no experience needed. And Wine will be poured!

I will be offering a one-day Altered Vintage Sketchbook workshop on October 3. More info coming.

Mark your calendars...do not miss my 2nd Annual Open Studio on Nov 11 and 12 with Giovanna and Nancy. Raffles, Demos, good eats, my talented students' works, and loads of my art at ridiculous prices. (What's left of it, lol.) My aunt will be our shuttle driver again this year. She had a blast meeting so many of you.

Be Creative. It's Good for the Soul!

And leave a COMMENT while you are at it. ; )
Blessings, Joanie


patricia voelz said…
Glad you are back and recovered. I know the pain has been great but you are now coming on with a new experience. I will look forward to your new paintings on the old backings. Keep posting your results. Best wishes for you. Pat
Thanks, Pat. More to come. Blessings.
Gayle said…
Yes, I sense you are entering a portal into a new level of creativity. I'd seen that "Enso" design before, on some pottery - So, I looked up the meaning and see that it so fits in with your renewal endeavors: "Enso: uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. The Enso symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (the void)." LOVE IT! And, your dear Blossom! Isn't she the embodiment of perfect serenity, just simply relaxing in the "Now"!
francine said…
Joanie, I KNOW you are grateful for your endless renewability.
And I am grateful to WITNESS your transformations, your morphing and your excitement thru the process. You DO inspire!! xox francine
Thank you so much, and for adding the Enso meaning here! Awesome, and yessirree. Spot on.
You are so sweet, dear Francine. Hope you are making art this summer. Always with your heart. Of course!