Thursday, September 18, 2014

Into the Arctic, Cory Trépanier

The Canadian Arctic... it’s a land of extremes and one of the last wild regions on the face  of our planet.  Seldom traveled, it’s been painted even less.



But for over a decade, Canadian artist Cory Trépanier has been doing just that: painting some of the Arctic’s furthest reaches.
Now, David J. Wagner L.L.C. is pleased to present Into The Arctic, a new and rare traveling museum exhibition of over fifty of Trépanier’s powerful paintings, a visual time capsule of some of our planet’s most spectacular, yet fragile landscapes.
During three expeditions to the far corners of the Arctic, Trépanier immersed himself into the landscape, hauling heavy backpacks loaded with camping, painting and filming gear.


He traveled with Inuit.
Walked in tracks of past explorers. 
Confronting raging storms, ravenous hordes of mosquitoes, and near exhaustion.
Faced close encounters with predators.
And experienced remoteness past the edge of civilization.
All so he could experience the land first hand, and find raw inspiration for his new canvases.
And find inspiration he did. Not only for more than 50 paintings, but also for one major centrepiece: his 15 foot wide Great Glacier, one of the largest landscape paintings ever from the Canadian north.
Museums around the globe now have the opportunity to share the majesty of the Arctic with their patrons through this extraordinary exhibition.
Opening in 2017, during Canada’s 150th anniversary, a limited number of museums will share the wonder and awe of the north before paintings are returned to collectors. 


Visit   http://davidjwagnerllc.com/exhibitions.html and scroll down to INTO THE ARCTIC, Cory Trépanier to find out more.
. . . or play the exhibition promotional video here: http://www.intothearctic.com/exhibitiontour.html
 

Saturday, September 13, 2014



 環境インパクト
移動展覧会
プロデュース:デビッド·J·ワグナー・LLC

「環境インパクト」は、デビッド·J·ワグナー・LLCがプロデュースする移動展覧会です。特定の地域や地球全体規模の環境問題にフォーカスする主要な現代アーティストの作品を、取り上げ紹介し皆さんとの共有を目指します。また進行中の環境問題は、人間の作為や不作為・積極的行動や消極的黙認の結果ですが、展覧会はまた環境問題への国民の意識と関心の高まりを表象しています。芸術では一般に、最良状態の自然を輝かしい存在として描くのが伝統的でした。ところが移動展覧会「環境インパクト」が展示する75の作品(絵画・写真・版画・インスタレーション・彫刻等)は、伝統的芸術から距離を置いています。それは資源開発・大量生産大量消費の影響から、大規模な原油流出事故・原子力エネルギーの危険性・干ばつや飲用水資源枯渇・地球温暖化その他の、最近の人類や他の地球上の生命の存亡に影響が懸念される多くの事象を取り上げた作品ばかりです。



移動展覧会「環境インパクト」を実現するため、キュレーター/ツアーディレクターであるデビッド·ワグナーは広範な分野から、その作風から環境問題との関連が認められ、かつ20世紀の最後の四半期に芸術的注目を集めたアーティストを糾合しました。

初期の参加者は展覧会に招請した経験のある作家達、カナダの画家ロバート·ベイトマンや彫刻家レオ·オズボーンから始まりました。ケント·ウルバーグの「プリンス·ウィリアム湾のためのレクイエム」などは、展覧会の趣旨を象徴する作品と言えます。今世紀最悪の生態系に対する人災であった、アラスカのエクソン·バルディーズ号原油流出事故の被害に思いを寄せた作品です。



オズボーンの彫刻「まだ聞いていない」も同一タイトルの詩に基づいた作品で、2010年4月20日ディープウォーターホライゾンでのオイルリグ爆発事故・その後のメキシコ湾での原油流出に向けられた、拭い去れない苛立ち・不満をテーマとした作品です。

ロバート·ベイトマンの「カルマナー·コントラスト」も、太平洋岸北西部で原生林が減少している事への危惧を、ポストモダン風に原生林と皆伐林画像を二段に分けて対比することにより描いた作品です。ベイトマンが1989年発表した「カルマナー·コントラスト」は「環境シリーズ」の第一作でした。1989年ブリティッシュ·コロンビア州バンクーバー島に集まったアーティスト達の、原生林であったカルマナーの森が皆伐された実態を文書化するための集団的な努力の中で生まれました。彼らは自分達の仕事を公開する事でアートを通して、事態の深刻さを訴え環境意識を高める事でこの傾向に抵抗しようと団結しました。移動展覧会「環境インパクト」にはデビッド·ワグナーが過去に紹介したアーティストの中から、ガラス彫刻家でGMO(遺伝子組み換え生物)の影響をテーマにしたミック·メイラーン、イスラエルの芸術家で終末論的タッチで危険にさらされた原子力発電所を描いたウォルター·ファーガソンイスラエル、絵画「道端の謎めいた鳥の死骸」を1980年代半ばに発表したミシガン州のアーティスト、リック·パが出展しています。




