Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Open Mind - Artist On Fire

My apologies to my followers and readers for not having posted as of late.
I really dislike not being regular in more ways than one. Without going into lengthy complaining and explaining, I will say it's good to be back after having internet issues.

So with the Christmas break I took time to do some knitting, crocheting, reading, and have started some commissioned paintings. I also have begun to discern the direction I am headed in my creative life journey.

 I just finished reading, The Open Mind - Exploring the 6 Patterns of Natural Intelligence, by Dawna Markova, PH.D. This book was quite interesting, very  informative in examining our conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind.

 I discovered am mostly a VAK: Visually Smart, Auditorily Centered and Kinesthetically Sensitive. Easiest Way to Learn : See/Hear/Experience. Easiest Way to Express: Show/Say/Do.
I am also described as being a KAV: Kinesthetically Smart, Auditorily Centered, and Visually Sensitive. Easiest Way to Learn: Experience/Hear/See. Easiest Way to Express: Do/Say/Show.These learning patterns are very useful in being aware of how they enable understanding and perception of myself and others.

" Schools actually penalize kinesthetic learners and reward auditory and visual. Research verifies that beginning readers tend to be strongly kinesthetic. "
                                                                          - Marie Carbo &
                                                                                 Rita Dunn

The other book I am about half way through is Jane Lind's, Joyce Wieland Artist on Fire. It's a riveting read, and have found out that Jane Lind writes about women artists. She is a wonderful writer and also is an artist/sculptor. It is always with great interest and pleasure, when I find out about woman artists. I am enjoying Jane Lind's book immensely, and enthusiastically look forward to reading her blog. I also look forward to continuing Artist On Fire. Joyce Wieland has always been one of my mentors.

" Joyce Wieland gave us dreams. Jane Lind has gathered the "stuff" of these dreams to weave a tapestry rich in the colour, texture, and creative strength of creative passion that was Joyce Wieland. "
                                                                  - Mary Pratt



Indigene Theresa said...

I've never heard of Joyce Wieland, I'll look for this book in the library, since it's out of my $$ budget! :)

Thank you for giving me more food for fodder, as I begin I continue on this tremendous artistic journey!

It would be such a better school system, if we catered to the way children actually learned as opposed to what may be easiest.

Unknown said...


Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Being a student of art education and as artists we have a very different perspective on public education. I am not a fan of the public school system! The shift in our education and learning paradigm that Sir Ken Robinson talks about, should be a requirement for students in educational programs and existing teachers should be brought up to par about the creative essentials to learning and how we learn.

So excited for you to read about Joyce Wieland! Ironically but once again not really surprisingly, her husband Michael Snow was seen as the King Bee of the art world and I could never figure out why! He especially influenced the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, the University I attended for 4 years back in the 70s. Joyce actually taught at NSCAD at one point, but that was before I was there unfortunately. She was one of the first feminist artists in Canada setting the trail for other women artists. I wished I had known her. She was a wonderful spirit. Enjoy the book!!!