The encaustic medium is magical, vibrant and translucent.  My creative muse guides, inspires and feeds my soul through this medium, mixed media and collage.  Blessing me with endless moments of creative joy and harmony...providing those ahhaa moments about life.  Join me on this creative journey, spend some time reading my musings about this life, the blessed other souls that come into contact with mine, however brief or often, that can leave everlasting imprints on our journey....perhaps our lives might share some similarities, bringing us closer and more connected...and less isolated.

"I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul." ~ Edith Wharton

Here's to finding those expansive moments.....

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Blog Hop

I was invited by Veronica Funk to join a blog hop project.   Thank you Veronica.  The project consists of answering some questions regarding art and my art process; as well as to to highlight three artists I admire.   Due to the summer holidays, many of the artists I contacted were busy and away.  So I am highlighting two artists here today.  First here are the answers to the questions that were asked of me for the blog hop project:



1) What am I working on/writing? 
Currently I am working on a series for a new show opening in September called Seasons, this is a two person exhibit with Sandy Middleton, at the MJG Gallery, in Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario.

The interpretation I am taking for this theme, "Seasons" is to explore the concept of patterns in our lives, like seasons, which have natural rhythms.   Seeking meaning from those patterns that come into our lives like seasons that repeat.  There is something very beautiful about the seasons changing, the predicability of them.  The predictability can bring comfort, especially when a particular season might be a hard one, knowing that it WILL CHANGE…as it always does …can provide HOPE.

For that matter those unexpected turn of events, like anomalies in our seasons we experience, such as the severe winter we just had, with the ice storm etc. how does that impact our lives, our understanding of these rhythms on our beings, our souls?   The connection to our world, the seasons in our lives are definitely present…It is undeniable that we are unequivocally connected to the rhythms of the earth's energy, changing seasons, the birthing of life and the decay of it as well.  I am hoping to delve into the contemplation of that..how patterns in our lives occur to tell us something, to make sense of our lives if we are paying attention to those patterns.  So I do my very best to pay attention.

2) How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre? 
This question is an interesting one…is anything different really, or are we all elements of what we see, and absorb…not sure how my work is different.  I feel my work is similar in fact to other artists who explore their lives through their artwork.  The way in which my work manifests is from life unfolding, the outcome can be the heavy use of symbols, iconic imagery and bold colour.  This in fact has been done across many cultures and over many decades.   So for that reason, I see it as being deeply rooted in something more than myself and intensely intuitive.  Hence it doesn't work if I am too busy to listen to be paying close attention to the imagery around me in life.

3) Why do I do what I do? 
I do the work to get grounded again..to find balance and to be in touch with the things that really matter in life.  Connection to the source of joy, happiness, to play, to find peace.  With long periods of not painting I know I would feel like a big part of me is missing.  It is integral to my life being WHOLE.

4) How does my writing/working process work?
My art making involves the conscious process of first slowing down.  I do this by either puttering first in the studio, to get grounded, this might include sorting, absorbing the found objects I've been give, collected or found randomly.  A part of this grounding involves journalling.  Once feeling ready the painting begins, which is some layering of encaustic medium -- several layers actually, of one colour, usually my fave…Indigo.  This sets the next step to being ready for the imagery and colour to flow into a narrative, and sometimes a surreal piece.  

And now let me introduce the wonderful artist, Veronica Funk, who asked me to join this blog hop.



Veronica Funk was raised in Northern Manitoba, studied art & design in Alberta, apprenticed with potters, stone sculptors and painters and spent a year painting on a farm in Saskatchewan.  She is inspired by the changing colours of the Rocky Mountains and prairies which surround her foothills home.  She has been painting professionally since 1999 and is currently continuing her education towards completion of her Bachelor of Fine Arts designation.  Despite forays into mixed media, altered books and pottery, she has always returned to the medium that got her career started: painting.  Over the years she has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles and her work and writing have been published in a number of art books and magazines.  Her goal is to create a visual story.  She combines symbols, imagery and vibrant colour through the use of opaque and transparent acrylic glazes, stamping, utilizing her hands as tools and drawing with her brush.  Her images are an endeavour to capture the essence of Canada.  http://www.veronicafunk.com/

The two artists I have asked permission to highlight are:  
Leslie Sobel,  and Bridgette Guerzon Mills, both artists, I admire.  They will be publishing there blog hop posts next Saturday August 2nd, 2014.



