Personal Challenge Result

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Sometimes it’s a good idea to have a personal obligation to yourself to show up to a challenge every day. As a self employed artist who is selling internationally it’s easy to stay within the style your clients see as you. 
It is important though to continue to develop and exercise the creative muscle out of the normal zone. Hence today I have finished a personal challenge to paint a small landscape every day for thirty days. I set the challenge publicly so that I was accountable. Some days it was uncomfortable to show up to the easel. Some days I had to paint at 5am to get it done. But I did it. 

Today is the last day. I can truly say I have developed over the short time and experimented in ways I may not normally when working on commissions. 
….and funnily enough I have sold three of them completely unintentionally. I wouldn’t have guessed that would happen. 
Here’s to setting slightly uncomfortable goals!

“Stiper Stones, Shropshire- at dawn” 
11″x6.5″ acrylic paint, Quink ink, Noodler’s Ink, Indian Ink

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2016 – A good year for art

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If you don’t know me already this is a little about me and the year that has nearly finished. It’s been a whirlwind, very busy but very happy-making!!

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Clare Wassermann lives and works in Wolverhampton. Originally gaining an honours degree in Music with Education, then teaching and playing saxophone and clarinet in London and Nottingham, she re-qualified as a Registered Homeopath and returned to Wolverhampton in 2001. For fourteen years she happily combined teaching and homeopathy but then her artwork suddenly began to take off.

“I have always enjoyed painting, drawing and stitching since childhood, encouraged by my father who was a long-standing member of Wolverhampton Society of Artists, but suddenly my work really began to sell in 2014”

She had started to paint larger paintings which were very vibrant and uplifting and buyers were inspired by their optimistic and health giving properties. “I love the idea of layer upon layer in paint, memories and experience. Some paintings have ten or even twenty layers built up and most are in response to my meditation and yoga practice. All are a pure celebration of my external and internal landscape. Juxtaposition of edges and colour combinations excite me.

I use recurring symbols, meaningful to me and sometimes words in my layers, building up and letting go of images as I work.

Sometimes I work in fabric and stitch for even more texture.

I use my intuition, as far as possible, to take me on the journey towards a final balance point. This art practice becomes a metaphor for life”.

 

In January 2016, after a successful exhibition, she took the plunge and rented a studio at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton and since then things have moved apace.

An American Author, Kathy Walsh, admired her work on Instagram and asked her if she would illustrate her next children’s book. “I looked at her previous books on Amazon and saw that she was writing with an aim to promote peace and mindfulness for children”, Clare commented, “so I decided to accept this opportunity and embrace a new genre for me”.

The first two books, “Today An Elephant I Will Be” and “My Mindfulness ABC” are now available and I’m working on the third which will be out in the early part of next year. Kathy and she are planning some events in the U.S.A. next year.

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Another unexpected development has been teaching art workshops in the studio space. I work with small groups to open up creative ideas and build confidence in expression in paint and mixed media. Artists who are experiencing block and adults who feel that they would like to paint creatively but lack confidence have all enjoyed these unusual and enjoyable days.

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Details on the Workshop page

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Some items are in my SHOP (always being updated)- otherwise contact me

A big THANK YOU to all those who have supported me and encouraged along the way. You know who you are, and I couldn’t have kept it up without you.

Gentle Rain2 Clare Wassermann 30 inches square photo Neil Roberts

“Gentle Rain” Acrylic on box canvas 30″ x 30″

 

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Simplifying

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Funnily enough most of my paintings are highly colourful and I love this. However, now that the garden and countryside are full of such verdant colours I find myself almost overwhelmed. I therefore choose to cut back and simplify when I feel like this.

Isn’t this a good idea in life anyway? I love the way art reflects living well sometimes. To me, when the going gets too intense I know that I need to cut back and simplify my whole existence. Look at what I have. Use that. Stop looking for more stuff to acquire or do. Realise that with very little I can achieve a lot. MORE in fact. Constraints beget freedom! We need boundaries to fly.

To this end my palette this week has successfully simply involved Indian ink and white. And two brushes and a sponge. Very satisfying!

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Inside

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Recently I have been working on some landscapes for commissions and I have loved it but over the past few days I have resumed work in my more personal style paintings.

For me it is definitely a visitation with an internal landscape and this image shows an unfinished piece which references the merging with the landscape that happens in a state of utter awareness. Seeing is different to being aware.

I am holding in mind that if we can also put into our surroundings the content of a peaceful, beneveloent and AWARE mind we could change the world for the better. Awareness brings acceptance, tolerance and ultimately peace.

I’ll be finishing this 40″ x 30″ painting this week. It’s a real joy.Internal lanndscape unfinished 2