Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Painting: "Slow and Steady" Donated to Hope For Creativity Art Auction


Hope for Creativity is a non-profit organization for which I was invited to create a painting. This organization provides art supplies to homeless children between the ages of two and eighteen. A former student of mine became involved with this organization as part of her community service requirement for her confirmation this year and she asked me if I would donate my time and talents. I was, of course, delighted to oblige because I think she is a great young lady and this is a terrific cause.

There are so many charitable groups that provide some sort of aide to homeless families and kids, but I like that this group provides art supplies because when times are tough art making can be an excellent outlet for our emotions. Giving kids the means to express themselves through art is just so wonderful. And I remember how awesome it always was to get new art supplies growing up -- perfect Crayola crayons and plump and juicy markers -- so I am happy to support this great cause that gives kids that otherwise may not get new art supplies that same sense of joy!

For this art auction, Hope for Creativity provided participating artists with an unfinished wood painter's palette. The theme was Hope. Create. Inspire. Three very important words indeed! For the piece I made I did not want to take a literal approach, although I did consider it at first. Instead of actually incorporating the text into the painting, which I thought of doing as a fortune cookie message, I wanted to contemplate the meaning of the words. To me hope is about not giving in, keeping steady, and forging onward. I thought of the tortoise and the hare and the saying "Slow and steady wins the race." For my piece I arranged a simple set up with a turtle figurine that my mother brought me from a Native American pow wow. This turtle would embody that message of hope. A major component of hope for me lately has been understanding that life is a journey and that eventually you'll make it through. This has become my personal mantra, especially as I continue to hope for a teaching position in my own classroom.

And from this seed of hope, "Slow and Steady" was conceived. "Slow and Steady" becomes available for auction beginning on October 1st and ending on October 12th, with the auction wrap party in Wakefield, MA. For more information about this event, to buy tickets to the party, or to learn more about Hope for Creativity visit:

Here is the painting "Slow and Steady" that has been donated to this worthy cause:

Eek! My Quilled Paper Designs At Visionspace Gallery

So I am taking a break from substitute teaching, which means there may be fewer posts about art lessons in the coming months.

I needed a more reliable income. After looking for work all summer, I am now an office manager at a music school. I am still looking for a full time teaching gig, though. And in the meantime I am finding new doors opening up in terms of my own creative work.

One of those doors opened about a month ago when I was approached by a fellow alum from art school and asked if I'd be interested in showing my quilled designs at a local gallery that he is involved with.  I was a.) surprised since I hadn't thought many people would want to see them, b.) nervous because I wasn't sure what people would think about them, and c.) excited because I am eager to get some feedback.

And now, two of my quilled pieces that have previously appeared on this blog will be making their real world debut at Visionspace Gallery. Here is the postcard image for the opening -- which is October 5th!

And the two pieces being shown, in case you are wondering, are:

Rotational Motif # 4 Copyright Margaurita Spear, 2011

Rotational Motif #6 Copyright Margaurita Spear 2012