Successful Open Studio Show

I’ve been working hard the last few weeks getting ready for an Open Studio Art Show and Sale.  My son and I showed our work.  I’m lucky that in my studio/apartment I have lots of wall space and good light.

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Tim and I did well.  We started hanging the work a week before the show, and since it was at my apartment, the clean up can go at a slow pace, too.  We had a few difficulties but it mostly went smoothly.   The show couldn’t have happened without Tim’s ability to hang the show, since I can barely stand now:

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A friend provided the food, another provided the wine.   We’re so fortunate to have good friends who act also as patrons in various ways. The show could not have happened without them.

We had a good turn out, too.  The other nice thing about having it at my studio, is that it felt intimate, a party, with time to talk to friends and people interested in our art.

Frankd Robinson, a beloved Memphis artist, came and I got to give him the painting he inspired.

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Frankd and Joy with the painting How Does Your Garden Grow?
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Frankd Robinson

In the week before the show I got two small pieces finished.  For this piece, I had been attempting to paint a tiger  lily the day before.  I also had an encounter with someone who was complaining a lot about his life.  From where I sat, I felt he had it pretty good — home, health, loved-ones.  I believe that sometimes your troubles are what bring out your strengths and resilience.  I literally woke up with this image in my head:

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Our Crosses to Bear by Joy Murray 8×10″

Earlier I worked on a series of 5×7″ paintings called Peer Pressure:

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Peer Pressure by Joy Murra

My intention was to do individual faces, but then the idea of them all reacting to one another emerged.  So I did one more stand alone piece on a different theme:

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Let Your Dreams Guide You, 5×7″ by Joy Murray

In the next week, I’ll add the new pieces from the show to Redbubble for cards and prints.

Thanks to everyone who came to the show, and to those of you who encourage me from afar.

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Thanks for reading my post.  If you like it share it.  If you find a typo, please let me know and I’ll send you a thank-you postcard.  

You can now follow me on facebook here, and  Instagram@joymurrayart.

You can get prints and cards of some of my work on Redbubble.  They also print my work on lots of other items, including phone skins, tote bags, shirts and journals:

https://www.redbubble.com/people/JoyMurray?asc=u

If you’d like to support my art and writing, please consider becoming a donor on Patreon.  If I get enough supporters, I can make this blog ad-free!  Here’s a link to my Patreon page:

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8001665

If you prefer to make a one time donation, you can do so at paypal.com  Please email me at joyzmailbox@gmail.com if you’d like details.

 

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Memorial Day Poem

I post this about every year on Memorial Day, either on my blog or facebook.  If you’ve read it before,  I hope you don’t mind reading it again.

Memorial Day

To those who marched off boldly

Determined to free the world,

To those who stumbled into service

Seeking a better life,

To those who could no longer sit

Anxiously in the sidelines,

To those who only wanted to stitch the

Wounded back together,

To those who fell because

They lived along

The quickest path

To victory,

We remember.  We regret.

We hope to not repeat.

Yet, even as we mourn,

A catchy tune

Lures us into war’s insatiable jaw.

I wish you peace in your after life.

A cool drink and quiet audience

For your story

And all eternity

To dream in peace.

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New Painting: Unraveling

I painted a version of this a few years ago:

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She Never Knew What to Make of Her Own Unraveling, by Joy Murray, 8×10″

I made it for myself — it was a painting  to help me understand the impact of trauma and disability has had on my life, and on so many lives.

I liked the composition and I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback on it.  I’ve been working on a larger version on it for awhile, and finally finished:

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Unraveling, by Joy Murray, 18×20″ Mixed Media

We are all in a continual state of transformation — some feels great, some feels scary.  But however life impacts us, we are a sacred part of nature.

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Thanks for reading my post.  If you like it share it.  If you find a typo, please let me know and I’ll send you a thank-you postcard.  

You can now follow me on facebook here, and  Instagram@joymurrayart.

You can get prints and cards of some of my work on Redbubble.  They also print my work on lots of other items, including phone skins, tote bags, shirts and journals:

https://www.redbubble.com/people/JoyMurray?asc=u

If you’d like to support my art and writing, please consider becoming a donor on Patreon.  If I get enough supporters, I can make this blog ad-free!  Here’s a link to my Patreon page:

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8001665

If you prefer to make a one time donation, you can do so at paypal.com  Please email me at joyzmailbox@gmail.com if you’d like details.

Working Away

I haven’t blogged for a while, so I wanted to check in and let you know I’m using most of my spare time getting ready for an open studio show on June 1.  (If you’re in Memphis & want to know my address, email me or message me on Facebook for the details.)

I always think I can get more done than I can, but between the things I have to do to live and the paintings I need to finish, I’m left without the mental energy to blog.

I also think I can finish a painting pretty quickly once I have the idea or concept, but that’s never the case anymore.  I don’t think that’s a bad thing, taking the time to make a work the best I can, but with a deadline looming and a desire to finish certain works before June 1, makes me a bit frantic.

The show includes my son’s work, and I have quite a few pieces finished, so there will be lots of art.   I’m really worrying out of habit.  I like to set a goal and then worry that I don’t meet it, instead of letting things unfold in their own time.  They unfold in their own time anyway, so I might as well keep working at the pace I feel best about.

When I’m plagued by chronic fatigue, getting anything done is an achievement.  I find if I do little bits on a regular basis, suddenly I have an abundant amount of work.  If I can keep from comparing myself  to others, I realize I’ve done a lot — especially when I could actually be doing nothing and no one would mind or be hurt by it.

I make my own life and art.

So here’s two pieces that are in process now:

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Unravelling (unfinished)
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Hibiscus (unfinished)

There will be more to come.

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Thanks for reading my post.  If you like it share it.  If you find a typo, please let me know and I’ll send you a thank-you postcard.  

You can now follow me on facebook here, and  Instagram@joymurrayart.

You can get prints and cards of some of my work on Redbubble.  They also print my work on lots of other items, including phone skins, tote bags, shirts and journals:

https://www.redbubble.com/people/JoyMurray?asc=u

If you’d like to support my art and writing, please consider becoming a donor on Patreon.  If I get enough supporters, I can make this blog ad-free!  Here’s a link to my Patreon page:

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8001665

If you prefer to make a one time donation, you can do so at paypal.com  Please email me at joyzmailbox@gmail.com if you’d like details.