Through those risks, mistakes are made and opportunities to explore and learn are presented.
In my opinion, creating art that is too photorealistic is safe and rather tedious. Technique, texture, form, colour theory, light and dark, and artistic ability still remain evident in my art.
Art that is painterly and ‘imperfect’ is extremely rewarding and in the end intriguing to the artist and viewer. In both writing and visual art, my greatest reward is creating a piece that evokes emotion. The best prize for me as an visual and literary artist is the AH-HA reaction generated by the viewer/reader.
Still get a rush when my work gets published. Here is page one of my story Die Ordnung in Intercourse just published by Rhubarb, The Gender Issue, Winter 2015, Number 38. This was the story I read to a Winnipeg audience via Skype during the issue launch on February 11th, 2016.
I wrote this story in 2014. It was influenced, in part, by my work with young children of Mennonite background at Linwood Public School during the 1990’s. I recall one mother who sat across from me during her daughter’s parent-teacher conference. After I reviewed her daughter’s progress and suggested next steps, the mother broke down in front of me. She’d just given birth to twins, making her the mother of eight children. She was barely thirty, if that. I could identify strongly with her exhaustion and rolling emotions because I was a mother of three, too, at that point. I felt overwhelmed balancing my part-time career with the role of motherhood. After sharing some suggestions including a full check-up with her doctor, I offered her my hand. I could not erase her pain but she knew I cared.
Thanks to then fiction editor Bernice Friesen for her input and suggestions to strengthen this story. Bernice is now sitting at Rhubarb Magazine’s Editor’s Desk and the contributors to Rhubarb are the stronger for it.
I recently spent some time in the Dominican Republic. This get-away allowed me time away from my kitchen, my snow-filled driveway, and other mundane responsibilities. It also permitted me to set up a social media free zone. The Internet in the DR is not consistent or reliable so it was easy to say adios to Twitter, Facebook, and Words with Friends.
Why is it important to pluck the social media wire? Doing so allows for uninterrupted time to just be. Sounds hokey, right? There is actual science to back up the notion of unplugging. I consider myself quite connected and yet, when I unplug, I don’t miss social media at all. Sure, I snuck on here and there to see the most recent pic of my grandson but I was basically unresponsive and, well, quiet. I didn’t click LIKE on anyone’s photographs or comment where a comment wasn’t required. And tucked into my little zen bubble, in my new uncluttered reality, I felt and saw my creative juices soar. Within a week of my return home, I hammered out a 1700 word short story draft which I have been polishing this week. And that story is good, really good.
So, next time when I sit down with my accountant, one thing we must prioritize for my budget plan is excused time from my Bruce County studio. Think he’ll buy it? I hope so. I know I need to unplug somewhere where the Internet is lousy. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.
Welcome to my website, www.CindyMatthews.ca! As you can see, we’re under construction and we hope to have things up and running as soon as possible.
Thanks so much for stopping by and please have a browse through. Some pages are still undergoing updates and changes, so I thank you for your patience.
This piece is currently hanging at 236 Main Street, Mount Forest. Original acrylic 48×18. Title: Be Strong. Inspired by the scenery at Saugeen Bluffs, near Paisley, Ontario.
If you order TWO or more (in stock youth or adult t-shirt and/or large cotton tote bag) between Thursday, November 26 and Monday, November, 30 11:59 p.m. EST), I will include an extra with your order (e.g., one 2016 desk calendar OR one 2016 wall calendar or 6 laminated book marks).
Wonky Frog Studio in Blyth offers their art and supports other local artists. Thank you, Wonky Frog!
Located at 197 Westmoreland Street in Blyth, the studio is just a short, beautiful drive from Bruce County, London, and KW.
Here are the shirts again for those of you wanting to place an order (youth $19.99 or adult $25 –men’s/unisex — women’s sizes). I’ll be putting my order in by Wednesday this week. Must prepay special orders on T-shirts.
Here’s a sizing chart for the T-shirts:
- Kids / Youth
XS 2-4 S 4-6 M 6-8 L 10-12 XL 14-16
Width: 13 15 17 18 19
Length: 18 20 22 24 26
Size: S 4-6 M 8-10 L 12-14 XL 16-18 XXL 20-22
Width: 17 19 21 23 25
Length: 25 26 27 28 29.5
- Men’s / Unisex
Size: S M L XL XXL
Width: 18 20 22 24 26
Length: 28 29 30 31 32
My creative non-fiction essay, “Square Dance,” was selected to appear in an anthology titled “Paths of Fear” (The Pebbled Lane Books Series). Will update as I learn more.