Lori Sokoluk Art

Hi all,

 

My work is featured in this week's Artist Run Website blog post. It's interesting to hear another person's considered commentary on my work.  

 

Even better news: the painting featured topmost in the blog is on it's way to Australia soon! The buyer's commented "I think it's the way [your paintings] operate on both an abstract and real level. ... I love the way you have used the layering to reveal other sets of feelings, colours, worlds. Like glimpsing through layers of onion skin." I really appreciate the thoughtfulness with which he looked at my work, and was able to convey his thoughts clearly and poetically.

 


Who do you talk to about your work? 

Do you feel comfortable talking about your work?  

How do you feel when listening to what others say about it?

Are you open to commentary on in-progress work, or only complete pieces?

 


My blogging has been a bit erratic lately as I'm heads down in the studio working on new paintings for the Azo Gold show at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery April 2-26th. 

 

The opening is Saturday April 4th from 4-6pm.

There will be artist talks/demos every Saturday and Sunday except Easter Sunday April 5th. I'll be at the gallery Sat Apr 4 for the opening, Sun April 12, Sat April 25, and Sun April 26th. Hope you can make it up to the Sunshine Coast to see the show!

 

Do you need a deadline to be productive? If deadlines cause you stress, how do you deal with them?  


Making art teaches us many things. They may not be easily quantifiable, but this poster captures a number of them (seen at 4 Cats Art Studio in West Vancouver).



Happy art-making!



Here's the latest painting to come off the easel. It's called Ancestors and is part of the "Precious Things Hidden In The Earth" series I'm exhibiting at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery in April with the Art Azo Group.


Ancestors  (12" x 12" acrylic and metallic leaf on wood panel)

 

This piece evokes several themes that run through the series: caves, gold leaf, bones, and shape-shifting visits and/or messangers from my ancestors.

 

The three bones looked like an I Ching anagram, and I was delighted by the synchronicity of its meaning:  Ch'ien >  Heaven - Yang - Force - a Dragon

"Denotes a spirit that lives in both the heavens and the waters. It is a dynamic, timeless shape shifter with creative power and force."


People frequently tell me that they love to see where a creative person creates. First Saturday Open Studios is a great opportunity to visit me, and other artists, in our studios. This month, First Saturdays is expanding to New Westminster!



The list of participating artists changes each month, so check out the website to see who is open and what kind of work you might see. 
Drop by to have a chat and see what we're up to. My studio will be open Sat Feb 7th from noon-5pm. I'll be working on new paintings for a show in April at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery as part of the Art Azo Group


 

 

I've been thinking about the opposing/complimentary activities of looking at art and making art. What's your pattern of looking and making art?

 

  • Do you lock yourself away in the studio, you and your creations only emerging when complete?
  • Do you troll through galleries, books, and online videos but have difficulty putting in the time at your own easel? 

I find I go in cycles of looking at other people’s art and focusing on my own. I might go for several months not looking much at other artists’ work. Then I'll go see a lot of art, but perhaps not make as much. 

 

For me, there are four distinct activities that directly contribute to my art practice:

 

1. Looking at art:

Over the past ten months, I’ve looked at a lot of art. Seeing shows at galleries in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal has amped up my excitement and also my goal to increase depth of content and mastery of execution in my work.

 

2. Looking and talking about art:

I’ve also done a number of studio visits. It’s great to talk with other artists about creative process, materials, challenges, and inspiration. It can also be deeply beneficial to look at and talk about art with someone who is interested but doesn't produce art or who makes art that is different from my own.

 

3. "Filling the Well":

Sometimes the looking is focused on ‘filling the well’ (from Julia Cameron's "The Artists Way") and building up ideas and information for upcoming series rather than looking at finished artwork. I walk and look at whatever catches my eye. I read. I play/ride my bike/feel the wind on my face. I meditate. Visual, intellectual, physical, and spiritual experiences all provide fodder and support for making my art.

 

4. Making art:

I’ve also been spending a lot of time at the studio since late summer. I'm currently hard at work, completing pieces for an upcoming show. I'm also working on proposals, and doing some exploratory work to approach the next series.

 

It seems that my cycle is shifting to a shorter frequency, iterating back and forth between these activities. I know I’m excited and inspired and living in the world of art in some way pretty much every day. Yeah for that!



"Certainly for artists of all stripes, the unknown, the idea or the form or the tale that has not yet arrived, is what must be found. It is the job of artists to open doors and invite in prophesies, the unknown, the unfamiliar; it’s where their work comes from, although its arrival signals the beginning of the long disciplined process of making it their own. Scientists too, as J. Robert Oppenheimer once remarked, “live always at the ‘edge of mystery’ — the boundary of the unknown.” But they transform the unknown into the known, haul it in like fishermen; artists get you out into that dark sea."

 

This from the introduction to Rebecca Solnit's book "A Field Guide to Getting Lost". It sounds like something I definitely want to read. I also love the titles of some of her other books: "The Faraway Nearby", "Hope In The Dark", "River of Shadows"...)

 

When you paint, do you have a plan and know pretty exactly where you want to end up? Or (like me), is the process of exploration the most exciting thing?

 

I'll be doing a free demo on my playful, exploratory process on Sunday January 25th. Please call to register and reserve your seat!


Over the last couple of weeks, I've had opportunity to walk in the woods, and have been reminded that nature creates such beauty! 



Who isn't inspired by what we see around us?  It may be a panorama or scene that is stunningly, conventionally beautiful that you want to capture.

 

But I've been zooming in on things like this pattern of ice and branches at Rice Lake near Vancouver. I get excited about abstract compositions, color combinations, and emotional ideas. In the studio, I'm in the middle of a painting series that is focused on something completely different, so we'll have to wait a bit to see what might be inspired by these images!

 


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