The Best Gifts!

A book from Gerard

A book from Gerard

Throughout this past year as I paid humble tribute to many great artists, a few of them have reached out to me and sent me original pieces of their beautiful artwork.

Gerard Sendrey not only gifted me with his art, but we also became friends and he has written an article about me in Creation Franche’s Publication which is due to come out in a few days.  You can visit the website here.

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My tribute on top…then three Gerard sent me.

You can watch a documentary on Gerard here (it comes in two parts) and please visit my blog page here if you haven’t already.  He’s such a wonderful artist and man.

I’ve also received original work from Pierre Silvin, who happens to be Gerard’s son!  His artwork is so special and so hard to mimic since I wasn’t sure of the materials, but even when I received the actual art in the mail, I couldn’t quite figure it out.  His pieces have a kind of luminescence and beauty that can’t be emulated.  Please visit my blog on him here if you haven’t seen his work!  It’s lovely.

Pierre Silvin Original with a nice note

Pierre Silvin Original with a nice note

Today I received 7 pieces and a nice note from Sophie Orlicki who I also paid tribute to!  I squealed when I saw the package because I had a feeling it was going to be artwork.  Her pieces are so beautiful in person and I cannot wait to get them framed like I did with Gerard and Pierre’s work.  Please visit my blog page for her here.

I never expected to receive such thoughtful and wonderful gifts let alone the artist themselves contacting me.  I am honored to have paid them tribute and honored that they reached out to give their

Today's gift from Sophie Orlicki.  So beautiful in person.

Today’s gift from Sophie Orlicki. So beautiful in person.

appreciation and thanks.  It makes me feel very special and makes me understand why I did this project in the first place.  I hope I inspired you all and I want to thank you again for your support!

This is only the beginning!  I am in the process of organizing all my pieces.  Readying everything to take quality photos for the book I’m designing that’ll hopefully be on sale on amazon.  And most of all figuring out the logistics of having an art show with all 365 pieces before sending them out to all that have reserved a piece.  These artists will be getting some Linda Patricia Cleary artwork in the mail soon!

Gerard's work framed and in my house!

Gerard’s work framed and in my house!

Whatever has not been reserved, gets sold at the show etc. will be available online after the show is over.  BUT, if you’d like to reserve one in advance, please message me or “like” me on Facebook, find the painting you want and put your name in the comments to reserve it.  That’s where I am keeping track of everything.  Here’s the Facebook page for Day of the Artist.

Love,

Linda

The End AND The Beginning!

Jackson Pollock Day!

Jackson Pollock Day!

First of all, I woke up this morning thinking, “Well, better get to painting!” then I remembered that I was done, finished, complete and I had zero paintings left to do with this particular challenge.  I felt a rush of relief, then sadness and then confusion.  This project had infused itself into my life and I’m pretty sure there are elements of it that I will never rid myself of.

I learned so much this past year.  Yes, I learned technical aspects of art, TONS of art history, was introduced to new materials, styles and movements.  I’ve painted paintings I would’ve never thought of or wanted to paint (I said YES!).  I’ve painted some of my best work and some of my not so great work.  I accepted failure graciously and also moved on instead of lingering on that failure.

One of the biggest things I realized was how much I enjoy just the process of “doing”.  This challenge forced me to just “do” and not worry about the result.  And boy wouldn’t it be great to live the rest of my life like that?  Live for just now and not worry about the past or present.  Well, this project was an exercise in that for sure.  I had gotten the question, “How are you doing this?” from so many people and the only answer I could give was, “I just do it.”

This project started out as a personal challenge.  I never imagined how many people it would inspire and

Early on the the project...seems like yesterday!

Early on the the project…seems like yesterday!

affect.  I am so glad it did and I am so happy I decided to share it, declare it to all my friends.  I think that in doing so it gave me the motivation and a slight amount of pressure to make sure I did it every single day.