展示会も回を重ねワグナーの考え方も発展して、彼自ら自身の環境芸術に関する知見を見直しました。そして彼は成長したばかりでなく、未知のアーティスト達によるエキサイティングな作品にも出会ったのでした。日本の彫刻家さやか梶田ガンツの、身辺で集めたオブジェクトから制作した彼女の作品は堂々として輝いています。チェスター·アーノルド、クリス·ドイル、スコット·グリーン、そしてジュリー·ヘファーナンなど、サンフランシスコのキャサリン·クラーク·ギャラリーに代表される芸術家達の素晴らしい作品とも出会いました。他にも大勢の芸術家が同様に、有毒廃棄物問題から北極における地球温暖化の影響・大気や水の汚染・最近のミツバチの大群失踪・制御不能の山火事・在来種を駆逐する生息地での都市開発・野生生物の違法取引など幅広く取り上げて活動しています。数人の氏名をご紹介します。また全範囲に渡って多くの写真が展示されています。これはエドワード·ブルティンスク、ロバート·ドーソン、ピーター·ゴーイン、リチャード·ミズラック、ダイアナ·サンチェス、そしてマーティン·スチュピチなどの主要な写真家による写真の迫力や幅と奥深さに、キュレーター/ツアーディレクターのデビッド·J·ワグナーが感銘し訴求力に着目して展示したものです。

出展全アーティストは、次のとおりです。
出品作家
姓によってアルファベット順

ノルド、チェスタ、ソノマ、カリフォルニア州
ベイトマン、ロバート、フルフォード·ハーバー、 ブリティッシュコロンビア、カナダ
バーティンスキー、エドワード、トロント、オンタリオ、カナダ
チャペル、サンフランシスコ、カリフォルニア州
ドーソン、ロバート、サンフランシスコ、カリフォルニア州
デレイリス、ルチア、ウォータータウン、マサチューセッツ州
ドイル、クリス、ブルックリン、​​ニューヨーク州
ファーガソン、ウォルター·W 、ベイト、イスラエル
フリーダ、ブリット、バートン、ワシントン州
ガンツ、さやか 梶田、横浜(現米国 インディアナ州
ゴーイン、ピーター、リノ、ネバダ州
グリーン、スコット、ベルナリージョ、ニューメキシコ州
ハッケン、カレン、ポートタウンゼンド、ワシントン州
ハーヴェイ、ガイ、グランドケイマン、 イギリス領ケイマン諸島
ヘッファーナン、ジュリー、ブルックリン、​​ニューヨーク州
ヘルサプル、メアリー、セドナ、アリゾナ州
ジョンソン、コール、デポジット、ニューヨーク州
キングスウッド、ロン、スパルタ、オンタリオ、カナダ
メイラーン 、マイケル(ミック) 、ピケット、ウィスコンシン州
ミズラック、リチャード、バークレー、カリフォルニア州
オズボーン、レオ、アナコーテス、ワシントン州
パス、リック、ラピア、ミシガン州
ロバートソン、デレク、 バルメリノ、ファイフ 、スコットランド
サンチェス、ダイアナ、ボゴタ、コロンビア(現米国)
サントラ、キャロル、ケネバンク、 メイン州
ステュピチ 、マーティン、アルバカーキ、ニューメキシコ州
ウルベルグ 、ケント、コーパスクリスティ、テキサス州
ウォルター、バート、ウェストミンスター、メリーランド州
ウルフ、スーズ、シアトル、ワシントン州
(このリストは変更される可能性があります。 )

注:リストは変更やアーティストが追加される可能性があります。

2013年に世界一海抜が低く海面上昇に最も脆弱であると言われている国モルディブに旅したアーティスト3人組(ザリアフォアマン・リサLebofsky・ドリューデニー)による作品の実物が、展覧会に出展される予定です。

その他参加予定のアーティストはhttp://davidjwagnerllc.com/exhibitions.html環境インパクト移動展覧会」デビッド·J·ワグナー・LLC制作で確認してください。伝統的なアメリカ野生動物アーティストでキュレーター/ツアーディレクターでもあるデビッド·J·ワグナーによれば、当サイトは環境問題に関して最良の入門参考書です。

Saturday, August 30, 2014

America's Parks II

A special encore edition of AMERICA'S PARKS II will be displayed from December 19, 2015 - April 2, 2016 at the St. George Art Museum near the entrance to Zion National Park in Utah. 

