It is a pleasure to share the 1st of 4 artistic collaboration works for Advent 2018; created by poet, Alex Lane + myself for the SouthEast Raleigh Table in North Carolina.
On Sunday at 3pm for the next 3 weeks, a new video of a poem + my abstract painting response to Alex's poem will debut on my LAR Art Studio Instagram.
The paintings are on unprimed unstretched canvas; raw, flexible + unbound. Each one is an intuitive emotive visual reflection upon the poem by Alex, the narratives of the community for Advent, + my own story.
The next painting, “Creation Waits,” will debut this Sunday.
Week 4 was all about putting in the hours to complete the painting I had been commissioned to paint for The American Church in Paris. Most of my week was received working in the studio alone, exploring the wilderness within, as I hand stitched fragments from 3 paintings I created during my time here.
However, I was intentional about having hours I experienced outside of the studio to connect with people in the community, listen to live music at local cafes + buy fresh flowers. I also got to share a few good meals with new + old friends, dream + imagine. I made my way to the Picasso Museum to engage the work of Pablo Picasso. And, I was even interviewed on the ACP radio show about my work/time in Paris.
I'd love to promise myself that when I get home my days will mirror the rhythms of my days the past couple of weeks, but I'm not sure how the pace + work life balance I've embraced here will get to follow me back to Houston.
What I do know is something happened to me here-- both as an artist + a human.
I have one more week of my artistic sojourn in Europe, and will be making my way to Basel, Switzerland to explore a country I've never been to, see the exhibits of Sam Gilliam + Theaster Gates at Kuntsmuseum Basel, as well as get some rest + reflect before I board a plane at the end of the week bound for home.
I look forward to the photos I will create there, but for now here are some of the highlights from my time in Paris last week.
Week 3 was all about practicing presence, vulnerability + finally feeling a bit less like a "tourist."
I found myself on the metro more + navigating my way around without my Google Maps.
I had early studio mornings, diving fully into the creative process of birthing this new work, so that I could truly be present to evening walks, time around the table, enjoying the gift that is jazz + picnics along the Seine River with friends + so many others.
Paris makes me want to be a better artist in the studio, yes-- but more than that, I'm finding myself longing to create a healthier work/life rhythm when I get back to Houston. In a sense, Paris makes me want to be a better artist of my days as well.
Here are just a few of the moments of encountering beauty I allowed myself to savor this week.
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." -Roald Dahl
Here are glimpses of moments this week where I found a beauty in ordinary moments that slowed me down or inspired me as I walked to get from one place to another.
Moments at the museum + studio that moved me to silence, revealed new possibilities, challenged me to push beyond my own perceived limitations +/or settled me into a steady creative flow. Space + time to be just about the work is opening my craft up to me in new + invigorating ways.
And, moments that filled me with delight + wonder.
Thanks again for following my artistic sojourn in Paris.
You can read daily reflections, preview finished works from my Paris Collection (oil + cold wax paintings on arches paper), as well as glimpse my creative process +
the space I studio out here in Paris HERE.
Sunday, August 12 began my month long artistic sojourn to Paris, France, as the Visiting Artist at The American Church in Paris. They have invited me to visit for 4-weeks to create works exploring the theme, "When I was a Stranger" + to immerse myself in the art culture + history of Paris. I will create one piece that will become apart of their permanent collection. The other small abstracts I will exhibit at the end of my time here + make available for purchase.
It feels right to be back in the City of Light + home of some of the greatest art created. Paris is every inch as magical as I remember. There is a photo just waiting to be created on every storied corner. The pristine... the rugged... I'm drawn to it all, + have every intention of walking around as many corners I possibly can during my visit.
Every Sunday I will share a pictorial travel journal of the previous week; sharing moments that caused me to be still, moved me to silence, I was able to see because I was walking +/or gave me life.
It was one amazing week!
Lanecia A. Rouse Tinsley