I also made new friends through this challenge.  People who followed and commented on my blog, relatives of some of the artists that I paid tribute to (writing me to tell me that they appreciated my tribute to their grandfather, uncles, grandmothers etc.) and even some artists themselves like Gerard Sendrey, Pierre Silvin, Sophie Orlicki, Anne Billon (Ruzena), John “CRASH” Matos and Matt Sesow.  Gerard Sendrey writes me regularly and we have become friends.  He and his son Pierre Silvin have both sent me their own personal artwork in thanks to my tribute.  Gerard has also written an article about my project/art in a French publication that will be published in a few days!  I was also interviewed by Scott Lefebvre who is a writer and maintains his own blog where he interviews interesting people.

So like I said, so much has come from this idea that I had for this insane project.

That one time (and the last time) I painted with my mouth...

That one time (and the last time) I painted with my mouth…

I am going to continue to paint (of course!) and I have many ideas for series of paintings.  I’ll be putting all this experience into larger pieces and I’m going to continue to promote my own art and live my life in the mind frame that I’ve adopted while engaging in this challenge.  My experience has grown and so have I as a person.

I hope I don’t sound too bold when I say that I am damned proud of myself but I also cannot believe that I actually did it.  I hope that this project has inspired you and that people keep on discovering it and it continues to inspire people to challenge themselves, enjoy the process of creating and just “do”.

Keep creating, start creating in whatever shape, form, sound or action you feel.  Don’t worry about people liking it, it being a masterpiece or making money.  Do it because it makes you happy and you are learning something from it.

I want to end this blog with some kind words I received (or people posted about my project).

My friend Rohan had this to say…(He expressed my project in a way that I couldn’t have…and of course it made me cry)

I’m not one to promote other people’s stuff too often on Facebook, but today I would like to profess my sincere admiration for Linda Cleary. When I first met her, now 8 or so years ago I was

Buried in art

Buried in art

immediately impressed by her unashamed, unpretentious, and very hard-working creativity. She has always been writing books, painting pictures, making music and acting the whole time I have known her, and unlike so many other folks I know, almost every project is followed through and finished. Those who know me personally will be aware how prolific (and unedited) I am, but Linda puts me to shame. Last year, on Jan 1st, she embarked on a massive, and deeply un-egotistical project – to paint a painting per day, for a year, each one a sincere homage, either stylistically, emotionally, or conceptually, to an artist she admires, some famous, some personal friends, some just worthy of her admiration; a different artist each day for a year. Believe me, having watched the project progress, this is not an exercise in “look what I can do” so much as a genuine pilgrimage through the styles and visions she admires and have influenced her along the way. As the project progressed her blog began

Last day!

Last day!

to attract interest, and in some cases, artists she had paid homage to to got personally in touch to express appreciation (and send her pressies). All of this with no intention of making money or becoming famous. Just because that is one of many things that art is about. Yesterday she posted her final, 365th painting of the series. So today I applaud Linda Cleary, and recommend you go and take a look at her Day of the Artist.

My friend Clay posted this:

Today is the last day of my very good friend Linda Cleary’s incredible project. She has created a painting every day, each honoring a different artist, for the past year. When she first told me of her plans to do it, I didn’t believe there was any way a person could be so committed to pull that off. Today however, will be her 365th installment in the series. I highly encourage you to check out some of the work on her facebook page and at dayoftheartist.com, where she also includes a short bio of each artist for each day. I’m so incredibly proud of her and she inspires me so much every day. I’m also crazy excited to say that I will be partnering with her for next year’s project. More info on that soon, but wish us luck. In the meantime, check out her stuff and tell her how awesome / insane she is pulling this whole thing off.

I am honored and humbled for those posts!  SO many of you have written me, commented and told me in

Whew!  This is just a portion of the paintings...there's about 50 hanging and a whole other stack of the 3-D paintings that can't stack.

Whew! This is just a portion of the paintings…there’s about 50 hanging and a whole other stack of the 3-D paintings that can’t stack.

person how inspiring this project was to you and every word means so much.  Thank you to you all for your support, encouragement and inspiration.  I love you all!

