Carrie Bloomston

This is from today's posting on Daily Poetics http://dailypoetics.typepad.com/daily_poetics/. She has so eloquently stated the process I often go through in creating my own work.

Carrie Bloomston

Artist Statement:"I usually start by screwing something up. The first marks don’t always matter, they’re just there so that I might begin. The first marks change the blankness, remove the preciousness so that I can move in. The rest is a conversation; a combination of intentions and mishaps, discoveries and accidents until I find what I want. It’s as if I don’t make paintings, but rather I find them. They become what they are through a series of exchanges (marks and cancellations) and then I find them there like that - with my conscious self and I think that I can stop. Phillip Guston said he painted because his images didn’t exist in the world and he wanted to see them. I think, in part, I paint worlds because they don’t exist and I want to go to them - each with a logic and a weather, an emotional temperature, a quality of light. Landscapes of the interior. These spaces become for me enduring visual mantras. The landscape is always present in my work - how things grow and live in context of each other, forms in space, living side by side. One mark can become mountain, tree, mist, unknown, figure or ground. The mark is objectified- sometimes alone, sometimes not. In a way, the mark becomes the emptiness - a place where we might put things or qualities, a place where we might go. I don’t want to confine the images, to signify a too exact meaning for the viewer or myself. There should be more work for us when the piece is finished. I want room in the work for mutability, association and play. I try to create enough space so that we can go into the images as though they were air, so that we don’t get hung up on any one thing- so that we don’t get stuck. One of my painting teachers, Holly Hughes, said that we have to paint things with full commitment and integrity to allow the viewer entrance into the work without having to stumble over a lot of technical questions before we can find meaning. I’m after that integrity."


Digital Imaging Tips

I attended a digital imaging workshop sponsored by Kentucky Arts Council at Spencerian College in Lexington, Kentucky and picked several tips on digital imaging for artists which I thought I would pass on.
  • Set your digital camera to shoot at the highest image resolution possible
  • Save your images at the highest resolution possible (300-600 ppi) in a file labeled "Original", this is your archive
  • IMPORTANT! Work only from copies made from the original
  • Use your camera software or a program such as Photoshop to work with you images
  • Know what you will be using the images for before determining resolution and size
  • A resolution of 72 ppi is considered a low resolution image and is used exclusively for web which can only display at 72 ppi-if you've ever lost patience with a slow loading web page, the images were probably too large
  • A resolution of 150-200 ppi is considered medium resolution and is used for low quality printing such as newspaper and small images on high rag content paper
  • A resolution of 300 ppi is considered high resolution and is used for high-end printing such as magazines, brochures, billboards, etc.
  • File format is determined by intended use
  • .jpg-JPEG, Joint Photographic Experts Group, lossy-loses quality every time you make changes, compressed, used mainly for Web
  • .TIFF-Tagged Image Format File, can be opened in any image editing software, no loss of data when you make changes
  • .psd-native file for Photoshop, must have Photoshop to open

The Kentucky Arts Council offers a variety of great workshops for artists. There are three others in this series for artists coming up on digital imaging, marketing yourself on the web, and promotional materials. For information here is the place to look http://artscouncil.ky.gov/wkshops.htm


Doing What We Can, Not Worrying About What We Cannot Do

One of my goals for 2007 is to read through the New Testament. In Mark 15:47, it says the women saw where Jesus' body was laid. It seems insignificant, and I have read over it often. In that time women were insignificant, but in Chapter 16, because they returned the next evening to do something they could do, these women were recorded as the first witnesses to the fact that the tomb was empty and to receive a message from an angel. The note for 15:47 was significant to me-maybe it will be to you as well.

These women could do very little. They could not speak before the high council in Jesus' defense; they couldn't appeal to Pilate; they couldn't stand against the crowds; they couldn't overpower the Roman guards. But they did what they could. They stayed at the cross when the disciples had fled; they followed Jesus' body to its tomb; and they prepared spices for his body. Because these women used the opportunities they had. they were the first to witness the resurrection. God blessed their devotion and diligence. As believers,we should take advantage of the opportunities we have and do what we can for Christ, instead of worrying about what we cannot do.-Life Application Study Bible, New Living Translation


Mixed Media Heart Box

This heart-themed wooden box top is painted and collaged. I used a magazine photo, torn papers, and acrylic paint and medium. The inside is paint and tissue papers. I love to visit thrift stores and pickup boxes and items which can be used for assemblage and collage. Now just finding the time and space for it all!


The Offering

Hearts, Hands, Stones...Stones, Hands, Hearts

I enjoy interesting stones. My oldest son, Matthew, found this heart-shaped stone and gave it to me. I've treasured it and often enjoy just holding it and looking at it. It has a few tiny embedded chips which I believe may be some type of gemstone. It reminds me that no matter how hard the heart, there is always a glimmer of hope or some hidden treasure within if you look close enough. My daughter Kathryn composed and took the photo.


Writing an Artist's Statement

Marketing materials become more necessasary as you become established as an artist. An artist statement gives you an opportunity to share why and how you do what you do.

Here are two sources on artist's statements which I found helpful in clarifying what an artist's statement is, the value in having one and how to write one.

Worksheets are useful for some people...

and a simple to understand blogsite on artist's statements.