17 October 2014

I've Moved!

CHECK ME OUT OVER AT https://heather-gerkin.squarespace.com/heatherkirtland
OR YOU CAN LINK FROM MY WEBSITE www.heatherkirtland.com

10 October 2014

Weekend Inspiration: Heather Day

"Birds and Reactions 3" acrylic and soft pastel on BFK paper

"The Things You Told Me Today #1" acrylic and soft pastel on canvas
 Heather Day's Studio

Amazing, right?  Heather Day's art is so visually fascinating to me.  The layers of acrylic and the beautiful hand in the pastel marks.  I so enjoy her Instagram feed, and now am totally following her Pinterest too.  Her boards are great eye candy!

I hope your inspired!

08 October 2014

Clouds in my coffee

I have been completely distracted by the clouds in the fall sky. On most days the bright clear blue with so many different compositions fascinating negative space. I can't stop taking pictures.

This must be playing in the back of my head. When I am rocking my sweet little Mr. J. I think of that quiet comfort and that somehow aligns with the soft comfort of those clouds. 

Starting to play around with it a bit in the studio. 

03 October 2014

Weekend Inspiration: Raven Roxanne

 *photo by Kristen Blanton of Hello America
 *Photo by Paige French
 *Photo by Paige French

I am inspired by the super talented Raven Roxannes'"Nest" series.

The composition, the colors, not to mention the treatment of the paint, are such a visual treat.  I've been following her on Instagram for a while, and am always inspired by her images.
Raven was gracious enough to  answer a few questions I had.

1. I just love your "Nest" series.  How did it come about?

The ‘Nest’ series came along organically due to what is going on in my life.  I am engaged and we just bought our first house.  Understandably the idea of ‘nesting’ is very present in my life right now.   "There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”  Vincent van Gogh - This quote embodies what my ‘nest' are about.
2. Where do you typically find inspiration?  And what artist are inspiring you right now?
I find inspiration in my surrounding humans, clothing, nature, my dog 'Willie Boy’, Charleston, water, light, yoga and my love.  I am inspired by my friends Teil Duncan, Lulie Wallace, all my fellow redux artist, Becca Barnet and so many more….  It helps to have so many wonderfully creative friends.  I am also loving Hense, Michelle Armas, Andrew Hem, Conrad Roset, etc.   

3. What's the studio tool you can't live without?

 Gesso… Some times you have to say f**k it and paint it white. 

How true is that?! Wouldn't it be fun to have a studio next door to her, so you could stop by and have a glass of wine?  Thank you Raven for sharing your work.  If you would like to see it up close and personal and you're in the Charleston area check out her show at Billy Reid. (On the corner of King and Queen streets) 
If your not in that neck of the woods, she'll have the paintings available on her website as well.

Have a great weekend!

02 October 2014

TBT: Now & Then

Picture it, mid-nineties: I'm wearing ripped jeans, a flannel shirt and black biker boots driving through downtown Baltimore in my blue Karmen Ghia on the way to MICA. (art school).  Sorry, I just couldn't seem to find a picture of that. 

The whole atmosphere always seemed, to me a little like everyone for themselves.  As if we we were all competing for this one opportunity, the best art student, or one gallery show.   Being an artist, is most of the time a very individual and solitary thing.  The creative process can encourage isolation and a need to stand apart from everyone else. Yet, like all things it can truly benefit from a community and a support system.

I feel like this has changed.  I am so thankful, for all of us.  When I started blogging I found other artist that were encouraging and willing to share expertise.  I think Bonnie from the blog Going Home to Roost said it best "there is room".  It's true, there truly is room for all of us. It's almost like the more of us there are the more room we make.  On top of that the atmosphere we create is inspiring to us and those around us.  

More recently, I've found these amazing artist on Instagram. I'm inspired daily by their talent.  I love to see into their studios and get a glimpse if their process.
It gives me a great sense of community and feels like having studio mates.  Beyond that they are approachable, relatable, and encouraging.  Since we have moved to a more rural setting I find it harder to make those connections in real life, but I am trying.  It makes me wish I could put together one of these like The Jealous Curator did.  (You must check out her amazing blog!).  But instead I'm going to fill my "Weekend Inspiration" with them.  

There is something so freeing in not racing everyone to the finish line.  A finish line that looks different for all of us anyway.  It allows breathing room for creativity and happy connections along the way.

Join me here tomorrow to check out the first of some talented artist.