Nancy Hillis: Unleashing Your Creativity


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Beneath the surface of these paintings by Nancy Hillis, there lies a secret key to unlocking the viewer’s subconscious mind. Just try gazing at these works and see what happens. For me, these images  ignited the emergence of a new rush of positive dreams, I realized when I woke up the following morning.  I hadn’t dreamed like that for many years. In fact, I had become virtually unable to remember my dreams upon waking.  For me, it would seem that these paintings acted upon my mind as a catalyst for igniting the subconscious mind.

Janis Kirstein

 

 

Invitation to The Artist’s Journey

“I have been an existential psychiatrist and artist for over 20 years and through this work I have learned that the secret to creating expressively alive paintings is by trusting yourself. My vision and the work of my life in art and psychiatry is helping others to trust themselves and to create meaningful lives through their work. Take the plunge and start on your own path towards making the work of your life. Show us what you love!”

Nancy Hillis

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“The art of activating the canvas and bringing your painting to life with your own personal lexicon of mark making, expressive gestures and brushwork is nothing short of miraculous.

To create authentic and alive abstract paintings that are unique to you and your own vision is the ultimate attainment for an artist and yet the most elusive.

One issue is that you can get stuck repeating what’s worked before in your work. Another issue is trying to recreate what you love about other artists’ work.

I’ve found myself in both situations. When I finished my residency in psychiatry at Stanford I became fascinated with abstract painting. I felt that it was a mirror into the artist’s inner world, a potent and unique personal expression of the artist.”

 

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“I loved attending museums and galleries that featured abstract artists, in particular abstract expressionist work. I admired the museum exhibitions with works of Cy Twombley, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler. I’d feel excited to go home and try to create paintings as raw, immediate and expressive as theirs! I wanted to paint works that astonished me. I wanted my art to mean something.”

I wanted to breathe life into my paintings

“The day I finished my residency in psychiatry I started creating abstract paintings. I didn’t know what I was doing but I’ve come to learn that this is a good thing. Saying this brings to mind the book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind where Shunryu Suzuki said “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” Cultivating an open mind and maintaining the teachable spirit of a beginner is a potent practice for artists at every stage of development.”

Being An Artist Is About ‘Not Knowing’

“One of the things I’ve learned on this journey is that being an artist is about continually evolving. It’s about searching and finding your way as you create. It’s about experimentation.”

 

In this video, Nancy explains the benefits of specific steps in painting for allowing  the development of an open mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Collector’s Choice: Hyunmee Lee


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Hyunmee Lee’s paintings deliver a punch and a whisper, all within a complete sentence of harmony and stabilization.  Space and form balance in a delicate dialogue of opposites, yet the connections feel completely inevitable and preordained, as though this image is, will be, and has always been just so as you see it, indelibly existing forever and now, simultaneously.

Jan Kirstein

 

 

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ARTIST STATEMENT
My art practice crosses three continents over two decades. The works consider the images and ideas that mark my journey into the spiritual and cultural dimensions of painting as a creative activity. During a period when I have carried adventurous journeys across several different social and geographic divides, I began to search deeper for an understanding of who I am, and where I am. My paintings started to explore the idea of self as the most fundamental element of human nature; I tried to seek my identity as I examined human nature.

 

 

 

 

 

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In 1961 Hyunmee Lee was born in Seoul Korea, where she grew up practicing Western Modern art with experience in Eastern painting and calligraphy. Her art practice crosses three continents over two decades.

1985 Lee graduated Hong-Ik University majoring in painting. At the end of that year, she moved to Australia. She stayed there for six years and achieved two post graduate degrees. 1989 she exhibited in her first commercial gallery, Bonython-Meodemore Gallery, Sydney. At the same time, her work was exposed through a contemporary art book (Art Four).

1991 Hyunmee Lee earned a Master of Arts in Visual Arts (MFA) at the Sydney College of Arts, University of Sydney and returned to Korea. She lived in Korea for seven years. There she taught in Hong-Ik University as a lecturer and exhibited in solo shows in major art galleries and art fairs in Seoul.

1997 Lee came to Utah, U.S.A. where she continuously taught in universities and built up her art career. 2001 She became a faculty member of Utah Valley University. 2002 Lee had her first solo show in America, called Mountain Armatures, at the Woodbury Art Museum in Orem, Utah. 2006 She showed her large scale work in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Intimacy Without Restraint. 2008 After achieving tenure, she retired from teaching and more fully concentrated on her art. She is currently working with U.S.A galleries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collector’s Choice: Sigal Ron


 

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“I see myself as an abstract painter who enjoys freedom of expression.
However, we are all like ‘ swallows sitting on the wire of tradition,’ so from time to time I sin by creating objective art for feeling a communication with a greater public.  I adore every manifestation of visual art and enjoy crossing over and going back with the passion of a child who has gotten a new toy. I am grateful for every moment I can paint.”

