Drawing Play

Posted Jan 16, 2018Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts

GuillotRyan_Drawing_BluepButterflies_300wI’ve been enjoying exploring time-based media, but have been craving tangibility, so a few months ago, I started drawing again. The simple satisfaction of charcoal pencil on paper is so immediate. I started playing with some left-over spray point and collage elements, and adding them into the drawings of people. I’ve always been intrigued by instructions, and blueprints being instructions for building physical space seemed like a fitting surface for drawings on new “rooms” to explore, again.

I love contour drawing people especially, having my hand follow my eye, visually tracing the folds of flesh. I’m considering doing a series about human confinement in various spaces, or states.

Expanding Expressive Universe

Posted Dec 11, 2017Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts

Two years ago, after installing my first retrospective exhibit, I was struck by the realization that my work needed movement and time. Since my epiphany, I’ve been studying video production and motion graphics at Columbus State. I’ve exhibited three video installations in 2017, and love creating site-specific immersive experiences, and later sharing the video component to extend its reach. I’ve enjoyed having “beginner’s mind” feeling so many interests, skills and passions “all coming together.”

As a designer, creative collaborations are a regular part of my process. Working with Juna Amano on our second collaboration, this time a video installation, was very gratifying and exciting. In many ways, when I started exhibiting youMeWE_InstallView_People_920x450artwork again, I had drawn a boundary between my processes as a designer and my art-making. Seeing how I can use collaboration on future projects thrills me, since team brainstorms were often my favorite part of creative projects. Though sometimes awed by how much I have to learn, I need to remember, that as in my design world, I don’t have to “go it alone.” I can see how digital filmmaking collaborations will be part of my “expanding expressive universe.”

United for Peace, 2017

Posted Oct 16, 2017Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts


Six years ago, I entered my first piece in the Whole 9 Gallery’s Peace Project, and traveled to NYC to see the group exhibit at the Aperture Gallery. It was exciting to meet many of the exhibiting artists and supporters, and to see my piece purchased by two collectors that evening!

This year, I contributed “All Homeward Bound” (modified from my piece created for The Crossing Borders Project) for the theme “United for Peace.” The Peace Project mounts archival digital prints on 12 x 12 inch wooden panels, and sells the individual panels to raise funds for projects that promote peace. The panels can also be purchased online after the exhibit’s opening reception in November 2017. For more information >


Women on Women: Two Girls One Piece / Nov 10

Posted Sep 11, 2017Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts

I’m excited about the upcoming exhibit Women on Women: Two Girls One Piece. This will be my first motion image collaboration with Juna Amano, and we are planning on deepening and extending concepts from our collaboration for Black and White and Color last year. The exhibit will be hosted by 400 West Rich, Nov. 10 2017, from 7pm to 10pm.

Join 400 West Rich, and partners Women On Women art show for a collaborative feast for the eyes! We will be celebrating local female artists and representing works that they create together. This stunning collection of 2D, and 3D works will be accompanied by video and performance pieces, bringing a highly dimensional show to you!

This will be a benefit show, with proceeds going to Women Have Options – Ohio!

Collaboration with Juna Amano

Posted Sep 11, 2017Tagged In the Studio, Recent Posts


I was a part of CAW [Creative Arts of Woman] for five years, and enjoyed the inspiration of collaborating with other women artists on exhibits. Though CAW has suddenly and sadly disbanded last month, I am determined to maintain the creative connections with women that have feed me, one of the most significant being with Juna Amano, installation artist. We collaborated together last year on a piece for “Black and White and Color” at the Vanderelli Room on an installation piece that featured our common life themes, writing them in English and Japanese, and joining our stories with knots and color where they intersected.

The upcoming “Woman on Woman” show at 400 Rich (November 2017) seemed like a great opportunity to continue to explore the theme of differences and similarities, with the idea that the “personal becomes the universal,” and that we are more than our stories.

Venice Biennale, 2017

Posted May 28, 2017Tagged Inspirations, Recent Posts

I have dreamed of going to Venice since I was eight, and first heard of a city with streets of water. This year, I was finally able to go, and combined this dream with another: seeing the famous international arts exhibit: the Venice Biennale. Kiki Smith and Mark Bradford are two of my american artist heroes, and both were exhibiting this year: Mark Bradford in the United States Pavilion, and Kiki Smith as part of the main exhibit.

