“Stephanart Studio Rhodos” Phone Photo DS
Proposals, jurying, framing, carrying, selling, or not
Sketching, canvas prep, composition, colour, painting
Artist statements, bios, CVs, photographing, website posting
Contemplation, creativity and rest: these are the rhythms of my practice. The ancient monasteries called it “Ora et Labora”:
“In Christian mysticism, the phrase pray and work refers to the monastic practice of working and praying, generally associated with its use in the Rule of St. Benedict.” Wikipedia
The vertical blinds flutter as I unlock the studio. Sunlight shines across the white colour spotted floor. I drop some supplies in, take in the fir-treed mountain view from here and mostly just notice the mess:
Cuttings from garden and fashion magazines
Dried paint skins on plastic take out lids
Brushes in red Folgers coffee cans
Glass beads, Play Doh, and wooden rulers
A painting on this easel and the other
Time stands still here. I like that. Ideas formed and partially executed, a yellow pad with tiny sketches of what is to come, and the temptation of the paint itself wait.
It is about the paint – the way colours juxtapose, drip, run – even onto the floor. This is freedom. It is the space to make a mess, to leave it there and to long for this antidote to the structured life I lead outside of these walls.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Book of Ecclesiastes