The exhibition will complete is initial tour at The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute Ironwood Gallery, Tucson, AZ this coming Fall from September 13 - October 26, 2014, following display at The Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Missouri, and The Wildlife Experience, in Denver.  The organizers of the exhibition are particularly pleased to be able to add to the itinerary, the St. George Art Museum.

Works included in the AMERICA’S PARKS II exhibition were selected from a competition open to all artists, the purpose of which is to recognize and promote excellence in original artworks depicting any park (national, state, provincial, county, city, or private) in Canada, Mexico and The United States, with an emphasis on parks in Northwestern Mexico, particularly in Sonora, and states in Southwestern U.S. including (in alphabetical order) Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah; and States in Northwestern Mexico. Selections were made by a professional jury consisting of:             Pam Dean Cable, Executive Director, Susan Kathleen Black Foundation             M. Stephen Doherty, Editor, PleinAir™ Magazine             Todd Wilkinson, Managing Editor, Wildlife Art Journal

Jurors selected an impressive array of 120 flatworks and sculpture for AMERICA'S PARKS II, an international competition and exhibition, the purpose of which is to recognize and promote excellence in original art depicting parks in North America.  New for AMERICA'S PARKS II is the eligibility of sculpture.  

Scott, Sandy
"Nesting Heron"
Grand Canyon National Park
Honorable Mention













Clayton, Pat
"Canyon Glow"
Grand Canyon National Park
Honorable Mention






Solberg, Morten E.
"Desert Bighorn Sheep"
Anza Borrego Desert State Park
The Priscilla V. and Michael C. Baldwin Foundation      Sonoran Desert Art Award

Juried artworks appear on-line at: http://davidjwagnerllc.com/competitions.html.  Artworks which appear in bold below are included in the initial AMERICA'S PARKS II traveling museum exhibition.  The exhibition tour itinerary appears below.

AMERICA'S PARKS is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.  The company's President proposed the very first tour of the ARTS FOR THE PARKS exhibition, served as a Juror for that exhibit, managed the ARTS FOR THE PARKS tour for its first five years (1988–93), and served on the Advisory Board of its parent organization, the National Park Art Academy.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Scratching for Crocodiles 

"New Guinea Crocodile" 8x10 scratchboard

On July 19 of 2014, my Crocodile Scratchboards exhibit opened its first venue at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.  A traveling exhibit produced and promoted by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.,  it has been a long time in production as my scratchboard technique is long and tedious. Artists used to producing impressionist plein aire pieces or abstract expressionist works would question my sanity, but I enjoy the results so much that I tough out the tedious process of scratching out my work one stipple or scratch at a time. It takes about six weeks to complete an 11 x 14 inch drawing. The exhibit at the ASDM is a preview, or cameo exhibit, in that it is not the completed crocodilian series. I have filled in with my scratchboard drawings of other subjects, including caves, troglobytic (cave-adapted) animals, and bats, all of which make excellent subjects for scratchboard. While at the ASDM I gave a three day workshop on my scratchboard techniques and acrylic painting methods at the museum's Art Institute.

Title wall for my scratchboard exhibit
Opening ceremony at the ASDM
A view of the installation at the ASDM
My workshop group at ASDM's Art Institute

In May of 2014, I also gave a small preview of my crocodile scratchboard art to the Crocodile Specialist Group who met in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It was somewhat nerve-wracking to present my work to the world's experts on the subject matter, but I seem to have passed my exam and my art was well received.

In Lake Charles, LA, with the Crocodile Specialist Group

My interest in crocodilians goes way back to the Mesozoic period of my childhood, when I spent hours working out dramatic scenarios with my plastic dinosaurs. As an adult, I see Tyrannosaurus rex when I watch a living crocodile in battle with a rival or subduing a prey animal.  Crocodiles were contemporaries of the dinosaurs, and even ate them for lunch. Although the giant dinos disappeared, leaving us with only the small avian dinosaurs that we call birds, crocodilians persist today in the giant scaly form reminiscent of our dinosaur fantasies.