P.S.  I could keep writing and writing about every single thing I learned from this project, but I’m saving that for my doctoral thesis.  Does that even make sense?  Sorry, I don’t have a Ph. D. 😉

Best,

Linda

Day 274- Sophie Orlicki- Les Visages et les Danseurs de Rêve

It’s Day 274 and it’s been another hectic week!  I had such a wonderful time doing today’s tribute.  Today’s artist does some beautiful paintings and her technique is so beautiful that I couldn’t quite figure out how to paint in her style.  I still gave it a shot and liked my end result.  Not exactly like hers, but I think I captured her style and what a lovely style it is!  Join me in honoring Sophie Orlicki today!

Sophie Orlicki

Sophie Orlicki

Sophie Orlicki

Sophie Orlicki

Sophie Orlicki

Born in 1970 in Paris

She spent her childhood in Paris and then lived in the United States

Studied philosophy at the university, teaching in elementary school

Lives in Gironde since 1992

Sophie Orlicki drawing and painting since childhood. She began to draw at 7 years

Danseuse- Sophie Orlicki

Danseuse- Sophie Orlicki

on long rolls of computer paper, with a pencil, then when she was 16, she discovered oil painting.

Without feeling the need to attend classes, she worked alone and since then she painted heads, landscapes, trees and dancers

It’s a job and an expression on a daily basis, empowering inexhaustible creativity that brings her joy.

Some exhibitions and participations:

– “Taromania” with Puls’art association, the Cellier des Chartrons in Bordeaux (France) in May 2006

Sophie Orlicki

Sophie Orlicki

-exposure collective “United Souls” at the Museum of Creation Franche in Begles (France) in July-August 2006

– “I Margini dello Sguardo” in Reggio Emilia in Italy in October-November 2007

Personal -exposure Museum of Creation Franche in Begles in April-May 2008

– “Two” with the association Spark, in Artigues-pres-Bordeaux in February 2008

collective -exposure at Espace Lucretia, Paris in September 2008

-exposure the “Harvest of the Arts” in Beychac and Caillau (Gironde), the association with Spark in September 2009

collective -exposure “Lessons in Darkness” Illzach (Alsace) in February-March 2010

-Participation “Naive, seers, lone wolves and world savers XXI”, Dean Jensen

Danseuse- Sophie Orlicki

Danseuse- Sophie Orlicki

Gallery, Milwaukee (USA) in February-April 2010

– “5th Annual Outsider Art in the Hampton’s” gallery Belage, Westhampton Beach (USA) in July-September 2010

– “Global Movement” exhibition organized by the Olof Gallery (Leiden) and Outsider Art Gallery Amsterdam, Amsterdam (Netherlands), September-November 2010

-participation in “by Dance” festival, with the association Spark, to

St Germain du Puch (France), September 2010

-Works present at the Outsider Art Fair in New York (USA) in January 2011

-exposure “The wise step” in the Jean-Louis Stutter (France) in September 201

Sophie Orlicki

Sophie Orlicki

-Participation an exhibition of artists’ books: “Echoes of Silence” library Riedischem (France), September-October 2011

– “Of all the colors,” exhibition at the Citadel of Blaye (France) in October 2011

– “Imaginary Cities” Halle Chartrons, Bordeaux (France) with combination Delaba & Dissi, in January 2012

Participation & bi-annual sales at Drouot auction in Paris (France)

Work found in:

-the collection of the Museum of Creation Franche in Begles (Gironde)

-the collection Dino Menozzi the Print Room of Reggio Emilia (Italy)

Publications:

-ai Margini dello Sguardo, Biblioteca Panizzi, 2007

-Creation Franche, No. 32, 2010

-Catalogue of the Museum of Creation Franche, 2011

 

I attempted to emulate her style using a mixture of watercolors and acrylics.  It was so difficult and of course I only have a day.  I think it looks different, but hopefully I captured her spirit.  🙂 I hope you enjoy my tribute today and I’ll see you tomorrow on Day 275!

Best,

Linda

Visage d'un rêve- Tribute to Sophie Orlicki Linda Cleary 2014 Watercolor and Acrylic on Canvas

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