Thursday, July 23, 2009

OK...My Favorite Pieces ...




I want to THANK EVERYONE who played along with my 'Questions Post' ...what fun that was...hope more come in and answer at some point....I think everyone here wants to hear your answers.
Anyway...I don't really have 'ONE' ...sorry...have to choose 3....for 3 different reasons.

At one time I did portraits...in both oil and Pastel (above) ...

1.) The Lady 'Hull House Worker' was an emotional piece for me... I saw a old turn of the century photograph and read about 'Hull House' I love this piece because of the power...but also the power was there enough for others to see because I was asked by a National Woman Organization who were having a Convention in Las Vegas in 1973 (where I was living at the time) to Show this piece and talk about it in front of thousands of women and men... on a stage no less. This was my very first time to be on a stage, talk to that many people and display my art to so many at one time.... WOW...to say it was life changing is putting it VERY mildly...my life and direction started to change that day...I still own the piece... sorry for the bad 'glare' picture.


2.) 'Buck'.... was the first piece that I created when Richard and I were together (1975)...In the evenings , he would sit at his table and draw and paint lovely Ghost Town buildings ... I would sit at my easel on the other side of our VERY small apt. living room and pastel paint. We listened to our records, drank coffee and enjoy 'our space' ...I remember the air being filled with creative energy...those were happy memory times...we still own Buck, hanging on our living room wall.


3.) Richard and I differ on our favorite doll...this was mine. Maria Martinez... the famous Native American Potter from New Mexico. I did my first real in depth research on her before starting...buying several books and knowing as much about her as I could. We were living in Phoenix and the Southwest 'spell' was upon us BIG TIME! This was just one of those pieces that from start to finish we were hitting on all cylinders ...it flowed with such ease and enjoyment...I hated to stop at night and could hardly wait to start in the morning...I cried often while making it (always my own personal sign that I am in tune with what I am creating) ...and wept uncontrollably when finished. And as a 'surprise' at the ending ...Richard made the special little 'Bird Pitcher ' and placed it in the scene...I knew nothing about this... the reason it meant so much...I have the 'Original Pot' in our collection...that my Uncle got from Maria Martinez in the 40's ....Richard recreated it perfectly!! I LOVED this piece.... sadly, it is gone from our life...living with Demi Moore... the only things that makes me feel not so sad about this piece being gone...is that I know she loved it as much as I did/do!


So those are my favs.... for very different reasons.

Art is a glorious thing...it figures out ways of touching our hearts and fortifying our souls in such a manner that carefully molds our journey in life...it gives us a voice that is heard by many and allows us freedom in what we speak...



Have a Terrific Tuesday

Jodi

20 comments:

Patty Benedict said...

Jodi
Your Talent is amazing!!!!!
Thank you for sharing your favorite pieces!
Bugs & hisses
patty

Ara said...

I have read about a book on the Hull house as well and I was also touched. Your art is so beautiful and detailed.... I can really see the love put into each peice. And its amazing that you know exactly where your art has gone as well and that its in a home being cared for.

I didn't comment on the last post but I believe my favorite peice of art is still unfinished hanging on my wall. It was a painting I started based off the Angels gaurding the doors of a chapel in Orvieto, Italy... It has great spiritual significance to me... but it is still unfinished (I hung it up anyway :) -ara

Marie S said...

Jodi this is beautiful and romantic, thank you for sharing your story and your faves. It has moved me. And your portraits are just gorgeous, you are so very talented my friend, so very very talented.
Love and hugs.

Kim said...

I love that you shared your favorites and reasons also! The Lady Hull House Worker is a very moving picture- I can see why you include it in your favorites. This was a great post- I have really enjoyed reading everyone's answers. Thank you Jodi!

Designs By CK said...

Can you say ONE word...FABULOUS!!!

XOXO

mE :-))

Lorell said...

Jodi, your talent is awe-inspiring! I've loved your work for many years now and it never fails to take my breath away.
Also, thankyou for the lovely comment you left on my blog....I am honored to have you following it!
Big hugs,
Lorell

Diane MacNaughtan said...

Beautiful work!

~Diane

Bearly Sane said...

I see your passion!

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

I learned about Maria Martinez while visiting Bandolier National Park when I lived in Albuquerque.

Your representation of her is simply amazing.

Designs By CK said...

Popping in to say hello & wish you a wonderful weekend!

Chris :-)

Creager Studios said...

Big Hugs Patty....
Thank you so much for the kind words...

Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Hi Ara...

Cool that you read about Hull House... they said it was a hard life as well as such a worthwhile mission...

I like that you hang unfinished on your wall... so much better than hiding away until finished... art in whatever state...needs to be seen...

Hugs,
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Oh Marie...you made my evening...thank you so much for saying such sweet things..

I think actually that art is very romantic... I mean after all...we all fall in love with it over and over...right!

Hugs,
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Hi Kim...

Thank You so much...and thanks too for sharing your thoughts...

Big Hugs,
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

That is the word that comes to mind when I see your art Chris...thanks so much...

Hugs,
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Hi Lorell...

Your work is so wonderful full of emotion and compassion , I am honored to follow...
Thank You for your very kind words...
Hugs,
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Hi Diane...

Thank You sooo much...

Have a Simply Beautiful Weekend...

Hugs,
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Hi Sandi... that is a truly wonderful thing to say... through passions eyes the vision will be clear...

Hugs,
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Hi Robin...

To this day I have such a connestion with Maria Martinez... a truly dedicated artist ...who I feel totally honored to have created in my own way...

Her power will live on...that is the one true thing any artist can hope for...

Hugs,
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Hi Chris...The very same to you my friend......

We plan to relax...bring the stress level down to a purr...from a roar!

Hugs,
Jodi