An Evening on Adams Street

An Evening on Adams Street

I’m on a big artistic adventure this year and I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been doing enough to document it. With that said, I’m going to attempt to backlog but rather just let you know where I’m at now and keep moving forward. There are just a few things that will be helpful to know as I share stories of my daily life.

1) Last August, I packed up and moved from St. Paul, MN to Chicago, IL.
2) The intention behind this change is for me to explore and expand my art experiences.
3) The last six months have been filled with ups and downs but more importantly, life lessons.

So, here I am, working and living in one of America’s greatest cities. It’s an incredible place for artists – full of opportunities to expose yourself to all realms of art and to feel inspired. Back in the Twin Cities, I used to walk around the city streets to kick start my imagination. I have brought this sense of curiosity with me onto the much busier and much bigger streets of Chicago. Often, I find myself looking around, above and below me for ideas. If you’re an artist and you’re reading this, you may understand what I mean when I say that I make observations and store them for later inspiration. I make note of the shapes of the buildings against the sky, the perspective of the sidewalks as they disappear down the street and the contrast between man-made color schemes juxtaposed against a beautiful sky.

Moments, however, are ephemeral and I am working to capture them with more discipline. Like this photo I took last night. I was walking in the hustle of the 5 o’clock PM commuters as they trekked towards Union Station with thoughts of home. Just as I glanced to my right, I was struck by the brilliant colors of this scene in the evening dusk – warm tones on a cool evening. Cerulean and brick red, a combination I don’t usually observe. Despite the flow of the crowd, I stopped, set the frame and clicked my iPhone so I could return to this image when I needed. Yes, some people may have wondered what I was photographing but more likely, no one noticed or no one cared. Simple as that. I slid my phone back into my jacket pocket and trudged ahead in step with the others.

I hope you will stay with me and follow along as I share my mini inspirations and painting progress. I am happy to be on this adventure. Every day here is worthwhile for my growth as an artist and a person in this world.

Be well. Do well. Make something beautiful.

Art at Work: Multitasking and creativity (and why I sound like a crazy old lady today)

Great insight for those with creative aspirations and long to-do lists.

Be well. Do well. Make something beautiful.

multi-tasking

Ok, short story:  I have fairly big art show coming up in oh, like, a month!   I’m not freaking out (yet), but I am working very, very hard to get all the artwork completed and a full collection of jewelry ready.

So, Friday, I’m in the studio, my girls are napping, my table is covered in work, I am instagraming photos to keep people informed and excited, sending out a tweet or two, reading emails as they pop-up on my phone, thinking through replies in my head, checking facebook, drinking coffee, switching art projects constantly… and listening to NPR.
This is a totally, totally normal afternoon for me.

There was an interview on NPR with Clifford Nass.  He has studied the affects multitasking has on people, and especially on their creativity.

Well that got my attention real quick.

Wait, aren’t creative people wired to be amazing multitaskers? 

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to mothers and lovers

Today is an exceptional day in history and in life. After a weekend filled with celebrations of loved ones, I turn to the Minnesota State Senate with applause in passing the bill for same-sex marriage. Incredible. To think that just a few months ago, a marriage amendment was threatening to close this opportunity and choice to thousands of people in my state. 

Today, furthermore, I want to send a special message to the mothers of the world. Yes, we said our, “I love you’s” yesterday, but cannot be confined to just 24-hours. Let your mother truly know that you care by continuing the gestures of gratitude. I am going to make an extra effort from here on out (yes, my mom will read this and hold me to it) to call, send cards, texts or other small gifts to bring her into my daily life more fully – to share the tiny joys and great changes that come with a mid-20-year-old’s life. This will make all the difference.

Therefore, with the mothers and lovers of the world, I send out my best. Thank you for all that you do and thank you for being exactly who you are. It is inspiring to live in a progressive community where individuals are doing what they need to make change. We have been given this life by our mothers and it is only best to honor them. As an artists, I look to the strength of my neighbors to join me in breathing beauty into our streets. Me? I add hope through my art. You? You have talents that fill desperate spaces in our world. Cheers to you!

Be well. Do well. Make something beautiful. 

creative juices

 

 

 

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The spring sunshine is shining in my windows as my to-do list is growing. It’s becoming more challenging to stay inside and be productive with my paintings as summer approaches. To bring a little freshness into my studio, I decided this week to make full use of my juicer.

Yesterday morning, I purchased carrots, apples, pears, mint, beet, strawberries and cucumbers for this project. It’s a wonderful, quick way to get nutrients for your body without the mess of cooking a large meal. I’ve done a little research on juicing, recipes, pros/cons and here’s the health basics.  

The recipe I used today included: 1 beet, 2 apples, 1 celery stalk, 1/2 grapefruit, 3 strawberries, a little mint and spinach. 

Over the months, I learned how balance in flavor is achieved with a balance of fruits vs. veggies and adding bits of mint or ginger. I also get ideas for juices from Pressed Juicery

Juicing helps me to feel refreshed and energized. If you have a juicer, please share your recipes! It’s going to be a great summer in my studio. 

