The canvases are all prepped to begin on Sunday and my list has been compiled. I heard a resounding 'YES!' from so many more than 100 women so I think this project may continue after these first 100 days, but just not at such a rapid pace. Thank you so much for your consent to be included in something that I feel is so important. The images will be posted on Instagram and Facebook daily and the portfolio on my website will be updated frequently. The selection process was very difficult so I tended to lean towards friends & family, the people I have worked closely with in my community and the arts community. To read about the project again, visit this link.
Here are the fabulous women I will be painting, though not necessarily in this order:
2018 The 100 Day Project: Nasty Women
Me / Alex / Kate / Ali Bryan / Alison Arbuthnott-Laycraft / Amanda Delahay / Amtul Siddiqui / Angela Moore / Ann Edall Robson / Anna Seimova / Annika Clennan / Ayesha Bhatty Clough / Becky Rafnkelsson / Becky Kundert / Bonnie Macrae-Kilb / Brenda Campbell / Caran Magaw / Cathy Perrotta / Charlene Codio / Chelsea Restall / Chelsey Dawes / Chelsey Kehler / Chelsie Dowler / Cheryl Bakke Martin / Cheryl Kater O'Byrne / Christina Waldner / Christine Taylor / Claire Dahlquist / Colleen McKenzie / Connie Solera / Cory Mack / Danielle Bartlette / Dawn Kornelson / Dawn Smith / Deanna Hunter / Gretchen Boyle / Hannah Gaunt / Heather Bagby / Heather Plimmer / Iona Sentes / Jacqueline Berting / Jean Moorhouse / Jennifer Harbour / Julia Smail / June Dearborn / Karen Gimbel / Karen Hegg / Karen MacDonald / Karen Scarlett / Kari Carriere / Kathryn Zondag / Kelsie Schlese / Kim Cheel / Kim Ehman / Kristen Shima / Kristy Reimer / Laurena Pollock / Lia Golemba Enns / Liana Robberecht / Linda Bruce / Linda Delahay / Lisa Sierra / Lisa Tschritter / Lori McRitchie / Louise Tran / Lovepreet Deo / Mackenzie Murphy / Marie Benner / Marie Lauer / Marilyne Aalhus / Melissa Bruglemans / Melissa McKinnon / Michelle Austen / Michelle Wagner / Nancy Friesen / Paula Timm / Rachel Bonney / Rachelle Reed / Rae Schroeder / Robbie Zopf / Robyn Cooper / Rylee Petkau / Saskia Bock / Shannon Lengkeek / Sharon Burley / Sharon Toews / Sherry Shaw-Froggatt / Steph Todd / Stephanie de Souza / Sue Methuen / Susie Enns / Sydney Thomson / Tammy Corneliusen / Teresa McCallum / Terri Garland / Tina Petrow / Tori Weyers / Veronica Kenney / Wendy Contant / Wendy Potter-Duhaime
My studio space is getting closer to being the space of my dreams. No matter where I've worked, from the dining area in our first apartment to this space (which was mine, then not, then mine again), I am always happy to be in whatever place where I am surrounded by art supplies. In any case, this area has to work as my professional space as well as a guest room. It's also the room that I meet with gallery directors and other patrons plus a study for my university courses so I realize that I need a better seating area that is flexible. I am currently thinking of some type of simple sofa bed which I think would be great for many reasons. It also got me thinking to the possibility of having guest artists in for interviews as I love learning about people and their passions. Oh the possibilities!
The winner of this copy of SACRED VESSEL::An Artist's Handbook
For those who are local and are interested in reading it, there is a copy of the book that can be signed out through the Airdrie Public Library.
Otherwise copies are still available to order online through Blurb books.
Besides embarking on the imminent 100 Day Project which begins on the 21st, I am also currently creating another online eCourse that includes videos which will be released in late spring as well as preparing for an upcoming solo exhibit at Vertigo Theatre and ongoing teaching at Bert Church Theatre. I really don't know why I do this to myself :) It seems I'm not happy unless I'm really, really busy. I've spent the past week in and out of bed with a terrible head cold but it hasn't stopped me, and for that I am grateful. For anyone who was interested in my portrait painting process, registration is still open for 21 SECRETS: Tell Your Story. My eCourse is included along with 20 other fabulous artists and once it's downloaded, it's yours to keep and refer to whenever you'd like which is a huge bonus for those times that you need a creative boost.
GIVEAWAY...there are a few days left to enter the draw to win a copy of my painter's handbook titled SACRED VESSEL on Friday afternoon...the book includes everything I've learned through gallery directors, professional artists and personal experience over the last 18 years. Just leave a comment here, on facebook, instagram and/or via email. Please let me know if you share this as I would love to enter your name again and please enter as often as you'd like. Good luck!
Even though my daughter Katherine and I work in completely different ways and use completely different media, there is something amazing about working in an environment with another artist. Working from our home, we have collaborated and asked for one another's opinions and feedback while we work. It reminds me of being in art school. I can certainly see the benefit of working in community art studios but this is even better because we can work in our jammies which is always a treat. Our spaces are certainly different, reflecting not only our work but our interests and styles perfectly. There are a few more changes I want to make to my space, but I am really loving the separate work stations.
