what lies within

 |  October 18, 2009

what lies within
mixed media panel
bound as a cover of a blank journal
5×7 inches
available @ amanobooks.com

I’ve been working on a series of mixed media tree panels to be bound into blank journals. A few of them have been bound up already and are available at amanobooks.com


Yesterday I took the el up to Evanston to my alma mater, Northwestern University, to attend a lecture at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art and to see the Robert Motherwell and Henry Moore exhibits. I actually used to work there back when it was a gallery as one of my work study jobs. I was the assistant to the curator of education. Funny how even though I was going to school for a degree that had absolutely nothing to do with art, there was a part of me that was always seeking to be around art in some fashion. Wish I had had some guidance back then. I would probably have a bachelor of fine arts instead of a bachelor of science!

Anyway, the lecture was very enlightening for me and I will try to write a post about it later if I get a chance. I did write this quote down by Motherwell on abstract expressionism and how one reaches self-discovery through the act of creation:

“I begin a painting with a series of mistakes…”

Robert Motherwell
Henry Moore


  1. by Jeane on October 18, 2009  12:31 pm Reply

    oh Bridgette, what a wonderful, wonderful quote - beautiful painting as always :)

  2. by JonesMoore on October 18, 2009  2:48 pm Reply

    such a lovely image, Bridgette...

  3. by The Adventurous Art Teacher on October 18, 2009  5:31 pm Reply

    Your panel is absolutly beautiful!
    Was that a photo you enhanced at Susan Tuttle's workshop?

  4. by Tanya Gwen Minnick on October 18, 2009  7:38 pm Reply

    great quote, I agree- some of the "best" things I create start with a mistake. LOVEd this painting..beautiful!

  5. by Seth on October 18, 2009  8:11 pm Reply

    Gorgeous, gorgeous piece. The limited palette is a wonder!

  6. by thewillowsnest on October 18, 2009  10:25 pm Reply

    This is beautiful , what a special journal for someone!

  7. by Katherine on October 19, 2009  12:27 pm Reply

    Beautiful cover Bridgette. I love your subtlety in art, something I know nothing about! I loved the Motherwell quote. I really relate to it as my work is to create mistakes to respond to.

  8. by linda on October 19, 2009  1:30 pm Reply

    j'aime beaucoup

  9. by Carmen on October 21, 2009  12:48 pm Reply

    This is so beautiful!!!

  10. by Courtney Putnam on October 21, 2009  8:25 pm Reply

    Such depth and mystery to this piece -- and yet I feel that there are answers in it, too. And I love that quote as well. Mistakes are part of the process, indeed...


  11. by Curio on October 22, 2009  6:41 am Reply

    Your art really evokes such peaceful yet pensive feelings and this piece is no exception!

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