The weekend reminded us how much we enjoy sharing our art and talking about art with those who appreciate it just as much as we do. By the end of the show, our feet were tired, but our hearts were full.
“Everyone needs somewhere to fit in. Whether your tribe is large and mainstream, or small and niche, it feels good to find a space to connect with others. I am fortunate to have this connection in Artists’ Workshop.” ∽ Sharron Schoenfeld
Growing up on a farm in southern Saskatchewan has given me a great appreciation for the prairie and the landscape. Having parents as farmers meant you were always looking at the crops, the garden, creeks, sloughs, bushes in the fields, long gravel roads, and the sky – will it rain, hail, be excessively windy or hot in the summer, how much snow will we get?
While I love exploring new media and techniques, I regularly circle back to my favourite: collage. Thinking about collage in terms of connections brings so much to mind.
During the last two years I have spent a lot of time working on a children’s book for my granddaughters. I have always loved children’s book art. I think that it is the storytelling aspect that draws me to these beautiful and often amazing illustrations and images.
It’s when I’ve been able to immerse myself in learning and practice for sustained periods of time that I’ve grown the most as an artist. Setting aside the demands of everyday life to explore and connect with new ideas helps me put those ideas into practice.
My mother pointing out the incoming storms, the fading light on the Prairie each night, and the blooming of tiny little weeds under foot. The more I explore this connection, the more I see that she was my first and most significant teacher.
I create in order to express something from inside that I feel a connection with. I see something that catches my attention, sparks an emotion and draws me in.
Being an artist is exploring one’s connection with oneself. I find abstraction complex as I search within myself to determine how I feel, how to represent feelings and how to trust myself and my own mark making skills.
The definition of tribe is a group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest. Everyone needs somewhere to fit in. Whether your tribe is large and mainstream, or small and niche, it feels good to find a space to connect with others. I am fortunate to have this connection in my family and with my art groups.