February 4, 2022 Weekly Musings

Christine Alfery

Posted on February 04 2022

February 4, 2022 Weekly Musings

Announcements:

The Middle is Not Grey - Rocking the Boat Exhibition This Sunday

Reminder: This coming Sunday Feb 6th if the opening of "The Middle is Not -Grey"exhibition in Kenosha.
I will be there Sunday to talk about the work from 1pm-4pm.
 
"The Middle Is Not Grey-Rocking The Boat" Exhibition
Anderson Arts Center
6603 3rd Ave, Kenosha WI Feb 6 - Mar 20, 2022

 

Blue Bouquet and The Ripples We Make Accepted into Online Exhibition

Christine Alfery, a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society was juried into the 2022 Member Exhibition.

Her work, "Blue Bouquet" and "The Ripples We Make" will be on view: www.pawcs.com beginning the week of March 1, 2022.

 

Arches of Triumph Accepted Into 45th Annual International Watermedia Exhibition

Arches of Triumph has been accepted into the  45th Annual International Watermedia Exhibition (IWE)

"The IWE is Houston's premier watermedia-specific event. A once a year phenomenon, the IWE showcases the finest watermedia artists from around the world to address new and edgy techniques and create a global conversation." - watercolorhouston.org

45th Annual International Watermedia Exhibition
Signature Watercolorists 
A Watercolor Art Society - Houston Exhibition 536 

 

 

"She Is Called Peace"  Will Display In Kenosha

I'm excited about my upcoming solo show in Kenosha here's another great work that will be on display.

"The Middle Is Not Grey-Rocking The Boat" Exhibition Anderson Arts Center, 6603 3rd Ave, Kenosha WI Feb 6

She Is Called Peace, 40x30

  

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Inspiration

Featured image: Be Sure to Wear Flowers

Where do my inspirations for my work come from?

My inspirations come from many places; they come from my writing, my readings, the actual work itself as I work on it and it speaks to me, and from all things natural. The biggest inspirational place for me is in the actual work itself when it gives me an idea as I'm working with the paint. I don’t look for inspiration in trendy ideologies, colors and for ams like fashion. Rather, I support the ideas that are actually found in the work as I'm painting. Of course, these ideas may be part of my history, reading and writing. That would be only natural as those things are me, and the work is being created by me. When I am creating it is a very natural space. It is one of my "yes yes yes" spaces. When I create, it is a very intuitive creative process. I listen to myself talking to the paper and the colors.

My wish is that many would look for this very natural space within themselves and actually listen to it.

 

Authenticity

Featured image: The Cowboy

If you know what you are going to create ahead of time – say a landscape or figure, that does not mean you know whether the work will be authentic or not. Yet, at the same time, if you don’t think as you are creating there is no question in my mind that your work won’t be authentic. You don’t have to think about a landscape or figure that you have done before, or that someone has made popular. You just have to copy what they have done. For example, type the word Mickey Mouse art in your search button and look at the variations of the adorable little mouse. Are those works authentic? No. The same thing happens when you repeat the composition of a landscape or a figure that you have done before, are these works authentic? The answer isn’t as simple as the Mickey Mouse question.

The figures I create are an excellent example. Are they all authentic, or have they lost that authenticity after I have painted about 20 of them? I hope not but it sure would be easy to fall into the trap of repeating myself because then I wouldn’t have to think.


For this very reason, I think it is important not to assume anything when you begin to create, but to allow discovery and exploration to happen. Begin with the abstract and move into something authentic. Allow the work to talk to you. Allow yourself to hear it and not be trapped into repeating something.


When you reach this point of repeating, and I often do because I want to salvage something out of the work after all that exploring, ask yourself, "Why am I thinking it is so important to salvage this work?" Ha! That question has many answers and they usually aren’t good ones for the work of art. But if you instead you ask yourself, "How do I want to think about this work?" This question opens many doors for an answer. Some of them might have the work being tossed in the wastebasket. Others might end up being painted over as I allow myself to re-visualize the work on a new white surface.


I like the "how" question because it leaves the door open. I don’t like the "why" question because it assumes there is an answer. The bottom line, discover how you what to think about a work, and if answer is always, is the work authentic – well what can I say. If I have to say, "Why is the work authentic?" This assumes that I know there is an answer to why this the work is authentic. This limits freedom, and creativity, I like the idea of not assuming an answer when I create -just like never having an answer for what is art, and never having an answer for what is authentic because it changes and is variable.

My hope for you is that you always think of yourself as a unique authentic person. You are in charge of creating yourself. You are the artist, be authentic.

 

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