Learning Curves, they do take time and effort. I found my way into working with oils and cold wax a few months ago and have been focusing all my studio time and efforts in learning how to work with this new to me medium. From techniques, to texture making to colour combos and surfaces, I'm feeling my way along and finding a resonance in my soul.
I love how malleable the wax and oils are, love the longer cure times that allow me to blend and meld and build texture, contrasts and mark making, to peel back layers that hint at what came before. The work echos how I see life, there is always so much more than what we see on the surface, and it takes time and deliberate care to discover what lies below.
My acrylics lie dormant for now, I don't know that I will ever return to them...
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.