Friday, August 18, 2017

In Search of Cohesive Mark Making and Style

One of the very best ways to refine and develop consistency in your visual language is to work with multiples and in small/large studies. This week I spent some time really thinking through instinct composition, finding the core marks to build on, and pushing my understanding of how to narrow down those marks to their basic impact. It was such great insight and moving through the layers, the gel coats, the muted palette and the pops of color to move the eye. I do love painting large, but these 9" by 12" smalls really prop up and support those large skill sets! 

I started 13 and have 3 ready to go! Will post the others as they develop. 

All of them are on panels and will be $165 with free shipping! (message me at ardithgoodwin@gmail.com to purchase)

Today I actually took the finished versions and deducted them down to their most basic marking structures. This helps me really grasp which marks work well for me and which add to the strength of the composition. 

"Meiriment Three" 9" by 12" mixed media on panel 


"Meiriment Two" 9" by 12" mixed media on panel 
(this one has sold)

"Meiriment One" 9" by 12" mixed media on panel




 Some pics of what the studio looked like as I worked on multiples, from gessoing to layering the glazes in~






Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Bit of Gratitude Today



Time has been whizzing by and lately it has felt heavy, almost suffocating at times. I know what creates the weight of this feeling, and am spending time with that, but in the midst of creating and working and slinging paint, I felt a deep need to take a breath and swallow a much needed dose of gratitude. 

I am living my 50th year walking this planet. What an incredible journey it has been, full of enormous joy, incredible pain, moments of clarity, and days of fog. To put into words the enormity of gratitude I have though comes as daunting and impossible. Still, I recognize this life I have lived as extraordinary, to to the point of becoming a star in my own Ardithian universe. 

Today, I sit in my studio, so lucky to have it, and contemplate in reverence what the point really is, to my days, my gifts, my time here. Is it to serve, to create, to exist in harmony? Yes, and yes, and yes. I am not sure though if complete understanding will ever come but I seek it out with great fervor. More so, I have come to believe that standing witness to so many different and creative beings is what I am called to do, at least for these current days, and I secretly get a sense that this is what heaven must be like. 



To love so deeply and be loved so greatly. 
To wonder and fill one's heart with layers of inspiration. 
To question everything in seek of my own truth. 
To stand in the face of discord, of heart break, or complete injustice and still believe in the worth of so many unanswerable things. 
To give rise to the ideas through my imagination and truly grasp that my mark matters. 
To view the worth in a raindrop and the healing that comes from tears. 
To not buckle under the weight of figuring it all out, but to simply live in the moment. 
To be connected to the hopes, dreams, experiences, and spirit of those who made way for my time. 

These are some of the things that give me pause today, in the busy life I have created as I create, and that are breaking me out of the mundane steps of an ordinary life. I have no clue how many days are left in the hands of my time keeper, but for today I am content in knowing that I have lived so well and that this life has been deeply beautiful. 

There is time for work and business and connecting with others to make a living, and then there is time to slow down and acknowledge how very precious this human experience is to simply be alive and living in this very moment. Today is one of those days, very grateful to be present.

 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Push Past Ordinary Creativity Awareness Class







Moving through the world creatively is something we all do, we just may not be as aware of it as others. When we problem solve, when we think outside the box, when we organize our worlds in a way that produces unique outcomes, our creativity is engaged. Many folks feel that they are not creative because they cannot draw. Not so. Being able to draw is actually a technical skill that can be learned. Being creative, thinking creative, living creative, we all can do that, we just need to believe we can and practice it. 

Push Past Ordinary is a year long, online class that I have taught for two previous years. This year we kick off Round 3 in November! 




So who is this class for? 



Push Past Ordinary is for anyone wanting to improve your creative awareness as you develop your own, creative voice.

It is for anyone looking for specific creative behaviors to improve your creative thinking ability. 

It is for anyone looking to view the ordinary world through extraordinary lenses and use that way of seeing to serve you creatively.  

It is for anyone looking to improve their problem solving skills and become more adept at making connections, solving problems, and applying concepts in unique ways. 

It is for anyone wanting to live the question: Well what if I do this instead? 

Painters love the class because "learning to see creatively" is quite visually based, and they gain a ton of insight about the visual world around them and how they can use that to serve their own voice. 



