Tues, April 26th, 2016
This year is about stepping back. Not as many shows so far but alot of process and getting clear. Over the past two years, I have really gotten into the metro and have met alot of artists, curators and gallery owners. I never used to go out like this but life has a way of turning funny corners. It is a constant journey. I have made some incredible friiends and have been learning alot about people. It has been joyful, painful, stressful, and exciting. I wish I could name all the artists , writers , gallery owners and curators that have touched my heart. I would need pages and pages for that!
Meditation twice a day really helps the creative process in that I function better. There is a new phone app called Calm. De-cluttering also helps me to get to work more easily. Half the battle is won if your art area is ready and waiting I've always enjoyed layering and tearing whether it's paper or layers of paint on a surface. and love to draw.
I am happiest when painting for hours and not answering the phone or email. I have found that I can't do email and the web on the same day as creating. I've tried. After email or Facebook I feel like I have been drained. I have been doing experiments to see how long I can go without checking that stuff. Usually it's worked out to about every 3 days without getting into trouble. It's tricky. What can I say? I am not a multi-tasker so I do my best. I love silence or books on tape when I'm creating. When it's quiet I feel so clear and every real sound is unique. I have offered a few of my works, a collage and a portrait as an affordable print so hope that some of you will check it out. I have made a gallery for the upbeat collage pieces and for the dark post surgical ones currently being created. Although I reference the children from old photos of my brothers and I, it is not a "journal". I take sketches that I do at cafes of children and adults and mix them into the work to make a statement about how we live in this fast paced society where technology controls our lives and children face a dark future. This is how I feel.
Keep checking updates at my site, jodibonassiart.com.
I can't imagine not drawing or painting. When I'm painting the hours just melt away. I love painting without any sounds except the natural sounds around me. My old dog, Snoopy sleeps by the easel and it's comforting. My son's dog, Pickles, is always getting into mischief but both dogs offer faithful unconditional love. When I am out and about with my sketchpad, I really enjoy drawing what ever I see. It's like I'm this visual recorder and my surreal thoughts come out as images onto the paper.
If you e-mail me on this site or facebook me, don't get discouraged. My priority is making time to draw and paint and if I go on line too much, it takes my energy away from the easel or the sketchpad. I will get back to you.
I believe that anything is possible if you have the capability to do it and take the time to go through all the struggles. There's a terrific book worth reading for any creative called "the War of Art". Any book by Mat Gleason is definitely worth your time. The guy knows how to write. Also, Shana Nyes Dambrot will keep you up on all the going ons in the art world as well. With those two you will gather gems of knowledge to either use or put in a drawer. You choose!
I have been figuring out my website alittle more than I used to. Technical areas are rough on my poor brain but I am pushing myself to do it. The only problem is the knowledge that I won't be able to create a darn thing afterwards for the rest of the day. Knowing this, I content myself with working out my stress at the health club, or listening to books on tape, and of course hiking here and there. No, I haven't mastered every fear and am still agoraphobic and strangely scared and anxious in a car, both as a driver and a passenger and have always been like this, even as a kid. I have picked up meditation now. They call it Sahaja Yoga and this type of midiitating has helped alot in that I accept myself more. I can only do one thing at a time so I enjoy each task and don't worry about how long things take. Everytime I get down on myself, I look at all the people I admire and there are so many, and this keeps me going.