Many of international pavilions had themes focusing on the refuge crisis. The almost Disneyland-like homogeny of Venice made me wonder what kind of restrictions the city must place on landowners to maintain its timeless appeal. The international contemporary art, creativity spanning hundreds of miles, then arts spanning hundreds of years was truly life-altering.

Women’s March on Washington, Jan. 21 2017

Posted Apr 11, 2017Tagged Recent Posts

I was one of the over 500,000 who joined the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21 2017. Originally I planned on capturing the crowd on video, focusing on feet, not faces, to highlight the sameness / differences, but after taking several panoramas with my iPhone, I felt that these long images could be woven into a continuous strip, winding around rooms, wrapping people, with the intensity of mass-participation. I took 138 panoramas, and from them created fabric that became part of a series “She Wears It Well,” shown at the Vanderelli Room and 400 Rich in March for the “Pussy Grabs Back” and “Silence is Death” exhibits.

Artists’ Talk: CAW “Inside”

Posted Mar 31, 2017Tagged Inspirations, Recent Posts

This was my second time giving an artist talk at the Cultural Arts Center, and my first collaborative experience. CAW [Creative Arts of Women] was asked by the Cultural Arts Center to participate in the “Coffee and Art” noon series, and I joined CAW members Lynda McClanahan, Megan Evans, and Allison Sponhalz to talk about the concept of the show, and how each of us had used it in our work.

CawArtistTalk_2017_BWOne of the things I love about CAW is that the “Steers” (leadership team) come up with concepts that can be approached in many different ways, and are broad enough to pull together artists’ work from many different mediums.

Megan Evans in her mixed media piece “Home” uses the shapes of a beehive to talk about issues related to community and creating an interior. Allison Sponhaltz’s mixed media wall sculpture “Cracked” uses the shape of a secret cabinet to draw the viewer in. Lynda McClanahan’s “Oak Tree with Cow” (in background) uses images of domesticity to create an interior space. My video “Interior POV [room for 3]” combines 3 different image zones and alternates focus to communicate the interconnectedness of a personal interior space.

Landmark Exhibit, Shot Tower Gallery 2016

Posted Mar 2, 2016Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts


I’m proud to be a part of CAW [Creative Arts of Women], and helping to hang the upcoming exhibit “Landmarks” at the Shot Tower Gallery. The show concept leverages the exhibit location’s connection to the community, as well as the concept of “landmarks” in general. I worked with the concept of landmarks in my life as memories, sometimes known at the time that they are significant, and many times only in reverse-view. That annoying but true idea that life is lived forward, but is only understood looking backward.

Black and White and Color

Posted Feb 11, 2016Tagged In the Studio, Recent Posts

I was very excited about the concept of “Black and White and Color” that was inspired by the racial divisiveness of the 2016 presidential campaign. Janet George’s concept was to get women artists of different ethnic backgrounds to collaborate on a piece for the exhibit, then write about their experience. Juna Amano and I just looked at each other when the exhibit was announced, and immediately knew we wanted to collaborate.

GuillotRyan_JunaAmano_BlackWhiteColor_2016During earlier conversations, we found we had a lot in common: we both lived in LA, had an earlier failed marriage, she was from Japan, I had worked and traveled extensively there, and even more: we had a similar view of our place in the world, and the power of emotions to color world views. We decided to write down significant life experiences, and where they overlapped, tie them together and “color” them with their common emotional responses.

2-day Mixed Media Workshop Oct 10-11

Posted Aug 2, 2015Tagged Artist Resources, Recent Posts


I’m excited about teaching again at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington! The facilities are great, the the staff is very supportive of artists’ individual teaching methods. Last spring, the staff was very flexible and set up an outdoor spray paint area for the class, we had a great time!