Photographers love the class because it helps them see through their lenses in very unexpected ways, then apply those captures with different mediums and outcomes. 





Writers love the class because it challenges them to take visual cues and convert them to painting with words. 



Ordinary, beautiful humans love the class because it gives them the questions and behaviors to share with their kids, to inspire conversation, and look past the ordinary day to day processes of life. 

Thinkers and business folks love the class because it gives them strategies, vocabulary, and action plans to help them see connections, problem solving options, and perspectives that they can use creatively in the corporate world. 



I developed Push Past Ordinary because after teaching the young for many years with a Masters in Education, and using these behaviors in my own practice, I found that my creativity grew by leaps and bounds. This class is designed around what worked for me and it has worked for many over the past two years. 

There are a couple of things that make it work even better! 

Push Past Ordinary is built around creativity modules, weekly challenges, and an online community on FB that encourages accountability, offers tremendous support, and builds creative connections between people. Our community is a huge part of what makes this experience impactful and the more you choose to engage, the better your experience will be. 

(You can opt to take this class as a stand alone group. Message me for details.)

Changing behaviors over time takes consistency and practice. The challenges are built so that they can be simple or as complex as your creativity chooses. The timeline of the course builds understanding over time and that matters a great deal in the outcome. Like any important skill, the more we use it and practice it, the better we are at it. Creativity is no different. We gather for a year, with breaks, because that commitment pays off. 

The Details!
The yearlong course comes with: 

7 Creativity Modules containing 4-5 challenges

Each Module goes for 4-5 weeks, one challenge per week. 

Each challenge comes with an instructional video and PDF. By the end of the course, the 'Ebook' is approximately 200+ pages

There is a weekly Webinar for students to engage with me and discuss each challenge as a group. 

There is a secret FB Group where we share our progress, engage in classroom discussion, support one another, and explore the concept of creativity in all its glory. 

As an instructor, I choose to be highly engaged with my class every week!  You will need to friend me on FB to join.

Round 3 begins Nov. 19th, 2017 
Registration is $215 for the year long course.






 If you need to split your payment in half over two months, message me at ardithgoodwin@gmail.com and I am happy to work with you! 

I do offer refunds up until the beginning of the course. Once the course begins, all sales are final.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

To Dream In Color Solo Show by Ardith Goodwin



A vivid imagination is a terrible thing to waste. 

I think about this phrase often when I am creating my figures and the stories that go along with them. There are moments that I wonder just how many friends I carry with me in the nooks and crannies of my creative heart most days. Figures and faces and personalities feed my soul, and I am thrilled to have a show sharing some of them with you. "

I sketch and paint a lot of figures. From the simplest line sketch to the most complex ones, each mark serves an important purpose in building the stories that the characters exist in.  "To Dream In Color" is a showcase of 12 of these characters conveying a range of studies that I create for my much larger complex pieces, and which feed the images in the children's book I am writing.




June 1, at the Institute of Fine Arts of Edmond, Ok., the opening will begin at 6 pm. which will coincide with my four day workshop, The Imaginative Face, which I am teaching there.  Sharing my love of Framework and practice with others, especially young ones, is part of what I adore about being a working artist so I hope to meet and chat with many of you there. 

The Institute of Fine Arts of Edmond
27 E Edwards St., Edmond, OK 73034
June 1, 2017 6-8 pm. 

You can view my current figurative and abstract works at www.ardithgoodwin.com and follow me on Instagram or FB as well!

 

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ardithian Art Studio Open House



The studio is all set up for visitors this Saturday between 9-5! It has been an exciting joy getting the paintings hung and the juicy tidbits settled. I have also been pondering how to adequately say thank you to all of you who have purchased my work, supported me, and walked beside me over the years to make this shift in my career possible.

For my open house visitors, I will be gifting this original painting

to one lucky visitor by drawing a name from everyone who visits Friday evening or Saturday. For my online friends, those who purchase a print, painting, or sign up for my newsletter will be in the running to receive a hand embellished giclee' as well. 



