January 4, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope you all made resolutions that are meaningful and attainable, and that this year proves to be a highly conscious and kind one for you.
I'm in the studio working on a new series of littles, as Santa Lori came to my home before Christmas and gifted me a sleigh of canvases!!
They will all play an integral part of opening up for this new year's promises of greatness as well as dealing with unfinished business of the year past. It's pretty much healing art; for me, anyway.
Stay tuned, be happy and be light.
~Caitlin

October 27, 2012

Respectful Revolution

I've been working a lot with inner dialogue and meditative words to arrive at some very positive and inspiring art pieces.
There is a Respect Revolution going on inside of me and I hope to shoot it out into all my circles, both personally and visually.
I'll be posting my work soon, but for now, please enjoy this video - made by my friends Stacey and Gerard of Respectful Revolution!
Watch this!

July 2, 2012

Living in a cabin.

I moved to a really neat place in Durham, where I am surrounded by trees and wisteria and where everyday, when I walk out the front door, it feels like I'm camping. Here's just a little taste of my surroundings:

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I can hear the train, am serenaded by yellow-billed magpies, hummingbirds, just recently - a group of 3 hens, evening dragonflies, ...it's a place where the stars seem brighter and every third car is a truck and every fourth is a tractor.

Got some barns and cabiny paintings coming down the pike. Also a little series on thoughts and reminders and my trip to the coast a few weeks ago.

Here's a taste:

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February 7, 2012

We all get caught up in moments.

They can be thrilling,
or harrowing,
or deeply wounding,
or super awesome....
In any case, they take us away from the interstate we are usually travelling on. They are the frontage roads we exit because we need to.
I'm just coming back from a rest stop that took a couple of weeks.
Hello again!
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With me, I bring new work to share.

April 24, 2011

It was beautiful yesterday...

Sunny and warm and it stayed like that until about 7 or 8pm. Everyone was out. Everyone was smiling. I noticed neighbors I'd never seen before. Suddenly we were all migrating to the wooden gate where we talked about dirt and seeds and seasons. We all chose our plots for the community garden, and some people even started shoveling rows. It was like a little slice of heaven.
I got a lot of good work done! The happy-busy-ness of everyone really inspired me to work with more focus. And the change in weather was uplifting. Spiritually. Emotionally. Physically.
I woke up late this morning. My window was wide open and I could hear the rain outside, which is such a seductive lullaby. ...When I woke again, this time to actually start the day, it was cold. It is cold. I'm going to take a shower and get this day started. First, though: a picture of my first tulip. She grew from dirt that was hard and rocky, she withstood the dowsing of pesticide when she was just a bulb, and although there were 7 others that were to line this bit of ground outside my front door, there stands only one strong tulip.

March 5, 2011

The sun is trying to make an appearance, but the grey is holding it at bay.

It's been too dark to take pictures and too wet to make new frames for canvases. I've been using what I have and reusing what I've made along with a few trips to the Rebuilding Center for more wood.
I've met a lot of deadlines for shows around here in Portland without snapping pictures of them. I KNOW.
BAD GIRL.
Well, I'm shooting some newer work today - because I know that the sun will prevail, if only for a few minutes, and that's all I need.
Also..I would just like to put it out there, that I have online art sales on Facebook. They are usually smaller pieces and they are ALWAYS under $200, and a great deal of the time under $100. If you would like in on these sales, please add me - just look for Caitlin Schwerin - or, if you would rather, Artwork by Caitlin.
Now have yourself a blissful day.
xo

August 4, 2009

New beginnings...

Well, I've landed safely and happily in the town of stumps. I'm approaching the first 2-weeks-mark, and it's been crazy and beautiful and I have not painted ONCE. My studio was set up by the third day ( I've never been one to feel comfortable without my tools on hand) and there everything sits.

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May 9, 2008

Dreams, and what becomes of them.

So, a few weeks back I was having this reoccuring dream....well, nightmare really, where parts of my dental bridge would come out in my hand....my teeth would splinter and fall out and fill the inside of my mouth like dry sunflower seed shells. It was freaky, and it went on for 3 nights and so I started painting them. Because they were obviously on my mind. The paintings aren't even close to how awful the teeth looked - but drawing green and black teeth seemed to help me overcome the dreams. The final healthy white tooth served as a "TAKE THAT!" and I haven't had one since.

Here is one response to what teeth dreams symbolize:

Dreams that your teeth are falling out are the most common dreams we here at Dream Moods receive. Common dream scenarios include having your teeth crumbling in your hands or your teeth falling out one by one with just a light tap.�Such dreams are not only horrifying and shocking, but often leaves the dreamer with a lasting image of the dream. So what does it mean?

