Little by little I am creating a new website for my art work. I will no longer have a website for my illustration work as I transition into painting for a fine art market alone. I am going to miss this old website.
Here is what I have now, no bells and whistles so far, no links or posts. Just a handful of my big canvas paintings and watercolor studies. I am using wordpress for my platform and a theme framework that I hope to be able to build up. Work in progress, caution, construction going on. You may visit the site here.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
My art display at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois is still up and I continue to hear good feedback. Here is a photo from a celebration at the church recently that I just have to share. A lovely girl celebrated her Quinceañera with a special service. Notice how lovely she is in her brilliant yellow dress with the sunflower art behind the family. I heard that the family thought it was fun to have photos taken with the paintings. Bonus!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Dinner on a perfect summer evening outside on the deck, tacos, enchiladas, plenty of guacamole, salsa and chips combined with lots of laughing and shared memories. Not any special occasion, just a family dinner.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
The family decided to have a beach day. St. Joseph, Michigan, is our favorite destination for sand, sun, and splashing in the water.
I decided to take my painting easel and set up to make a painting of the coastline with the lighthouse and the pier that is a landmark of St. Joseph. All was well, until we decided it was enough fun and sun for the day and I packed up to go home.
My folding french easel is just the coolest thing, I love going out and painting with it. However, it is difficult for me to get the hang of putting it away, the legs are unwieldy and it is hard with two hands to manage the folding of three legs. A minor disaster when the wet oil painting slipped from my grasp and landed face down in the sand. My family were all quite upset until I assured them that I was not too bothered. As an artist I am all too experienced in paint disasters. I can always fix a mess somehow.
I will post my finished painting when I finish my rescue here in the studio. I was able to rub the sand off the oil when it had dried a few days later, I used fine grade sandpaper of all things. I am eager to work on it some more, I was just getting the hang of those waves breaking on the sand and I had a composition worked out with people and umbrellas and all the color on the beach in the background.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Many teachers will agree, the little affirmations can make it all worth it. The position of Art Teacher comes with benefits such as enthusiastic hugs from the little ones, exclamations of pleasure when I arrive and they know it is Art day, and being told that Art is their favorite class. This note came from a third grader last year. I would say he is an extraordinary art student.
Illustrating my post here with spots that I created for various educational companies as illustrations for spelling, phonics or easy reader programs. All of these illustration spots are copyright Janice Skivington 2014. Please do not use without permission.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
I've been absent here and NOT painting at all because I have to prepare for my part-time teaching job. I attended Three full days of Teacher Inservice Training. I hope it will make up for all the faculty meetings that I don't go to later in the year.
I am illustrating my back-to-school-busy-blues here with spots that I created for various educational companies as illustrations for spelling, phonics or easy reader programs.
All of these illustration spots are copyright Janice Skivington 2014. Please do not use without permission.
Friday, August 15, 2014
|My newest painting 48x36 oil on canvas "Sandy's Sunflower "2014|
I began with these words;
Cuando vemos una hermosa flor, (o montañas o junto al mar) pensamos en este versículo de los Salmos. "Los cielos cuentan la gloria de Dios." Salmo 19: 1(When we see a beautiful flower, ( or mountains or seaside) we think of this verse from the Psalms. “the heavens declare the glory of God.” Psalm 19:1)
And I also said this;
He elegido las flores como mi tema de la infinita variedad de posibilidades artísticas. Me gusta ir más allá del simbolismo de costumbre y la idea decorativa de la "flor" y ver un paisaje, una espuma de rodadura de mar, o un bosque lineal enredado. (I have chosen flowers as my subject for the endless variety of artistic possibilities. I like to go beyond the usual symbolism and decorative idea of "flower" and see a landscape, a rolling foam of sea,or a tangled linear forest.)
It went well, the audience was appreciative and interested and when I ended with a time to ask me questions I had many raised hands. The funniest question was directed at my son, "What is it like growing up with a mom who is an artist?"
The most common question that I always get is "How long does it take you to paint one of these?"
Most of us artists live and breath our work so how long is only relevant to what? I answered it took me 50 years and 6 weeks.
I worked on the painting shown above for more than 6 weeks.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
|Announcement at the Wheaton Public Library|
And this is the missal for the Sunday service, they have been putting one of my paintings on them every week.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I gave an "artist talk" last Friday at the opening of the art show "Consider the Lilies". I keep putting "artist talk" in quotes because I can't help but feel that an artist can't really talk about what she does. It is too metaphysical, mystical, there are no categories in language to describe what is going on. The viewer must walk into the painting, the painting doesn't just stand there on its' own.
To open my talk I read this passage from Soren Keirkegaard, a Danish philosopher, who I might not know about except that I married a philosophy professor. Although actually I found this quote in the writings of another very eloquent artist Makoto Fujimura. (And he would be the subject of another post, I admire him so).
"When a woman makes an altar cloth, so far as she is able, she makes every flower as lovely as the graceful flowers of the field, as far as she is able, every star as sparkling as the glistening stars of the night. She withholds nothing, but uses the most precious things she possesses. She sells off every other claim upon her life that she may purchase the most uninterrupted and favorable time of day and night for her one and only, for her beloved work. But when the cloth is finished and put to its sacred use: then she is deeply distressed if someone should make the mistake of looking at her art, instead of at the meaning of the cloth; or make the mistake of looking at a defect instead of at the meaning of the cloth. For she could not work the sacred meaning into the cloth itself, nor could she sew it on the cloth as though it were one more ornament. This meaning really lies in the eye of the beholder and in the beholder’s understanding, if he, in the endless distance of the separation above himself and above his own self, has completely forgotten the needlewoman and what was hers to do. It was allowable, it was proper, it was duty, it was a precious duty, it was the highest happiness of all for the needlewoman to do everything in order to accomplish what was hers to do; but it was a trespass against God, an insulting misunderstanding of the poor needlewoman when someone looked wrongly and saw what was only there, not to attract attention to itself, but rather so that its omission would not distract by drawing attention to itself. (27-28). "
(Keirkegaard, Soren. Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing: Spiritual Preparation for the Office of Confession. Harper: New York, 1938.)
“The artist or writer fades into the background and the art must become the subject for meaning”.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I designed and printed this catalog in the day before the opening of the show. It was 8 pages, with all the paintings shown and a description to go with each one. I put in a short artist statement and a price list for those interested. Here are samples of the pages (but not shown in the order it was printed).