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For the first time ever, and only for Friday and Saturday, all of my works on paper or canvas will be 25% off as my way of showing a big bucket of thanks! (to view my available works see the links below) If you are using your mobile phone, if you click on an image on my website a white dot will appear. That dots leads you to the descriptions of each image and the prices or message me at ardithgoodwin@gmail.com with questions.

www.ardithgoodwin.com
www.ardithgoodwin.com/prints
www.ardithgoodwin.com/land-of-ardithian
www.ardithgoodwin.com/the-abstraction-of-marks
www.ardithgoodwin.com/red-energy







If I could I would hug every single one of you who have cheered me on. The opening of my studio is a big deal, one I have worked so hard for. Please know I am so very grateful for every single one of you who have pushed me onward.



Looking forward to seeing many of you this weekend! (you can get a peek into my studio by viewing my album on my FB page as well!)

Ardith

Ardithian Arts Studio
1260 Dauphin St.
Mobile, Al. 36604
251-232-1015

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A New Studio And Blessing




Do you remember the first time you picked up a paint brush or pencil and felt the joy of slinging paint but at the end of the day had to clean up and put it all away because....well... stuff? Do you remember creating in a small space, like from your car or on the kitchen table and secretly dreamed of having your very.....own....studio? Do you remember selling your first pieces of artwork and realizing....oh, if only I had a studio I could ...... yep...do this and that and EVERYTHING?

What Was Once My Kitchen Table lol!


 For 14 years I have engaged my creativity and faith as a way to heal, a way to express myself, and as a way to connect with other beautiful humans. I have also used it to build a beautiful career and platform to teach artists and the creative young. Every long hour I spent during this time was laced with the hopes of one day having my own studio. There were moments I was exhausted and felt it would never come. There were moments of elation and I new it would come. And then there were most days where I simply put one foot in front of the other building the opportunity for it to come....and it has. 

This room used to be BROWN!


A few weeks ago an opportunity at the Central Presbyterian Church came available and I have acquired a new studio space in the building that used to be their educational wing.The space could not have been more perfect but that wasn't what sold me at first. The people I met and the service to community that takes place there filled my heart with hope. A building can house a studio quite easily, but a connection to people, to service, and to the betterment of others is part of what makes an incredible studio possible. This brings me great joy. 



For the past three weeks my family and I, and with the help of old friends and new ones, the studio has gone from empty spaces to rooms filled with color and light and life. It has been long, exhausting work, but every moment filled with a flood of connection to the thousands of moments that led up to this. Colors were chosen, I pinched pennies in as many ways as I could to be creative in my organization, and from the effort, a studio was born. 

The Brown Wall Is No More!

My Wall of Fame from artist and students I adore!

Abstracts and Reading

What Will Be My Main Painting Wall

A Welcoming Hangout

My Office and Dry Room

Beautiful Display Space Throughout


Although there is still much to do, I wanted to give you all a special invite for February 18th from 9 am to 5 pm which I will host an Open House at 1260 Dauphin St. . Having friends and family celebrate with me throughout the day is the very best way I can think of to start this amazing experience off in grand. Come view the works, talk with me about process and why there is so much color and oddness in my style, and share with me what you love about this beautiful way of life we live.  In the weeks and months to come, there will be art class for study and some just for fun. There will be opportunities for working artists to come together, to share thoughts and ideas of how to build community around our craft. There will also be opportunities for special events and celebrations to wrapped around creative endeavors in many ways. 

A Yummy Palette!

And Glorious Light!


As a working artist I am thrilled to be part of the Mobile community and look so forward to expanding my efforts in sharing creativity and a love for the arts. It has been an incredible 14 years of growth and practice, and I deeply look forward to many more. 





For those of you who wish to attend but are not local, I have requested that a studio blessing in the form of a prayer, a quote, a well wish, or a token be made or sent. Having the energy of others who have supported and encouraged me along the way is so very important to me because I know so well, I could not have done this alone. I will gather these and display them as well as use them in a special art project! You may email me at ardithgoodwin@gmail.com or mail it to Ardithian Arts Studio 1260 Dauphin St. Mobile, Al. 36604


(Stairs are part of the building where my studio is located. There are accommodations for the those who are physically challenged though. If you would like to come, please message me at ardithgoodwin@gmail.com so that we can be expecting you.)

Me and Julie Kogan, one of my first visitors!















In the coming weeks I will be sharing pics from Open House and well as several videos about setting up a studio, tips, and how the space finishes up. Stay tuned!

You can view some new pics of the studio here on my FB page!



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Call For Studio Stuff!