Be well. Do well. Make something beautiful. 

covet consign & design

I went into Covet yesterday for a meeting with the owner, Christy. It was a lovely consignment and framing shop in Minneapolis filled with eclectic collections of furniture and art.  Our meeting was brief but pleasant.

I’ve been invited to show my art in this space for the Second Thursdays event in June. This meeting was a chance for us to meet face-to-face and for me to show her examples of my paintings. She approved my proposed paintings and encouraged me to make more over the next month so we can fill the wall. We discussed the logistics and deadlines about installation and opening night. I’m thrilled to be working with her and to exhibit my paintings in the quaint shop. Here’s my list of to-do’s.

Paint: 

– 1-2 triptych, abstract cities (12″ x 36″)

– 8-10 petite paintings (6″x6″ and 8″x8″)

– 2 more abstract cities (18″ x 24″) 

It’s a long list, in addition to two commissions I’m currently working on for friends. Time to buckle-in at my easel and get to work! 

Be well. Do well. Make something beautiful. 

 

 

on a snowy earth day…

There’s nothing like a little snow on Earth Day to shake up my spring fever. Whether Minnesotans like it or not, the snow is relentless and will impact our routines, our plans, even our safe roads. But this dosen’t mean that it is a terrible thing. In fact, I believe severe weather is a good reminder of our relationship as humans to our Mother Earth. She is powerful and beautiful and demands respect. What great timing for the intersection of world holiday and a local spring storm.

Over the past month, I’ve been working a new painting series originally titled “Schemes.” As I develop the paintings, I have considered the idea of no-waste-art. This inspiration came from learning about Garbage Patch. After creating the first round of “Schemes,” I infused these ideas into the second set of paintings and am working towards becoming a low-waste artist. To begin, I use the dried paint from past paintings to add texture into new paintings. After that, I have decided to incorporate the packaging from my paints and canvases as additional texture. I have goals to take this further. Throughout this process, I think about being a zero-waste and I wonder if I can actually accomplish this as an artist.

“Schemes” is now maturing into a series with a deeper purpose – to show how an artist can take small steps to enhance social consciousness with her work, specifically regarding environmental issues.  These are not paintings about “going green.” These are statements about our interactions with unblemished spaces and how we leave traces of non-biodegradable waste. I’ll post images soon! Happy Earth day everyone!

Be green. Do well. Make something beautiful.

what i wish i had known when i was starting as an artist

what i wish i had known when i was starting as an artist

This week has been busy for me and I am just posted my “Monday” blog. As I was driving to work yesterday, I heard this discussion on the radio. It’s great for emerging artists, like me. I hope you enjoy.

 

Be well. Do well. Make something beautiful. 

a close-up

Here’s a small close-up of Three of Thousands. I appreciate this perspective on my paintings because it captures the texture of the surface. 

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And…the entire triptych! 

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These paintings are for sale. If you’re interested, please contact me: aihejny@gmail.com

wunderkammer – “wonder chamber”

wunderkammer - “wonder chamber”

Schemes No. 5
acrylic on canvas
6″ x 6″
2013

“Schemes No. 5″ is just one of eight paintings that I made this last week. It’s a study on color schemes and texture. I reuse dried paint, which I scrap off my my glass palette. Mixing it with gel mediums, I can place the old paint on top of the painted canvas and it sticks like a glue. I love working these textured clumps into strokes of movement and intensity. To complete these paintings, I work to paint layers of colors over the textured areas, blending it with the canvas surface.

Playing with warms, cools, complementary, analogous and triad schemes, these petite paintings are lovely as a stand alone composition or accompanied with others. All eight, as well as new 8″ x 8” paintings, will be for sale in the next month at Wunderkammer in Robbinsdale, MN.

Please offer your comments or thoughts on this painting. I enjoy feedback! Also, in you’re in the area, come and visit Wunderkammer. It’s a fresh, beautiful shop for artists in the community. Everyone is welcome and the store-owner is wonderful. If you don’t live in my corner of the world, keep your eyes peeled for online sales of these paintings: http://wonderroomart.com/

Be well. Do well. Make something beautiful.

vote for my art

Hi everyone!

I need your help – I’m in an art crawl at 50th & France in Minneapolis and could win the People’s Choice award.

By taking just 1 minute and clicking the link below, you are supporting me as a local artist. And your vote counts. It’s been a great learning experience working for this art crawl. I’ve developed my artist statement, learned how the public responds to me and my art, as well as practiced pursuing an idea that inspires me. Overall, I’ve grown immensely and am appreciative of that.

Now, with a little competition, I think it’d be great to show the world (or a small corner of MN) that I am a talented, emerging, female artist.

VOTE HERE

You can vote once, every day, until 3/25/13. Please vote. I am humbly grateful for your support.

Here’s information about the paintings:

Three of Thousands (2013)
acrylic on canvas
12” x 36” each

Just as Gather offers gifts that tell a story, Three of Thousands is a close-to-home tale of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Representing an abstract cross-section of Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles and Lake Harriet, respectively, this triptych tells our story of how integral lakes are to the Minnesota culture. With both educational and aesthetic intentions, each panel was created proportionally to the deepest depths of each of the three lakes: 89’, 31’ 82’ (www.minneapolisparks.org).

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