Art should be something you can look at every day and always see something you've never noticed before. That's the exciting part of art, for me. Being somewhat of a perfectionist, fluid art was very difficult for me in the beginning. Through much research, practice, and many mistakes, I have learned that the best pieces come from the worst mistakes! I sincerely enjoy taking time from my busy full-time life to spend a few hours creating something beautiful that will speak to just the right person, at the right time.
We all live in a continuum of moments, some fleeting and others memorable for a lifetime. A crowd of people can experience the same moment yet their individual interpretations can be very different. I try to summarize my movement through life as a collection of my experiences. The challenge for me is to capture the emotion and life of my experiences on two dimensional photographic paper and have the viewer feel the mood of the subject matter.
I started taking photographs in my teen years. My father gave me his old Minolta 35mm SLR from the1960's to take pictures at our family gatherings. Several years later I took photographs while studying at the Biosphere 2 Center in Oracle Arizona. The marketing director generously gave me all the film I needed and developed it for me. In return my photos were used for marketing purposes of the Center. I had the opportunity to take thousands of photos of the students and numerous landscapes. Several years later, when I started medical school, my Minolta retired to the camera bag. Later, after a fifteen year hiatus, I purchased a Canon digital EOS 6d and have been busy photographing everything since then. I like to use my family as models in many of my photos. I continue to focus on landscapes and portraits but now I try to incorporate thematic threads within my work.
From an early age, the arts have offered me a path for exploration and a wonderful opportunity to determine how I see the world. My efforts have taken various forms both as a writer and a visual artist. In high school and college I wrote poetry and short stories, took classes in art and drama and acted in plays. For a time I aspired to be an actress. As I have explored these various pathways I have come to see that the imagination is an extraordinary way of knowing and should be highly valued.
Though I concentrated on writing novels and short stories during the years I taught literature, I also spent a decade working in ceramics, learning a great deal about form. I was fortunate enough to receive a fellowship from the Lily Endowment for a project devoted to classes in art, the study of Inuit art and mythology, and travel to the Eastern Arctic to visit the creative environment. I took a number of art classes at Purdue and continued my study of painting and printmaking at UMC
Travel and study, as well as visits to museums in the States, Europe and Latin America have been important to me. A summer of drawing and visits to museums based in Florence with visits to other Italian cities was a rich experience. I have had the unique pleasure of holding and looking at Cezanne water colors at the Louvre in Paris.
As the first writer since the inception of the Vermont Studio Center to be awarded a fellowship for a residence in painting, I have spent a good deal of time there both as a painter and a Guest Writer. A fellowship for a residency at the Center now supports those who care to cross boundaries. My interests in the creative process have led me to develop a workshop, "Heightening Imagination: Writing and Drawing from the Image." No prior experience required. I have taught the workshop in Columbia, Taos, and other parts of the country. As my novels and short story collections have been published, I have had the opportunity to do the cover paintings for the books, as well as for those of other writers who have asked me to do theirs.
Much of my work in both art and writing is set in New Mexico, where I grew up. Its landscape and variety of cultures still inspire me. I also enjoy plein aire painting here in Missouri and in the Maine woods, where I live in the summer. My painting has moved from the figurative to the abstract over the years. I try to paint from the images and colors that move through me and suggest what the painting wants to be. A number of paintings have elements of both the figurative and the abstract. . I work in both water colors and oils. I owe a great deal to the inspiration of Fauves and such artists as Bonnard, Emil Nolde, John Marin, Charles Burchfield, Paul Klee Joan Mitchell and Keith Crown.
I now devote my time to both writing and painting and share a studio with artists Jane Mudd and Chris Frederick at the Orr Street Studios.
We have been together since the beginning of the studios.
C. Ruth Neudahl, or Xopa her shamanic name which she uses to sign all her metal work, originally studied as a classically trained painter and graphic artist in the upper mid-west, Minnesota and Missouri. But after years as a corporate and government web graphic artist and designer, she took a bold step in 2015 and went to school in Santa Fe for silver-smithing and silver jewelry design to become the independent artist she always wanted to be. Her view on her work is personally infused with mysticism and animism. Studying as a shaman has focused her work while she does not lift from other indigenous culture’s imagery or religious iconography. She strives to make her own visual mythos and to connect with Spirit. As a many-media artist, she also draws, paints, designs stained glass, and sculpts – bronze, steel, and clay. Find Xopa at www.facebook.com/xopa123 and on Instagram as designs_by_xopa.
