Monday, June 27, 2011

"keep a' goin'" Katherine Hepburn

This is one of my favorite quotes that has sustained me in the day to day creative process. This morning I found 2 four leaf clovers so I was on alert to what might happen in the day. Sometimes it is such a small idea that keeps me  producing art, and I may not notice. Today it was not subtle for once, I received a commission and more importantly the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. This was my forth try, so I am especially pleased to receive this honor. To any one who wonders about sharing their gifts with the world; your art is needed, "keep a' goin'".
©O'Brien, Best of Luck, 30x22", mm collage

Saturday, June 25, 2011

summer wonderful

OK, I really am aspiring to become better at blogging! I am writing more, especially on my art as seen in this border of a collaged painting/ drawing I created about my kids, "big cloud, silver lining".
©O'Brien, detail, big cloud, silver lining
This writing is inspired by working with the students in the 4 seasons class, as we all create pages for our loose leaf journals through the year. I will show some of my book from spring when I get the photos back from the State Photographers. Meanwhile, here we are in summer (better that others!)  For us on the farm it means that things have calmed down a bit, everything is on their own and growing. There is time to create.