"Crocodile Dreams" 11 x 14 scratchboard

This is the source of my fascination, although their textures, forms and habitats excite my artistic imagination. I think that they make excellent subjects for scratchboard, a B&W, contrasty medium. Dramatic lighting works best with scratchboard subjects, making good use of the push and pull of black and white. Scratchboard artists use a variety of tools and techniques, but I keep it simple, using only a #11 Xacto blade in a handle. No steel wool, special tools or airbrush, I like the simple push and pull of white lines on black to create tone and value.

Morelet's Crocodile, 11" x 14" scratchboard

The easiest place to find crocodilians is in zoos and alligator farms, but to get a real sense of how they live, it is best to visit them in their habitat. This means traveling long distances to places that are not the most comfortable for a northern hemisphere resident like myself.  Swamps, rivers and lakes in the tropics are where you'll be likely to find crocodilians. I have visited caimans in the Amazon basin, giant Saltwater and Siamese crocs in Thailand and Malaysia, Tomistoma, a Slender-Snouted croc in Borneo, Nile crocs in Tanzania, Morelet's Crocodiles in Belize and of course, our resident American Alligator and American Crocodile in south Florida.


Hunting for Tomistoma crocs in Borneo
Capturing Spectacled Caiman in the Peruvian Amazon

Most of my reference material is in the form of photos. Doing plein aire sketching in tropical environments is not easy, due to the insects and heat. Still, I try to at least capture the flavor of the animals and habitat with sketches. Photographs fill in the detail for my accurate scratchboard renditions.

A sketch of alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida


The exhibit at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is open until September 7, 2014. The premiere opening of the full Crocodilian Scratchboards exhibit, will be at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas, September 1- October 25, 2015, followed by the Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.   
I would like to thank the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Art Institute and its founder, Priscilla Baldwin, for making this exhibit possible. There are few venues of this quality available for exhibits of animal art. I would also like to thank David Wagner for curating and promoting the exhibit, taking on a subject matter that few would.
                       ----John N Agnew

Exhibit produced by  David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director
Exhibition Tour Office
Phone: (414) 221-6878 
Email: davidjwagnerllc@yahoo.com
Website: davidjwagnerllc.com


My website for the Crocodilian Scratchboard exhibit:
http://johnnagnew.com/crocodilianscratcboards/crocodilian.html
More scratchboard art of mine:
http://johnnagnew.com/scratchboard_art.html

Sunday, June 1, 2014


THE SOCIETY OF ANIMAL ARTISTS 54TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION
AND 2014-2015 ART AND THE ANIMAL TOUR 


The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO, Founded by Dave and Gail Liniger

THE 2014-2015 ANNUAL EXHIBITION AND ART AND THE ANIMAL TOUR are largely due to individuals who have dedicated themselves and their resources to the Society of Animal Artists beginning with Dave and Gail Liniger, co-founders of The Wildlife Experience in Parker, Colorado.  Dave and Gail made a personal commitment of their considerable resources to the continuous display of exhibitions by members of The Society of Animal Artists in the name of art, conservation, and education at The Wildlife Experience beginning with the museum’s inaugural exhibition in 2002.  In September of that year, the Linigers celebrated the Grand Opening of The Wildlife Experience by hosting the premiere of the 42nd Annual Exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists.  Five years later, in 2007, The Wildlife Experience hosted the Society’s 47th Annual Exhibition.  And now, in 2014, The Wildlife Experience is again hosting the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, this time, the 54th.   