As an artist it is important to me to create work in multiple mediums that convey a sense of the divine. I am attracted to visuals of nature, pattern and repetition that may allude to underlying forces that act upon a piece. This is not a reference to any particular religion, but a spiritual nod to the interconnectivity that we all experience at one time or another. This is the only process that makes sense to me. Money, prestige, ambition, what people think of me – the nonessentials falls away. What truly matters is that we are all a part of nature, to be kind, and to embrace the intangibles of love, joy and transcendence. I thrive on change - I work in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, book illustration, metal fabrication, silver-smithing, fine jewelry, photography, bonsai, and occasionally stained-glass design. It's all joyful pursuit.
Even though the course of my career took me down other paths, I have always been an artist at heart. From receiving my very first camera, a Kodak 110 instamatic, at age eight, to taking every high school art class available, I have always enjoyed the prospect of creating. Although I dabble in jewelry and painting, more recently I have focused more heavily on photography. After wanting to do so for 15 years, I had the amazing experience of taking the Summer Intensive at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography – where I made many new friends and was able to eat, sleep and breathe photography for six wonderful weeks. I enjoy every type of photography from portrait, to abstract, landscape, to macro and beyond. Most importantly, photography is a way for me to document everything from grand adventures to intimate family gatherings…but being able to sell a piece here and there would certainly be icing on the cake!
I hope you enjoy these photos. If you have an interest in any of these images, or would like to commission a special photograph, please contact me at (573) 999-2737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
My art work is inspired by: the splendor of nature and creation, the personality and character on people’s faces and situations, landscapes that show interesting subjects like parks.
I work in acrylic, ink resist, mixed media, pen and ink, watercolor.
I decide what to paint by considering the elements of design, composition, color, and technique. Not all subjects are good for ink resist.
The viewer should enjoy the statement made by the artist.
· I am a member of the Columbia Art League and Artists’ Village.
· I have displayed at the Central Annual Boone County Art Show, Columbia Art League Gallery, and Orr Gallery.
· Past member of the Missouri Water Color Society juried show at Winston Churchill Museum. “Blazing Red Buds” ink resist.
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.
· Past member of the Brush and Pallet Club.
· Honorable mention for Ink resist- mixed media painting “Hillbillies and Millionaires”.
· Rural Public School Elementary Art Teacher Montgomery City, MO and Mexico, MO.
Kansas University, Lawrence Kansas, Freshman, Art Major
Washington University, St. Louis MO, School of Fine Art, BFA Degree
Washington University, St. Louis MO, Art teacher Certification K-12
University of Missouri, Art and Education Masters, M.ED Degree
I am an Associate professor in the Department of Art at the South China Agricultural University, in Guangzhou, China. I received my Masters in Arts in 2002 and have taught drawing, painting and art history for fourteen years. I am currently a Visiting Scholar in the Art Department at the University of Missouri. My work involves combining Chinese traditional techniques with contemporary painting concepts, and painting historic sites in China using techniques I have learned in America. I enjoy painting and art.
OTHER ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES:
• East-West Dialogues Ⅲ---Artworks by Chinese Visiting Scholars & Their Hosting Professors, Craft Studio Gallery, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA,8/2016.
• Examination Judge, Guangdong University Entrance Examination - Fine Arts Division, Guangdong Higher Education Bureau, Guangzhou, China, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, & 2012.
• Art Research Delegation Member, Delegation visited Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington DC, USA, 2012 (Organized by Los Angeles Art Association and Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China)
• Liu, Yuan. Editor and Jiang, Tao. Associate Editor. “Color Study from a Design Perspective.” China Agriculture Press, Beijing, China (10/2010; ISBN: 978-7-109-14945-8).
• Jiang, Tao. Editor. “History of Modern Design.” Central South University Press, Changsha, Hunan, China (4/2010; ISBN: 978-7-81105-901-4).
• Jiang, Tao. “Calligraphy: Qingzhao Li’s Poetry.” and “Calligraphy: Bo Wang’s Poetry.” Yihai. Hunan Art Institute, Changsha, Hunan, China (8/2011): 172 (A national core art magazine).
• Jiang, Tao. “Calligraphy: Bo Wang’s Poetry.” “Ink Painting: Bamboo through a Studio Window.” “Ink Painting: Bamboo and Rocks.” and “Ink Painting: Peaceful Orchid.” Art China. Hunan Public Art Organization, Changsha, Hunan, China (6/2011): 140.