Mixed Media 2-day Workshop Oct 10-11 2015

Transitions in Focus

Posted Jul 16, 2015Tagged In the Studio, Recent Posts

CAW_Remnants_SetUp_GuillotRyan[ Photo by Caroline Kraus ]  

Some artists have a hard time starting, some have a hard time finishing. I’m the former, loving the excitement of the blank canvas, or rough doodle or iPhone note. The same goes for an exhibit, I love the anticipation of a new space, and also grieve the end of a show. Sometimes taking down a show seems like dismembering a baby. I’ve talked to some of my artist friends about this process, the “Letting Go” step. Some artists keep a steady stream of show commitments, so there is no time in the middle.

GuillotRyan_Remnants_TakeDown_2015 After the take down on Monday of the CAW Remnants show, I was feeling particularly melancholy: the OSU Urban Arts Space was a fabulous venue, and I was able for the first time to exhibit my largest works: “Letting Go” in its horizontal configuration: twelve feet long, and some of my hanging installation “Interconnecting All.” I was planning on doing what Leah Wong suggested: putting all the work facing the wall, to have freedom to go forward, but I was asked to show at the High Road Gallery in Worthington, the opposite venue in many ways from the UAS: an intimate setting where smaller works will shine. So, this Sunday I am setting up for “Pieces of PARTS,” my title for this exhibit, since it will have works from several bodies of work, including digital mixed media, which is a newer direction for me, that I want to pursue into video, and create “Moving Paintings.” Transitions in Focus: hard and exciting.

2-Day Mixed Media Workshop @ the MAC

Posted Mar 6, 2015Tagged Artist Resources, Recent Posts


These are photos from my third Mixed Media workshop at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington. We decided to do a 2-day weekend immersive workshop to enable more people to participate. It was open to adults of all skill levels, and it was great sharing new techniques that I’ve learned as well as empowering other artists to experiment in a safe environment. The workshop was solid out, contact the McConnell Arts Center to be notified when the next workshop is scheduled: (614) 431-0329.

Download Workshop Info PDF

Workshop Intro PDF

Demo 1    Demo 2    Demo 3    Demo 4    Demo 5


A universal theme: “Just Sins”

Posted Jan 12, 2015Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts


I just finished my first multi-piece wall installation based on the classic 7 Deadly Sins: Lust, Sloth, Gluttony, Greed, Envy, Wrath, and Pride. I was asked to be in the Collage 2015 group exhibit by N. Penney Denning, another artist whom I respect, and wanted to create a small cohesive body of work with only 6-10 pieces that would hold together, and have each piece work on their own.

After researching other artists’ approaches on this topic (many using scantily-clad women), the idea of a taking a more personal approach formed. Since the battle to be my best self is WITH myself, the idea came to create environments for my own hands to be the characters in each of the seven “Just Sins” dramas. For example, one of my personal issues with Pride is it acts both as a positive motivator and gets in the way of doing authentic work. If I am working toward a goal of external praise, it throws off my creative center of gravity to OUTSIDE myself. So the idea of using an artificial metallic hand to extend my natural reach came.

New working process for Tacocat / CAW show

Posted Dec 3, 2014Tagged Recent Posts


I decided to try something new for me for my contribution to the Creative Arts of Women “Woman as ______” group art mosaic. Starting with one of my favorites from my modular Daily Series that I created by hand with spray paint and objects, I added other elements I had created digitally that hadn’t found a home in a piece yet on my laptop. I printed it with archival pigment printer and mounted it to my 10-inch wood panels. It was a fun combination of analog and digital working processes, and I’m excited about trying more mixing up working patterns.The left is “Woman as Seeker” and the right is “Woman as Shaper,” that we have a part in what we take in from the world to create our own realities.

Nov. 7 @ the Hilton Downtown: The Art of Recovery

Posted Oct 9, 2014Tagged Recent Posts

GuillotRyan_24toGo_2014_lowres_600I have donated a piece to The Art of Recovery, to benefit Southeast Healthcare services, and The Fresh A.I.R (Artists In Recovery) Gallery. My donated work is “24 to Go,” mixed media on 2 modular wood blocks, each 6x6x2 inches.

This year, the event will be held at the Hilton Columbus Downtown, from 5:30 to 10pm, Friday, Nov. 7. For more information, call 614.225.0980 x1206 or email pullinsm@southeastinc.com. I will be joining many of the over 90 artists who donated art for a live and silent art auction, live music, a unique menu, and live portrait-painting demonstrations. Tickets are $75 for an individual, and $125 per couple.