One theory is that dreams about your teeth reflect your anxiety about your appearance and how others perceive you. Sadly, we live in a world where good looks are valued highly and your teeth play an important role in conveying that image. Teeth are used in the game of flirtations, whether it be a dazzling and gleaming smile or affectionate necking. These dreams may stem from a fear of your sexual impotence or the consequences of getting old. Teeth are an important feature of our attractiveness and presentation to others. Everybody worries about how they appear to others. Caring about our appearance is natural and healthy.�

Another rationalization for these falling teeth dream may be rooted in your fear of being embarrassed or making a fool of yourself in some specific situation. These dreams are an over-exaggeration of your worries and anxiety.�

Teeth are used to bite, tear, chew and gnaw. In this regard, teeth represent power. And the loss of teeth in your dream may be from a sense of powerlessness. Are you lacking power in some current situation? Perhaps you are having difficulties expressing yourself or getting your point across. You feel frustrated when your voice is not being heard. You may be experiencing feelings of inferiority and a lack of self-confidence in some situation or relationship in your life. This dream is an indication that you need to be more assertive and believe in the value of your own opinion.

Here is the work that came out of this particular event....

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October 16, 2007

The Psychology of Artwork

With each piece...there comes a time when my guess is as good as yours as to where it is going - whether it will mature into a beautiful painting...I'm in that place now. I've got eight pieces that could go either way. I'm continuing blindly with all of them with the hopes and prayers of a mother-to-be.

This is always the exciting part. :)

July 11, 2007

Payback Promotion.

This amazing artist is who inspired me to pick up my first paintbrush, really.

Give his WEBSITE a look-see. His name is Myron Stephens, and he is one of my heroes.

June 18, 2007

A beautiful new mantra I've taken on.

Life is Love. Enjoy it.

Life is Beauty. Celebrate it.

Life is Spirit. Realize it.

Life is Song. Sing it.

Life is a Mystery. Unfold it.

Life is a Challenge. Meet it.

Life is a Goal. Achieve it.

Life is an Adventure. Dare it.

Life is a Sorrow. Overcome it.

Life is a Tragedy. Face it.

Life is a Game. Play it.

Life is a Duty. Perform it.

Life is an Opportunity. Take it.

Life is a Struggle. Fight it.

Life is a Journey. Complete it.

Life is a Puzzle. Solve it.

Life is a Promise. Fulfill it.

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May 21, 2007

Reflections of an Acrylic Art ist.

It's been a crazy few weeks. Good crazy. A lot of new paintings are on the scene, I've scheduled myself pretty much into 2008, and I'm happy and making good work.

Just for those who are interested, the music that is inspiring me currently is John Mayer's new album Continum, Beck in all his glory and ridiculously eccentric lyrics, the always comforting Annie Lennox, some Rufus Wainwright, and a good sprinkle of 80's one-hit-wonders.

Life is good, the weather is impeccable, I just rented "Pan's Labyrinth" which I can't wait to watch, and my house, my studio, my carport is clean.

There is a tornado of good images a'brewin. I can't wait to finish them and post them.

Good night.

March 21, 2007

"EXTREME" leaps and bounds.

I've always been a devout art donator; when I am able. Boys and Girls Club, Sustainability Groups, American Heart Association...I've found it's a great way to get my name out there, and it's always for a good cause.

A few months ago, I was contacted by a woman who was interested in my work for a different kind of cause. It's a little group of angelic individuals that call themselves Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

Personally, I almost fainted when I got the call. It's one of the highest accolades to be stumbled upon...internetly...and then invited to participate in such a magnificent and giving collaboration.

Watch Extreme Makeover Home Edition this Sunday, March 25th. It airs at 8pm...7pm Central. Whether or not a piece of my artwork will be adorning a wall of someone's new home is still unknown to me. But watching a family go from dire straits to an environment that they can't wait to get home to and dwell in....well, it's tear-jerkingly beautiful EVERY time. You should watch it, if you don't already.

June 5, 2006

Napster, Acrylics, and the ever present longing for False entertainment

Removed the TV from the Studio.
It's tough to not have the mindless interaction while working - to have comforting noises coming from the tube - making me laugh, drift...get glued. But it's tough getting up at a decent hour. It's tough not to binge after 8pm. It's tough not to leave all my clothes on the floor. It's tough not to have a drink before 9am...but some things we must do.
All the hours spent holding a cig in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, while watching endless amounts of Frasier or America's Funniest Home Videos, will be spent listening to music, working, inspired by the emotion and lyrics, as opposed to fighting the urge to stop and watch, I will instead go and create. I just burned a couple of cd's off of Napster, and hope to figure out how to connect long cables from my office to the studio, so that I can listen to streams of free music instead of cds.

March 4, 2006

Hello Again!

