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On a Roll Art Shows

The last several months I have had some art shows pop up locally.  One was part of Contemporary Art Month- Corpus Christi (in March), and the other, a series which features a local artist each month.  As it happens, they are also at two of my favorite local sipping spots. One, for tea; the other, coffee.

Lotus Dreams Tea

This is my second year to join with a local business for Contemporary Art Month – Corpus Christi, sponsored in part by K Space Contemporary.  (Last year’s show celebrated the year after cancer.) I have been partnering with the tea divas at Lotus Dreams Tea for workshops and creative happenings since the first of the year, so, it made since to connect for this event.

Lotus Dreams Tea and Creativity Tribe event

The art show centers around two large pieces.  I worked on them simultaneously, along with a handful of the smaller works.  I floated around the studio anointing whichever canvas spoke loudest to me until it felt settled in the moment, then I would move to the next.

I worked on the two larger pieces as my extended family struggled with a very difficult loss….a little girl child.  I took my feelings to the canvases and moved them out with each brush stroke, each finger swipe, and mark. This is how I first came to know art after losing my mother over 20 years ago, a deep grief that lead eventually to a new understanding of life… and the life after life.

This time it was no different. I moved from the electric grief of Baby Emery’s illness and passing into the brilliant blessings that her life brought in its short but powerful existence. To see the work, you may never know it was seeded in difficulty, but that is the magic of art…. healing art.

Rachel Payne art Corpus Christi

Cafe Calypso

The coffee house show is at Cafe Calypso.  This is where hubby and I go most weekends.  We met our roommates and some of our closest tribe there. I was honored to be included in their artist line-up.  I wasn’t sure I had enough work but I pushed to finish a work of art that I began as part of a Masterpiece in a Day event led by Corpus Christi’s Marina Arts District.  VivaCC! The premise was that we were invited to go out into the Marina Arts District and create one piece of art that same day that captured the essence of the district.

I had such a blast.  When I was done, I felt a bit high from doing what I love in the midst of such a dynamic environment.  The sun, wind, water, and visitors were so energizing.  But with just 6 hours or so, I was not pleased with the work as a finished work of art.  I hung it in my living room and pulled it into the studio every month or so to work on it a bit.

Masterpiece in a Day Corpus Christi

When the Cafe Calypso art show came around, I spent a few nights working late into the early morning. Little by little it came together.  The night before it was to be hung, the dancer turned into the goddess Calypso, and finally, I fell in love with her.

Dance Calypso Dance artist Rachel Payne

On a Roll Art Shows

Over the course of the Summer there are a few more art shows I have the opportunity to join.  Every time I put my art out into the world, it is a stretch for me as an artist.  It feels risky in the beginning, but in the end it is exhilarating.  These upcoming art shows are collaborative in nature, and I love that.  Celebrating other artists while celebrating myself as a Creative…that is the nature of Creativity Tribe.

Invitation to Stretch

If you have found yourself here, you are most likely a Creative.  Maybe you paint, draw, write, dance, or just have a creative way about you.  Creativity is a mindset.  I would like to challenge you to share your creativity with the world.  Put yourself out there and dare to express something.  It doesn’t have to be deep.  It could be playful, sensual, or just spontaneous!  Let me know if you are planning on it and then drop back by when you do.  I want to celebrate you!

Life Coach Rachel Payne
Invitation: Read about last year’s Contemporary Art Show
and how it was a reflection of my life after cancer.  Here’s to healing art!

Stomping Grounds

Half of living a creative life is looking at the world through a great pair of glasses.

We all have our stomping grounds. Those places that are near and dear to our hearts, that we know like the back of our hand.  The Art Museum of South Texas is that for me.  I have worked there on and off for….gosh, a very long time.  I started there as a drama teacher and gradually developed as an artist enough to offer art classes as well.

Now days, I am their go-to girl when the regular art teacher for the kids program (who used to be a student of mine, can you believe it?!) has something come up.  I love keeping a foot in the door there.

Recently I spent the day there with my friend (and blogging buddy)  Rosemary.  Rosemary and I love to meet for lunch and as luck would have it, we had an extra bit of time to visit so we had a bite to eat, caught up, and admired the view.

These pictures were taken from the observation deck that looks out over Corpus Christi Bay.

It isn’t uncommon for dolphins to feed and play in the bay when the water is warm enough.  And although it is nearly winter here, the weather is still mild enough to wear shorts and sandals most any day.

See the dolphin to the right of the shrimp boat above?  Awesome, huh?

The picture below is taken from inside the museum’s art studio where I usually teach. It was taken in October during a class with a bunch of first graders.  The class came to a halt when the tanker passed by.  It was almost like a giant suddenly walked by the window.  I was happy to stop the class. The large studio window suddenly felt like animated abstract paintings.

The art museum itself is a master piece. Designed by two architects (Phillip Johnson in the 70’s and Legorreta and Legorreta ’06) decades apart. It is a feast for the eyes.  The slide show below is virtual tour presented as a proposal for the building addition. It is kind of fun to check out and includes some of the museum’s permanent collection.

I hope you enjoyed getting to see one of the places I pull inspiration from.  It is kind of a no brainer to share it….there is the art (many piece I feel like I have a decade’s old relationship with)….there is the building which was where I spent time as a kid and then got to see it’s progression during the expansion….the environment it is in (what a beautiful city)….and all the amazing memories!
Your turn….
Where are your creative stomping grounds?  Where do you find inspiration?

City Chic {Long Way Home}

 

One of my favorite past times is to spend a few minutes on either side of a trip downtown to explore the city.  I have lived in the same town most of my life.  The downtown was a place we went where I was very young to do a bit of shopping, but much of the posh department stores moved into the malls across town.  The downtown began to get run down.  In high school, the mayoral race focused on whether or not to revive downtown. By the time I graduated from college, the artists had moved in.  A lone coffee called Crazy Ladies was home to the artists, musicians, neo-hippies, and few wandering spirits.  A few lofts became the seats of philosophical think-tanks of the day.  A friend reported about that time that they had heard once the artists move into the downtown it would be a decade for it to start thriving again. Well, a decade has passed and sure enough…new life.

However, there are definite remnants of the tough times.  And those places become like archaeological sites for me and my camera. Sometimes I find something old made new to me as I discover parts of my hometown I never knew existed; other times, I find something I thought was only a long-ago memory.  In either situation, I feel as if I find a bit of myself in these crumbled places made new by my thriving interest in them.

Here are a few shots taken  today on a detour downtown.

Until next time, take….the long way home!

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