Studio Update: April 2020

I missed a studio update in March but I had a great reason.  At the end of February, my partner received a job offer that required relocation from Chicago, Illinois to West Palm Beach, Florida.  March was spent preparing for and executing the move.  Thankfully, his new employer included payment for this relocation as part of his job offer so we purged and someone else packed, loaded, and shipped.  We’ve settled into our new home (renting for a while) and he’s going to work daily.  He works in construction, which is an essential business during the corona virus pandemic.

View from the back porch at the old house. Brrr!
View from the back porch at the new house. Yay!

I already worked from home for myself as a Leadership Trainer and Coach, so I just shifted to a new room in a new house.  However, the cross country move in the middle of a shelter-in-place pandemic also shifted my thinking about that business.  The whole reason I wanted to work for myself was to have the freedom to make more art.  And yet, building a business requires a great deal of time.  Art making didn’t go up.  And that hurt my heart.  I’m processing what it is I really want to do with my training and coaching business.  In the meantime, I’m upping my creative making time and I’m back in the studio.

When I’m not in the studio working on my latest textured fiber painting and not working on my coaching business, I’m mapping out a plan to build an art business, as opposed to or in addition to, the coaching business (that’s part of what I’m processing).  I’ve started writing a novel.  I’m developing digital wall art using messages I receive from my meditations.  I’m considering creating wall art from my poetry and from famous poets.  I may offer embroidered pieces with inspirational statements.  I’m absolutely going to create a guided journal to help inspire personal growth.  I’m brainstorming a LOT of art ideas and I’m thinking about how and where I want to offer them for sale.  I’ll keep you posted here and on social media (if we’re not connected on Facebook or Instagram, let’s fix that, OK?)  Links to each are here:

Facebook (Personal)
Facebook (Art Page – Hilary Clark Studios)
Instagram

For now, my big project is my latest textured fiber painting, (Feeling) Isolated.  The other day, I realized my textured fiber painting Feeling series has been built off the empathy hits I get from the Global Human Collective when it’s time to choose a feeling for the next piece.  For example, I made Grief in the first couple months of this year; a feeling that was sitting deep inside the Collective and which has risen to prominence during these #quarantimes.  Now I’m making Isolated (which is a pretty obvious connection 😊).

Isolated – Canvas
(c) Hilary Clark
Isolated – Mono Print
(c) Hilary Clark
Isolated – Progress
(c) Hilary Clark

Watch this space for news about my art business decisions, updates on new work, and musings on living a creative life.

Next up: I’ll continue work on Isolated.  Full reveal expected in May.  And I’ll continue to brainstorm and create other offerings.

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Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling and is based on the empathetic connection I feel to the Global Human Collective.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber to reflect the emotion most prevalent within the Collective at the time the feeling is chosen.

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My art is my work and the majority is for sale.  Please visit my Gallery to view the items for sale.  If you’re interested in purchasing any of my creations, please contact me via this site.

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(Feeling) Grief

When I began creating my Feelings series, I always knew I would need to make Grief.  Not necessarily because I would be feeling grief but rather, because it’s an emotion we all experience at some point.  It’s a feeling of raw pain and anguish in the early days, weeks, and months of a loss, eventually edging back into the corners of the heart, yet occasionally rising in waves of sadness at unexpected moments even years later.

Grief drowns us.  It swallows us down and we let it.  We fight our way to the surface to bargain with our Divinity before sinking again into despair, hiding ourselves away, hoping if we hide long enough, it won’t be true.  Eventually, we float, accepting the truth but still never knowing when another wave will come along and swamp us with our loss.

When I opened my design journal to the next doodle for my series, I knew it was time.  This is Grief, as I imagine it would look if feelings had color and shape and texture.

If you are grieving, this piece is for you.  You are seen and you are loved and the one you’ve lost is always with you.

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Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome.  Please share your thoughts!

