Archive for September, 2008

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Another Quote

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on September 18th, 2008

I am often inspired by words, great quotations, phrases, etc. I will read them or hear them and they will resonate with me for a while. They help me, I think, to be a better teacher, to learn how to speak in a language that will, hopefully, inspire my students to make art. Today, at the end of one of my friend Gemma Black’s e-mails I read this quote…

“”Know what the old masters did. Know how they composed their
pictures, but do not fall into the conventions they established.
These conventions were right for them, and they are wonderful. They
made their language. You make yours. They can help you. All the past
can help you.”

Robert Henri 1865 – 1929

Thank you, Gemma! The quote speaks to me in many ways. First of all, if you are going to make art, you probably should know a bit about it. Not just about the materials and processes, but studying the “Old Masters” can help with your sense of design and composition, color theory, etc.  And the depth, oh the depth that is in a true “masterpiece”. That is what is lacking in so much of the published “art” these days. And that depth will only come if you “use your own language”. Being an original is never easy – but always worth the effort!

The image is a small abstract that I did about a year ago. It’s something that I was particularly happy with – something that I feel speaks my own language.

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Life as Art

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on September 7th, 2008

Cleaning my studio this evening, I came across a quote that I have always loved. It still speaks to me as I am comtemplating ways to improve my quality of life. It is by Shakti Gawain.

I like to think of myself as an artist and my life as a work of art. Every moment is a moment of creation, and each moment of creation contains infinite possibilities. I can do things the way I’ve always done them, or I can look at all of the different alternatives, and try something new and different and potentially more rewarding. Every moment presents a new opportunity and a new decision.

What a wonderful game we are playing, and what a magnificent art form…

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Eat, Pray, Love

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on September 4th, 2008

I’ve been spending a lot of time watching TV these days because of a sore back. It’s frustrating and depressing. I’m not taking care of my businesses, I’m not making art, I’m lying in bed, doing nothing but mindlessly watching TV.

But then, I saw, on Oprah, Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat, Pray, Love fame. Now, I just saw this book on Sunday when I was running errands and was drawn to it. I decided, however, that the last thing that I needed was one more self-help book that I probably wouldn’t read. And then, on Tuesday, I saw her. In addition to her amazing insight, the glow of her happiness and tranquility came through even via TV! I haven’t been back to the store to get the book, but I did do some web searching and reading about her. On her website: http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/writing.htm, she has a wonderful essay on writing. Most of what she says can be applied to making art as well as writing. Here is one of my favorite paragraphs from that online essay. I would encourage you to go there and read the rest. I have read it over and over and it really speaks to me. Here is a quote:

You will make vows: “I’m going to write for an hour every day,” and then you won’t do it. You will think: “I suck, I’m such a failure. I’m washed-up.” Continuing to write after that heartache of disappointment doesn’t take only discipline, but also self-forgiveness (which comes from a place of kind and encouraging and motherly love). The other thing to realize is that all writers think they suck. When I was writing “Eat, Pray, Love”, I had just as a strong a mantra of THIS SUCKS ringing through my head as anyone does when they write anything. But I had a clarion moment of truth during the process of that book. One day, when I was agonizing over how utterly bad my writing felt, I realized: “That’s actually not my problem.” The point I realized was this – I never promised the universe that I would write brilliantly; I only promised the universe that I would write. So I put my head down and sweated through it, as per my vows.

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Upcoming class in Capac, MI

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on September 2nd, 2008

On September 20 I will be teaching a class at the Capac Historical Museum in Capac, MI. This is my Transparent Collage class which involves painting tissue paper and then building it up on layers on a canvas. It’s one of my favorite classes to teach – so much fun to make all of the painted papers and then see how layering them builds the depth in the collage. Here is a photo of one of the pieces that I did with this method. E-mail me (jacquelinesullivan@mac.com) for more info on the class!


Textured Journal at Art Unraveled

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on September 1st, 2008

In August I taught at Art Unraveled in Phoenix. I have been at this venue since the very first one. Every year it just gets better and better. The students this year seemed to do especially good work and I left feeling like the proud parent. The book on the left is a photo of a journal from my Textured Journal Class. The book was made by Susan Madden. I love the fact that she “did her own thing”. Her journal (the blue one on the left) is very different in style from my class sample (green,brown,copper book on the right) I always feel I have done a good job of teaching when the student’s work looks different from mine!


Cupric Marks, my faculty piece for Letters Mingle Souls

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on September 1st, 2008

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Jacqueline Sullivan is a teacher and mixed-media artist, with experience in graphic design, advertising and publications.

After the first brush-stroke, the canvas assumes a life of its own; at this point, you become both governor and spectator to your own event.

— Anonymous