Leslie Sobel’s work is motivated by her relationship with nature.  She is particularly interested in the impact of climate change on habitat - both developed and wilderness. In the past three years she has hiked at Death Valley, Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument, Zion, Mount Rainier, Olympic National Park and many weekends in local state parks in Michigan.  She spent September 2013 at a wilderness based residency sponsored by Colorado Art Ranch and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Southwest Colorado.
Her process is studio intensive but starts outdoors with experience, photography and drawing providing the visual and emotive references that come back into the studio to be realized in mixed media artwork.
Sobel was born in New York City and grew up in Chicago.  She grew up in a family of scientist as the only artist and that mix of outlooks has profoundly shaped who she is and how she views the world.  She spent much of her childhood camping –growing up with a profound appreciation of the outdoors. The result of that upbringing is a deep interest in different ways of understanding and connecting to the world. She received her BFA from the  University of Michigan School of Art in 1983.  After working in computer graphics for many years and doing Master’s degree work in Interdisciplinary Technology at Eastern Michigan University she went back to being a full time artist in 1999.
Sobel is active in her community as a member of the Arts Alliance board and former chair of the Milan Art Center. She co-founded the art alchemists, an artists‘ collective revolving  around the use of digital tools in art-making and was a partner in the artist owned Washington Street Gallery for a number of years.   Sobel is married and has three young adult children. She has lived in southeast Michigan for more than 30 years.

photo by Robin Samiljan at Provincetown Inn, Encaustic conference

The second artist is:  Bridgette Guerzon Mills


 

Bridgette writes: "My mixed media paintings incorporate moments captured by my photographs with the richness of paint, creating a bridge between two worlds – the real and the reconstructed. I lay down layers of paint and pieces of photo transfers, papers or fibers to create depth in both form and meaning. The canvas becomes a multilayered surface that speaks to both the visual and tactile senses. This integration of diverse layers creates an intimate connection that invites exploration."


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Durham Art Gallery opening - some photos

Here are some photos from today's opening at the Durham Art Gallery, "Unfolding Stories"by Supria Karmakar and "Imagined Existence" by Tania Love and Rui Pimenta
Showing from July 19 to September 7, 2014. 
251 George Street East, Durham, Ontario, N0G 1R0
519-369-3692




Untethered Journey, Encaustic Mixed Media, 14 x 18

A Postcard From the Heart, Encaustic Mixed Media, 16 x 16


Tania Love's Work above and below



Rui Pimenta






Blog Hop - Rescheduled for July 26th

Well folks, I have agreed to participate in a BLOG HOP…which was scheduled to be posted today….However, the lovely artists I have asked to be included are on vacation …so I have only one really cool artist at this current time to share with you ….but the others are being confirmed..HENCE…I have decided to share my blog hop later, next weekend ….So please be sure to check out the blog post next week for some great thoughts on artistic process, current projects and wonderful artist links.

In the meantime, I wanted to remind you of the opening happening this weekend, Saturday, TODAY at Durham Art Gallery, 2-4pm

I will be there with a new show and also showing will be two other artists in the same venue, different gallery space.  Tania Love and Rui Pimenta.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Unfolding Stories - Opens at Durham Art Gallery, July 17th to September 7th


I am honoured to be showing at the Durham Art Gallery 251 George Street East, Durham, Ontario, 519-369-3692 From July 19th to September 7th. Opening reception Saturday July 19th, 2-4pm



Thursday, July 3, 2014

Art in the Yard - Elora Centre for the Arts this weekend July 5th & 6th 10-5



12th Annual Art in the Yard Community Arts Festival

July 5 & 6, 2014,10am to 5pm both days

Art in the Yard is an annual, outdoor juried art exhibition and sale held on the two acre grounds of the Elora Centre for the Arts. Located in the heart of the village of Elora, ON Art in the Yard offers an entire weekend of art and live musical entertainment for people of all ages. With 50 exhibiting artists working in a wide range of traditional and experimental arts forms including jewelry, stained glass, encaustic, functional pottery, oil and acrylic painting, watercolour, fibre and textile arts, wood, stone and more there is sure to be something for everyone. $3 suggested admission. Kids are free.