Art of Recovery Info >

Tacocat Dec. 4 > Creative Arts of Women Group Show

Posted Oct 6, 2014Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts

WomanAs_CAW_Dec2014_600 I’m excited about making new work for the upcoming exhibit with Creative Arts of Women, presented by The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, to be held at Tacocat Cooperative in Grandview. The theme is one that deeply fascinates me, “Woman as ______.”

A couple years ago, McDonalds was giving away career-oriented Barbies, a series called “I can be…” that I found both so interesting and disturbing that I ended up collection the entire set of eight, even resorting to eBay to get the last 3! The saddest element to me was the photo of a beautiful black girl, about ten, looking up dreamily at an image of blond, white Barbie as the ideal. Not a new image, but still disturbing. I’m looking forward to digging deep with the upcoming work.

The Exhibit Ride: Birth, Reveal, Letting Go

Posted Oct 6, 2014Tagged Recent Posts

GuillotRyan_blog_ExhibitRide_conversationFellow-CAW member artist Stephanie Rond described the exhibit experience as a “ride” and that has been true for me! I am grateful to have so many supportive artist friends in my life. Some of us gathered during the last week of my exhibit at the Cultural Arts Center to share the experience of birthing, revealing, and letting go of a body of work for an exhibit. I valued our conversation about the conflicting desires to reveal, and conceal ourselves, in our work. (with Sherry Simone, Beth Jordan, Liz Roberts, and Leah Wong.)

Vicki Oster’s Blog Article – Sept. 8, 2014

Posted Sep 8, 2014Tagged Recent Posts

Vicki Oster’s Full Blog Article / Interview

I usually try to post interviews about an artist prior to his/her opening reception if possible (or if their interview coincides with a solo show, etc.).  However, last week was crazy busy for me and there was soooo much going on that I didn’t get this lovely lady’s interview posted before her opening reception at Columbus Cultural Arts Center last Friday.  My apologies to Christine but her show will continue through October 4th so you can still catch her solo show.  And a gorgeous one it is!!!



GuillotRyan_press_AshleyPierce_EmptyButFullI was lucky enough to fit all three ladies’ openings (Ashley Pierce at Lindsay Gallery, Stephanie Rond at Shot Tower Gallery and Christine’s show) on Friday.  Matter of fact, I just got to the Arts Center as Christine was headed out the door to Stephanie’s show but she was gracious enough to walk Ron and me into the Center so we could quickly glimpse her mixed media pieces…WOOT!  OMG…her work is beyond words!  I’ll let her and the pics speak for themselves!

TOP: Stephanie Rond + Christine Guillot Ryan, Todd Camp’s painting
LEFT: Ashley Pierce + Christine Guillot Ryan, Ashley Pierce’s “Empty But Full”

Vicki Oster’s Full Blog Article / Interview

Partnering with Eric Rausch, curator

Posted Aug 4, 2014Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts

I met two weeks ago with Eric Rausch, to review work completed and in-progress for my upcoming show at the Cultural Arts Center. This is my first show experience, using a curator as a partner. It was an affirmative experience, and fabulous to get an invested, yet objective point of view from Eric on the gestalt of the show. Together, we decided on the installation elements, which will connect the “converging boundaries.” It’s an element that I have been using in my latest mixed media works to represent the interconnections of influences, both inside and outside ourselves, that we string together to make the chain of our life’s moments.

The opening reception of “Converging Boundaries: New Mixed Media Works by Christine Guillot Ryan / curated by Eric Rausch” will be Friday, September 5, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Mixed Media Workshop + Artist Talk

Posted Jun 23, 2014Tagged Artist Resources, Recent Posts


I just finished updating the Supply List for this week’s Explore Mixed Media Collage Painting class at the Cultural Arts Center (9am-4pm M-F, Artist Talk Thursday 4-6pm June 26). I am really excited about teaching again, I learn as much as I share, and we have a GREAT group! I will continue to post workshop handouts here, for workshop participants and beyond!

