Thursday, February 20, 2014

Folds and Patterns

I'm not sure yet where my thoughts are wandering around painting. But they've been wandering. I am just shy of half-way through 56 paintings for Harwood Art Center's Harvest project.

Completing so many small paintings in such a short time has challenged me on so many levels: concentration, interest, time management. How to sustain enthusiasm, quality, and interest.  Here's an image of my slowly growing wall of meditations.





In between, my thoughts drift back to patterns and folds. Last year (2013), I visited the Annie Leibovitz exhibition, Pilgrimage. I was captivated by the intimacy of the images of artifacts, clothing, instruments of the individuals she studied. In particular, her photograph of Georgia O'Keeffe's bed at her home and studio in Abiquiu

(c) Annie Leibovitz. Georgia O'Keeffe's Bed in Abiquiu.













 


I've been thinking of beds and folds and patterns. And the traces that are left and what they tell us.

Jill Christian, Bed Feb 20

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Twist on a Valentine's Day Singles Auction: Singles+Art

"Pink Painting", 2009. Acrylic on paper (framed), 23"x22"


I’ve paired one of my paintings with one of these fantastic singles!  Don’t sit at home on Valentine’s Day -- Come on out to ArtBar for an evening of fun and a singles + art auction supporting New Mexico AIDS Services and Progress Now New Mexico.  See the ArtBar posting for details on the event and how to purchase tickets.

ArtBar is getting rid of the nasty little COUPLES tradition that Valentine's Day is - Feb 14th 2014 @ 8pm come be part of an Art/Singles Auction - buy art, it comes with a date, or vice versa! Food and "some" drink included with purchase of ticket - more available night of the event of course!

Local celebs, artists, and hardworking guys and gals up for auction - nice art to go along with em!!!! It's gonna be a good ol' non-traditional night. Some of our singles include: Hakim Bellamy, Shastyn Friedman, Sera Miles, Hillary Frost aka DJ ILL Audia, Kelly Fernandez of Paris A Go Go, and so many more!

Local artisans include: Tattoo Artists from Archetype Dermagraphic, Christian Gallegos, Cloudface, and again, so many more!

A portion of the proceeds from this amazing and fun night will go to benefit NM Aids Services; this event is made possible through a partnership with Progress Now New Mexico, ArtBar by Catalyst Club, and NM Aids Services.

For more information, visit ArtBar by Catalyst Club's FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArtBarByCatalystClub

Purchase tickets at Hold My Ticket: http://holdmyticket.com/#/e/163619

 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Amethyst Arsenic Online Poetry Journal

http://www.amethystarsenic.com/
I am thrilled to be one of the featured artists, along with Samuel Smith, in the Winter Issue of Amethyst Arsenic, an online poetry journal run by Samantha Milowsky.

Here's an excerpt from their announcement:

The Amethyst Arsenic Winter 2014 issue is online! Thanks so much to Rosebud Ben-Oni & Kristine Ong Muslim for being wonderful editors. I'm excited to announce the next poetry editors will be Charles Coe & Emily O'Neill. Max Bowen of Citywide Blackout will be the music editor. I can finally sit back and enjoy the current issue, and look forward to the next one!

Monday, January 27, 2014

From the flat files

Oil on panel, 20"x20", 2/15/13

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Walking

Last year, I attended a nature journaling workshop at the Albuquerque Petroglyphs with my 10 year old. It was one of the most amazing days.  The instructor walked us through various exercises. One of them was to sit in front of a plant for 15 minutes and just look.  And sketch what we saw. On my walk this day, I was feeling stressed and my footsteps remembered this teacher.   I stopped, and began looking. Not for 15 minutes, but just 5.  After about 60 seconds of adjusting my vision, I began to see a whole universe unfold before me.  A world of flowers, plants, ants, bees, and insects just barely visible.  And certainly invisible before to me,  a quick walker intent on covering my distance.  Watching this slow, swooping, intense activity gave me hope for my day. There was an entire universe of activity supporting this amazing ecosystem I live in and breath in.  It reminds me to be thankful for all the things I cannot see.








Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Momentary: Paintings by Jill Christian and Ana Medina Opens October 4th, 2013

Please join us for the opening of Momentary at The William Platz Gallery at Southwest University of Visual Arts.

Ana Medina: http://www.anamedina.net
Jill Christian: http://www.jillchristian.com

Momentary: Jill Christian and Ana Medina
The William Platz Gallery at
Southwest University of Visual Arts
5000 Marble NE
Albuquerque, NM
www.suva.edu

Opening reception:
Friday, October 4, 2013
6:00-8:00 pm

Gallery Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Sat. 9:00 am-1:00 pm