I will be at booth # 16

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Curiousity House - Books & Art Gallery, Artist of the Month for June 2014


Opening reception:  Saturday June 7th, 4-6pm

Creemore is a lovely place to visit….Come out for a great Saturday excursion.

178 Mill St, Creemore, Ontario.
705 - 466-3400




Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May Greetings - Some Great Community Projects to Explore


"Orange Magic", Encaustic Mixed Media, 5 x 7, 2014

"To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination." ~ Bell Hooks, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope

IN THIS MONTH'S NEWSLETTER: I am following up on the topic of taking action with our goals and sharing some very cool community and artistic projects that friends & colleagues have developed…Read on for more juicy links.

With the pending provincial elections on June 12th, it is a perfect time to think about how we as a collective can make a difference, take action, share ideas, and most of all hold a vision for a better and stronger community.   What is your vision for a better and stronger community?

It is my wish to see a community where we share our strengths and celebrate our successes.  Maybe it might be considered idealistic, but I wish for a community where we do away with competitive behaviour, and promote each other's services and gifts.  Holding onto the idea that our own way is THE only way, serves to divide us.  I aim to live in a world where these divisions are no longer part of the way we operate..Instead, let's celebrate our diversity, our differences and find connection within these differences.  This means taking action in promoting each other, even if our business and services are similar, hence leaving behind that competitive nature.  This means believing that there is enough to go around for all of us…We are living in one of the richest continents… And if we can share our resources more we would create a better planet all around.

So in that spirit, I would like to share here today, some great art projects that exist in our community and beyond Centre Wellington.  First many of you might already know lots about the great community project started by the lovely Shelley Carter, The Elora Tarot Project.  However, since I still come across people who haven't heard about it I think it is a good idea to keep promoting the project.
Shelley Carter, coordinator of the Elora Tarot Project, recently presented a paper called The Elora Tarot Project (2013): How the Tarot Stirred a Village at the Association for Popular Culture's Annual Conference, in Chicago. A video called "Elora Tarot Project", also debuted at this conference, and can now be seen on YouTube, featuring several artists from the project. 
The Elora Tarot Deck was for sale at the annual (Tarot) Reader's Studio in New York City, in April.
The deck will be for sale in various venues in Elora this coming summer and can be ordered online too.  
For more information about the Elora Tarot or to purchase a deck, go to eloratarot.com

Beyond the village of Elora, I am excited to share some news about my dear friend & colleague, Julie Shaw Lutts, collage and book artist, who lives in Salem, MASS, US.  Who has created a wonderful art book App, that is available at the Apple App store for free, called The Curious Alphabet.    It is a wonderful way to view the alphabet and a lovely way to think about how you or another artist might get their work out into the world for the benefit of learning, joy and amusement…The app is ideal for both small and big kids a like….take a look.

Also below check out a review Julie received on the new app: 
Finally, Kylie Van Horne and Tim Anderson of Elora, have launched their fundraising SOAR 2014 campaign, raising funds for the Guelph Wellington Children's Foundation, while they also get ready to compete for theSouthern Ontario Amazing Race event.  Help them raise their funds for this great cause….



