Wednesday, December 26, 2018

2018: An Overview & The "Top 10 Things Overheard in my Art Booth"

"Chrysalis Series" Mixed media on birch, 80"x75",
©2018 Cat Tesla
Northwestern Medical, Chicago, IL
2018 has been a big year for me. Lots of large paintings sold around the United States, Canada, and Europe. I'm still pinching myself.

Every day I head into the studio, I'm never really sure how each painting will end up. My "Chrysalis Series" is an abstraction of nature. I like to start with an automatic drawing and then respond to it. My process is inspired by the work and teachings of Franz Kline's concept of automatism. He essentially believed in first ‘pouring out’, then editing. I begin with an automatic drawing in graphite and wax crayon, then translucent layers are applied, followed by more mark making (drawing) & more paint layers. Various mediums are utilized to build the surface.The resulting smaller paintings are windows looking outward, while the larger paintings are abstract nature-scapes you can walk right into.

I'm also still painting my "Meditation Series" of ethereal landscapes and waterscapes. To my delight, many collectors have both series. I know I'm blessed.

As I'm getting older I'm feeling the physicality of being an artist. Arthritis in my hands has led me to acupuncture. I've increased my exercise and yoga to keep myself healthy. Standing on your feet for 10 hour studio days is hard.

On the other hand I keep getting more ideas. I have other bodies of artwork I'd like to create. Who knows if I'll live long enough to get to them all? I'm also interested in teaching and helping other artists. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement in the beginning of 2019.

I was invited back to the Chateau Orquevaux Art Residency in October of 2018. It was another incredible opportunity to not only create new paintings in a fabulous setting, but to also meet new artists from around the world who I'm proud to call my friends.

This is my 22nd year as a professional artist. I'm grateful beyond words to be able to make a living doing what I love. And each art show experience continues to be an adventure. People say the darnedest things! (You can't make this stuff up:). 

Cat Tesla at the Plaza Art Show in Kansas City.
Without further adieu, I present to you my "Top 10 Things Overheard in My Art Booth" for 2018:

1. Is this art show here every day?
2.  Makes me feel like dancing.
3.  These are lovely! I'm glad you got out of the medical field.
4.  "Are you painting faces?" (Me:  um, no. What are you talking about?)  "Well I'm from Indiana and in Indiana if you're sitting in a chair under an umbrella like this you're painting faces!" (Me:  good to know!)
5.  These have sort of a Monet look.
6.  Since you're painting hangs over the couch, we're now sleeping there.
7.  These are exceptional! Best we've seen in the show.
8.   (Said to my husband) Is everything for sale? How much is she? 
9.  I give massages and back stretches. Do you need one?
10.  Is this your work? I love shabby chic.

Thanks to everyone for a great year! I wish you peace and blessings in 2019, and hope to see you at one of my art shows!

All My Best,

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