Do not fear the empty spaces, they are spaces where we can design something beautiful. Do not fear unfilled spaces, time or future… it is the canvas where we can design goodness.
A moment of stolen reflection during last summer’s trip to France. The French value beauty in everything they do and build; it is an integral part of their culture and history, which makes visiting the country a dream and such an inspiration for an artist. I love the preserved old world architecture, the attention to detail and artistry everywhere I looked. Where are your favorite spots to travel to for inspiration?
I’ve been feeling quite bookish lately, perhaps it’s all the rainy weather. What is your favorite fiction novel? I’d have to say mine is The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. I read it in grad school and could not put it down. The 2002 film is also quite enjoyable, although different than the book. Tell me your favorites, I need a new book to read/listen to while painting!
Lord Byron said, “There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is music in the shore, a society which none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not man the less, but nature, more.” The dark reflecting pool is from a castle in France, Chateau Chenonceau which I had the good fortune of visiting this summer. Unlike Byron, I do not wish to be without friends or family for very long, but I do enjoy the solitude of a walk in nature and the poetry of its peace. Where is your favorite place to enjoy the enchantment of nature?
The definition of romance: to make special. The romantic life, then, is making each moment, person, and experience special, everything you do with love and intention, to create a life filled with romance. From France at the dreamiest Chateau ever, I felt like I was in a Bronte novel! The French certainly know a thing or two about living romantically. Where is your favorite place you have stayed? This was certainly it for me!
Treasure each moment in the stream of time, for once you pass this way, the water is always different, always moving ,always new, even if you dip your hand in the same place. The only constant is change. Find peace in the moving rhythm of time by soaking in each moment’s beauty and feeling its wonder or pain fully. Then your life will be really full, extraordinary in its depth of experience, even if not what the world may deep accomplished. There is an integrity and quiet happiness when you savor each moment, that you can take with you whenever you go. Doing small things with great attention. Here, a picture from the Loire Valley, France in a pink-paneled room I loved staying in earlier this month. And today in the USA, watching the lightning for a moment out my window before painting. What small things give you great joy in life?
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May I share something with you? Recently I read several articles about studies done in the art world. These studies gave details and statistics that are upsetting for women artists.
These statistics are taken from the artnet Analytics and Maastricht University study joint conducted in November 2017. This study has been described as the largest empiracal study ever conducted on gender discrimination in the cultural sector.
As a female artist entrenched in the art world, it was deeply frustrating and upsetting to read this. It can feel like you are fighting an uphill battle.
Post-war artist Georg Baselitz, whose paintings have sold at auction for 3.2 million pounds, went as far to say on record recently that “Women don’t paint very well. It’s a fact.”
At the Saatchi Gallery, right before Jenny Saville’s first exhibit, art critic David Sylvester said he “Always thought women couldn’t be painters,” because “that’s the way it has always been.”
In 1937, when speaking of Lee Krasner’s paintings, artist Hans Hofmann said her artwork was “So good, you would not know it was painted by a woman.”
(source, Independent Newspaper)
It has been assumed that attitudes towards women in the arts have changed since 1937, but the numbers still show a great discrepancy. Why is this? And more importantly, what can we do about it?
If you’re anything like me, this attitude makes me want to prove them wrong. My recent work has been focusing more and more on empowering women to be leading ladies and heroines of their own lives. It is important to me that women can recognize their power to change the world, lead by example, achieve incredible things, and care for the world around us, our natural habitat–in ALL avenues of life, the arts included. It is time we see women embrace their power.
YOU CAN HELP ME.
I have entered my painting “Madame” in an exhibition at the Barnes Foundation in downtown Philadelphia, PA. The original painting is oil on canvas with gold leaf and Swarovski crystal (her earring). It takes inspiration from the Renoir painting, “On the Grass,” and evokes a reveling in nature, depicting the glamorous beauty of a summer day being spent in the grass. She lies totally relaxed, enjoying the feeling of being one with nature. Like nature’s flowers and greenery, she displays and adorns herself to blend with the beauty that surrounds her. This exhibition is also a competition for votes from the public. The winner receives a stipend and studio residency at the Barnes Foundation.
If I won, it would be a huge leap for my career, and mean that I would have the funds, space, and audience to create bigger, better, and more powerful artworks that would specifically empower women.
This is a way to make a difference in the art world, and in my career, without spending a dime.
Will you help me by VOTING for my piece?
Here’s what you can do:
1. Register to VOTE by following the link below. Registration opens May 10!
2. Go to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA in person between May 21 and June 4 for FREE and VOTE for my piece! All votes must be made in person. You can go Wednesday through Sunday 11am to 5pm, and visit the museum and vote for FREE. However, you must register online first!
Thank you in advance for your efforts! This truly does mean so much to me, and it is my hope that together we can change the system of the art world to reflect more value for women.
–Jessica Libor, Visual Artist
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Ohh April! My very favorite time of the year is when the cherry blossoms are out in full bloom, and the great long stretch of summer is out before us in glorious, warm possibility. I spent some time this week painting the cherry blossoms and happily reveling in their heavenly beauty… I was in the park almost every day! Check out my time lapse of the painting done and a few of my other pieces. Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in collecting any of these oil sketches.
White top and pink skirt: Forever 21. Lavender dress: true vintage. Blue dress: Urban Outfitters. Floral dress: true vintage. Striped top: Lucy Paris. Hats: Forever 21. Sunglasses: Green Street Consignment.
Which is your favorite look? What about favorite cherry blossom painting?
I can’t leave without posting the most epic floral painting ever. “The Roses is Heliogabalus” by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema. Enjoy! Until next time,
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This month I am lucky enough to be living in a Philadelphia zip code, so am eligible to participate in the Barnes Foundation and Mural Arts competition and exhibition at the Barnes Foundation, called “Let’s Connect Philly.” It’s a really cool idea– artists are to pick one piece that inspires them (I picked Renoir) and do a small piece inspired by it! During the exhibition (in May–June) the public can go and vote on their favorite pieces, with the winning artists getting a residency and stipend at the Barnes! Needless to say I’m very excited to enter! Above is a time lapse for the first 7 hours of painting I’ve done on my piece. It’s not done yet, but when it is, I’ll post a side by side of the piece by Renoir that inspired me and my own.
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It’s always the first day that it goes the quickest. After that, it is all about refining the details. Here is a unicorn painting inspired by my visit to the Met Cloisters and seeing “The Hunt of the Unicorn”. Click the video to see the time lapse!
You could spend forever on a painting, but it’s all about the quality and focus of the time you spend on it. Blocking out all other distractions and focusing all your mind and skill on the painting is like a meditation practice. I am always surprised by how much more quickly and better quality work comes out of a painting session when I’m in this state! I read a book once that described this state as “flow.” Perhaps it deserves a post of its own!
This painting I’m currently working on, “Magical Creatures,” is not completed, so be on the lookout for another post about the finished painting.
In the meantime, my recent painting after Fragonard, ” The Chase,” is completed, with a limited edition print run available in my shop. The prints turned out beautifully…every little brushstroke is captured in detail, and each one is on acid free archival quality paper that is velvety and smooth. Hand signed by me! To grab yours, click here.