The World Is Your Studio

A fellow Mo once said: My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.

IT MUST HAVE BEEN NICE TO BE CLAUDE. BUT SINCE MOST OF US DON’T LIVE LEISURELY lives AMONGST OUR GARDENS AND LILY PONDS, IT’S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT TO FIND SOME TIME TO COMMUNE WITH NATURE. THINK OF YOUR ART SUPPLIES AS THE CONDUIT TO a FULLER APPRECIATION OF ALL THE BEAUTY AROUND YOU (THAT’S NOT ON YOUR SCREEN)!

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You should spend 20 minutes a day out in nature, unless you’re too busy. In that case, you should spend an hour.

Gaga painting some abstracted landscapes inspired by our front garden.

SINCE THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR IN LOUISIANA THAT WE START THINKING ABOUT GOING OUTSIDE AGAIN, HERE ARE A COUPLE OF OPTIONS TO HELP YOU HAVE A DELIGHTFUL EN PLEIN AIR EXPERIENCE…..

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THIS FANCIER SET-UP INCLUDES THE NEW SIENNA POCHADE BOX (which we have heavily discounted, and will be featuring at demo day!), A COLLAPSIBLE LEATHER STOOL, SOME GIANT DAVINCI COSMOTOP BRUSHES, AN ARCHES WATERCOLOR BLOCK, SOME DANIEL SMITH COLORS, A COUPLE OF BLACKWING PENCILS, AND A NIFTY RED BAMBOO BRUSH ROLL-UP. FOR THOSE WHO CAN SWING IT, THIS IS A GREAT SET-UP!

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THIS SUPER PORTABLE MINI STUDIO WILL ALLOW YOU TO IMPULSIVELY STOP AT ANY AVAILABLE TREE STUMP OR BENCH AND START PAINTING. THIS SET-UP INCLUDES A SENNELIER TRAVEL WATERCOLOR SET, HANDBOOK WATERCOLOR JOURNAL, 10 WELL ENAMELED METAL PALETTE, PLASTIC WATER DROPPER, RAPHAEL SYNTHETIC TRAVEL SIZE BRUSHES, AND A HANDLE-LESS MUG WITH IMPRESSIONS OF MODERN ARTISTS WHO HAVE COME BEFORE YOU. FITS SNUGLY IN A SMALL BAG AND AWAY YOU GO.

AIMING FOR 100% IN LOUISIANA

I applied to participate in a round table discussion about community develpment and the arts sponsored by Americans for the Arts. I did not get a spot, but when I got my rejection email it had this awesome message at the bottom. So time NOT wasted! Here’s hoping that 72% is growing with you help and mine!

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A Brief Reflection on the Whitney Biennial & All the Artists who DON'T get in...

“Without monsters and gods, art cannot enact a drama.” Mark Rothko

I love to see an all contemporary show and the crazy diversity of artistic expression as people endlessly, tirelessly respond to the world we’re living in through their work. It’s always a mixed bag for me- some pieces so exciting and others pretty blah. But that’s the subjective world of art we choose to hang around in, right? I’ve read a few reviews, and I am not alone in thinking that this piece by Janiva Ellis was one of the most striking and thought provoking in the show. It is addressing a current hot-button topic, but processed and spit back out through the extraordinary lens of this artist’s brain. I’m not going to comment on the politics or who the “monster” facilitating this drama might be- ahem…

Janiva Ellis, Uh oh, Look Who Got Wet, 2019

Janiva Ellis, Uh oh, Look Who Got Wet, 2019

Strolling through this highly curated exhibit, I’m always struck thinking about all the amazing artists whose work doesn’t make it into the museum. This piece reminded me of two other visionaries in our midst who are deserving of a place amongst the most interesting contemporary artists I know- Alex Mollere and Jim Graham. Mark Rothko also said “The dark is always on the top.” Without the sinister edge, none of these beautiful paintings would be as intriguing, and maybe nor would the world we live in. See what you think…..(and by all means Google these guys.) Maybe one day you will see them hanging at the Whitney, and you can say you saw them first on this blog!

Alex Mollere, Fight!, 2016

Alex Mollere, Fight!, 2016

Jim Graham, Untitled, 2015

Jim Graham, Untitled, 2015

HIGH TECH MOMENTS

TURNS OUT MY 10 YR OLD CAN USE HER I-PAD TO FIND COOL IMAGES TO DRAW, AND USE HER SISTER’S I-PAD TO RECORD HERSELF IN TIME-LAPSE DOING THE DRAWING! I HAVE JUST HIRED HER AS OUR NEW WEB MASTER.

re: the low tech component, these watercolor pans are at all locations of Mo’s for under 10 bucks!

LOW TECH MOMENTS

EVERY SUMMER WE SPEND 10 DAYS IN THE BACK WOODS OF MISSISSIPPI WITH NO TV, NO INTERNET, AND VERY BAD CELL SERVICE. IT’S AMAZING WHAT GETS ACCOMPLISHED! USING ONLY CHEAP ACRYLICS AND OLD PAINTBRUSHES MY TWO KIDS AND I PAINTED THIS 10 FT LONG X 8 FT TALL ABSTRACT MURAL IN 1.5 HOURS.

Our mostly beige plywood cabin is now uber colorful!

Our mostly beige plywood cabin is now uber colorful!

WARNING: DO NOT TRY TO PLAN. THE BEAUTY OF THIS TYPE OF MURAL IS THAT IT EVOLVES ORGANICALLY WITH EVERYONE JUST WORKING OFF OF EACH OTHER, MAKING IT GREAT TO DO WITH KIDS!

(I did the flowers for my aunt and uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary. Congrats Margaret & Fred!!!!)