Sunday, March 8, 2009

Next Meeting

We are looking at having the next GreyMatters Project meeting on Tuesday, March 24th. We could go to the Munch Exhibit, then have the meeting at Shar's. Please let me know if that date does not work for you.
Also, this is a call out to look for a new member or 2 in the group. If you have any ideas of someone that may be interested in this project- let us know.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24th- we could meet at about 3:00 at the Art Institute and then over to Shar's. Gail cannot make it the the meeting. She will pass some ideas for the project on before that time. If you think we should reschedule- let the group know.
-Make sure to view the video on creativity that Meltem passed along on the blog- we could talk about it at the next meeting.
-Each of us should post a least 2 ideas to the blog before next week, so we can get the ideas rolling.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Artists and their "Studio."

My friend Louise inspired me with her lovely studio photos . I thought to collect and share studio photos of all of my artist friends as a means of inspiring al of us.If you wish, Please add your favorite studio photos for all of us to share, or you can email me I can add to the album to make a nice collection. Please don't forget the link your web site so we can enjoy your work.
It has been always fascinating for me to see where art gets produced. What kind of surrounding influences our creative process as an artist?
Please click on the the link says Artist and their Studio above.
To our salon group :View the album ,you will have a smile on your face :-)

Where the ideas comes from

I wanted to share Elisabeth Gilbert's thoughts about creativity and the artist. It is passionate,brilliant and inspiring. Please take a time listen, it is good conversation starer for our next meeting.

Elizabeth Gilbert: A different way to think about genius


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Read the info bellow. And go to the link....

If you see this lady turning in clockwise you are using your right brain.
If you see it her tuning the other way, you are using left brain.
Some people do see both ways, but most people see it only one way.

See if you can make her go one way and then the other by shifting the brain's current.

Experimentation has shown that the two different sides or hemispheres of the brain are responsible for different manners of thinking. The following table illustrates the differences between left-brain and right-brain thinking:

Left Brain Right Brain
Logical Random
Sequential Intuitive
Rational Holistic
Analytical Synthesizing
Objective Subjective
Looks at parts Looks at wholes

Most individuals have a distinct preference for one of these styles of thinking. Some, however, are more who le-brained and equally adept at both modes. In general, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking, while downplaying the right-brain activities. Left-brain scholastic subjects focus on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy. Right-brained subjects, on the other hand, focus on aesthetics, feeling, and creativity.

If you look away, she may switch from one direction to the other.
KAthy send me this I thought you might find interesting and amusing...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009



Meltem 3 A conceptual ora


Brian5 Show off!

Brian 4 Stop already!


Brian 2






Craig 2



Last Night's Meeting

Last nights meeting was interesting (and fun). So what we need to do now is gather our own ideas- at least 6 of them- images, theme ideas, objects- something to create a visual unity in the group work. We can present our ideas on the blog or/and in the next meeting that may be scheduled around the Edvard Munch show at the Art Institute. I resent the invitations to Brian, Gail, Kathy and Craig to sign up on the blog.....

Monday, January 26, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hello everyone, I am back from Turkey and looking forward to our meeting. I stumbled in this web site recently and thought to share with you. The blog is about 146 artist gathering in cyberspace to paint for a collaborative cause. here is the link to the site.

"From around the globe, 146 artists gathered in cyberspace. We donned our best berets, and set out with our paintbrushes and easels in one hand, and our computers in the other. Our mission? To bring you the world, one brushstroke at a time."

Here is few samples of the work:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

October 2008 Meeting Notes

As stated at the first meeting- “It is critical that the project is chronicled properly”.
The blog is a great way to move this project forward- we need to communicate more than once a month on this. Each person should check the blog at least weekly and post comments, thoughts and what you are working on!

At the October meeting:

  • We discussed the panel and decided that any panel with the exact dimensions would be fine- also do what ever you want to do to finish the sides.
  • Our invited artists did not make it, but maybe Tommy can make it next time- Meltem will check with Connie.

We showed our panels and here are several of the comments:

  • We may want to consider bringing panels done from previous weeks at another time to review them and look at more together.
  • Everyone followed the directions except Amy, with the red bird.
  • Some people took the black and white literally and others used a greyed down palette.
  • There are many cool/warm greys.
  • Shar thought it is important for continuity in the work- something that holds the panels together. Her idea was journaled and stemmed from painting things that you do not look at everyday and go unnoticed.
  • The paintings may, in the end, demonstrate the transition from greys to color over time.
  • Brian- curating the show will pull it together- when there are more paintings we may pull out things that do not work with the group of paintings.
  • Kathy-it is important to have a thread of commonality within the work- why the title “grey matters”?
  • Meltem- does not want to paint in greys and chose a muted green to start her panel. Discussed the literal-emotional continuum of the grey matters idea and know that she will paint to the emotional side. She pointed out that some of the work seems like paintings, others more like a study.
  • Narration present at the show may contribute to the common thread/continuity.
  • We need to further investigate the subject and will do one more grey panel and see where it goes from there.
  • It is all about the creative process and the journey and getting into it more.
  • Should we rework any of the paintings? Some say no, it should reflect a process and if we rework it – may detract from this- others say, there should be no rules about this.

Thanks to everyone for their work and to Meltem for hosting!
The date for the next meeting is Tuesday, December 9th and will be at Meltem's house. Let the group know if this date does not work for you.

After Meeting Comments:
We need to have a better flow of our meetings:
Start by hanging the paintings and just looking.
Each artist will discuss their paintings one at a time without interruption.
Those ideas and processes that lead to their 10 x 10 are important to move forward to the next level of paintings and should be given the attention they deserve.
Comments and questions specific to the work can be held until you are finished but may be taken right after show and tell so people don't forget what they want to say before we move on to the next painting. Which again may add dimension to your work or inspire a painting for next time.
If you did not finsish your 10 x 10, for what ever reason, please give that person that has contributed a painting a chance to speak first. You may have ideas in the works for your next painting that would be interesting and helpful to discuss with the group, but too bad, now you're last!!

On question of new members:
It is important that we maintain an active group of members throughout this project. If anyone has an idea of an artist that may be interested in the project- please follow this procedure:
Present the idea of the new member to the group and find out if the group thinks that the person may be a good fit to the group.
If the majority thinks it may be a good fit, tell the artist about the group and ask them to come to a meeting.
Set up the date that they will attend and make sure that the artist can present their work to the group at this meeting. Tell the artist about the blog.

On the next panel and creating a common theme within the work:
We will be continuing with the grey palette.
It could be things that go unnoticed (Shar). I feel that the world is so overstimulating at this point due to computers and information- we forget what is really important.
Another idea is to produce a painting about each artist in the group.
Let''s get this part of the discussion moving before the next meeting!

On a previous note:
I talked to Brian and he had some input and ideas that I wanted to pass
along: We could use a 10 x 10 format to write down ideas gotten from the meeting,
comments from the meeting and/or notes to ourselves on what we plan to do
for the next panel. These notes could later become part of an exhibition.

All for now................................