Weaving My Way into 2019

Let me squeeze under the wire and wish you a Happy New Year before this first month of 2019 ends!

I love that January feels like that reflective month when it’s OK to throw caution to the wind and change your mind, your direction and to question everything you’re doing.

I decided to set up my beautiful loom that I’ve had for years and neglected. I made a video to show you what I’m working on and to update you.

By the way, in a spectacular example of  “what was i thinking” the outcome of my weaving is this: I realized the moment I started weaving that it just does not give me the joy that painting and printmaking do. Also, I pulled my lower back in the process – even my body was saying ‘no’. It occurred to me that I had been in love with the idea of being a weaver, not with the actual task. This is BIG for me. It’s taken me decades to have that ‘aha’ moment. And now I realize that I can release my beloved loom into the world and pass her on to someone who will really care.
Contact me if you are interested in buying my Jack type loom, a Nilus LeClerc . It will handle a 45″ wide warp, has 4 heddles. Included is a warping mill, bobbin winder, shuttles and a leClerc maple bench. Replacement cost for the loom alone is over $4000.  (sold)

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If you haven’t had a chance to think about creative intentions for this year, and would like some help with it, here are a few online sites that have helped me and may help you too.

  1. Zen Habits presents a straightforward list of questions followed by rituals and structures to help shape the year.
  2. Susanna Conway generously creates a workbook each year called Unravel Your Year.  She presents a methodical way to assess last year and to plan the next.
  3. Jane Dávila created ‘Art Accountability, a facebook page that is “A professional network of artists who get. stuff. done. Weekly check-ins keep goals on track; resources and tips are shared”.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. ❤ Thanks for letting me share the adventure with you.

 

My Floral Paintings Hop to the Rabbit House

On Saturday March 31, I’ll be in a group show with potters Deb Kuzyk & Ray Mackie and painter Wayne Boucher. It’s another example of my dream-come-true in moving to Nova Scotia. This time, you’re invited! But let me start at the beginning.

Over 10 years ago, on my very first visit to the Annapolis Valley, I wandered into the Lucky Rabbit Pottery Store in Annapolis Royal. I was blown away.

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The Tough Paint Job – Naming the Baby

My exhibition in Bear River opens in 6 days and I’m finishing up edges of paintings and varnishing and putting the wiring on the backs of the canvases. (Thank you Larry for that part.)

This part is fairly tedious compared to painting and I have to hold myself back from starting anything new.

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The Journey and Process in Life and Painting

I paint because I’m in love with my subject and I am delighted by the process of applying colour to a blank surface.

In the book Art and Fear the writers suggest that the observers who admire the finished piece of work have no interest in the artist’s process:

MAKING ART AND VIEWING ART ARE DIFFERENT AT THEIR CORE. To all reviewers but yourself, what matters is the product: the finished artwork…In fact there’s generally no good reason why others should care about most of any one artist’s work. The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars.  One of the basic and difficult lessons every artist must learn is that even the failed pieces are essential.

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Painting a Point of View

Title © Flora Doehler, 2015 Acrylic,  30" x 36" $
“A New Point of View” © Flora Doehler, 2015
Acrylic, 30″ x 36″ $1400.

Iris are my favorite personal flowers. The iris in this painting came from blooms in my grandmother’s garden in Toronto over 60 years ago. I paint them every year and think of my mother and grandmother.

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My paintings always reflect my state of mine. While I worked on this, I brooded about a problem in my non-painting life that turned this into a very purple and blue painting. But as the week wore on I changed my way of seeing my problem and that’s when I (coincidentally) changed the focal point in the painting to an optimistic yellow iris.

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I started this painting outdoors in front of my ‘model’, the flower bed. I have a wonderful pop-up screened tent to protect me from vicious black flies, who are out in full force in spring.  The orange curtain is clothes-pinned to reduce the glare from the direct sun.

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I bring in the work to refine it in the studio…along with some flowers.

"A New Point of View" detail © Flora Doehler, 2015
“A New Point of View” detail © Flora Doehler, 2015
"A New Point of View" detail © Flora Doehler, 2015
“A New Point of View” detail © Flora Doehler, 2015

Here you can get a better sense of the size of the painting.

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