September 17, 2021 Weekly Musings

Christine Alfery

Posted on September 17 2021

September 17, 2021 Weekly Musings

Featured image: Cairn

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cairn Receives Award

"Cairn" received a Merit Award at the All America’s Exhibition in Minot, North Dakota by juror Zig Jackson, a native of North Dakota and a professor at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

 

Northwoods Art Tour

The Northwoods Art Tour will be running October 8-9-10, 2021. Although an appointment is not necessary, it is encouraged so that Christine can give you ample 1:1 time. She will also be booking schedules for this event on Thursday, October 7, 2021. Click HERE to schedule your time.

 

BLOGS: 

Beauty and Light

Featured image: Dove

10 doves in a line on the roof top
10 doves startled
Taking flight
Sounds of wings
Sounds birds make
Fragrance of the Susans
In the backyard.
My space is full of beauty
And light

 

Today I Will Change How I Think

Featured image: Yellow Finch

Today will change how I think about the past. Today will change how I move forward towards the future.  But today is today and I will love and live it fully and not be worried about change, because change happens.  I learn from it, I grow from it, I change because of it.  I learned this simple mantra as an artist a long time ago working on artwork and letting it become and change instantaneously before me. 

I learned not to be afraid to be different and to change. Oh, I don’t mean different as in what someone might label me, but different in the sense of being my authentic unique self.  Art is that way, never defined, always changing. The only label it carries is the word “art.”

Today will change how I think about the past. Today will change how I move forward towards the future. But today is today and I will love and live it fully and not be worried about change, because change happens. I learn from it, I grow from it, I change because of it. I learned this simple mantra as an artist a long time ago working on artwork and letting it become and change instantaneously before me.


I learned not to be afraid to be different and to change. Oh, I don’t mean different as in what someone might label me, but different in the sense of being my authentic unique self. Art is that way, never defined, always changing. The only label it carries is the word “art.”

 

Painters and Poets

Featured image: Rainbow Mountain

Being a painter is like being a poet. Google dictionary simply defines poetry as:

Poetry, literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm.

That is so what I do as a painter. Isn’t “art” and creativity wonderful?

 

Being an Artist

Featured image: August Dragonfly

Being an artist isn’t easy.

Being an artist – for me is doing it all by myself. Being an artist can be lonely. There are no timelines or clocks to punch for artists to follow, only the ones they set for themselves. The only way you get paid is if you create. And you are always on the job. I find myself frequently going into the studio in the middle of the night and painting, or getting up in the morning with coffee and just putting a few touches of color here or there before the sun comes up. And then, I'm able to sit and watch it rising as I finish my coffee.


I you don’t “feel” like creating, well that affects you as an artist because you are the only one who controls if you are an artist or not. No one else can do that for you. You are your own boss, you choose your own projects.


Once you decide to become an artist or before, you need to ask yourself, "What is it that I wish to accomplish as an artist?" Then you need to look around you and ask yourself if you are doing what it takes to become an artist?

 

Wind and Trees

Featured image: Green Trees On The Mountain

Wind and Trees 

I love to watch the wind caress the trees. I love watching them dancing with each other.

 

Play Freckles, Play

Featured image: Play Freckles Play

My first dog that was mine and no one else’s, not the family dog, was a Heinz 57 variety dog that I picked up at the dog pound. Today they are called animal shelters. I named her Freckles because she had freckles on her nose. I tried to train her to sit, come, stay and all of those other dog commands. But, my favorite command came from my brother-in-law Larry. He would say: “Play Freckles, play” and then he would toss her ball to her. Sometimes, we forget to include play in our lives. We forget how important it is to just “play.”


A wonderful thing for me about creating art is that I get to play every day. And, like Freckles, I was never very good at, still am not very good at, following commands and directions.

 

NEW WORKS

La De Da De

 

 

Downy 2

 

Dancing With The Wind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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