Updated Supply List     Demo 1 Handout     Demo 2 Handout     Demo 3 Handout

Demo 4 Handout    Demo 5 Handout    Demos 1-5 (All)

In Process Details

Posted Jun 9, 2014Tagged Recent Posts

I am exploring new techniques, as well as diving deeper into themes that have interested me for years. As I’ve been building the body of work for my upcoming show at the CAC in September, It’s been interesting to get reactions from other artists via Facebook.

Here is a detail from in process pieces that I’ve posted in the last few months:


Couples Theme

Posted May 9, 2014Tagged Recent Posts

I’m very happy to be an invited artist for Adam and Meghan’s “Happy Together” group exhibit at the CAC. For many years, I’ve been thinking about the ideas I have about being a couple, from my earliest visions of my parents together, to Disney movies, fairytales, TV, romance novels, Playboy magazine, etc. The challenge to dig through this sea of layered cultural messages to get to a true, real connection with a partner.

This is a detail from one of the pieces I’ve made toward this theme of “coupledom.”



Posted Mar 27, 2014Tagged Recent Posts

The color red has recently been calling me, I’ve been seeing it’s positive side: power, passion, depth, truth. This is a diptych that I posted on my FB page, from March from my Dailies series.


Daily Series: One 6 x 6 inch piece per day

Posted Feb 12, 2014Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts

Since December 1, 2013, I have been doing a daily series of one piece per day. I have admired other artists who have set up a daily practice discipline, and have been fascinated by the continuity and change in style, color, and content over time. So I decided to create a piece a day, like a visual diary. I have learned much about moving through resistance to the other side, and observed what is easy and challenging. The small 6 x 6 inch size feels good, small enough to be doable, but large enough to explore different ideas. My self-imposed rule is I can get a day ahead (with a diptych) but not a day behind. 

I will exhibit many at my upcoming show this September, creating a visual creative path through nine months, or about the time of a human gestation.


June 23-27 Mixed Media Workshop

Posted Feb 4, 2014Tagged Artist Resources, Inspirations, Recent Posts

I’m excited about teaching a 1-week workshop at the Cultural Arts Center in June. It will be an immersive experience, with demos of many different techniques and support to carry pieces from beginning experimentation and concept, through the “messy middle,” to resolution.

Workshop Description PDF

Workshop Info & Reservations, Cultural Arts Center

Connecting with FB 614 Artists @ 2nd Chalk the Block

Posted Oct 2, 2013Tagged Recent Posts


[Detail from 2013 Chalk the Block chalk work]
Last Saturday was my second Chalk the block experience, doing a large, temporary work in one day, in public. I was more relaxed this year, and allowed the composition of the piece to build more intuitively, and focused on enjoying the process. This year, I knew many more of the other artists since I have been active in “Art and Artists of 614,” a Facebook group started by Walter Hermann this year. I really enjoyed capturing my favorite of the other artists’ work and sharing the photos in the Group Facebook Page. 

It was great to meet in-person other artists who I knew through their posts and profile picture. I had an interesting conversation when meeting another FB 614 artist for the first time. He did not realize I was an artist, because I shared so many other artists’ work on the Art and Artists FB page. I told him that at my last show opening reception, that I didn’t have many photos of the event, and wished I had more. So I decided to photograph other artists’ events and promote them, so they would not have the experience I had!

Peace Project 2013

Posted Sep 7, 2013Tagged Recent Posts


Contributed Work – Peace Project 2013
The theme of this year’s Peace Project is “Peace, Love and Understanding,” and the image from my chalk work from the first Chalk the Block event at Easton last year was accepted by the jury. The fact that the original work was intended to be temporary added even more to having it become a part of the traveling exhibit to raise money for the people of Sierra Leone and other initiatives to help war survivors. This is the third year I have contributed artwork to The Peace Project >


Collage Mixed Media Painting Workshop

Posted May 20, 2013Tagged Artist Resources, Recent Posts

I’m enjoying teaching the second “Explore Mixed Media Collage Painting” workshop at McConnell Arts Center. We met for six Sundays, from 2-5pm, from April 14 through May 19, 2013. The workshop demos built from each week, showing how a piece can be created starting from background, to midground, to foregrounds and finishing.


