Presentation: Decision Making in the Painting Process

Thursday September 27 2018, 6:30 – 8:30

I’ll be giving a presentation called ‘Decision Making in the Painting Process’ at artEAST on September 27th.

The talk will focus on questions artists ask ourselves as we paint, for example:

How do I make decisions when I paint? How do I know what to keep and what to change? What do I base my decisions on? What can I do when I get stuck?

I will be discussing this topic using a slideshow of my paintings in process. You’ll have a chance to see paintings from start to finish as I describe how and why I made the choices I did. I’ll also bring finished and unfinished paintings to look at and consider as a group.

There will be time at the end of the program to look at some of your paintings. Bring one of your favorite stuck paintings for the group to consider and discuss. We’ll use a lottery to choose whose paintings we’ll look at.

**This Salon is open to Members and Non-Members of artEAST. Bring a friend!

**Bring a painting you’d like to look at with the group to get ideas for moving it forward.

**People who attend will receive a $25 off coupon for an initial 1 ½ hour Creativity Coaching session with Jacqui (regular price is $135) or $15 off a one hour Creativity Coaching session.

Date: Thursday September 27, 6:30 – 8:30
Location: artEAST (95 Front Street North, Issaquah, WA 98027)
Fee: artEAST members – free; Non-members $10
To Register: to register for the Salon, click here.

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Here is the painting Decorating the Ordinary, start to finish:

 Decorating the Ordinary – Step 1: Getting Started

Decorating the Ordinary – Step 1: Getting Started

 Step 2

Step 2

 Step 3

Step 3

 Step 4

Step 4

 Decorating the Ordinary – Completed Painting

Decorating the Ordinary – Completed Painting

Showing Up

 “Chicken Connection”

“Chicken Connection”

I think it was Hemingway who said that the most important thing for a writer is the “pants seat in the chair seat.” You can’t write or paint if you don’t show up.

I was looking through a recent writer’s almanac, and found this: tell your subconscious you will meet her at the studio at 10. Then honor it. She may get some work done ahead of time (cognitive theorists call this Incubation). They suggest we ask her a question then forget about it with our conscious mind.

After a while, ideas, questions, answers or ways to play with this idea may come to you at odd moments (in the shower, as you nap in the afternoon, or on a walk). That’s why the Google Corporation headquarters has plenty of couches for people to lie around and muse on. I don’t know if they have showers, but maybe they should.

Do you take time to just wonder about things? Do you use a journal to scribble and muse? Do you carry notecards with you so that you can write down creative ideas or questions to yourself throughout the day?

Here are some muse-questions of mine:

  • If a person had two heads, how would they decide what movie to go to?

  • How would I paint something invisible, like a secret or a ghost or a memory, or the feeling of a garden in the morning?

  • What do I really want to paint?

Have fun, keep at it, stay wacky, and show up!

Creating a Carved Stamp

Check out the latest post to my YouTube Channel, where I go through the process of creating a carved stamp. It's the first video in a series to come, where I'll cover topics like stenciling, collage, monoprinting, and incorporating text into paintings.

Here is a list of supplies Jacqui used in this video:

Artist & Craftsman Supply: www.artistcraftsman.com

Speedball Linoleum Cutter Blades: 
http://www.artistcraftsman.com/speedball-linoleum-cutters.html?___SID=U

Speedball Lino Cutter Handle
http://www.artistcraftsman.com/speedball-linoleum-cutter-handle.html

There are many brands of the material I use to make stamps. The one I tend to use most often is Speedball Speedy Cut Blocks. You might want to try several kinds to see what you like best.

Speedball Speedy Cut Blocks
http://www.artistcraftsman.com/speedball-speedy-cut-blocks.html

Soft Kut Block Printing Material
http://www.artistcraftsman.com/soft-kut-block-printing-material.html?___SID=U

THE NEW PALETTE MAGAZINE ARTICLE: A CREATIVE APPROACH

I just wrote an article, A Creative Approach, that was published in the recent issue, #66, of The New Palette Magazine. The article is about painting a simple subject in a wide variety of ways. This article was inspired by a series of paintings I did in a Skip Lawrence workshop in March 2017.

To subscribe to The New Palette Magazine, click here

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Here are some pictures of paintings from the article:

 Chair #11, 14x17

Chair #11, 14x17

 Chair #1, 17x14

Chair #1, 17x14

 Chair #4, 14x17

Chair #4, 14x17

 Chair #6, 17x14

Chair #6, 17x14

 Chair #7, 17x14

Chair #7, 17x14

And one that wasn’t in the article:

 Chair #2, 17x14

Chair #2, 17x14

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.