My research is in creating graphic shapes, which reference contemporary ink painting graphic styles such as those found in Japanese Zen meditation and Chinese Buddhism. I also look at the visual design of symbols, and how to represent them in a 3D space. The core of my research is the application of graphic shapes into multi-dimensional spaces, such as architecture, interior design, sculpture, industrial design.
The idea behind intention creation is not to design works randomly, but rather to accumulate a lot of visual elements and related concepts before the design work starts, and then to display those elements and concepts during the experimentation, creation and re-creation. It is the “intention” that offers various possibilities of design schemes for “creation” in the real world. For example, my finished works in the computer can be made into presswork and tangible objects for people to read and use. It can also be developed into traditional Chinese painting, oil painting, engraving, sculpture, artifact and other tangible works. Therefore, intention creation can be perceived as the source of thinking, and a kind of art creation that is able to be re-designed.
TWO THINGS ABOUT INTENTION CREATION
I want to emphasize two factors influencing intention creation, and the first one is “slowness”, since soft fire makes sweet malt. However, in today’s fast-paced society, many people lead a busy life which only strives for efficiency with- out thinking about whether it is right or wrong. Why not slow down for a while and make some adjustment in your mind? Only in a slow process, people can feel relaxed and released, then he will try to read something and get to know something, and his mind begins to change. Therefore, “slowness” is an important premise. It’s a psychological hint to tell yourself that you are not in a hurry and some things can only be done in a slow way, so you start from a small part and accumulate little by little, finally you will achieve the great goal. This psychological hint helps us to clearly position ourselves and realize that some things which seem to be in a slow manner are actually going fast.
The second factor is quietness, which seems easy to understand, but I want to interpret the deep meaning of “quietness”. As the antonym of “motion”, “quietness” means no motion, so we need to put down things at hand, and putting down is “giving up”. It is well-reasoned that only through giving up one thing you can gain another. We have to face so many things in this world, and it’s impossible to balance all aspects, so we have to make choices and give up something, which depends on the mind that is mentioned in the part of “slowness”, and in such a process, our heart is as peaceful as water. Moreover, quietness requires a good mentality: you believe things will be better. So it is actually the belief that matters, as the saying goes: As long as one keeps calm, one does not feel the heat too much. Good mentality will generate greater positive energy, and give power to many things.
There are two quotes that I feel describe where I am as a young artist.
“Creativity takes courage.” - Henri Matisse
“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” - Salvador Dali
Art makes me happy. It gives me an outlet to be creative and relax. I enjoy drawing and painting mostly. I also work with fiber and clay.
I believe that being an artist and showing your creativity to others takes courage, which is why I chose a quote from artist Henri Matisse. I also believe that as a young artist, still learning and growing, that it’s important to admire the works of other artists. I try new techniques and develop my own abilities by learning about and emulating other artists. My very first painting was inspired by the works of Salvador Dali.
I am currently perfecting anime and manga-style illustrations by researching different types. My current preference is Shoujo, which focuses on females as the lead characters. I also admire Andy Price and Katie Cook who illustrate the My Little Pony comic book series.
I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy creating it.
Tierney lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her parents, sister, 2 dogs and a cat. She enjoys art, golf, music and spending time with her friends, grandparents and her extended family.
Hi, I’m Vicki. 10 years ago I wouldn’t even know which states to travel through to get to Missouri from my home state of Michigan. It’s okay, I got it now. During my 47 years in Michigan I was only a casual photographer; documenting the life of my family. A few years after cancer claimed the life of my first husband, I met and married Brian and moved to Columbia.
A couple of years ago he gifted me with a DSLR camera for Christmas and my life, gratefully, has not been the same since. I rediscovered my long lost joy of photography.
Now that the kids are grown [insert confetti here] I actually have time to exercise my skills, I spend much time exploring Mid-Missouri and capturing glimpses of life in our community.
I am delighted to be a member of the Columbia Art League.
Winsome Glimpse Photography
Richard and Sheila Wieman:
Second Chance Art
Second Chance Art is the name of the company Richard and Sheila Wieman came up with for their artwork. They whimsically describe their metal creations as "sculpeture" (say "scul-pet-ture," the Wiemans' term that conveys some of the fun of their creations). Most of the pieces suggest some kind of creature, if only closely enough to say "bird" or "animal", while other pieces definitely favor something much more specific such as a crane or a giraffe.
