Friday, May 30, 2008
So I received the advance copy of my book in the mail yesterday and I am so excited- in fact I woke up at 3am and could not go back to sleep...just thinking about this crazy journey- it is a lot to think about!! And while I try really hard not to take myself too seriously when it comes to my life as an artist- I cannot help but feel as if this is one of those moments that I have waited for (right up there with my first gallery showing!!)- for a long, long, long time- I have spent the last 15 years running after a dream- a dream of being an artist, of sharing this amazing joy that I have for the creative process with others. All this time I have sacrificed a normal career in order to have time and energy to paint and pursue my creative endeavors, I have an education in art that will never get me a 6 figure job, I have been rejected AND embraced...all a part of being an artist. Today I feel empowered and full of hope that this journey is all worth it- all of the struggles and moments of uncertainty, hard work and consistent time spent with my hands in paint chasing after a dream...I wouldn't have it any other way!!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
There is nothing better than sitting back and taking a good look at all you have accomplished! This weekend the work on our home progressed and we worked our fingers to the bone!! And finally we are starting to see results and that is enough to keep us going a little longer. This week we will purchase our couch and starting orgaizing and moving our stuff over little by little- then I can get back to bloggin about art!! And any day now I will have the advance copy of my book in the mail- I can hardly wait for all of the new exciting things to happen!!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
It is official…I am burnt out. The weeks seem to be blending together for me- I am plagued by impatience- waiting for this time of transition to come to and end- to have a fresh start with new ideas, opportunities, and outlook. The last few weeks have been focused on more renovations (we are so close) but even BIGGER for me is transitioning out of the mentoring program that we live and I work in. The last 3 ½ years of my life have been spent living and working with college students, home has not ever really felt like home to me- I work all day at my job and then come home to work with young adults- I have become accustomed to late night knocks at the door, friendships with people who remind me of my own youth, and lots and lots of drama! Though the last few years have taken a toll on my energy, my daily routine and sometimes even my marriage- I would not trade it for anything. Working with young people keeps you fresh and current, giving of yourself is wonderful, it has inspired my art (which I have amazingly fit into this whole crazy routine) and I leave my role as a “live in mentor” a better, stronger and more confident person. As I say goodbye to my role as a mentor, I cannot help but feel a huge sense of relief and excitement about starting over as a “normal” adult who lives in a normal home that will not have to juggle the responsibility of college student’s health and well-being… Instead it is time to focus and worry about my own. In the meantime, I will try and continue to embrace our renovation, enjoy picking colors and furniture design and continue to prepare for my book release- that is enough for now.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I was sad to learn that Robert Rauschenberg died yesterday at 82. Ruschenberg was a huge influence on my own growth as an artist- I was introduced to his work as a young student in art history and painting classes but it wasn't until I took in a mixed media painting class taught by Mel Katz at PSU that I fully grasped how forward thinking and radical he was as an artist. He believed anything could be art and it was evident in the way that the pushed boundaries of painting and sculpture and used everyday objects and junk in his art. Using his work as inspiration in this painting class, the quarter was spent collecting found objects, putting them into our compositions, experimenting with paint and working very hard to find our own voice in the art we were trying to create. Learning how to strike a balance with collage, objects and paint was one of the most challenging tasks for me as a budding painter but also one of the most liberating. Today I find beauty in peeling paint, old pieces of wood, drips of paint, cast out newspaper, peices of weathered fabric and basic everyday trash. I am still inspired and in awe of Rauschenberg and am sad to know that art world has lost one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Many thanks to Maryam of Marrakesh for the two pairs of lovely Moroccan slippers that I recently received in the mail (a wonderful trade for a custom tote!) I love these slippers- they are SO soft, comfy and sparkly on the feet. Check out Maryam's blog for more lovely slippers!!!!!!
Monday, May 12, 2008
It has been a while since I extended some blog love and since there are handful of us North Light authors with books SO SOON to be released I thought I would give a little cyber shout out to the fabulous and creative new titles soon to hit the shelves!!
out August 2008
out May 2008
out September 2008
Out August 2008
by Alisa Burke
out July 2008
Thursday, May 01, 2008
I am happy to announce that registration for ArtFiberFest begins today! And as a first time teacher at this venue, I am so excited to offer three classes inspired by my soon to be released book- Canvas Remix So if anyone is looking for one-of-a-kind classes in an amazing place, surround by like minded creative souls- consider treating yourself to long weekend of inspiration!