 Dave and Gail Liniger and their dog, Max

  But  that is not all that Dave and Gail Liniger have done for The Society of Animal Artists.  Far from it.  Thanks to their continuous support, The Wildlife Experience has displayed the Society of Animal Artists’ Art and the Animal traveling exhibition in each of the other years of the museum’s first decade.  And, The Wildlife Experience also hosted numerous other traveling exhibitions that have featured artworks by members of The Society of Animal Artists, including many that I have been involved with such as America’s Parks, American Birds - A Flight Through Time, Art of the Rainforest, The Art of Robert Bateman, Art of the Dive: Portraits of the Deep (inspired by Dave Liniger's own passion for scuba diving), Biodiversity in the Art of Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen, Blossom  ~ Art of Flowers; Exquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist, Feline Fine: Art of Cats, LeRoy Neiman: A Retrospective, Paws and Reflect: Art of Canines, The Sea of Cortez, Kent Ullberg: A Retrospective, and others to come including Andrew Denman: The Modern Wild and Crocodilian Scratchboards by John Agnew.  Speaking from years of experience as a museum director, curator and tour director, I know of no individuals who have personally done more to showcase the work of The Society of Animal Artists than Dave and Gail Liniger.         
The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey, is the first venue this year on the Art and the Animal Tour.  But The Blauvelt is not new to The Society of Animal Artists.  The Blauvelt was an Art and the Animal tour venue in 1998.  In 2003 and 2004, The Blauvelt hosted The Society’s 43rd and 44th Annual Exhibitions.  Under the leadership of James Bellis, Jr., who assumed the duties of President of The Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation in 2010, The Blauvelt hosted  the 52nd Annual Exhibition in 2012, committed to be a tour venue in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and pledged to host  The 57th Annual Exhibition in 2017.  Since 1993, The Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation has made Purchase Awards from The Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition for the purpose of building the permanent collection of The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum.  Recipients are as follows: 1991 Dennis Anderson, 1994 John Schoenherr, 1996 Walt Matia, 1997 Renee Headings and Wayne Trimm, 1998 Lanford Monroe, 1999 Terry Miller, 2000 Kent Ullberg, 2001 Walter Matia, 2002 Julie Chapman and Matthew Hillier, 2003 Daniel Smith, 2004 Pete Zaluzec, 2006 James Coe, 2007 Dino Paravano, 2008 Paul Rhymer, 2009 Matthew Hillier, 2010 Peter Clinton Gray and Stephen Quinn, 2011 Robert Bateman, 2012 Mick Doellinger and Cynthie Fischer, 2013 Kim Diment and Kathleen Partridge.  The Blauvelt has also maintained a robust artist-in-residence program which has included members of The Society of Animal Artists, and hosted any number of one-man shows including Ocean Life by Stanley Meltzoff, and the two-man show earlier this year of work by Guy Harvey and Kent Ullberg.
An individual who is responsible for bringing Art and the Animal now five times to the state of Missouri for display at The Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Bolivar is Director, Jo Roberts.  In addition to the on-going display of work by members of The Society of Animal Artists, The Dunnegan has also hosted America’s Parks I and II which featured work by numerous members of The Society of Animal Artists several of whom received awards, and various other traveling exhibitions produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., for which I am also exceedingly grateful. 
I’ve often thought that true proof of success and a compliment to any businessman including one in the arts like me, is repeat business.  That is why I am so grateful to people like Dave and Gail Liniger at The Wildlife Experience, Jim Bellis, Jr. and his father before him at The Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation, and Jo Roberts at The Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art.  But without new business, it’s impossible to achieve growth.  And that’s why I am pleased all the more to add a new venue to the long list of previous venues which have hosted Art and the Animal over the years; one, I’m sure, that will be a source of great pride for members of The Society of Animal Artists: The National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia. Several individuals played a role in making the display of Art and the Animal at the NSLM a reality.  As early as 2009, Turner Reuter of Red Fox Fine Art in Middleburg, encouraged NSLM to host Art and the Animal, as would SAA member, Anita Baarns.  Curatorial Assistant, Hannah Reuter, and niece of SAA member Diana Reuter-Twining, subsequently advocated display of the exhibition at NSLM.  Advancement of display from concept to reality finally coalesced thanks to the initiative of Claudia Pfeiffer George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator, and Melanie Leigh Mathewes Executive Director, to whom I am now indebted.
I encourage all members of The Society of Animal Artists and anyone else interested in helping advance its mission and cause, to contact me with leads and suggestions for other new venues, so that I may continue the campaign to share the extraordinary outpouring of work that comprises the Society's Annual Exhibition and Art and The Animal Tour with new audiences far and wide into the future. 



