Sunday, March 23, 2014

That Was It

Sumpthin's up.

If I had to write an artist's statement today, it would consist of a blank sheet of paper. I'd have to sign it in invisible ink.

Is it the long wait for spring? Perhaps the tilt of the earth, or the relentless, cheerless, twenty-four-hour "news" cycle.

Maybe its nothing at all.

But sumpthin's up. I find myself mixing different colors and applying them with a different hand. 
The creases around my eyes are deepening as I think harder and stare longer.

A friend of mine, a fellow who has painted his way through life far longer than I, tells me that oftentimes he feels a need to explore a concept - sometimes without really understanding what compels him to do so. It's not unusual for the 'aha moment' to hold off for months or longer.  It's a nameless, wordless conversation that he recognizes and accepts after all these years, and he gives it room to develop and be expressed. When finally the solution comes to him, he says, "Oh, that was it!" And on he goes, hardly breaking stride.

These times are a little uneasy. As I've mentioned before, I like the little groove I've developed for myself. It's an odd feeling to stray off my beaten path.

(Yeah, I know what that sounds like. I'm not plodding off into the dark humid tangle of vines and politics of some third world  island. My fridge is close by and we're fairly well stocked with cushy toilet paper. The neighbors are fine people. But still.)

The best I can say is that I'm figuring out the world, one brush stroke at a time. One of these days the solution will show itself and I'll say, "Oh! That was it!" 

And then I'll know.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mash Up

Greetings Dear Reader,

Today's post will be a mash-up of goings on in Scarborough Studios, which is a nice way of saying that I don't really have much to say.

©Patricia Scarborough, Easter 8x10 pastel, included in Seasons Exhibit at The Burkholder Project

I was recently juried into an exhibit at The Burkholder Project in Lincoln, Ne. by retired Doane College Professor of Art Richard Terrell. His title for the exhibit, "Seasons" is apt; the show consists of a variety of art styles that cover the changing weather in Nebraska. I'm delighted to be included among artists whose work I have admired for years: Anne Burkholder, Hal Holoun, Gib Neal, Richard Terrell and Keith Jacobshagen, among others. March is the month for "Seasons".

My stay at Nebraska Nature and Visitor's Center has been extended another month. If you enjoy bird watching, the sandhill cranes are making their way through Nebraska, with thousands of them roosting on the river and in the fields adjacent to NNC. It's an awesome spectacle and the nature center celebrates with special tours and art exhibits.
©Patricia Scarborough  Last Snow  12x16 pastel at NNC

Get outside while the weather's nice and go see some art!