I don’t like to discuss politics or religion because I really dislike heated discussions but recently my eldest daughter brought a podcast by Estee Lalonde to my attention. As I listened, I was initially a little a little bothered by a conversation with Nina Donovan, the young woman who wrote the poem ‘Nasty Woman’ which was read by Ashley Judd at the Woman’s March, who suggested that we cannot be apathetic in difficult times. With the political climate in North America right now, I know I can no longer be silent. I am the mother of independent, strong young women and I cannot let them see me step aside from anything that might upset someone else, especially as I am privileged to belong to a large multi-cultural family and feel so strongly about equality and acceptance for everyone. I kept thinking, ‘What can I do?’ and I don’t know why it took so long to suddenly dawn on me that art has been a catalyst of change for so long, such as Nina’s poem, and in this way, the best way I know how to use my voice, I hope to empower other women to show up and be brave in their lives. So, as part of The 100 Day Project I have decided to step up and paint 100 women for 100 days on 8x10 gallery canvas to applaud and honour the nasty women in my life. I'm starting with a self portrait followed by images of the beautiful women in my life who have stepped up to support this project. The first painting will be posted on January 21 and each day following that for 100 days. The project can be followed here on my website, on facebook and on instagram. Thank you all for your support.!
written by Nina Donovan (as read by Ashley Judd)
“I am a nasty woman.
I’m not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheeto dust. A man whose words are a distract to America; Electoral College-sanctioned hate speech contaminating this national anthem.
I am not as nasty as Confederate flags being tattooed across my city. Maybe the South actually is gonna rise again; maybe for some it never really fell. Blacks are still in shackles and graves just for being Black. Slavery has been reinterpreted as the prison system in front of people who see melanin as animal skin.
I am not as nasty as a Swastika painted on a pride flag. And I didn’t know devils could be resurrected, but I feel Hitler in these streets—a moustache traded for a toupee; Nazis renamed the cabinet; electro-conversion therapy the new gas chambers, shaming the gay out of America turning rainbows into suicide notes.
I am not as nasty as racism, fraud, conflict of interest, homophobia, sexual assault, transphobia, white supremacy, misogyny, ignorance, white privilege.
I’m not as nasty as using little girls like Pokémon before their bodies have even developed.
I am not as nasty as your own daughter being your favourite sex symbol—like your wet dreams infused with your own genes.
But yah, I am a nasty woman?!
A loud vulgar, proud woman.
I’m not nasty like the combo of Trump and Pence being served up to me in my voting booth.
I’m nasty like the battles my grandmothers fought to get me into that voting booth.
I’m nasty like the fight for wage equality. Scarlett Johansson: Why were the famous actors paid less than half of what the male actors earned last year?
See, even when we do go into higher paying jobs our wages are still cut with blades, sharpened by testosterone. Why is the work of a Black woman and a Hispanic woman worth only 63 and 54 cents of a white man’s privileged daughter?
This is not a feminist myth. This is inequality.
So we are not here to be debunked. We are here to be respected. We are here to be nasty.
I am nasty like the blood stains on my bed sheets. We don’t actually choose if and when to have our periods. Believe me, if we could, some of us would. We don’t like throwing away our favourite pairs of underpants. Tell me, why are tampons and pads still taxed when Viagra and Rogaine are not? Is your erection really more than protecting the sacred messy part of my womanhood? Is the blood stain on my jeans more embarrassing than the thinning of your hair?
I know it is hard to look at your own entitlement and privilege. You may be afraid of the truth. I am unafraid to be honest. It may sound petty bringing up a few extra cents. It adds up to the pile of change I have yet to see in my country.
I can’t see. My eyes are too busy praying to my feet hoping you don’t mistake eye contact for wanting physical contact. Half my life I have been zipping up my smile hoping you don’t think I wanna unzip your jeans.
I am unafraid to be nasty because I am nasty like Susan, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Amelia, Rosa, Gloria, Condoleezza, Sonia, Malala, Michelle, Hillary.
And our pussies ain’t for grabbin’. Therefore, reminding you that our balls are stronger than America’s ever will be. Our pussies are for our pleasure. They are for birthing new generations of filthy, vulgar, nasty, proud, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Sheikh—you name it—for new generations of nasty women. So if you are a nasty woman or love one who is, let me hear you say, hell yeah!”
So, as you know, I have been struggling with this year's 52 WEEKS project. Last year was tough and I'm just not getting into it this year at all...maybe five years was my limit. I tried a few more pieces in this media (water miscible oils and Gamblin cold was medium) and though I am loving the texture, I'm just not connecting with it. And then, another project idea was brought to my attention and I became so excited - I haven't felt this way since my 52 WEEKS::Heroes project. It's a little scary, first to give up on this year's 52 WEEKS, and daunting to begin a project that is even more personal to me. I'll share more information about it tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
There have been so many instances where I've totally lucked out on commission work and this past year has been amazing. It's great to continue this tradition and begin the new year in this same vein. Lucky me. My favorite part of creating these is incorporating symbols and colours that are important to the person as the meaning behind things is very important to me. I guess it brings me back to my English courses and the deeper meaning in everything...in words, in colour, in scents and sounds. So here's a new year which promises to be a great one!