Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Distractions distractions..

Summer presents it's own kind of distraction doesn't it? Finally everything is green,verdant,lush and alive again. We had a very long and arduous winter here in South Western  Ontario  and I was conscious of how many days my dear outdoor critters had to endure in their little cabins. So to witness the piggies munching on grass and stretching their short legs..the goats jumping,  and butting each other once more and the chickens taking luxurious dirt baths while merrily searching for bugs-well it all makes my heart a little lighter! I push myself in to my studio in town to center my creative self again and hunker down to some work

-but it is oh so difficult to leave this place on a sunny day with such  small window of glorious outdoor moments!

Roller Derby is yet another distraction! I am trying to devote 3 to 4 times a week to practice to work towards passing my minimum skills test to scrimmage etc with the team . This is a daunting proposition as  I am trying to build endurance and skills on quad skates which require a fair bit of athleticism. It does  offer me something so different than the rest of my life however and an outlet which has been amazing and gratifying  at the same time in more ways than I can express..

I have been asked to do a speak at the local Art Gallery in a week or so about balancing life,work and art..and it feels a bit hypocritical right now and ironic because it feels like the plates are spinning on my head and the occasional one spirals out to smash on the ground-but I have come to the conclusion that maybe that's just me ..and what I need to do to keep my energy flow ..and sanity  (lol)







However I must still make art. That is a big must. Currently I am working on a new video/class for the Trodden Path called "Adventures in Creativity" . I felt it would be fun to share my techniques for breaking loose with collage journalling and how it contributes to a kind of artistic stream of consciousness form of expression when  I am stuck or don't have space to work big.  I don't use pre made collage elements,stamping in my art -and thought it might be interesting for others to learn about my process -and how to construct a simple altered book also .
More to come!:-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfmzrZn7uY0



Saturday, July 5, 2014

A short and sweet offer..and a birthday wish!

Hello and Happy July 4th to my American neighbors ! I am offering a short and sweet offer of free shipping in my Etsy shop until July 7th
simply use coupon code maudjulyfour to take advantage of this offer :-)


 https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MaudstarrArt



Monday, May 5, 2014

Thanks for the Love!

I am very proud and humbled to be featured in Somerset Studio magazine this May/June edition.

My daughter purchased a copy in Toronto and I have yet to see it (purchasing such a lovely publication in small town Ontario is daunting!) but the writer RicĂ« Freeman-Zachery who interviewed me offered a preview and I was delighted  to read how she wove her words together to create a very accurate profile of who I am as an artist..and a person! I use to read this publication and other Stampington publications in



early days of my stumbling magically into collage/mixed media work ..!

I feel blessed to be part of this journey thus far..and grateful to all the other artists and patrons out there who have bolstered me and offered encouraging feedback and kinship along the way!

 http://stampington.com/Somerset-Studio-May-Jun-2014
 take a peek..