Saturday, August 18, 2007

Story Art

There's a story in this piece, but I am not sure what it is. Tonight I created this piece and then showed it to my partner. "What's happening here?" I asked, pointing to the collage. "It looks like the creature is going to eat the rooster," he said. "Interesting," I said, "the creature doesn't look mean...or hungry to me. I think maybe he's going to pet the rooster." We both shrugged our shoulders and kept staring at the story in front of us.

Often I create an art piece and don't know what story I am telling. It's as if my intellectual mind hasn't caught up with my creative impulses. So, just as I asked my partner tonight, I ask you what do you think is happening in this piece? Observations, stories, and poems welcome.

Thursday, August 16, 2007


"Nurture," collage painting with wax on canvas (size: 18" x 24")

close-up of birdie

close-up of woman

Monday, August 13, 2007

Canine Companion

When I was 16 you died and everything changed.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Memory Flies

Text in collage reads: "I held the sound in my memory."

The piece above (titled "Holding the Sound") left the artistic flock Thursday night at Rising Bird Healing Arts during my fourth art show. I know it has found a loving new nest where it can live out its days.

The art show went quite well, with several real, live Roosevelt Art Walkers this time! I showed about 25 mixed media pieces and Katherine showed about 15 beautiful raku pots.

A special thanks to Mr. Soap Y. Steve for his help during the event.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Art Show Next Week!

Summer Art Show!
at Rising Bird Healing Arts

Courtney E. Putnam, Mixed
Media Collage

Katherine Hanson, Raku Potter

Thursday, August 9, 6:00-9:00pm

Back by popular demand, Courtney will be joined again by the talented Katherine Hanson for a night of collage and pottery.

We will be showing several new pieces as well as many from the last show.

• Art cards for sale!
• Enter to win a free massage!
• Enjoy some delectable refreshments!

Click here for the complete .pdf flyer.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Respite and Rejection

This art piece above represents my latest bout of creative productivity. I love how well the colors blend together to reflect the vibrancy of my creative life at the moment.


"While we love your poetry submission, we regret to say that we will not be including your poems in our publication at this time."

This quote above represents the fourth time a certain literary journal has held my poems for further consideration and ultimately did not select them for publication.

But, I hear rejection builds character (or at least my mother tells me so). Sending our work out into the world and having it return is a sign of movement and positive intention. It means we are creating. So, let us all keep creating, risking rejections and all.