Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Meanwhile in The Studio

Despite everything that's going on in the outside world, my studio remains a little piece of heaven. It's even oblivious to the seasonal madness.

Tatjana's studio (recently cleaned up)

The easel looks like it want's to ask - what's all that fuss about?  Over here new paintings are being started, old ones finished, there is never a shortage of things to do. Alright, we did get a new artsy wall calendar from the FCA, but aside from that, it's business as usual.

Work in progress sketch for Elfin Lakes, acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

"Life is short, art is long" said Hippocrates. What is one more year in the life or art? Nothing.

But for an art lover, just one hour in the studio, or even a few minutes of looking at art means everything!

I wish everyone a joyful Winter Holidays Season, inspired planning of new art adventures, and all the very best in the New Year!

Back soon!


P.S. The Crystal Lodge Art Gallery in Whistler is opening its door TOMORROW.

Yes! On December 24th!

Isn't that marvelous?

Please stop by to enjoy art in this amazing gallery and to thank our wonderful gallery elves on giving us this gorgeous space to showcase and sell paintings!

Tatjana's paintings in The Crystal Lodge Art Gallery

Thursday, 10 December 2015

The Allure of Learning

Between December of 2009 and December of 2013 I was relentlessly studying endless possibilities of developing paintings based on the concepts of Dynamic Symmetry. My copy of Jay Hambidge's book is well leafed through and that's not all. I've just run into my old notebooks with hundreds of sketches, most of which have turned into finished paintings.

Example sketches by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki - based on Dynamic Symmetry principles

I loved doing this so much, I could just keep developing compositions all day and all night long, without even bothering to make the actual paintings. That's how passionate I was about it. I wrote more about that process here

So what made me stop?

I guess I moved on. Perhaps the structures of these patterns have infused themselves into my mind so firmly that I now instinctively embed them into my paintings. 

Isn't that what the learning process is all about? 

We practice something until it becomes a second nature, and by that time something else is engaging out thirst for knowledge. 

Example paintings by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki - based on Dynamic Symmetry compositions shown above

This never ending shift of interest, a search for the next piece of food for thought, is what drives me forward.

On the front end, I can't stop reaching out, stretching my own boundaries, while at the back end, evidence of the process materializes into finished works that hopefully leave the studio and find loving homes. 

Does that sound romantic?  

Of course it does, because it doesn't say anything about the trials of artistic blockages, marketing grind, expectations of sales. The "business" side of art. The stuff that has to happen, but never would happen without the fuel that drives the "art machine", and for me that is and always will be the thrill of finding the next great thing to plunge in, study, learn and apply. 

The good news is that everything can be learned - maybe not mastered, but who'd want to be the master of everything anyway?

Here are some recent places I've been visiting for the purposes of my personal classroom:

These venues sometimes give away freebies, so you can check out if something there captivates your internal student before you commit more of your time and money.

Resources have never been more readily available and affordable. At this time of the year, a flurry of on-line learning offers hits my mailbox, so I am stocking up!

Happy learning!