In The Moment ~

In The Moment ~

My ink and watercolor is finally complete and will soon be on its way to Orlando, Florida for the 4th Twitter Art Exhibit. Proceeds from the sale of artwork for this show will benefit The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes, a nonprofit (501)©3 organization dedicated to dance education and outreach. As always, there is much of me within the lines and washes of watercolor of my work… this piece is a true reflection of a lovely moment in time.

Always an honor to have my art hang on the wall amidst such talented artists, many of whom are dear friends. Warm thanks as always to David Sandum, the founder of the TAE and to all those behind the scenes who work tirelessly to ensure the exhibit is a success. It has been a pleasure to donate my art over the years and to watch the exhibit evolve into such a fantastic international collective.

I invite you to read more about the exhibit here, to follow along on twitter and, if you haven’t done so already,  to create a work of art to be included in the exhibition. The deadline for art submission is February 24, 2014… More details on the Call For Artists page.

In The Moment, Original Ink and Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel

I Just Need a Moment ~

I Just Need a Moment ~

“As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.” ~ John Steinbeck

Painted a couple of years ago and intended as a quick study…a loose play of graphite line and a splash of watercolor on paper, a moment was all it took to capture the essence of what I was feeling. The camera wasn’t so lucky….paper saturated, buckled, like my knees and so you’ll simply have to imagine it more cleanly than the shadowy image actually presents here.

The night I painted this, I fell asleep with still images of this painting scrolling through my mind. I saw this piece and others like it, large…larger than anything I have ever painted before. A big canvas, with her colors splashed and dripping and flowing. It’s been years since I’ve painted with acrylics or oils, but I can’t help but feel like this was a clear sign leading the way…time will tell. Anyone who knows me well knows that I tend to shy away from clearly marked paths. Sometimes, it’s hard to be me.

*I just need a moment…*

I have uttered this phrase often in my real world life…significant, those 5 words, when spoken. Please let me catch my breath, refocus my mind, regain clarity, pause….or…float;) a while in peace. We all have these moments, they are not mine alone. Universal, I believe, the overwhelming need to occasionally lay down in the clay… let your colors drip and flow and let the earth absorb your raw emotion and cradle you, for just a moment…or two.

Original Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel

You’re Within Me

You're Within Me

My instinct is to retreat, hide, fold in upon myself, blend…

Instead…I push forward, focus and don’t second guess myself or the pen/brush in hand which seems to instinctively know the lines.

And although I know it comes from within, the feeling is one of absorbing from all that is around me.

So I pull from you…absorb your emotions and your energy….and surrender to the moment. ~

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I remember feeling so vulnerable. Although my work had been in retail and wholesale markets for many years, I had not shared my private art collection art in such a directly candid way before (post, share, hold your breath, discuss;)

Time has passed and yet the process of sharing my work here like this still requires me to take a deep breath. But maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

These, my thoughts. ~

You’re Within Me
Watercolor and Ink
©Michelle Rummel