Unblock & Revive - Creativity Coaching

There are a lot of things that get in the way of creative expression. We all have our favorites. Some of mine are negative self-talk, not getting to the studio, and other unique forms of procrastination.

Over the years I have worked with many people to support them to discover new ways to enhance their art, writing, music, and other forms of creative expression.

I love working with people in this way. For me it is a creative process in itself to help people untangle the ways they tie themselves in knots.

We often don't support children to develop their unique forms of expression. In fact, we tend to do the opposite. Then these children grow up to be adults who have suppressed and squished their creativity until it is incredibly hard to access. The good news is, there are wonderful ways to reclaim our vibrant and wild selves.

You can read more about my creativity coaching here.

Contact me if you would like to explore this for yourself. 

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Featured Paintings at Michael Birawer Gallery, May 1 – June 2

My paintings will be on exhibit May 1 – June 2 at the Michael Birawer Gallery, a wonderful new gallery in downtown Seattle at 1003 First Avenue. Cathy Woo’s work will also be featured in May.

This series of 30”x30” paintings explore the ideas of how we get along with others, whether we feel welcome in the world, and who is welcome in our lives.

Here are some paintings that will be in this exhibit:

 Getting Along with Strangers  30"x30"

Getting Along with Strangers  30"x30"

 Welcome to the Party  30"x30"

Welcome to the Party  30"x30"

 Contemplation with Goat  30"x30"

Contemplation with Goat  30"x30"

The Opening Reception is on Thursday May 3rd from 5 – 8. I’d love to see you there.

For more information, including a map, click here.

Feels Like Home

These Paintings Will Be In My Exhibit At Columbia City Gallery, April 4 - May 13, 2018. The Opening Reception Is Saturday April 7th, 5-7. See You There!

 

I paint as a conversation with the emerging forms, shapes, and colors. I put lots of things onto the board to start and then as I interact with them, the painting and I decide who will stay, who will go, and who will change.

This is an active process. Aspects of the painting connect with each other or join together to form new objects or forms. Other things show up or get added very intentionally. One of the hardest things for me is when there’s a part of the painting I love but that doesn’t go with the rest and, for the good of the whole, needs to go away. A few weeks ago I said goodbye to a horse that was in the Feels Like Home painting. I had known for a long time that the horse needed to go, but I loved that horse. The painting is better without him, but I still miss him.

 Flowers on the Table

Flowers on the Table

 

 

changed to:

 Feels Like Home

Feels Like Home

Yesterday I changed a chicken into a woman. The chicken was huge and not lovely. The woman is lovely, but she may need to change, too, because she’s a little too full of herself at the moment. I’ll see as we go along together what will happen next.

Here’s another painting in this series:

 Up A Tree

Up A Tree

This group of paintings focuses on the idea of home. Some of the paintings have clear images of dwelling places. Others are more abstracted with nothing house-like that is visible, just what feels like home to me.

 Without Within

Without Within

Personal Prayer Flag Paintings

 Letter to Myself, mixed media, 24"x24"

Letter to Myself, mixed media, 24"x24"

The idea for this series developed from a couple of places. I have always loved clotheslines and often put them in my paintings. Then last year my husband did a trek in Nepal and came home with some Tibetan prayer flags that he hung from our deck. They looked beautiful waving in the breeze and I found myself wondering what the words on them meant. I began to think about what my own prayer flags might look like and what words would be on them.

I decided to do some prayer flag paintings. I soon found that my strings of flags often looked like clotheslines, so I started to do this on purpose. I interspersed flags with the laundry on the line and sometimes put writing on the clothes.

The flags and clothes may take center stage or may be part of a larger landscape. Sometimes there are cats or birds on the lines. In one painting, Illumination of Necessity, the flags are symbolic images of what is being “prayed” for: a home, clothing, and light.

 Illumination of Necessity, mixed media, 24"x24"

Illumination of Necessity, mixed media, 24"x24"

Many of the flags have words on them. These words aren’t meant to be legible. They are bits and pieces of thoughts, poems, song lyrics, and other things that are important to me. They are written directly into the paint or onto collage papers that are then glued into the painting.

 Personal Prayer Flags, mixed media, 19"x24"

Personal Prayer Flags, mixed media, 19"x24"

A selection of my new series of paintings, Personal Prayer Flags, will be on display at Arts Alive! in La Conner WA, November 3-5. I’ll be at the opening on Friday November 3rd from 5:00 - 9:00.


To see more of these paintings: http://www.jacquibeck.com/personal-prayer-flags/

Jacqui's Palimpsest Exhibit Video

Here’s a video of a presentation I gave at Columbia City Gallery during my Palimpsest exhibit in May 2017. Filmed by Eliaichi Kimaro.

Palimpsest: Layers of Words

I’m working on a series of paintings called Palimpsest. These paintings will be exhibited in my Featured Exhibit at Columbia City Gallery, New Works: Palimpsest (Apr 5 - May 14 2017) and at the Women Painters of Washington Gallery in the Writing on the Wall show (April4 -  June 30 2017)

 Hidden Thoughts  17"x14"

Hidden Thoughts  17"x14"

For years I have incorporated words into my paintings in a variety of ways. As I started painting for this exhibit, I became fascinated with the concept of ‘palimpsest.’

Wikipedia: A palimpsest is a manuscript page, either from a scroll or a book, from which the text has been scraped or washed off so that the page can be reused for another document. Parchment and other materials for writing or engraving upon were expensive to produce, and in the interest of economy were re-used wherever possible. 

One thing about these “washed/cleaned” manuscript pages is that often the original text wouldn’t be completely obliterated. The residual writing remained and could be seen as a kind of ghostly image under the later script.

I have worked to create this kind of imagery by using layers of paint and collage materials that are semi-transparent. It is not my intention that the script in my paintings be legible. I write things that are important to me (quotes, thoughts, poetry, song lyrics) on the collage materials that I glue into the paintings, but then I obscure the words using various techniques. I want the writing to be partially hidden so that its essence is deep in the painting but isn’t clear.

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For me, a palimpsest is a metaphor for the human condition where, as we go through life, we have experience after experience. Our new memories are layered over older ones and can become changed and distorted as a result. This series of paintings represents our multi-layered human experience.

Keep an eye on Instagram, Facebook, and my webste: www.jacquibeck.com, for information about the exhibits and images of these paintings, and join me at the Women Painters of WA Gallery and Columbia City Gallery receptions to see these paintings in person.

 A Real Conversation  16"x16"

A Real Conversation  16"x16"