I know for many artists, dreaming of having an art studio of their very own is something that keeps us up at night, I know it did for me. I have been blessed, thanks to my sweet hubs, to have my Outdoor Studio at Dulcinea, but for years I longed to have a space large enough for me to work full time painting and teaching workshops in. 2017 has opened up with a bang and I have acquired that space at  Central Presbyterian in Mobile. What this means is that I will be painting, teaching adults and some children, and hosting various and a sundry art events at my new digs! 





Now if you know me and my hubs, you know we love and adore finding use and value in the discarded. Starting a working studio and teaching center from scratch requires a whole lot of 'stuff.' Before I go out and purchase things, which I am finding crazy expensive these days, I really wanted to do a shout out to see if I could acquire some things that I can save, repair, refurbish, and bring some love to. That is where you come in! 

 (These are the colors going in my studio.....SWOONING!!!!! )

Below is a list of of items I am in need or want of. If you have any of these items that you are planning on giving to Goodwill, getting rid of, or are discarding I would LOVE to take a look. All I ask is that the electronics actually work! Message me at ardithgoodwin@gmail.com or give me a call if you have my #. It would make my day to have some well loved things in my studio and some great energy from friends and family! 



Can't wait to get started and to open up! Stay tuned! 

3 6 Wooden Tables (must be at least 36" tall and at least 36" wide up to 60") 
8 wooden chairs  bar stools (that I could paint)
8 wooden easels
metal or wooden storage containers in various sizes
flat file storage cabinet
wooden bookcase(s)
full size mannequin or mannequin parts
doll pieces or parts
old books with illustrations
microwave
coffee pot found
small dorm room fridge
old wooden rocking chair
rolling tv cart
fabric scraps
milk crates 
old wooden/velvet sofa 
various and a sundry wood planks or pieces 
old buttons
any other 'odd or artistic' object that you are getting rid of ;) 
3  lamps that could be repainted 
plastic containers (qt. size or larger)  
glass baby jars
Talenti jars
paper 
40 tennis balls 

Shoot me a message if you have any of the above you wish to get rid of ardithgoodwin@gmail.com

Thanks y'all!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Creative Ideas and Framework for Painters Online Class



 Framework is something I talk about so much when I share my art journey. Out of all of the things I have learned while painting over the years, understanding my personal and technical frameworks were the things that altered my style and passion more than any other. They in essence transformed who I am as an artist. 

A huge part of learning to paint and create from a unique point of view comes from learning what we are drawn to, what we are captivated by, and what point of view is uniquely ours. This online course is designed to bring that knowing into clarity and give you the tools and skills needed to move forward with a deeper understand of your own Framework and how to identify the ideas that are beautifully different. 

Over the course of an intense 8 weeks, we will dive into  group sessions through video conferencing, video instruction, and daily practice to fine tune, engage, and shed light on our frameworks. It will be exciting. There will be a lot of soul searching. And there will be a lot of growth as an artist, but more so as humans who move through the world with creative lenses




You will get nudged in the direction of learning how to alter your ideas, problem solve concepts, and push past ordinary when it comes to what you create and how you create it. This workshop will help you move toward uniqueness in your practice....yes it will.

The video series will cover the basic fundamentals for beginning to paint with a strong foundation. Which tools, products, and pigments work well together will be a focus and how to manipulate all of those to create paintings which align with our framework. We will meet weekly, by Skype, to challenge one another and add support from a place of commonality. 

Our video conferencing will have a daytime option and an evening option to accommodate those with challenging schedules. The group itself will be hosted in a private FB group to give us a place to foster ideas and share insight. 



There will also be a One on One option to purchase which comes with phone access and one hour video conference with me for those artist needing specific, personal direction as well!

If you are a painter who is frustrated by 'ordinary or similar' and are seeking a way to break through that frustration this class would be a great option for you. 

If you are a painter who deeply wants to create from a personal point of view but unsure how to do that this workshop would also be a great option for you! 



It does take a time commitment of 8 weeks, so if you are the least bit hesitant message me and let's talk about your specific needs at ardithgoodwin@gmail.com.


Twice this year I will teach this workshop. The first session kicks off February 13th and goes to April 3rd. The second session kicks off July 3 and goes through the week of August 28th.  

BOTH SESSIONS ARE FULL! 

SESSION 3 BEGINS JANUARY 8, 2018