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Artist Ann Rea
Just Make Art
newboxofpastels My new box of vivid color arrived today.  I couldn’t wait to open the two-tiered shiny wooden box of pastels from England. This grade of pastels is for grownups, professional artists.  I love them! I can’t wait to smear the pigment with my fingers and to shape forms of light and color of the Golden Gate Bridge. I’m reminded of the big box of Crayola crayons that I longed for as a youngster but that I never got.  I’ve got them now and this is so much better! Art has always been my friend.  When circumstances or people were difficult I could always turn to creating something.  Art served as a positive channel of my energy and attention and a way to shut out chaos or concern. And art can transform negative circumstances into something positive.  At least during the time I’m creating I can leave everything else behind. When I was first entertaining the idea of becoming a full time artist I conducted informational interviews with successful full time artists.  One piece of advice that I received was from a well-known ceramist, Donna Billick. Donna gave me sage advice about building my own enterprise versus relying on art galleries.  And then she said, “And when you are not sure what to do next, just make art.” I usually know what to do next but sometimes I’m just not ready, or I need a break, so the best thing to do is what Donna said, “just make art.”
Humming a Few Notes
Golden Gate Bridge Sketch An art series starts with just a few lines.  I have to imagine that its like a musical series that starts with the musician just humming a few notes.  That humming then becomes a riff, one that’s interesting enough to keep investigating, developing. I’m going to take you through this series of the Golden Gate Bridge under the full moon.  It will reflect my particular creative process. The first series of colored pastels were created five years ago when I first moved to San Francisco. I sketched the series on black sand paper.  It was a cost effective alternative to pricey pastel paper and I could vary the texture easily by choosing different sand paper grits. The only problem was that I do a lot of color smudging with my finger and I think I was starting to sand off my fingerprint on my right index finger.  Ouch. Above you’ll find the first few lines of a series of 36 views of the Golden Gate Bridge from various perspectives around my adopted city. I do love this San Francisco and this is my way to celebrate it.  And I’m offering the viewer a way to investigate it with me.  I’ll be providing a map with this series.  It will plot each view so that you can retrace my steps and see the Golden Gate Bridge through my eyes. I’ve been itching to get back into the studio to create a series that is not actually part of a private commission. My art business is commissioned based and I love creating for my patrons.  But every now and then I have to create just for me and respond to only on my creative whims.