Sheila is usually the designer, putting the individual pieces together into their final form, with Richard as the craftsman who does the welding. The approach to creation is different for each: Sheila must find pieces that when put together suggest a form; Richard decides on what the finished product will be, then looks for the pieces necessary.
The couple names each of their "sculpetures" because each seems to have such a personality that it seems only natural they would also have an identity.
Laura Kay Weatherspoon
Dare to be different! Life is simply amazing and I love to share the way I see the world through my artwork. I feel so blessed that I get to wake up each day and do what I love to do.
I was raised in the small farming town of Troy, Illinois. Growing up, my grandmother and mom would tell me stories about how I would sit at the living room window for hours and draw the birds long before I was even in school. Although I did a lot of drawing when I was young, it was the day my dad took me to a local art store that I was bit by the bug. That day, my dad bought me my very first box of prismacolors. I would sit around and draw for hours on end with that first box, mainly of horses from my imagination. That following summer I received second place at the Madison County Fair in Illinois, for a mare and foal drawing I did with that first set of prismacolors. From that day on, my dad would always say, “You need to be a freelance artist when you grow up.”
And well, here I am. I graduated from William Woods University, Summa Cum Laude, with a major in Equestrian Science and a minor in Art Education. I now own a studio in Fulton, Missouri where I have two kilns, a pottery wheel and all my painting supplies.
I love hiking, biking, running, camping, sailing and riding my horse. I also enjoy traveling or any activity that gets me outside in the fresh air where nature can inspire me. My camera usually accompanies me everywhere I go, as I am always looking for the next great photo opportunity for something I can take back to my studio to paint or sculpt.
My passion lies mainly with clay and ceramics. I use water based clays for throwing on the wheel, as well as hand building and sculptures. I use oil based clays in preparation for bronze sculptures. However, my passion for art goes far beyond the limits of cay. I enjoy doing palette knife paintings with my oil and acrylic paints. Another favorite is painting with my watercolors. The transparency of watercolors captured my imagination the first time I used them and I have loved them ever since. Stippling is another form of art I enjoy, and I find the end resulting immensely rewarding considering the hours spent in one project.
I want people to feel inspired by my work. God has blessed me with a talent and I want to use that talent to make other people smile. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a vision of mine come to life on canvas or in my hands with clay and have people look at it and smile.
Contact me about commission work.
E: Laura Kay Weatherspoon
Colleen Wagner has created art since a child. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas State University and a Doctorate in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University. She taught art at the secondary level and has won numerous awards both nationally and regionally for her art work. Currently, her emphasis is on mixed-media abstracts, and she has worked in oils, watercolor, charcoal, and pencil. Colleen is a juried member of “The Best of Missouri Hands” in the area of Mixed-media. She serves as a member of the Kirksville Art Association Board and is currently the president and charter member of The MOSI Art Guild.
Her goal in her art is to create the feeling that life is a puzzle that we are constantly trying to solve. Sometimes the pieces fit and art as life is very clear. Other times there is a sense of discord which hopefully resonates with the viewer. She uses abstraction which blends into a semblance of realism.
Colleen has created several abstract series that have been displayed at a solo show at the Kirksville Arts Center. The Chinese Zodiac animals, the Seven Virtues and Vices, and Missouri wildlife have all been a focus of her work. Presently, she is working on a series of mythical beings, also in abstract form.
E: Colleen Wagner
Margaret Leslie Utterback
"There are moments in our lives,
there are moments in a day, when
we seem to see beyond the usual.
Such are the moments of our greatest happiness.
Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.
If one could but recall his vision by some
sort of sign. It was in this hope
that the arts were invented.
Sign-posts on the way to what may be.
Sign-posts toward greater knowledge."
Robert Henri; The Art Spirit
Today the sky is absolutely cobalt above, fading to pale rose madder at the horizon. I yearn for a stick of pastel with the same sense of blue, a sense of endless atmosphere. And one that would tell of the warmth or coolness of the breeze as it moves around me. And a stick of pastel that would generate the radiating sunlight, at dawn, at noon, or dusk. Today the objects in front of me are composed of a silent history. And again, I yearn for a stick of pastel that would tell it's tale, complicated with it's "self" and mine and another and another. The reality is that no single stick of color can replicate the beauty of nature or the complexities of a relationship. To copy is impossible; the attempt to copy is mundane. A painting is an image; a combination of the reality, the painter, and the viewer. And the reality is fleeting, instants of impressions, transmitted from the eye to the brain and translated in minute portions of time. The translated image of the painting only carries the "sign" of the artists visual "language," in hopes of a non-verbal communication and a connection with a reality.
