For this new painting I’ve combined several thoughts together: rainy day activities, the contrast between rainy Pacific Northwest and the Southwestern (USA) desert region (Arizona), and the Bonneville Dam’s fish ladder. I’ve found the fish ladder fascinating – here’s a video of it – and have done some fun sketching at the Bonneville Dam trying to capture the patterns I see.
I enjoy the patterns the fish form as they flow by. I also enjoy the patterns of the needles/leaves on cactus and succulents which seem visually similar, in my eyes, to the “flow” of the fish as seen from various angles.
Yes, I spend a lot of time thinking about visual fractals in general and specifically fractals in nature
Plus the absurdity of comparing fish with cactus tickled my funny bone. At any rate those were some of my thoughts as I created this gouache painting I’ve titled “100 Things To Do On A Rainy Day”.
“100 Things To Do On A Rainy Day” by Clancy – 11 x 14 inches – ink and gouache on board
About a year ago I began working towards my upcoming October exhibit at Caplan Art Designs. From a book I’d created years ago with Dr. Bob Hoke titled “Dr. Bob’s Emotional Repair Program First Aid Kit” (aka The First Aid Kit) I selected a ‘living well’ aspect to explore via fine art. Then I spent the next year making art.
The aspect I’d selected from The First Aid Kit was: (and I’m paraphrasing) “happiness is not about getting what you want from the external world – it’s how you interpret the things you perceive in the external world”. (You can see some sample pages from The First Aid Kit here: https://sueclancy.com/artist-books/ – and you can see links for getting either an ebook copy or a print copy of it there too. )
So fast forwarding to now: a year’s worth of artwork has been created and/or selected by the gallery and I’m working on the paperwork for my exhibit. The gallery likes to have an “exhibit statement” i.e. they want me to create some text based handle by which people visiting my exhibit could have a framework, a context, for understanding my work. I came up with this:
By Sue Clancy
(exhibit statement for exhibit at The Daily in the Pearl October 2016 via Caplan Art Designs)
I read somewhere that “Happiness is a skill to be practiced like the violin” and I asked myself “How do I practice happiness?” Then after attending a friend’s mother’s 90th birthday party I began thinking about how our lives are made up of patterns; patterns in nature, patterns in culture, as well as our own mental patterns or habits of mind. So I began to collect, from my daily life, “pleasant patterns” of happiness and have recreated those moments for you.
First Luncheon Of The Ladies With Red Hats by Sue Clancy
My first official “Signature Collection” of scarves, pocket squares and tops has just gone “live”: http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/sue-clancy – and I’m excited! By allowing my artwork to be “licensed” you get fun stuff to wear and I get to play with pattern creation (the patterns I make on paper for use in my fine art, and my fine art itself) in yet another fun way; by designing apparel!
I’m collaborating with VIDA, http://shopvida.com/, a new kind of fashion ecommerce company that connects artists like me all over the world with producers to bring our artwork to life. For every product sold VIDA will provide the gift of literacy… you can see more about that on the website link above!
Here are some teaser pics of a couple of my designs – there are many more images of my new designs at http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/sue-clancy :
Pattern design by Sue Clancy for VIDA http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/sue-clancy
Pattern design using artwork by Sue Clancy for VIDA http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/sue-clancy
I’ve been thinking about dot patterns and I’ve been seeing lots of cute chihuahua dogs when I’ve gone out for walks – so I’ve been thinking of chihuahua’s. I’ve also been thinking about books, writers, the alphabet… Here are some doodles that I did while thinking the above mentioned thoughts. (see this blog post for photos of my original “dot” inspirations and the dot papers I made – http://sueclancy.com/2016/03/31/new-papers-for-art/)