Monday, August 16, 2010

Farewell, Quiet Girl

Quiet Girl Gallery began as the blog for my written and artistic musings. Today I say goodbye to Quiet Girl, as I have merged my two blogs (Quiet Girl and The Healing Nest) and moved them to WordPress Land.  You can find my new blog here: http://healingnest.wordpress.com/

I'm still working out some of the kinks in WordPress, but this is my new home for bloggerhood. I will be posting art pieces, writing and art prompts, personal essays, wellness and healing articles, and more!

Quiet Girl is still part of me, though she is much more empowered than she used to be. She is speaking her mind and expressing herself more than ever -- more than the quiet child she used to be.  I feel it's time that she reveal her strength. Strength can come in the form of silence or quietude, and it has taken me years and years to realize this.  Words are important, silence is important.  It's nice to have a balance.

The art piece above is a panel from a large mixed media piece I created in college called This is the Apartment Where the Quiet Girl Lives.  Quiet Girl, the part of me who was timidly quiet growing up, will always be a part of me, and there will always be a part of me who champions those Quiet Girls out there, telling them, "It's okay to wait before you speak!  It's okay to be quiet!  It's okay to be more contemplative than outgoing!" And I also say to that Quiet Girl inside of me, "Your voice matters!  Speak if you want to!  You are strong!"  Both messages can exist at the same time and I embrace them both. A little yin, a little yang.

Thank you all for your visits and comments to this blog and I would love it if you moved along with me to The Healing Nest on WordPress.

Much love,
Courtney

Sunday, June 27, 2010

To Stay or Not to Stay

I need your advice. I'm thinking of retiring this blog and just keeping one blog for all my musings. Here are my considerations:

FIRST.
Currently, I have two blogs (this one and my Healing Nest blog), plus a website and a presence on Facebook. All of my blogs feed into Facebook.

SECOND.
My Quiet Girl Gallery blog and Healing Nest blog are starting to feel more and more the same to me. Bodywork + art + writing + healing + self-expression + personal growth.

THIRD.
It's a bit of a job to keep up two blogs, although I love my initial intentions for each. The Healing Nest was to be an extension of my Rising Bird Healing Arts business. Quiet Girl Gallery was to be my own expression in art and writing. More and more these are meshing together. My journey is your journey is our journey.

So what advice do you have for me? What if Quiet Girl became part of Healing Nest?

Thank you for your feedback!

Courtney

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Metamorphosis





I spent an afternoon with my friend Karen playing with plaster at her wonderful studio in Ballard the other day and created one piece, with several layers underneath. This last piece is the "final" version (or the latest one, anyway). Where once there was a typewriter, there is now a bird and egg! My art pieces are often like this, but I usually don't take pictures of my works-in-progress along the way so you can see what's underneath. And truth to tell, I rather like knowing a little secret about my art. Sometimes I sell an art piece and only I know that someone is not only leaving with an encaustic of a bird in a tree, but that there is a heart underneath and perhaps some scattering of letters or words. I like knowing that my process, my invisible mark, still lives.

This dynamic is similar to the layers of human beings. What parts do we wish to show to people? What layers do we only share with a partner, a companion animal, or a best friend? What aspects of ourselves do we keep absolutely private, hidden under all the other layers? What layers do we find ugly or displeasing and which layers do we take such pride in and want to share?

Sunday, June 06, 2010

The Journey Turtle

The Journey, 8" x 10" encaustic

I have been commissioned to create just a few art pieces in my life and this piece above is the most recent one. I said goodbye to The Journey today and hope that this piece is a sign of more commissioned pieces in my future -- as well as more art-making in general in my life. (Oh, and more blogging about art-making and creativity, too!)

I finish teaching this Tuesday, and then after the tornado of grading, I'll be a bit more freed up to spend more time with the art materials that seem to call to me on a daily basis. (I swear, my encaustic wax is humming and my paints are shaking!)

May summer bring creative abundance to all of us -- and may we take the journeys that allow us to find our way to the things we love.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Acceptance of Feathers

Accepting Life's Feathers, mixed media collage, 8" x 10"

On May 10 and 17, my friend and colleague Natalie Serianni and I co-facilitated a continuing education workshop at Cascadia Community College called "The Healing Process: How Art and Writing Can Help Us Heal." We had five creatively engaged participants for our inaugural workshop, and the whole experience proved to be healing for all involved, including me.

On the second day of the workshop, we played with art materials as we engaged with the theme "living in the present moment."
The art piece I created is above and deals with all of the feathers I am holding in my life right now. I've been trying to transform the feeling of overwhelm in my body into a feeling of abundance. This art piece has helped me acknowledge all that I am doing and allowed me to "drop a few feathers" in the process of holding too much. It's okay to drop a few feathers, for we can't carry them all. A wind blows and poof, those feathers take off in the wind.

How might you depict all of the responsibilities, tasks, and doings in your life right now? In your art piece, would there be a lot of space and room to move? Or is it cluttered and filled to the brim? How might depicting these responsibilities in visual form transform how you relate to the stress or overwhelm you may feel?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Art Sale Saturday, May 15th!

I'm hosting my art sale this very Saturday, May 15th (that's tomorrow as of this writing). I'm taking a break from all the prep to post a little ditty about the event, which is becoming quite spectacle in art spring cleaning.

I'm taking over the now vacant Pop Tots/Bump Maternity store in my neighborhood and I'm filling the place with my art.

Here are the details:
When: Saturday, May 15, 2010; 10am-4pm
Where: Pop Tots store: 6405 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
What: Super-Duper Art Sale! (cash, check, or credit/debit card payments are accepted)

On Saturday, May 15, 2010, I invite you to attend my Art Sale at the Pop Tots/Bump Maternity store (now empty, for they're moved to Bellevue) just up the block from me on Roosevelt Way. The store is nestled between The Sunlight Cafe and Hoa nail spa on the west side of Roosevelt Way and just north of 64th street.

I will be selling mixed media and encaustic art framed, un-framed, matted, un-matted -- all at affordable prices. Not only will you view finished and framed art on the walls, but you may search through bins of un-framed art for sale. I will also be selling prints and cards of my work, too.

Here's a little video my partner Walter took of the space tonight after I hung most of the art. Enjoy the preview!




video

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Time Enough for Questions

Time Enough for Questions, encaustic, 12" x 12"

This piece lives with some good friends of mine and they were gracious enough to allow me to photograph it when I visited them today. Occasionally I will forget to photograph or scan my art before an art show (do any of you artists out there become rather frazzled and brain fried before a show like I do?) and this was one of those pieces. Thankfully, I now have electronic copies and will now share the piece with you!

Here are some close-up shots from the piece:


I purchased these watch pieces at Zenith Supplies in my neighborhood of Seattle. My friend Karen said that you can also purchase great objects like these at the Sunday Fremont Market.


A bird, of course!


Roots: my symbol for strength, resilience, and personal growth.