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Keep On

I am very excited to announce that I have a show up at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville, Oregon. It is a perfect venue, a turn of the century original building, all exposed brick and wobbly barn wood and gorgeous imperfection everywhere. I hung 27 paintings…but who’s counting? I know this number because when I was asked if I could fill this time slot, April 7-May 19th, it was short notice. I didn’t have 27 paintings. I didn’t have 7 paintings!! Ok, maybe I had seven but for the most part I dug deep, cleared the decks, completely immersed myself in creating a collection and got to work.

It reminds me of Edison’s famous quote, “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Ha!! I love that. I live that. My practical Canadian roots are alive and well when it comes to plodding along, showing up, keep going, one foot in front of the other. It still amazes me that if you keep going, even if you can only see an inch ahead of you….you WILL get there. It might take a while, you might know where “there” is, but action has immense rewards. Keep painting. Keep writing. Keep making things that make you happy. Keep on keeping on. xoxo

“La Vie Parisienne” 24×36″ available at South Stage Cellars, Jacksonville, Oregon

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Greetings from Ashland

Greetings from Ashland. Literally. Hello from the Rogue Valley, Ashland Oregon, the Mythical State of Jefferson. I love this little town full of art and hippies and shakespeare and tourists and Priuses and healing modalities and raw food and kombucha. I love the optimistic spirit here, the supportive vibe (yup, vibes) for artists and entrepreneurs and the lack of…competition? Pressure? Never-ending drive? All of the above. There is a peacefulness here that I didn’t know I lacked until I lived with such gentle pace in my life that I actually know my neighbors, I have coffee with friends spontaneously, I occasionally drop of jars of soup for friends…this is community and I never in a million years predicted that it would form around me in this unlikely place. But it did. And as an artist and small business owner, I can’t recommend it enough. This cozy kind supportive way of living and working is a road I have taken. And that has made all the difference. xo

“Greetings from Ashland” 16×20″ SOLD

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Home Sweet Home

I love these funny fancy parlours. I love that they are lopsided, imperfect and a hodge podge of my imagination and reality. Objects from my living room, my childhood mixed together with my wouldn’t it be great list. In reality, do I live with aqua walls and kelly green velvet couches? No. But I would! If I could! And I should!

I also love doing them because they rarely (never) go the way I plan or want and take on a wily life of their own and challenge me in a way no other pieces do. Explaining and expressing the artistic process is a bit like writing down a recipe you’ve made a thousand times from your head…it just “is” but if I could, I’d say that capturing these rooms is a combination of herding cats and following breadcrumbs.  Not the kind of assignment I volunteer for but somehow the kind that I’m hardwired to receive. Here Mindy, this will be like wrestling an alligator. But you’ll love it! Really!

Because I am self-taught, that is where the alligator comes in. I have no background in theory or depth or scale or any other technical painting processes that gives artists skill or recognizable work. I go in. That is my method. And I figure it out as I go. What does a chair look like sideways? Well, certainly not like the four times I painted it before the one you see here. Painting is a great reminder that most of us come with an artistic visual library of house, square, sun, circle, roof, triangle, bodies, stick, two stick, two more sticks and maybe some squiggles for hair. And by painting, I must unlearn this knowledge. Suns are not yellow, they are a million shades of orange and red and brown. People are not sticks, houses have angles and contours and rooms have depth and scale. And every single time, every time, I relearn and am astounded how little I know, how much I have to learn, how much I want to learn and how much I love the whole damn process. And best of all, how much I’m ok with being lopsided and imperfect. In life and in painting. Our wobbly edges are the fanciest parts. xo

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Coffee Talk

I long for coffee talk. I am missing people. My people. My friends in other cities, my family in other countries. We are geographically far apart these days. Profoundly, my beloved cousin, injured a few days ago in a horrible freak accident, now by him…

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SOAR Welcomes Artist Mindy Carpenter!

Home, Sweet Home, original acrylic painting by Mindy Carpenter

A new resident of Ashland and the southern Oregon arts community, SOAR welcomes artist and illustrator Mindy Carpenter to the Visual Artists Directory.

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Blue & Gold Fleet

Otis Redding said it best.Sittin’ in the mornin’ sunI’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ comesWatchin’ the ships roll inThen I watch ’em roll away again, yeahI’m sittin’ on the dock of the bayWatchin’ the tide roll awayI’m just sittin’ on the dock of the b…

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Puck’s Donuts

There’s a donut place down the street from my art class. It’s the classic old fashioned kind of joint, the kind you find in San Francisco, Chinese family run, no frills, pink box, donuts still warm from the oven, linoleum floor, aggressively bad coffee…

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Puck’s Donuts

There’s a donut place down the street from my art class. It’s the classic old fashioned kind of joint, the kind you find in San Francisco, Chinese family run, no frills, pink box, donuts still warm from the oven, linoleum floor, aggressively bad coffee…

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Whale Watching

I love this bridge. I love this view. I love this painting. Not because its so great but it makes me happy. It has an off kilter imperfection, my “style”, as it were. I think I’m ok with that now. It’s a funny thing to have a style that is more known f…

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Whale Watching

I love this bridge. I love this view. I love this painting. Not because its so great but it makes me happy. It has an off kilter imperfection, my “style”, as it were. I think I’m ok with that now. It’s a funny thing to have a style that is more known f…

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