Grief (link to poem)

Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500
Grief – Concept doodle
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Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500
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Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500
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Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500
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Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500

Next up: I’m taking a short hiatus from creating any new work — big changes underway in our household (all good!!).  Once things have settled back down, I’ll be back in late April or early May to continue work on my Feelings series.


Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber. 

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My art and my work go hand in hand.  I’m a Leadership Development Trainer & Coach, helping stressed, frantic, frazzled professionals shift from crisis mode to working in harmony so they can learn how to become the leaders they were born to be.  If you’re interested in leadership development training and coaching, please join me over at Harmony Coaching.

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The majority of my work is for sale.  Please visit my Gallery for available work.

Thanks for visiting my studio!

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(Feeling) Dynamic

2019 has been an exciting year, one filled with change and personal growth and adventures, so it seems fitting my final piece for the year is (Feeling) Dynamic.

To feel dynamic means to feel highly energized, productive, influential, and powerful.  It means you put yourself out there to play big, using your charisma to motivate and inspire others.  Let’s make 2020 a dynamic year!

How dynamic are you?

Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome.  Please share your thoughts!

Dynamic (link to poem)

Dynamic ~ December 2019 ~ 36″ x 22″ ~ $2500
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Dynamic ~ December 2019 ~ 36″ x 22″ ~ $2500
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Dynamic ~ December 2019 ~ 36″ x 22″ ~ $2500
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Dynamic ~ December 2019 ~ 36″ x 22″ ~ $2500

Next up: I will continue to work on my Feelings series into 2020.  There are so many feelings to be created out of fiber!

Side note: I fulfilled my goal of six textured fiber paintings for the year.  Yay me!


Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber. 

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My art and my work go hand in hand.  I’m a Leadership Development Trainer & Coach, helping stressed out, frantic, frazzled professionals and the companies who employ them learn how to slow down and speak up, acquiring the skills to lead instead of follow, so everyone can feel like they’ve got their shit together.  I lead them from crisis mode to working in harmony so they can become the leaders they know it’s possible to be.  If you’re interested in leadership development training and coaching, please join me over at Harmony Coaching.

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The majority of my work is for sale.  Please visit my Gallery for available work.

Thanks for visiting my studio!

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(Feeling) Perplexed

Full reveal of my 5th piece for the year!  (Feeling) Perplexed is complete.

When we feel perplexed, it can feel like the world is a puzzle, one where we’re presented with questions and moral quandaries that promote reflection.  Sometimes, like a Zen koan, we may never truly find the answer we seek to end our perplexion, yet we continue to move forward.

What has left you feeling perplexed lately?

Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome.  Please share your thoughts!

Perplexed (link to poem)

Perplexed ~ October 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
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Perplexed ~ October 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
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Perplexed ~ October 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
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Perplexed ~ October 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500

Next up: Work continues on my Feelings series.  I am currently working on my last piece for the year, back in the positive feeling spectrum.


Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber. 

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My art and my work go hand in hand.  I’m a Performance Mindset Coach, helping stressed out, frantic, frazzled professionals slow down and reconnect to their intuition so they can get their shit together.  I’ve walked the road my clients are on.  My method to slow down was through development of a creative practice, which helped me regain my voice and led me to want to serve others in the same way.  If you’re interested in developing (or expanding on) a creative practice as a means to reconnect to your intuition, lose your stress, and improve your professional performance, please join me over at Harmony Coaching.

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The majority of my work is for sale.  Please visit my Gallery for available work.

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(Feeling) Hopeful

Hope is a valuable commodity, in my opinion.  Without it, we often can’t or don’t make our dreams come true.

Action is necessary; dreams don’t come true through hope alone.  However, without hope, we are much more likely to give up when the work is hard.

How do you keep hope alive when you’re working towards your vision?

Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome.  Please share your thoughts!

Hopeful (link to poem)

Hopeful ~ September 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
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Hopeful ~ September 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
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Hopeful ~ September 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
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Hopeful ~ September 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500

Next up: Work continues on my Feelings series.  As I do, I’ll create my next textured fiber painting based on one of the painful feelings.


Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber. 

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