Unlike a recipe, there can be no failure here. It's been a delight to throw caution to the wind and run amok with these kindred domestic goddesses.
—Suzanne du Plooy, domestic goddess and painter
Most women like to consider themselves domestic goddesses in one form or
another. And most would like a break from cooking - at least once in a
while. Especially if that break gives them time to do a little creative work.
A group of Winnipeg women called The Group of 8 gets together every month to learn about art and
critique each other's work. Domestic Goddesses Run Amok is the title of a new exhibit that features paintings by each of them.
the years these women have had both serious and lighthearted
discussions about trying to balance their responsibilities and artistic endeavors.
The concept for this
particular exhibition was originally suggested in 2010 by Deborah
Stacey, a former member of the Group of 8 Artist Salon who passed away
from cancer in 2011. The show is dedicated to her memory.
SCENE wanted to know how it is that the Group of 8 decided that making art is more fun than making dinner.
Helen Maxime Stein (painting above)
If you hear any
of us in the Group of 8 say: "I think it's cooked," never assume we're
talking about dinner. Although some of us still enjoy preparing a good
meal, more likely, we're pondering whether the painting we're working on
And as a Domestic Goddess Run Amok, I find working in the
studio so much more fun, more challenging and more rewarding than
anything I've ever done in the kitchen. And I love that there's no
multi-tasking when I'm applying paint to canvas.
Detail from "Pamploma" by Pat McCullough (P. McCullough)
Painting is intensely personal. It allows me to forget about the world, forget about making dinner, focus on what is inside me.
But painting is not necessarily fun, it's hard work, it's frustrating when it does not go well. But when it comes together, I love it!
"Out Behind the Barn" - oil/cold wax on birch (16 X 16) by Jane Gateson (J. Gateson)
I asked my family the question: "Why do you think I would rather paint than make dinner?"
One said, "You're better at it." (thanks...I thought I was a pretty good cook) Another said, "Fewer calories!" (ha ha) Then I asked, "Why do you think I would rather paint than vacuum?" My partner said, "You don't vacuum. I do." (busted)
OK...I confess, art is what is on my mind most of the time at this stage in my life. I have a ton of ideas and things to say. It's true, some painting days are diamonds and some are stones but after 30 years I'm still inspired.
"Solitude and is" (16'' X 16), Oil/cold wax by Sherry Glanville (P. McCullough)
I love painting because I love colour, making marks and design. These contribute to giving me a language to describe intuitively many of the landscapes I have experienced, especially the prairies. I love the constant learning curve that art/painting provides.
I am seeking a way to describe some of my observations/feelings/impact of the places I have explored that I cannot do through words. When I paint I often get to another place in my head that I can only reach through painting. It is a solitary journey which I enjoy/need very much.
Suzanne du Plooy
'Homage', 18" x 24", acrylic on canvas by Suzanne du Plooy (S. du Plooy)
Trying out new recipes and making dinner is one of the more enjoyable of my household endeavours. But my true passion lies in my studio with my paint pots and tubes.
There's no measuring or constraint, simply intuition and freedom for one colour to suggest the next. Unlike a recipe, there can be no failure here. It's been a delight to throw caution to the wind and run amok with these kindred domestic goddesses.
"Then sing, young hearts" Oil/cold wax on panel, 12" x 24" by Lin Milne (L. Milne)
As a "domestic goddess", I enjoy the
creativity of both cooking and painting. The layering of flavours and
colours is rewarding, but making art takes the cake. It lasts longer.Domestic Goddesses Run Amok opening reception is on February 14, 7-9 pm at Cre8ery Gallery. Show runs until February 26.
If you'd like a night off from cooking, check out what Dessert Sinsations
is cooking up.