Written by Zichron Jaacov Israel

 

 

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Sigal Ron is a painter who walks the fine line between completely non-objective painting and figurative painting with equal ease and grace. She  commands both sides of that artistic differentiation with prowess and inevitability.  Her non-objective paintings rush at us with volumes of hurtling textures, colors and glimmering light. Her figurative works walk with prowess all the way from realistic representation through graphic depiction to sighs of abbreviated yet essential abstractions. Her painterly touch is comprised of deft command, searing insight and relentlessly well timed orchestration. Bravo Sigal Ron! My hat is off to you!

Jan Kirstein

 

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Recent Exhibitions:

“GilArte” Gallery —Zichron Jaacov 2011

“Gam Gallery”—Tel Aviv 2011

“Gebo” Gallery—Tel Aviv 2012

International Exhibition of Art –Matera- Italy 2015

2nd International Bienalle of Art in Palermo 2014

4 International Abstract exhibition in Moscow 2015

2015 – Moscow “Gold collection of Abstract

Bienalle of Drawing Osten Museum – Skopje 2016

Museo Palazzo Farnese-International Exhibitin of Contemporary Art Juni 2016

Art for Peace- Museo Palazzo Farnese Ortona. Italy 2016

Gallery of Contemporary Art-Kazan-Russia

Juni 2016

Poligious Issues-Schiedam-Netherlands 2017

 

 

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Collector’s Choice: Miriana Savova


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The fierce, windswept paintings of Miriana Savova capture the challenges facing the human spirit, and invite the viewer to enter each painting and follow a glowing flame of hope, glimpsed through layers of textured pigment.

Janis Kirstein

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Abstract painter Miriana embraces the most heroic challenges of survival for the artist in an undaunted spiritual quest to create and illuminate and to bring light from the darkness.

Jan Kirstein

 

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IMG_1418MIriana Savova is an artist from Sophia, Bulgaria, and her works can be seen on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

“Imagination: The Creative Force of Life”


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Imagination: The Spirit of Sophia held “ The Creative Force of Life” at the Women’s Foundation’s Hopscotch House in Prospect, Kentucky today, Earth Day, April 22. Artist Joan Zehnder was our guide today as we wrote and made art about what we each individually have to offer the world. We then combined our writing and art in groups to create new worlds. What a meaningful, enriching, empowering and exhilarating experience. And what fun too! Perfect for a rainy Earth Day…..

 

 

Top left: Imagination participant Andria Creighton  contemplates her group’s creation. Top right: Going for a three-d effect here in this Imagination group effort. Bottom: Some thoughts of a participant.  2nd right:  Director and founder of Spirit of Sophia Dana Sue Walker writing and reflecting on her group’s New World Imagination group art.

 

 

Top left:  This is the lovely sitting room in the Hopscotch house provided by the Woman’s Foundation of Louisville, founded by Sally Bingham for the enrichment, advancement and enlightenment of women throughout the country. Top right: Another group contemplates their group creation. Bottom right: No matter which direction you look at it, this piece’s rich organic structure enhances the many gifts of all the women in this group.

 

Another Imagination group’s creative effort.

The entire Imagination experience was a high point of the week and a perfect way to celebrate Earth  Day, all enthusiastic participant agreed.

Collector’s Choice: Fran Skiles


 

IMG_1344Lyrical and sensitive, Fran Skiles’ paintings bring a peace of mind and a clarity of life fulfilling purpose to a world filled much too often with confusion and disruption. I invite you to meditate upon the paintings of Fran Skiles for a calming yet deep state of mind.

Jan Kirstein

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Hudson River Valley Art Workshops:

http://www.fiberartworkshops.com/fiber-art-workshop-instructors/fran_skiles.htm

Paper Collage by Fran Skiles

Oct. 15 – 21, 2017

Medium: Mixed Media

Level: All Levels

5-Day Studio Class

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Collector’s Choice: Marie Bortolotto


 

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“I am a visual artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NSCAD University, Halifax, Canada. Currently I live on the west coast of Canada. My mixed media paintings and drawings are explorations into the fundamental language of nature. My approach is process driven, rooted in imagination, emotion and intuition, revealing a language deeper than words: patterns, textures, mark making, symbols, shapes, lines and gestures which map a passage through time.”

Marie Bortolotto

 

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The grace and natural movements in these organic drawings/paintings by Marie Bortolotto creates symphonies of mysterious earth toned layers.  Envelopes of delicate washes fold across bold texture,  with images emerging forward as if directly from the subconscious mind. Markings move through and across the page as if rising  from a seemingly random evolution, yet each movement on paper forms a delicate balance with all other markings and layers evoked in each work.

Jan Kirstein

 

 

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Milica Reinhart-Tesankic


 

 

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Milica Reinhart-Tešankić is a Croatian artist whose work inspires with its bold movement, invigorating gestures and saturated color. You can find more about this artist on this link:

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The largeness of scale combined with the rough, expressive application of thick color heightens the impact of these powerful paintings at first glance, and leaves a lingering afterimage both haunting and certain.

 

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Seas of the Moon by Painter Sandy Miller Sasso


 

THE RECENT WORK OF SANDY SASSO

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The paintings and drawings of Sandy Sasso reign in the forces of nature to tell a story of mysterious talismans, presenting a reality woven from metaphoric symbolism and imagination. The results form an astute observation of a current collective consciousness and state of mind of our world today.

