Art For Everyone

Jacqueline enjoys learning about Zentagle from Judith Shamp among my original art. That's a nice feeling.

Jacqueline enjoys learning about Zentagle from Judith Shamp among my original art. That’s a nice feeling.

An afternoon of live music, fresh original art, and Zentangle.

After a long week of rain in Houston we were graced with a beautiful day of sunshine and enjoyable weather.

It was the day of art sharing at various levels. For the afternoon and straight through the evening, we celebrated art and friends at the Guiton St. Artists’ 2016 Spring Open Studios & Art Sale. The spring event was a great chance to enjoy the company of art friends and lovers.

Our open studios events give me the opportunity to share my art and the process of creating it. It is also an opportunity to visit with my artists neighbor and see what they’ve been up to as well. We all keep different schedules so we normally don’t coincide. That’s the beauty of being an artist, we create at our own rhythm and pace.

Live music by Jim Dannemiller (aka Jimmy Dan), at Guiton St. Artists Studios for our group open studios and art sale.

Live music by Jim Dannemiller (aka Jimmy Dan), at Guiton St. Artists Studios for our group open studios and art sale.

The evening began with the music of Jim Dannemiller (aka Jimmy Dan) playing live for the resident artists and guests. Special music speaking of Van Gogh and Mexico was part of Jim’s select repertoire for the event. His soft music filled the building and was enjoyed in the studios by friends admiring fresh new art. This was Jim’s second visit to Guition Street and we hope he will join us again in the future.

Besides Jim’s original music I also had a guest artist demonstrating Zentangle. There was so much interest and curiosity that we are planning an upcoming workshop. My friend Judith Shamp did the demonstration to introduce this method of meditative art expression she has been practicing for a good while.

During open studios I also have the opportunity to catch up with friends and collectors. I introduce new acquaintances to my work and bring everyone up to speed on my current challenges and objectives. It is an opportunity to open up and talk about my creative process.

My studio is a venue where you can find samples of my creative work. Paintings, illustrations, reproductions and copies of my books fill the space. This year I wanted to present more of my process as an artist. I featured samples of my portrait lab work at The Markos Group, a group I’ve been painting with for over 15 years; samples of my French Quarter paintings created on the streets of the vieux carre were on display to remember and recognize the 10th anniversary of Katrina; I included samples of my Big Bend landscapes first introduced last fall to show available works; and wet paint on canvases recently completed from my trip to Guatemala this last February where I did plein air sketches on the streets of Antigua and other villages.

It is always exciting to receive new visitors who enjoy the evening and vow to return for the next celebration.

It is always exciting to receive new visitors who enjoy the evening and vow to return for the next celebration.

Overall, Open Studios is a fun time to host many people at the studio in a six hour stretch of time. Visitors can meet the resident artists opening up their doors and hear their story and learn about their art in their creative space. By the end of the day, some of us head on to dinner to begin to wind down for the evening and prepare for the next round of creative work at the easel, canvases and paper that will find their way to galleries, exhibits, and new homes.

Until the next studio visit!

 

Compassion in Houston

What does compassion look like? In Houston, it will look like many things.

Houston kicks off Compassion Week today. Activities will take place to give you an opportunity to join a group and give of your time, to learn or to help.

Art by Lilibeth Andre, Meyerland Sunset, oil, 18x24

Art by Lilibeth Andre, Meyerland Sunset, oil, 18×24

But what does compassion look like? In a nut shell? It looks like we are able to wear the other person’s shoes, that we are able to empathize and understand them and their condition. It looks like accceptance. If we can act on this loving kindness we materialize compassion.

Why compassion? Compassion brings out the human side of ourselves. It promotes true community and family. It removes us from separatism and arrogance. By reconnecting with people we bring a whole new perspective to everything that we do. It helps us understand the concept of interconnectedness. When we understand the interrelatedness of life we can better see how lending a hand to someone in need can create the “pay-it-forward” mindset that will be there to support us when we turn around and find that a hand is reaching out to us when we need it too.

Lilibeth Andre, Denzel, 10x8, watercolor

Lilibeth Andre, Denzel, 10×8, watercolor

On the spiritual level, compassion brings us closer to oneness. It opens the door to mindfulness and when we are present in love for our fellow man we are growing in self-love. When we raise our level of compassion, we raise everyone along with us. It is truly a chain reaction effect.

If we can sustain our level of understanding for compassion, if we can sustain our ability to act compassionately, if we can remain in compassion for a day or for a week, then we will be capable of reaching for more.

What does compassion look like on the individual level?

You tell me. What does it mean for you? How will you try on compassion this week?

 

Spring Open Studio & Art Sale

April 23 is the day of our 2016 Spring Open Studio and Art Sale.

Your invitation to the Open Studios and Art Sale on April 23, 2016. Guiton St. Artists

Your invitation to the Open Studios and Art Sale on April 23, 2016. Guiton St. Artists

This will be our only group Open Studios this year. This is a great opportunity to not just come and see my work but you can also visit my artist neighbors in their own work space and get to know them too.

Five artists will open their doors. I am planning to show you some of my most recent work from the portrait lab, paintings from my trip to Guatemala, and a commemorative exhibit to highlight hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary. And a couple of other goodies for my visitors.

Joining me will be my studio neighbor Janis Edel. Janis is a great portrait and landscape artist. One of her portraits graces our invitation. Shirley Lavine will join us for the second time. You can see her colorful cityscape on our invitation as well. Caroline Ratliff is a recognized landscape and portrait artist. Her beautiful oil and pastel work is simply amazing. Bruce Williamson is one of my former instructors (I could join his class anytime once again) and art neighbor. Bruce’s work is impressive. His impressionist touch is masterful with light and shadow. He will have landscapes, still life and portraits on exhibit.

The studios will open from 2pm to 8pm.

Guiton St. Artists
West Loop Building
4848 Guiton Street (various studios upstairs)
Houston, Texas 77027

Please note there are no elevators.

 

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