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Paula Ogier Artist blog

Catnip Memoirs (Copyright © 2015 Paula Ogier)

There’s a lot of art I work on with a vision of it or a purpose for it. Then there are odd little things I spend hours drawing that I have no idea if they will ever go anywhere. Meaning, will it find its way into a piece one day? (Honestly, It doesn’t have to, because the practice of drawing and designing is still both gratifying and a great investment.)

Sometimes it turns out down the line that these weird little bits are perfect for an image I’m working on. I might look through my digital files and stumble across patterns or images I’d completely forgotten I’d drawn last season or last year, and find something that is just right for including in a new image. Creating my final “paintings” can be like putting a collage together.

Like the pattern on the sofa in the image above. I made that for no reason at all, and it turned out to be just what this feline typist needed to sit on.

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Images property of Paula Ogier.


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My UPPERCASE magazines, in no particular order.

I love them even when I’m not reading them. I mean, LOOK at them.

UPPERCASE is “for the creative and curious.” I started subscribing to it a couple of years ago, and I’ve purchased a few back copies. It comes out once per season, and each issue has several themes. Themes like surface design, memory, storytelling, stitches, color, lettering, paper, adventure, ornamentation…this list seems random, I know, and sometimes it does seem that way but it’s always a fun read.

See for yourself. They publish some pretty cool looking books, too, though I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting any of them yet.

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“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”
– Albert Einstein

Art by Paula Ogier

“Time and Nature” by Paula Ogier

Isn’t time the most curious thing? Slower than slow when you’re bored, faster than lightening when you don’t want something to end. I love hearing the low second-to-second tick tock of my bedside analog clock during the night, mostly because it’s close to the rhythm of the heart’s beat. That pace makes it comforting and relaxing.

If you’ve got insomnia, that tick tocking can kind of drive you nutso. You’re thinking about how many hours are left before you have to get up. Every tick tock accentuates the direness of your condition.

Still, time is a beautiful thing – steadfast and measurable. Seasons depend on it, don’t they? The evolution of spring’s new life giving way to summer’s lusciousness, and eventually, the gradual decay of autumn succumbing to winter’s sharp crispness. The cycle continues as winter fades against the soft buds of spring. Even so, time is never the same moment. Summer after summer, fall after fall, each new moment is a new location on the map of time.

Do you think much about time? Does it really even exist?

If you’d like some “timely” things to ponder, read Albert Einstein and the Fabric of Time. (By the way, I’m not promoting the author of that article’s book. I’ve never seen it and have no connection to it or to him.)

Image property of Paula Ogier.

“Time and Nature,” 36-painting mosaic, Copyright © 2010 Paula Ogier

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It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet.” – Kojiro Tomita

Mixed Media Paula Ogier

“Night Shadows” by Paula Ogier

Image property of Paula Ogier.

“Night Shadows,” (paper, colored pencil, digital paint),

Copyright © 2003 Paula Ogier

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Paula Ogier Cat portrait

“Trudy” by Paula Ogier

I’ve made a lot of new art over the past year. From painted city photographs to poster design to animal portraits to humorous illustrations, and more, I’ve been painting my fool head off with my electronic pen.

If you haven’t visited my artist website lately (or ever, for that matter!), I invite you to step inside.

In May 2014, I moved into Studio 203 at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End. Having a studio that is open to the public has been, as they say, “game-changey.” Initially, the only thing I even hoped for was a dedicated space for my art making. That was good enough! But once I started getting visitors and hearing feedback about my work – and even better, selling my work – I saw the opportunity in meeting people who come to see art. Sure, it’s great to be able to sell artwork online and through companies, but really wonderful to stand in front of the person who wants to buy my art. I had no idea how different that would feel.

May through October, while the outdoor SoWa Sunday market was going on, I was in my studio every Sunday. I worked on projects while people, many of whom simply came into the building to use the bathrooms, wandered into my studio and looked around. My studio mate Barbara makes clay jewelry (shaping and baking the beads before stringing them) and pretty decoupaged glass trinket plates, so between that and my collection of art prints, there’s a good eclectic selection of things for visitors to explore.

Paula Ogier art print

“The Footbridge” by Paula Ogier

Since November, the crowds have shrunk. People still come down to the SoWa art + design district on Sundays for the indoor Vintage Market next door, but until the farmer’s market, artisans’ tents, food trucks and warm weather return in May, it’ll be much quieter.

That’s okay. I’m using this time to experiment with creative ideas that have been kicking around in my head all year. I recently got myself a large flat file cabinet for storing prints. The top of it gives me an additional work space.

I’m listening to podcasts about operating an art business, and going to one-on-one training sessions at the Apple Store to learn to better use my Mac laptop. And I’m listening to music! The creative and productive juices are flowing, and this wintry semi-alone time is enjoyable, too.

Again, I invite you to visit my website, and if you’re in the Boston area, please visit my studio. You are welcome to call me at 617.780.1245 to see if I’ll be there.

Above images property of Paula Ogier.

1) “Trudy” Copyright © 2015 Paula Ogier

2) “The Footbridge” © 2014 Paula Ogier

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Sidewalk Sam dove

A dove painting in Boston’s South End inspired by Sidewalk Sam.

While most artists, myself included, like the idea of their art living on, there are those who gladly accept – even welcome –  the impermanent nature of their art. A few who come quickly to mind are Andrew Goldsworthy, Andres Amador, face painters, food sculptors and Tibetan sand mandala makers.

Boston had its own artist of impermanence in Bob Guillemin, known as “Sidewalk Sam,” who passed away yesterday at age 75 in his home in Newton (a suburb of Boston). He is remembered today in a Boston Globe story that tells of his first seeing sidewalk chalk artists as a student in Paris. In a 1980 Globe interview, he explained his desire to make art accessible to the general public:

“People tend to think of art as august, quiet, elevated, always in somber museum settings,” he told the Globe in 1980. Mr. Guillemin removed art from its reverential perch, never to be touched, and placed it under the toes of passersby. “I believe art should be pedestrian,” he added with a smile.

Read about the life of artist Bob Guillemin in the Boston Globe’s Sidewalk Sam Dies; He Turned Streets of Boston Into His Canvas.

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SoWa Vintage MarketMeandering through the vintage market usually stirs my artistic imagination. Today is no exception! There are so many patterns, colors and motifs to take in. These sunny scenes are from this Sunday morning at the SoWa Vintage Market in Boston’s South End neighborhood.

SoWa Vintage Market SoWa Vintage Market

It was also a treat to see the sunlight filtering in on this day after some pretty goopy, gloomy weather.

If you’re not familiar with the SoWa Vintage Market, it’s open every Sunday, 10 am-4 pm, year-round in the South End. Here’s more info.

SoWa Vintage Market

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