Wednesday, June 3, 2020

My Little Part


Hi friends.  Words are failing me these days.  There's so much hurt going on, it all seems rather overwhelming.  I don't have the words.  All I know to do is move my hands.  That's how I cope and find a way forward.....by working it out through scribbling or cutting or painting. Lately, it's also included digging in the dirt and moving plants around, much to their dismay. 

 So I'll just keep doing that.  And I'm going to try to keep my heart open.  And listen more.  We can all be better at this human stuff...including and especially me.  I've given myself the goal of reaching out to at least one person I care about each day.  Let them know they matter and I'm glad they are here.  Sometimes with a text, maybe a note, flowers, I don't know.  I'm going to TRY to put some good shit out there everyday because God knows we need it right now.  Sending you love, Dori


Monday, May 18, 2020

Trio of Abstracts


Good morning pals!!!  Happy Monday!  Another week on the way!  What are you up to?  Here at the casa, the hubby and I are tackling little home projects here and there.  For me, more planting, weeding and mulching in one of our back retaining walls.  For him, cleaning out a long neglected closet so that I may expand my art storage in the office!  Hooray!  Nothing is done, and everything is halfway completed.  But we are making progress.  That counts for something, right? With the cool weather, we will likely work on it a bit here and there throughout the week.  This afternoon is going to be a FULL ON STUDIO DAY for me.  I'm itching to get my hands in some paint again, and I have a couple of special orders to complete.

Just thought I'd pop in and show you this trio.  I actually created the paintings a few weeks ago, and then found myself at a loss of what to do with them.  So they floundered and hung around the studio for a while before I figured it out!  


They measure 6"x6" and are done on this FABULOUS handmade paper I found when we were in Paris last year.  Heavy, textured, gorgeous cotton paper with a deckled edge.  I finally figured out, while perusing my frame collection, that I could mount the little paintings on a larger board (8"x8") and pop them into these graphic black frames I had on hand.  Bingo!  


The black frame is just what they needed to become cohesive, and to "pop", as they say in the biz. 
I listed them over the weekend, and they found their forever home....all three together!  Feeling so happy!  I mailed them off this morning. 



Some of these closeups give you an idea of the heavy texture in the paper, which I find so yummy!!!
Now the trick will be to avoid treating this paper as "precious" and just get back to slapping paint on a few new pieces!  Onward!  Have a wonderful week, friends!  

Oh, I almost forgot, I received official word this morning that Artfest Midwest in Des Moines has been cancelled due to covid19.  It's the right choice...the safe choice....but I know it was a tough choice.  I will miss seeing my Des Moines friends!!  But I look forward to seeing you next year!  Cheers, and make it a great day!  -Dori





Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Journal Spread Sharing on Hump Day


Good morning friends!  Happy Hump Day!  Has it been chilly where you are lately?  Here in Iowa, the nights have still been dipping down into the 30's and 40's.  I actually had to cover the flowers at the end of last week, due to a frost warning.  I'm hoping we are "over the hump" now.  I've still been working on planting/moving plants/weeding.  I try to do a little each day so it's not so exhausting and infuriating.....ha!!!  Today, I'll be picking up some dirt from a neighbor and filling in a shady bed that has eroded over time.  I'm still staying fairly busy in the studio, with some special orders, etc.  

Today I thought I'd share some pics of a journal spread I did a couple of weeks ago.  This is an old altered book....a discarded library book, picked up really cheap at a sale.  As you can see, I love me some color, and mark making!  Hope you have a wonderful day, and fabulous finish to your week.
Cheers, Dori






Monday, May 11, 2020

Teeny Tiny Itty Bitty Flower Paintings and other Distractions


Good morning kids!  How can we be nearly halfway through May already?  It just doesn't seem possible.  The weeks have been flying by, yet also feel 6 months long.  Definitely strange times we are living in.  How are you???  Are you sick of people asking that?  It's kind of my go to greeting in texts/emails/correspondence these days....I genuinely am curious, but don't blame you if you are sick of answering that question!  Ha!  I do hope you are hanging in there.  I guess right now, it's all about putting one foot in front of the other.....rinse....and repeat.  

To all the mamas....Happy Day after Mother's Day!!!! I hope it was grand, and you were spoiled!  I had a brief visit with my kiddos...the hubby made breakfast, and I may or may not have consumed a couple of glasses of champagne.  Feeling blessed, for sure.

About a week ago, my hubby and I took a lovely drive to Storm Lake to pick up the paintings from the Burn Bright show at Witter Gallery.  I am so grateful for that opportunity!!!  Cindy and the gang there made the most of a strange situation....that being, an exhibition during a pandemic.  They helped me promote it online with great photos, projects and videos, and I'm happy to report that several pieces were sold.  I loved working with them...they are good people.  



With that behind me, I've been focusing on other projects here at home.  I've been digging around in some flower beds, moving things around, and tackling a few more long overdue improvements around the house....like painting the front door, and giving the back patio steps a fresh coat of paint.  I thought I'd pop in today with a burst of color, and show you the itty bitty teeny tiny flower bouquets I made recently.  I can't even tell you how much fun they were to do!  SO MUCH FUN!  These baby canvases measure 2" x 4".  Can you even stand it? These were snapped up in my Etsy shop....but I'll definitely make more.  Flowers continue to inspire me in my work...it's hard to imagine ever stopping.  So I'll keep going.  Okay?  Okay.  

Happy Monday, peeps!  Keep putting that good shit out into the world.  We need it.  XOXO. -Dori

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Update on Burn Bright Exhibit in Storm Lake


Hello friends!!!!  It's been a while since I've checked in....just wanted to post a quick update about the Burn Bright exhibit happening at Witter Gallery in Storm Lake:  just like everyone else, they are taking proper precautions and closing for now.  Which means our meet and greet scheduled for today is also postponed/cancelled.  We are going to take this week by week, and see how things go.  The paintings will likely be up a little longer than originally planned, and I'll be sharing pics of the show on social media as the days go by. 

BIG THANK YOU to Cindy and the folks at Witter Gallery for being so supportive and positive in this time of uncertainty.  We are gonna make it, friends!!!  Take good care of each other, and hopefully I'll see you again soon!  Cheers!  -Dori

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

"Burn Bright". An upcoming exhibit!


Hey pals! I'm super chuffed to share that I'm working on a new body of work that will go on display in March at Witter Gallery in Storm Lake, Iowa. "Burn Bright" is a collection of mixed media paintings that will feature loads of color, texture and text, gleaning inspiration from strong, bad ass women of the past and present. I'll be sharing little glimpses of my works in progress leading up to the show. Feel free to follow along here, on my blog, on Instagram: @patrickdori and on Facebook: Dori Patrick Art. And I hope you are able to join us for the meet and greet on March 21st! Cheers!!!!