It's been a while. I don't know why I devote so much more time and attention to the trivial parts of my life, and not to the greater, more invested parts, but...so it has been for the past few months.
I've got a lot to say, but no words. More paintings within me, but no real inspiriation.

December 30, 2005

Painting up to 14 hours a day

I've been painting quite manically as of late. I find my peak time is in the evening, for whatever reason - and then I taper off around 3 or 4 in the morning. I'm sleeping in really late, but the rain outside encourages it. Who wants to get up early when it's pouring outside? I believe it's a scientific fact that the bed gets more comfortable and soft when there is a storm outside. Or if one has to get out of it at any particular time of the morning. So, I don't. It's going to be one hell of a habit to break when I decide, or need to go get another job, but I guess I'll prepare for that when I have to. For now, my schedule works for me, I'm getting some good work together (finally) and I'm at peace with my own clock.

December 16, 2005

Warmth in Winter

So, I’ve taken a few months off of the show circuit to collect myself and devote my time to building a quantity of paintings that reflect my desire to paint as opposed to the “pulling my hair out to meet deadline” series. It’s been slow, enjoyable, and I’m producing some new looks. Some new insight. It’s fulfilling and challenging. I’ve been offline for some time – which kind of halted my stints of writing (which is interesting because I should be able to write, whether or not I will be publishing it), but for some, unforeseen reason, I stopped writing.
Now I’m back, will be submitting some of my new work, and then it’s time to tackle my website, and the understanding of how to circulate my new work into the main galleries.

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November 20, 2005

Furniture, Birds and Figures Continued

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So, the beginning of "furniture." I've got a table, working on a stool...I have no idea where this is coming from. Just a need to be painting something in order to have my creative juices...juiced. I'm in a place where my usual inspirational faucet seems tapped. So, in lieu of not painting, I'm attempting to paint anything to keep my brushes wet, my mind busy, and a lesson learned with each finished art piece.

Now, the birds are coming along. I'm taking more pictures to learn the different positions birds have - which eventually will dictate the mood, and diversify the personalities and situations they find themselves in. This one is in the works...he remains nameless for the time being, but he's cute as a button - just needs a few touches here and there, and some ground work.

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November 15, 2005

Furniture, Birds and Figures

That's been the status quo as of late. Just busy work to get me to some higher ground...it's been a few weeks...(months?) since I've really planted my feet solidly in the studio. It's been rough. No ideas, no inspiration...which is crazy, because inspiration is everywhere, in everything, every person I meet. Usually.
I've heard about these spells of indescribable silence. Not a whisper can be heard from my fingertips. I'm sure this is a time for me to be doing something else....but WHAT?
My goal tonight is to work. Work on something or multiple somethings that I can photograph, be proud of, look at and maybe even hang. It's almost 9pm.
Ok. Ready, set, go.

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November 3, 2005

Still trying to figure this all out...

I took a bit of a break from painting, and now I'm back. I'm replacing the stolen miter saw, bulking up on 2 x 4s, and will go give Gates Resale a big chunk of change for canvas.
This weather is wonderful - it feels good and cold in the studio, which always makes me work harder to stay warm!
I'm still trying to figure out how to post pictures on the site, and I hope to have this figured out soon, but I appreciate everyone's patience and thank you callers!
Happy November!

October 20, 2005

Painting Again

It's been a productive day. There is a cool wind blowing, meaning that winter is well on its way. I made a fire for the first time last night. DIVINE!!! There is nothing like the sound of the crackling wood and the smokey smell to create an ambiance like that of a fire when it's cold out.
I'm painting again. Hours and hours instead of a few minutes here and there.
My mind is jogging from painful memories to productive new days. The sadness is still here, but it follows me instead of sitting on my shoulders. I'm relieved.

October 12, 2005

The Old Adage...

It's better to have loved, than to never have loved at all.
I could say with equal sentiment that the saying is a bunch of bullshit, or that after some time...it's true.
I haven't had the luxury of the appropriate amount of time to get over someone whom I loved, and it is unfolding quite predominantly in my new work. I am just so thankful to have this outlet. I don't know what I would do without it.

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October 5, 2005

At LAST...a FORUM!

It doesn't get much more exciting than this. I feel like a bucket of sunshine spilling over the edge. My own website!
I can write about my work, reach people I've never thought possible, I can "talk" while I create, I can record ideas on a solid platform instead of pieces of paper and post its and paper towels that I end up losing. This is just...wonderful! (Clapping wildly)
So, this really couldn't come at a better time, as I have much to record; much to talk about and sort out. My work is changing right now. My thought process is wrapping itself around this new, very real and intimate emotional landscape. The subject has been there all along - growing - waiting for the right moment...(as moments tend to demand), and through a fairly emotional time, I've found an incredible source of inspiration, a massive epiphany of insight, and with a little guidance from my girls Jess and Karen, I've discovered a new muse. Me.