David J. Wagner, Ph.D.
Tour Director, Curator, and 
Author, American Wildlife Art










ART AND THE ANIMAL TOUR ITINERARY

(Dates/Venues subject to change.)
PREMIERE

The Wildlife Experience
August 23 - October 22,  2014
Parker, CO

TOUR
The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum
November 15, 2014 - January 4, 2015
            Oradell, NJ

The Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art
February 1 - March 15, 2015
Bolivar, MO

The National Sporting Library and Museum
April 17 - August 30, 2015
Middleburg, VA



DAVID J. WAGNER, L.L.C., ART AND THE ANIMAL TOUR OFFICE
(414) 221-6878; davidjwagnerllc@yahoo.com
David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Tour Director
davidjwagnerllc.com
Member, American Alliance of Museums; International Council of Museums

Thursday, May 8, 2014

SAA member Lyn St. Clair offers her insights on entering competitions. This is about "Birds In Art" at the Leigh-Yawkey Woodsen Art Museum, but it applies to all competitive shows, including our own "Art and the Animal."


Are You "In" or are You "Out"?






Today hundreds of artists are turning on their computers and checking email with a mix of anticipation and dread. The jury results for the Leigh Yawkey Museum's "Birds in Art" are in and the email notifications have been sent out.

Rejection is one of the most difficult things artists face.   What we create is deeply personal...it comes from our hearts, our minds and our souls…the true artist creates work as unique as they are.

Beyond the ability to draw/paint/sculpt...artists must have the willingness to expose themselves to criticism, mockery, judgement, rejection and a public that sometimes simply might not "get" what it is we do.

Being an artist is not so simple as having "talent".  It means having fortitude, grace, determination, compassion, an open mind and a very thick skin.



The rest of the world views our work from their own perspective.  They look at it through eyes that see things differently than we do…maybe a little differently, maybe a lot.


Still, we strive to create something that describes what we want to say about our world...because that is who we ARE.

It is important for artists to remember that art is subjective...
everyone sees something different in a piece based on their own set of life experiences.

Try not to let a jury decision (bad OR good) carry too much weight...


Though it is tempting to try to fit into the niche you want to be a part of….being an artist means being true to that uniqueness within your own soul.

Sometimes it is brutally difficult to "own" your individuality…ask any high school kid!
Regardless of the endless work, the pain, the hard knocks, the string of rejections…nothing matters more than pouring your heart completely into what you do and being true to your own perfectly unique vision.

It is worth it...and soulful intent will shine through in the work you do.
The technical end is relatively easy…most anyone can learn the craftsmanship of making art.  Most anyone can copy a style or a photo and create something that someone somewhere would be happy to have in their home.


The hard part, what separates the wheat from the chaff, is being willing to step outside the box, out of your safety zone…and choosing to leap boldly off the edge without looking for a net.

As Agnes DeMille said:
"The artist never entirely knows.  We guess.  We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark."

THAT is what makes the truest of artists:  no matter what style they embrace, from abstract to impressionist to representational...
they honor their unique way of expressing themselves through their art.

And no matter how many times they fall...they keep leaping!

Living your creativity in such a way means finding a delicate balance between being true to your vision and learning to find the positive in criticism and rejection.  This is how we become better artists.

One of the things I love most about art is that you never get "there"...
there is always something new to try and there is always room for improvement.
In hindsight, I wish I'd saved the plethora of rejections that have landed in my mailbox (it would be an impressive stack of "no"!)…but it would also be a reminder of the sheer determination that is a big part of my foundation as an artist.
Over the years I have won over 90 awards for my art and my work hangs in museums and collections all over the world...

Along the way, I have also been rejected from more shows than I can count.


If I miss out on an award or get a rejection...I work harder to push that envelope next time.

If I win an award or get "in"...I work harder to push the envelope next time.
Ribbons or rejections...either way, it changes nothing.  I am an artist...and no jury decision can change that.
No matter how many rejections come my way...I will continue to try to break free of my comfort zone and make art straight from the heart.

This is a journey, my friends.  The true artist's path is no yellow brick road…it is fraught with washouts, thorny patches, ruts and blind curves.






Choose your steps carefully, trust your heart, listen to your muse and find joy in the fact that there could be something wonderful to learn just around the next bend.  

"In" or "out", I am grateful for shows like Birds in Art that give us reason to raise the bar and take flight as artists.

Heartfelt thanks go out to the fabulous staff of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum for, to paraphrase Pooh, giving us something that is so hard to not get into!


Congratulations to ALL of the artists who spread their wings to even TRY for this show...

every one of you is "in" in my book!






By the way...
ALL of the paintings that illustrate this post represent just SOME of my Birds in Art "rejects" over the 20 years I have applied...(and, yes, there were some others that DID get in!)  :-)














Re-posted from Lyn St. Clair's blog: "Wandermuse"