It’s Happening!

•September 24, 2018 • Leave a Comment

She Carries the World turtle brightened“She Carries the World” by Christine L. Owens, 18″x24″ $450.00

At last, the date is arriving: the hanging of my one-woman show. I have been painting all year working towards this showing and am delighted to say that I am ready! Labels, prices and notifications are in the works, but what artist doesn’t relish the day of completion?

The Hayden City Hall, at 8930 N. Government Way, Hayden, Idaho, (208) 209-1082, invited me to show my artwork from October 1st, 2018 through December 28th, 2018! So, I gathered myself and created more colorful work to fill their halls. What an adventure! My blank cards and some jewelry will also be displayed for sale.

Some of my friends and buyers with actual addresses in my book will be getting a postcard of “She Carries the World” as a reminder to visit my Hayden City Hall show. If you’d like to be on my mailing list to receive the postcard, you can email me at Christine@christineowensart.com. I will send a postcard for as long as they last.

If you don’t live in the area, but are traveling through, please stop by to see the show during regular business hours. I take all major credit cards. You’ll need to ask at the desk for my phone number as the office there cannot take payment.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement! Dreams do come true!

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It’s Complicated.

•September 4, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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“It’s Complicated” 
is a 12×12″ oil painting by Christine L. Owens

Artists, have you ever completed a project and found that it perfectly portrayed your current emotional state? Of course you have. Such is not always the result, but at some points in our creative lives the emotional chaos screamed to be released.

As an artist, I tend toward colorful, beautiful and joyful oil paintings. I am currently working towards a one-woman show, so I am painting through some crazy times and finding that the process of painting calms me. Normally, the viewers’ comments are “That is so beautiful!” That may be true of this piece, too, but thorns and psychedelic colors will evoke more questions than simple comments on how pretty it is. “It’s Complicated” does that for me. The colors, the shapes, the contrast make me wonder….

What IS going on in my head? As an observer who doesn’t know me personally, what do YOU think it portrays? Your comments are welcomed. Yes, I’m pretty sure I can handle it.

This Artist’s Dilemma

•July 19, 2018 • 5 Comments

Kundalini Fire Rose

Faced with a president that I didn’t vote for and daily feeling emotions that are not healthy for my painting style, I decided to try something soft and pastel to soothe my mind and feelings. My friend, Christine Lovejoy, had posted a photo last summer of her peace rose and gave me permission to paint it. Perfect! A peace rose would help me focus on kinder thoughts and an open heart.

Nope, didn’t work out as I thought it would. Yes, my heart opened and out blasted the colors of a passionate mind, not a peaceful mind. When I had finished the painting I did feel better. The brush does not always do what the mind has planned.

The dilemma: edit the painting to be soft and peaceful as planned, or allow it to be what it is? On FIRE! My sister, Lucretia Donahue-Reed, an artist herself, simply said to let it be what it is. And so it is named “Kundalini Fire Rose” and is one of my favorite pieces. I suppose the real dilemma as an artist is allowing the full expression of my spirit, rather than smothering that spirit to fit what others expect. Growth came with a rose.

Purpose? Found it!

•November 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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So much talk about “purpose.” So much angst and so much talk about “one’s path.” How do we find “It,” that elusive piece of our soul that rings so true and clear? We search. We wonder. We wander. We think too much.

While simply reading an article about an antidote to our current polarization in a local paper, The Inland Northwest, my entire life became clear. My path is “the spirituality of awe” –“the wonder of being alive; living life with hope, respect, humility, wonder and a deep reverence for the adventure of living.”~Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D.  My childhood wonder, my life choices, my love of nature and travel, my artwork and amateur photography, even where I live and who I admire, all fall into a pattern that reveals the simplest purpose: to witness with awe nature and the small, but meaningful, moments of life.

My life hasn’t changed since this “momentous” discovery, but my eyes see differently now. I see my nephew, Bryan, in a selfie on an Oregon beach and I see the same in myself. It is his reverence for the outdoors and adventure. He has just been diagnosed with ALS and is spending what is left of his mobile life biking and traveling. I’d do the same. I’d stand with my mouth hanging open as I looked at the beauty of this Earth before I had to leave it.

But, I stand at awe in him, also. He is making more of this tragedy. His friends have helped him set up a foundation to build an ADA compliant home that he will donate to the ALS Foundation after his passing. Bryan is an inspiring artist with wood! Take a few minutes to view his artistry at browedesign.com and then visit his benefit page at BRoweALSBenefit.org and donate to help build the home.

Purpose? It doesn’t have to be some big and majestic service to mankind. Sometimes we are simply here to appreciate what we’ve been gifted and to stand in awe at the sparkle on the lake, the spider spinning its web, a crumbled leaf, the newborn child, or to simply enjoy being with one another.

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Go Big or Go Home

•May 11, 2017 • 2 Comments
A Place to Wander final 4 22A Place to Wander” Oil on Canvas, 4ft by 5ft by Christine L. Owens

“Go Big or Go Home” is a saying that we hear in the art world often. It’s an invitation to stretch, to join the Big Boys.

In 2016 I set myself “A Big Scary Goal: Paint a Four-Foot Painting!” A big scary goal is something that sets your body to shivers when the voices in your head tell you that such a thing is “impossible.” Yes, the thought made my head spin; but, taking risks with my painting is how I grow. In May 2017, I finished this piece! DID IT!
Here’s how it happened! Yes, there’s a process for facing your fears.

