Clutter

Singled out 11 x 12 sm IMG_2458I had to add this to my blog! It is about messiness and creativity. I am known to be messy and cannot seem to ever get a handle on ‘it’. So, this article seems to be made for me.

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?” -Albert Einstein

Creative thinking is any kind of thinking outside of the lines of conventional reasoning. It’s a loosely defined term to say the very least.  For me, if I cannot see the art materials or artwork, it does not exist….I need to see what is there and what my options are for that moment of creation.

Einstein, clearly a creative man, had no problem with a cluttered desk. He wasn’t alone either. Mark Twain attributed his imaginative characteristics to his cluttered work space. Steve Jobs, the massively successful inventor of numerous Apple products also had a messy desk. According to Vohs, it likely contributed to all of their geniuses.

But what does all that mean for you? Should you just trash your desk and house and call it good? Probably not. Messiness isn’t necessarily disorder. Simply let your things end up where they go.

This is from: http://higherperspectives.com/messy-space-creative/

Travel can influence in many ways

I am repeatedly surprised at what I retain after a trip.  I tend to sample the new foods and talk about them repeatedly to my friends.  After a trip to Mexico, I came back with pure chocolate from Oaxaca and made hot chocolate for my friends and family when I got back.  We were in the middle of winter and it was perfect then.  

My long term memories have left with impressions of what I saw and then I go to the easel and paint away.  For the last few years, I have painted scenes of the weather.  I am far from being a traditional painter but my trips lead the way to landscapes.  These are not your run-of-the-mill landscapes but impressions of my experience there.  

The skies have been a big influence as has the weather.  My journey to the Himalayas in August is doing the same thing to me.  I am painting skies again.  This is as much a surprise to me as the next person.  I have a tendency to abstract and rarely paint landscapes (usually).  I will have to figure this one out……Maybe, you can help?

Below: Storm….


Rain I 9 x 12 sm IMG_2665

Travelling opens your eyes

Storm
Created after a walk in a snow storm.

Go far away is not important. Going to a location that you have never seen before near your home is travelling too. Or going to a familiar location at the time of year that you have never been. You are opening yourself up to new experiences. For example, I we go camping in the same location every summer with family. However, I have never been there in winter. We decided that we would go there looking for an Xmas tree. Well, that was an eye opener. The beautiful wilderness was completely hidden by a blanket of snow and the landscape looked completely different.  It was a new world. A light snow was falling and it slowly turned into a swirling storm. This painting is the result.

Travel as inspiration

I love travel. This way I see new -to-me ideas and inspirations for my painting. My last travel experience was India. I participated in an artist in residence experience in the Himalayas. It was beautiful there and also very different from my own experience with mountains. My artistic goal was to compare the Canadian Rockies to the Himalayas. I am still digesting all my information but it was definitely worth it.  While I was there, I worked in watercolour (because it is easy to travel with) but once I was home, I really focused on skies.  I saw these glorious mountains but it is the skies that impressed me the most, it seems.

If you want to see my India photos, you can go to Youtube.  Check out my channel.  Just search Doris Charest….and Tada! There I am. -Beautiful evening mixed media on paper $ IMG_9634


Rain shower 7 x10 wc on paper $100 IMG_9415 Ray of light wc on paper 7 x 10 $100 IMG_9451

Planning a show -your first solo

Tree on the hill 9 x 12 sm IMG_2631 As you mature as an artist, it is recommended that you have a solo show.  This shows that you are now moving into the ‘professional’ category and that you have a solid body of work created.  So, the question is:   How do I get to that point?

First, pick a theme that you enjoy painting.  If you are a landscape painter, pick one area (ie. Elk Island Park) and paint scenes from that area. Or, paint only trees. Or, paint only fall fields…. you get the idea.

Second, pick a color palette that you will use for all the series.  Six basic colors that you will use for the whole series.  You can vary this with a few more colors but stick to those chosen colors.

Third, create at least 20 works that you are happy with on that theme.  This may seem like a lot but when you go to fill a room with your own work, it has been my experience that you always need more work than you think.

Fourth, Work only on this series for a ‘certain’ time period.  If you concentrate on that series, your work will be more consistent.  Consistency is important for a solo show.

Trying something new

I found this painting in my basement and decided to try something new in marketing with it.  I put it up for auction at : http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/397108

This painting is called ‘Mother Hen’ and it is part of my old style.  This is one of my first oil paintings from my ‘Rural memories’ series.  Let me know if I have changed…..Yes..I have!!

I refuse to tell how many years ago this was…..

Mother hen

Creating a video -part 2

Memories of Paris 8 x 8 sm IMG_2293 My new online course… Many months in the works, I am finally launching it andI have it on my website.

In the process of creating it, I learnt how to do video, edit video, break up into segments, and then put it back together again to turn it into a course. I learnt a lot!

If you ever want to create a video yourself, here are some helpful tips:

1. Do not have a deadline.  You will surpass the date anyway….There are usually at least a couple glitches that will come your way.

2. Take the time to learn what you need to learn.  If you rush, errors will happen and you will have to start over and that will take even more time.

3. Write a really good text or plan before you start.  Add details and more details.  This will save you time in the long run.

4. Edit everything the best you can.  The better the editing, the better the video. Take out anything you do not deem essential.

5. Have fun doing too then show it off to your friends.  Ask them for advice about fine tuning your piece.

 

 

Making videos about your art

Message 12 x 16 sm IMG_2299 My solo show is now over so I was wondering what I could write about that would interest people and was somewhat new so that it would be interesting.  I decided that I would write about making my videos for the courses I offer on my site.

Making a video about your artwork is a bit like this image. You get an idea first.  The idea seems great so you think ‘why not?’.  This is what I did.  I recorded the information that I wanted with a video recorder I had at home.  Then, I could not get the video to download to my computer. Hours and hours later, I consulted an expert. They told me that my video recorder was too old!  I had to start again.

Once started, I found that I had to also learn editing.  More hours of learning later, some of it figuring out which program was best and then how to use it… Groan!  There is so much to learn!….Next was uploading the video in a format that others could see it.  Finally, it was done and I had a video.  What next?  Whom do I want to show it to?  You will find this in the next post……. a little mystery to keep you coming.

My landscape show – Views

For the month of April, 2015, I have a show at the Hemingway Centre in St. Albert.

VIEWS
25 Sir Winston Ave. St.Albert
Vasa St Albert

Preparing for it involved some serious elbow grease.  I had to decide what I wanted to show.  Although I had a lot of work ready, I wanted everything to go well together.  I ended up creating a whole ‘bunch’ of new work so that I had a cohesive show.  Tweaking some of the existing work too.  Even though I thought I would be ready early, I was burning the midnight oil until the day before.  The volunteers at the Centre put up the show (the artist was not allowed there) and they did a great job. I want to thank them for all their hard work.  The show could not have happened without them.

 

 

Welcome to my new website!

Doris Charest
Welcome to my new website.

I will be blogging about what it is like to be an artist.

Everyday life as an artist.  What is it like?   Well, I can assure you it is not boring.  There is always some new challenge on the horizon.  I will talk about  getting ready for shows, daily life, preparing courses and much more.  Keep in touch and you will find out ….