September has arrived, time is flying! I'm in the studio daily with a number of paintings in process. Joining the 30 in 30 Challenge with Leslie Saeta where hundreds of artists are painting each day for the month of September. Not all of us have processes that allow us to complete a painting in a day, like me, but the intent is to get you focused and painting every day.
Thought I'd share a few of the finished pieces from my last post, studio time has been challenging with ongoing pain issues but I'm happy with how some pieces have come together!
Big Grey turned into one of my fav new pieces, the touches of blues and soft yellow really made the difference. Finding my way into this process of discovery with oil and cold wax.
The smaller 12x24" that was crying out for a solution, came together and is now on it's way to Texas! Others are in various stages of completion, and I do believe it's time I get to it!
"Trusting the process is based on a belief that something valuable will emerge when we step into the unknown." Shaun McNiff
A New Year, a new calendar, a restart. Since I was a kid I've always loved those end of the day moments, just as the sun was going down I would do all I could to pull every last drop of fun and purpose out of the day. Starting a new year makes me feel the same way, like there is all this opportunity stretching out before me, just waiting for me to fill it with the things that mean the most to me.
So I'm jumping into the 30 in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta along with hundreds of other artists. I knew it would be a hard go, our New Brunswick winter has been a challenging one for my health. I suffer migraines and barometer changes bring them on, unfortunately its been a wild ride of fluctuating pressure systems since November! Working around health issues is an on going theme for many people, artists have the added challenge of trying to be creative when their bodies/minds are letting them down, but that's a topic for another time I think.
Pictured above is a portion of a larger abstract I created, below are the alcohol inked ceramic tiles that I've done this month, all waiting to be resined as a finish. Because the resin has such a mirror like finish I photograph the pieces prior to applying resin.
"Art takes courage. It takes courage to find our vision, and the voice to express it." David DuChimn
This man's perspectives inspire me to no end! I relate so strongly with his thoughts on creativity, being our unique voice rather than 'finding it.' He is a talented Photographer and inspiring writer. My two younger sisters, Kellie & Ree (Doreen to others) got to meet and hear him at a Photography Conference. To say it was a highlight of their creative life is an understatement. Needless to say I benefited by hearing all about it. His down to earth wisdom and approach echoes my own growing understanding of the creative process.
"Art is a solitary thing. We do the best of it alone because it’s there where things are quiet enough and the other voices silenced enough that we can do our thing, wrestle through our process, fall down a few times, and create something authentic. "
Welcome, I'm Bren Thebeau. Through trial and error I have sought to educate myself in exploring the rich depths of human emotions and sensory expression through abstract and mixed media art.