It's been quite a month!
Came down with Shingles a few weeks back, nasty business in and of itself, made more complicated by having fibromyalgia. A world of hurt got woven into some artwork. There was no getting away from the pain, so I tried to distract my mind by working for short times in the studio. There were a lot of messes, unresolved challenges (kind of like the pain I was in!) and some hopefuls.
*Big grey to the left is still unresolved, it held a lot of painful strokes of oil and cold wax!
*The teal mixed media in acrylics is moving towards a finish I think.
*The poor little guy pictured just below is hoping I come up with a brilliant plan of how to rescue him from disaster!
181 Infinity-Oil & Cold Wax
16x16" mixed media on cradled panel, the only piece I managed to complete and be happy about during this pain filled siege on my body.
Till the next time!
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.