Now an update on my goal setting and putting them into action, as promised in the last newsletter.   I have found that keeping my goals clear & realistic, with specific action steps helps with getting them accomplished.  However, in life there is always so much to do, on a day to day basis, that it can be easy to get off track and unfocused…And as a result days can go by without realizing you haven't really addressed any of your big goals.  So I have found a few things that have helped me specifically:
1.  Keeping a weekly and daily to do list.  I write my goals for the week on the Monday morning, or sometimes Sunday evening, and the my day to day goals each morning with my coffee.  Always relating them back to the main yearly big business and personal development goals.  I try to keep them simple and realistic, so that there is time to address the day to day living, family and health commitments.  As a matter of fact, I keep those on the list too, so gym dates, my daughter's dance schedule, plus my career business goals all get put onto the plan. I have a formal plan that is written out, this gets done at the beginning of goal setting and can get tweaked from time to time…as LIFE happens, things change.  Each day I consult the day to day list.
2.  I hold myself accountable by having something to look forward to, a treat or a reward, i.e.: a day browsing another gallery, such as an artist date (like a Friday off), or coffee with a friend, or a massage booked a month ahead of time, etc.  In order to afford that massage I have to make money by offering services and doing my work related to the goals.
3. A coach really helps too…So if you can work that into the budget having someone to check in with weekly, bi-weekly on your goals can really keep the momentum moving forward.  Or having a group of friends who are also working towards the same end or similar ends with their careers.  I have different connections for different things.  So I might have a workout buddy, a career coach, an art group to meet with, friends to have some fun with, family to stay connected with and who are supportive.
A diversity of network helps keep things moving along and meaningful.

Most of all, when I don't do what I say I was going to do, I am gentle with myself , and don't beat myself up but just start where I left off.  Not giving up totally.  There is always a new beginning, a new start.
This way I can relax, not judge myself but treat myself with care as we would treat another.  These are all things that help.  But most of all having a plan for the day with to do's and a realistic set of goals to complete….that might be one, two or three things for each day.


SPRING & SUMMER CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS 
UPCOMING STUDIO SHARE DATES:

Sunday May 27th 10-4 or half day options available.  Come work along side me in my studio, bring your own substrates, brushes, personal mementoes, encaustic medium…all else is provided.  Some folks have asked to have these materials provided, so I am now offering that option.  For a spot email: supria@supriakarmakar.com

ENCAUSTIC LEVEL 1 BEGINNER'S MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP:
Saturday May 31st, 10-4 in Elora
Sunday June 1st 10-4 at the Button Factory in Waterloo call: 519-886-4577 between 10-5pm Monday to Friday and 12-4pm on Saturdays
Saturday June 21st 10-4 in Barrie call Barb at 705-791- 9963 only a few spots left.

ENCAUSTIC LEVEL 2 - BEYOND COLLAGE
Sunday June 15th, 10-4 in Elora
Sunday June 29th, 10-4 in Elora

MULTI-LEVEL ENCAUSTICS at Homer Watson House and Gallery.Combined Level 1 Beginner's and Level 2 Beyond Collage Saturday July 12th OR Saturday August 9th.  Combined Level 3 Texture Galore with Encaustics and Level 4 Pushing the Boundaries with encaustic, Sunday July 13th or Sunday August 10th.  To register call:  519-748-4377 or visit:Homer Watson directly.  

Summer Week Long Encaustic Intensive 
Encaustic Beginner's Level 1 to Encaustic Level 5 Mono Printing with Encaustics 
August 11th to 15th, 10:30 -3:30 daily in Elora.
A great week long retreat to immerse your creative spirit.


Above:  Encaustic Altered Book, created by Linda Lewis.

Beyond the Cover, An Encaustic Altered Book with Mica retreat in Fergus with Patrice Baker and Supria Karmakar.  Thursday July 17th 2pm to Sunday July 20th, 5pm.  

For complete information, with more details on what each workshop covers, please visit:  www.supriakarmakar.com

Testimonial from past student - CT "Supria is an enthusiastic, passionate teacher and artist.  Her Altered Book course gave me the opportunity to explore my interior life, touch the creativity I thought long lost, and play with no expectations.  Supria has the ability to encourage, inspire and support the artistic process in her students.  I'm very much looking forward to my next course with Supria."  by CT

My studio is now located at 50 First Line, Elora, ON. off Hwy 7 and South River Road, if coming from Fergus.  I am incredibly grateful for this space.

Website: www.supriakarmakar.com  designed byTradesmarksDesign  Please check it out and let me know what you think, my new email address is: supria@supriakarmakar.com

Currently my work can be seen at these following locations:

UpTown Gallery in Waterloo, POD in Guelph, 30 Carden St.