First, I wrote down my goal somewhere that I would see it daily. I use Simpleology, a website that you might like to explore, because it gives me the tools that I need to organize this crazy, wild brainstorm that occurs constantly in my head and focuses me on getting things done.

Next, I let the thoughts brew about what would be WORTH painting that big. I knew that my style would need to shift to a less detailed practice, which is another goal.

That summer my favorite art supply store closed (sigh) and all of their supplies went on sale! What did I see waiting for me? You guessed it: a 4ft x 5ft canvas for half price! All of the “Don’t do it!” “Where will you store this?” “Your studio isn’t big enough so just where do you think you will work on this?” brainwork started, but I dismissed them by countering with the excitement that assured me that it would work itself out with time. It barely fit into the back of my RAV4 to get it home, where it stood for months blocking an unused cabinet and where my husband stores his bicycle.

In July 2016 we visited with friends from college. My friend has a home in McCall and reminisced that she’d like a huge painting of the Teton Mountains for a very long wall. Landscapes aren’t what I enjoy doing because “neutrals” are boring to me. I paint flowers because they are colorful and vibrant! That thought rolled around until we went camping near McCall at the Ponderosa Campground. There I found so many wild flowers that I just wanted to roll in them for joy!

In February of 2017 we had a little flood in our basement where the canvas was stored…yes, it was okay because it was still covered in it’s plastic seal. This pushed me toward getting that canvas used. That same month I received a call asking me to display my artwork at the Hayden Lake Chamber of Commerce. When we returned from our vacation, I went to the office to talk and take a look before agreeing. HUGE walls, a painter’s delight, brought my imagination to it’s fullest! Okay, THIS is where my 4×5 needs to hang!

In March it all came together: the wildflowers, the wall, the canvas and my motivation.

How do you get the work done? You show up for work every day, no excuses. The first step on the first day was to somehow set that canvas up in my little studio. Because it was too big for my easel, I set one side on the easel and propped up the other side with a stool and books until it was level. Artists have wonderful problem solving skills. And so I began.

Each day a new problem was solved. Each day I learned something new. Every day I went to my studio to paint (except Sundays…one must fit family outings in somewhere). This was the first time I had painted without drawing first. This was the first time! And it was wonderful! I pushed through that horrid middle time of “What the hell am I doing?’ Slowly, as the Chinese proverb teaches, one little step at time will get where you want to go. Just take that first leap, that first step into the unknown.

The result of taking a big, scary risk, is often spectacular! “A Place to Wander” was voted First Place for the People’s Choice this last weekend at the Coeur d’Alene Art Association’s Showcase Exhibit. I am thrilled and grateful that my work is appreciated! It is now hanging at the Hayden Lake Chamber of Commerce as planned for May and June, along with twelve more of my paintings. Big Scary Goal accomplished!

Hayden Lake Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1210
8254 N. Government Way
Hayden, ID 83835
(208) 762-1185
(209) 699-0790
email: info@haydenchamber.org

The Private Lives of the Impressionists

•August 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Private Lives

dance-at-bougival-1883“Le Bal a Bougival” Renoir, 1883

Oh, yes, this was fascinating! The Private Lives of the Impressionists, by Sue Roe, is not a piece of fiction and it took me a little longer to finish it, but I loved it! Well, I am a Francophile, I adore the Impressionists and I am a painter. You get the picture. Following the artists around from Monet’s first visit to Paris in 1860 though the years of struggle to be taken seriously and the final 8th Exhibition was enlightening for me. Keeping food on the table and paints for the easel was not easy! I have always wondered how they managed to survive.

Also fascinating are the romantic stories of these artists, including the two women, Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt. Oh, these artists were charming rascals and had numerous love affairs with their models. My only disappointment is that Suzanne Valadon wasn’t mentioned as one of Renoir’s lengthy romances. She is the girl in his painting “Bal a Bougival.” Suzanne Valadon was only 19 years old when she began her romance with Renoir in the streets of Montmartre, but she was a significant artist for the people of Montmartre. She is called by them “The First Woman Artist of France.” I discovered her work and fame at the Musee de Montmartre, her preserved home, in Paris in 2002, and later found a book about her at the beloved Powell’s Bookstore in Portland, Oregon, The Valadon Drama by John Storm (1959). She came into her fame after the Impressionist Era; and so, I can understand the omission. Somewhere I have a picture of me standing in front of that painting in the Musee d’Orsay…it’s a beautiful painting.

Read the book, even if you think you already know everything about these artists. As an art teacher and fan, I learned much, much more than expected!

 

A New Adventure in Will Power

•July 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Will power! Motivation only goes so far. This is not your conventional thinking now, is it? Motivational speakers are abundant and they do get us going. But for how long? I’m guilty of languishing in my dream world of “I’m Going To.” I’ll get fired up and then I run out of steam. At the top of my list has been to build a new webpage. It was embarrassing to tell people to go there, so I needed to DO something!

Part of my dream world of “I’m Going To” circles around reading. Cozying up to a good book is my easiest route to figuring myself out, getting ideas, making changes (or in some cases, slipping away from my chaotic mind). So something I have discovered is that my habits need to change. That figured out, I found a short little ebook with a very long title: Habits: No Motivation Required: The Effective Formula To Make Real Change, Ensure Your Success AND Gain Ultimate Freedom Through Willpower by Christopher Kalford. Phew!

Et voila! I have created my new website: Christine Owens, Fine Art! Now, of course, I need to power through the loose ends: new business cards, new links. No problem! I’m on it!!