Well, what do you get when you mix jack shirts, mullets, bon fires and Courbet? .... check back in a week or so and let's see ....
I've been visiting 'home' and thinking about growing up in the mountainous mining town(s) of the Crowsnest Pass. This upcoming series of work will mix CNP bush culture with reference to art historical paintings- looking forward to the challenges ahead!
This painting is 66 x 67" and is my first in the series....often I will develop ideas as I paint...so while this particular painting doesn't have a specific reference to paintings of the past, (every painting references paintings of the past), the next two I am currently working on certainly do...I'm excited to be embarking on what will be both a challenge and a joy ...
I've been busily preparing for an upcoming small show at the Hive. Super stoked - hope you can make the opening on May 6, 2-5pm. Wine and Food and visit.
As I get older and perhaps wiser (some days anyway), I have begun to question the idea of beauty and gender and gender labelling. It's hard for me as a woman who came of age in the excessiveness of the 80's to be comfortable going out without make up, without putting on the expected mask of so-called femininity. I can imagine it is equally challenging for individuals who don't identify with their gender to become comfortable with themselves. It's all challenging and sometimes I feel like a relic trying to get my head around the fact that we don't have to worry 'bout a thing....every little thing, is going to be alright...if we just love and respect one another.
If I could just quit when the marks are fresh... not get breathless ... anxious .... work faster and faster instead of slower and slower.... if only..... my practice would improve so much. Those of you who make art and read that statement will nod and think, yes, YES, I get that. Those of you who do not make art will read it and think, what a nut job. Time to set up a stop watch with an alarm.
I'm back home in southern alberta and Spring has sprung. Wonderful time of year here if you can stand the wind. Back in the saddle in my studio and enjoying the space.
I try to remember to stop and learn instead of rushing into the next painting - humility about skills is a valuable thing to keep in mind. I have always been reluctant (scared to death actually) of painting the figure but I make myself do it - I want to do it - mind games can wreak havoc on a studio practice. So for today's Study Saturday - I did a quick study of a painting by Modigliani. It's far from perfect, but it's not bad for a couple of hour practice session.
Not much going on in the studio today - going to eat Posoli Soup - it's made with hominy corn and is crazy good. It's only served on Thursdays here in the state of Guerrero. It might take 4 horses to pull me out away from the chicharron!
My little sister and brother-in-law arrive in Barra de Potosi today. I love it when they come - our little casa on the beach turns into Margaritaville and my painting practice gets a wee loopy. All in good fun.
Perfect studio day. Perfect reading day. Perfect movie day. Perfect sleeping day. Love every Sunday no matter what you do - it's a perfect day.
Welcome to my Blog! I'm not sure how often I will post, but it is my intention to keep up and get much better at writing as time goes on. In the meantime...enjoy the pictures that are posted...all are copyright to M. Eileen Murray. xo Please feel free to pin them.
well, If this continues, I will have a week of blogging done before I can get this website live!! Oh well, I guess it could get worse....I could be home in the snow instead of being here in paradise.... ps... that isn't me in the pic
Aside from the storefront, which definitely needs work, my new website is "populated" (a computer word I thought made me sound tech savvy) with images of my paintings. I am waiting for my old server to transfer my domain (I know right, savvy) .... let's hope the transfer comes soon and I'm not dead before it happens, unlike ...