I am the youngest of twelve children and as it often is with large families things get recycled. My toys and some of my clothes were well broken in by the time I came along. My mother said this made them extra special because of all the stories they could tell me if I knew how to listen to what they were saying. My imagination would take over as I thought about what she said about things being extra special. I would find a pen or a pencil and draw small winding treasure maps that would eventually lead to what I considered a personal treasure; an old hot wheels car, or some nuts, bolts and washers from one of the Junk drawers.
I mention these things to try to explain the thought process behind what I draw. It is a collection of things I treasure. I experiment with different media. Water colors, pencil, pen and ink are my favorites.
When I draw, I have no clue what the finished product might evolve into. I begin by mapping out the underlying design and then fill it in with detailed individual scenes that, when combined, form the finished piece. This approach allows me the freedom to be creative and not limited to one overall concept. I try to make each of the smaller scenes as detailed as possible with the intent that each section makes a statement as a stand-alone piece. I have the pleasure of just drawing what I feel at the time.
I am married with a two-and-a-half-year-old son and work a full-time job, so time is scarce for drawing. Drawing the smaller interior scenes allows me to finish one section at a time and still be able to break free to enjoy time with my family.
I tend to lean towards outdoor or nature themes. Often it’s as if I am going fishing and recording my journey to the pond. I might see a bird sitting in a tree or on an old stomp. I might notice a fern peaking from behind a tree or ants overwhelming a dead log foraging for food. Life is abundant in the woods even with all of death and decay scattered around. I try to capture the feeling of life’s everlasting circle, a sense of something greater, keeping in perspective how small we are in the scheme of things and how collectively our individual contributions help define the underlying design.
In creating artwork, my intention is to capture the diversity of life in all of its strangeness. I love working with found objects, paint, metal, glass...you name it. I am a graduate of the University of Missouri. I left Columbia in 1986 and headed to Kansas City, where I taught art for the inner-city school district. This is where I learned more deeply about the healing power of art, which eventually led me to complete a master's degree in counseling and schooling in art therapy. I have since returned to Columbia Mo., and have joined the Orr Street Studios. My art can be seen around town at various venues including five panels on the lower level of the Youzeum.
As a member of the board of CAL, I am excited about the many changes that are happening at the Art League. The online artist's village is one of those changes! Thank you for stopping by to take a peek at my work!
I grew up in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri. After living in Alabama and Mississippi for 26 years, I recently moved back to Columbia. It was in the south that I discovered my love of painting especially with an emphasis on bright colors.
It wasn't until I had raised my family and taught math for a number of years that I decided to develop my creative side. I have studied under several well-known artists in the south, each with different strengths and styles. Oil is my favorite medium and I especially like painting landscapes.
Barbara Martin Smith
Rhythms of the process of creating are constant as well as ever changing. Omnipotence is present in these rhythms like a friend. When I retreat to my studio to paint, I carry this friend with me. Working with the fluidity of transparent watercolor on handmade paper parallels the seen and unseen, known and unknown, foreseen and recalled qualities of subject which emerge during the painting process. Each painting comes from within linking me with the past and the future. Each is a deliberate engagement with all that is mysterious and beautiful.
Mail: 980 North Berry Rd
Glendale, MO 6312
I am a self-taught artist and primarily work in graphite, colored pencil and acrylic. I was born in Solon, Iowa, and have lived in many different places since I was young. My aunt was a big influence early on to my creativity; so were several great art teachers in high school. After high school I went on to work and to raise a family. About ten years ago I realized there was a market for my work, and I began taking commissions that included pet portraits, vehicles and painting the image of a hospital directly onto the original cornerstone of the hospital. I also sold my art in galleries in Tucson, Arizona.
The majority of my work tends to focus on details, specifically my graphite drawings, which I enjoy the most. My acrylic paintings depict bright, cheerful colors and are usually based on inspiration from nature. I also love working in colored pencil because of the detail and beautiful colors that can be achieved. As for the source of my inspiration, I cannot say there is any specific thing that evokes my creativity. I am inspired by all of my surroundings, what I see and experience. I strive to show these experiences in the work I create.