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“I am still haunted by the names of the seas of the moon… Sea of Crisis, Sea of Rains, Sea of Tranquility, Sea of Cold…. they sum up my response to the atmosphere of fragility and uncertainty that permeates the world now. I ordered a 3-D moon the size of a tennis ball that I suspend in still life set ups of illuminated objects from the woods around our house.”

Sandy Miller Sasso

 

 

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Sea of Crisis II
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Sea of Rains
22x5inches, charcoal, conte on paper, 2016
This drawing is currently in Ways of Seeing, a traveling exhibit organized by the Kentucky Arts Council. Sites are Hindman; Richmond; Williamsburg, Somerset, and Madisonville.

 

 

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“I have been working on a series of paintings and drawings united by the theme of the mares, or seas of the moon. Several of these paintings were on exhibit in Paducah, KY; at the Legacy exhibit of past and present art teachers at the Paducah School of Art and Design, and in Different Times Different Places, a group show at the Ruth Baggett Gallery. The entire body of work has just been shown at the Murray Art Guild in March, 2017 in Sea of Crisis, a solo show.”

 

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Artist Sandy Sasso lives with her husband, artist Paul Sasso in a lovely home they designed and built, surrounded by their own splendidly created gardens in Western Kentucky. Their daughter, now grown is Maggie Sasso, also an artist.

Sandy has also taught as a high school visual arts teacher in Murray Kentucky, and most recently taught a painting workshop at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in Gatlinburg, TN in early November, 2016.

“It was really great to teach again, and the students and the facilities at Arrowmont were all exceptional,” she says. “The horrible fire happened two weeks after I was there. Though three buildings on campus were lost the studio/lab buildings are intact and all classes are on schedule for 2017. ”

 

 

To see more art works by Sandy Miller Sasso, visit her artist website at www.sandymillersasso.com

 

 

Prayers for the People of Syria


Requiem for Syria

Tonight I pray that all of your families will find love, peace, joy and justice in their lives despite the many tragic losses suffered in the war torn country. Of Syria.  With great gratitude, I ask for the emanation of abundant blessings to enfold and comfort all of your families within this ever changing Life on Earth.

I give thanks for the lives of all who have passed into the arms and heart of Glory on High. May the angels of heaven wrap you in their wings of love and solace on these most holy nights of faithful vision and may the bounty of The Universe’s love and protection provide a flame of eternal hope throughout this time of sorrow and darkness for your blessed families.

Amen

Prayer by Janis Kirstein, U.S.A.

 

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Paintings to Honor the Sojourn of the Syrian Refugees April 7, 2017

I have created these paintings to honor those who have suffered loss of life, home or loved ones through the egregious misfortune of war in Syria.

The first two paintings present my hope and vision for all victims of this deadly war exhuming the Syrian countryside. The next four paintings reveal the fire and destruction endured by the exodus of people from Syria and celebrate the spirit of all who have survived and persevered throughout all of their many horrific challenges.

These paintings are mixed media on masonite blocks. Each painting is 8″ x 10.”

 


Three years ago, I tried to raise awareness of the atrocities of chemical warfare in Syria of the Assad regime on his own people. At that time I attempted to raise money through Hatchfund so I could create these works on a large scale.

I want to thank all who contributed and donated money to this cause that I started called “”Sojourn Empathies” to raise awareness of the refugees from war torn countries and their life experiences, specifically of the victims of Syrian women and children killed by chemical attacks in Syria by the Assad regime. Unfortunately I was not able to raise enough money for larger works and traveling exhibitions, but I was able to paint these small works as a testimony to the empathy of the American people.

At that this time three years ago, I received word of the use of chemical weapons used by the Assad regime on his own people including women and small children.  I also accessed the tangible evidence of many extremely graphic photographs of chemical war victims by the Assad government in Syria including women, and very small children, and the dozens of body bags that lined cold cement floors in basement bunkers as a result of this horrid brutality. These photos were all marked with the copyright notices of the United States Marines.

After seeing these photographs, I was inspired to raise the awareness of the American people of these atrocities occurring in Syria.

Though I was never able to raise the money for creating these larger art works, I still hold the suffering of the Syrians in my heart and mind, especially with the most recent occurrence of chemical weapons used in Syria by Assad.
Today I would like to share these images with you that express my empathy for the people of Syria at this time and the perilous journey of both the survivors as well as those who have passed to a realm of peace and glory.
Now after three years, I feel even more compelled to get these paintings out to the world to elicit compassion and empathy for these refugees.

My project was called “Sojourn Empathies.” It was my desire that people will come to realize the suffering of these people with everything they have been through and will understand that we must embrace their lives and experiences with compassion and empathy.

I am so eternally grateful for the donations I received from Abby Lane, Jan Arnow, Bob Abrams, Johanna Boz, Ada Assenjo, Jane Larsen Wigger, Lauren Hill and Myrl Kirstein. The funds I was trying to reach with a Hatchfund Challenge was  2,000.00 though I didn’t make my goal, I was so grateful to my supporters and so determined to support this cause that I created these small paintings anyway.

Writing and painting by Jan Kirstein

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