Friday, December 12, 2014

An Unpolished Gem


THERE IS MORE THAN ONE TRUTH: so have some fun with it!
I love the quote from Helen Frankenthaler, " There are no rules". I find her words
 free and unbound and I've posted her words on my studio wall. It is only me and myself alone who can answer to what is interesting to pursue in a painting. Let me know this freedom to find the semi-precious stone in its roughness to be polished.




"Just trust yourself then you will know how to live."-- Goethe, Faust

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In the Studio


Victoria Johnson
Unitled (in development)
Oil on Wood Panel
 October 2014
Finding realism in unlikely places; like violet oozing over a water illuminated .


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Did you stop dancing?






"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: "When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?"
Gabrielle Roth
courtesy of Evolvre Social Movement

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vermont Studio Center


Image



I'm attending an October 25, 2015 residency at Vermont Studio Center. The Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists' and writers' Residency Program in the United States and I'm thrilled to be accepted by the center. Now to keep a stealthy eye out for that perfect warm sweater!


www. www.vermontstudiocenter.org/

Friday, August 15, 2014

In my former top floor studio at 619 Western Avenue, Seattle

I've not posted for a while. I'm busy with my 3/2015 show in Seattle for the Lisa Harris Gallery.  I've experienced many changes since I last showed and I'm anxious and excited as I work. I've also updated my website to a new format: www.victoriajohnson.net. Today, I found this image of myself in my Seattle studio I leased for 18 years. The photo is precious to me, since its about a time gone: You don't know what you've got till its gone - Joni Mitchell- Big Yellow Taxi.

Photo: Drake Deknatel 2007



They paved paradise and put up a parking lot,
With a pink hotel, a boutique,
And a swinging hot spot.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum.
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
Hey, farmer, farmer, put away that D.D.T., now!
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees, please!
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
Late last night I heard the screen door slam.
And a big yellow taxi took away my old man.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
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Victoria XOXOX