DEMOS from Weeks 1 – 3: Example working process, layering from backgrounds to midgrounds to foregrounds


Workshop Handouts to View / Download
Click on the titles below to view and print the handouts:

Workshop Overview  Description + Weekly Topics
Resources  Design Basics, Color, Copyright Issues (updated), Imagery Sources
Week 1  Topics + Demo
Week 2 Composition Basics, Topics + Demo
Week 3  Art/Design Principles, Working Process, Finishing, Topics + Demo
Week 4/5  Image Transfers,Tracing Paper Layering, Techniques/Materials + Demos
Week 6  Finishing Techniques, Integrating Imagery and Paint + Demo

Sharing the “Unsayable”

Posted Jan 24, 2013Tagged Recent Posts


I was at the McConnell Arts Center yesterday meeting film/video artist and painter Andrew Ina, and as I was adding more magnets to the exhibit’s Modular Art Magnet walls, a gallery visitor walked in. I stayed silent and still, watching her experience the exhibit. She slowly circled the walls, coming to a stop at several pieces, in particular “Amber Waves” and “Leaving the Nest.”

I saw her look at the title labels, and details, and thought about the importance of titles, how they give a verbal entrance to understanding the artist’s point of view. But most of all, I felt joyful, that all the thought and time and pausing and stopping and starting had resulted in pieces that stood alone, apart from me, speaking to someone I may never talk to, in a way that words could not. I feel grateful to be able to make art for more than just myself, for me it is about sharing the unsayable.

Artist Talk @ Worthington Area Art League

Posted Jan 20, 2013Tagged Recent Posts


I was honored to be asked to speak at the Worthington Area Art League’s meeting last Thursday night. The WAAL Vice President Alan Sippel asked me to speak after seeing my work after it was installed at the McConnell Art Center, the day before the exhibit opening.

This was the first time I was asked to speak on Modular Mixed Media, and the challenge was the meeting was not near the artwork. I was grateful my PowerPoint from my design work experience! 

WAAL_ArtistTalk_PPT_GuillotRyanThe title “WORK & PLAY” captured the challenges of preparing for the MAC exhibit, and finding balance in motivations for my work. The group was very friendly, and asked great questions. When I mentioned the Mixed Media Collage Painting class I will be teaching at the MAC in February, several members were interested in joining. (WAAL photo by Bill Westerman) 

Artist Talk 011713 PPT on Facebook >

Artist Resource: Printable Magnet Sheets

Posted Jan 12, 2013Tagged Artist Resources, Recent Posts

After deciding that Magnets would work better than the velcro board to demonstrate the different artwork configurations that I had used at my first exhibit for Modular Mixed Media, the challenge was trying to find a high-quality magnet surface that would show the artwork detail, be matt, and thick to feel high-quality and hold up to handling.

I found Magnet Valley after Googling “Magnet Inkjet.” 

MagnetValley_website_LogoI was very happy with the thickness of the material, and the high-quality printing, as well as how quickly I got my order (I promised the company’s owner I would promote her small business if the magnets worked out well!) I was able to closely match the actual colors of the original artwork. The interactive Modular Art Magnet displays were very popular at the exhibit. 

Preparing for Exhibit

Posted Jan 3, 2013Tagged In the Studio, Recent Posts

When planning how the exhibit will hang, modular pieces have the advantage of being flexible for any space. But the challenge is how to show the other configurations when the pieces themselves can’t be moved? For my first exhibit, I used a velcro board with foam core miniatures so people could play with the different views. But I wanted something more polished looking.

Solution: Magnets!
Robert Mullins, a very talented metal sculptor, created light-weight metal clips that hold the modular pieces together from the backs without nails, using screws and tension, which is a great solution to allow flexibility. So I approached him to see how to make a magnet display, and Robert had a fabulous (and inexpensive solution! I just ordered the panels, and found a good source for inkjet magnet sheets, will post soon if they print well. Check out Robert Mullin’s work on his website.



  1. In the Studio

Posted JAN 02, 2018

I’m excited to have 2 moving image works accepted in the Jan. 19 Columbus Moving Image Art Review! Looking forward to seeing the works on the BIG SCREEN at OSU!

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