2-day Mixed Media Workshop Oct 10-11Posted 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!
Transitions in FocusPosted Jul 16, 2015Tagged In the Studio, Recent Posts
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.
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 MACPosted 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.
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 showPosted 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 RecoveryPosted Oct 9, 2014Tagged Recent Posts
I 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 email@example.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.
Tacocat Dec. 4 > Creative Arts of Women Group ShowPosted Oct 6, 2014Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts
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 GoPosted Oct 6, 2014Tagged Recent Posts
Fellow-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, 2014Posted Sep 8, 2014Tagged Recent Posts
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!!!
I 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”
Partnering with Eric Rausch, curatorPosted 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 TalkPosted 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!
In Process DetailsPosted 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 ThemePosted 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.”
RedPosted 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 dayPosted 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 WorkshopPosted 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.
Connecting with FB 614 Artists @ 2nd Chalk the BlockPosted 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 2013Posted 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 WorkshopPosted 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 LeaguePosted 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!
The 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 Resource: Printable Magnet SheetsPosted 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.”
I 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 ExhibitPosted 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.
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.
- In the Studio
Posted MAY 12, 2017
I’m looking forward to seeing the Venice Biennale in Italy next week! After dreaming of visiting this city with streets of water, and historical magic, I’m looking forward to being inspired by artists’ work from around the world.
POSTED APR 14, 2014
The Cultural Arts Center hosts “Happy Together,” an exhibition on the nature of love and relationships, curated by Adam Brouillette and Meghan Kwast. 50 invited artists exhibit work created especially for the event and theme. Reception May 24, 2014, Saturday 6-11 pm… [EXHIBIT INFO]