About

Claudia McGill paints in acrylics, creates collages and mixed media art, and draws in pen and ink. She also does other things – writes poetry, runs, mows the grass, and reads a lot. Loud sudden noises bother her, and she’s not that fond of candy.

Why does this blog exist? You can ask her – but here’s what she said in the first post:

I came to making art later in life, and it’s more than my other self by now – my paints, papers, clay, glazes, and brushes are familiar friends and essential to me. I do some art pretty much every day in one form or another, and now I wonder how I got along before I stumbled into this way of life.

I enjoy the process of making art. Once it’s done, it goes out into the world and then it belongs, in every way, to someone else. But it leaves behind the memory of its creation, the satisfaction in doing so, and the motivation to repeat the process in one form or another.

My motto is,
“Give it a try and see what happens”.

I have a couple of other blogs, if you are interested:

My poetry blog: Claudia McGill Writes Poetry, Did You Know That?

My personal blog: Sometimes You Get So Confused

60 thoughts on “About

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Oh, you have just made my day. Maybe my week! I have written poetry all my life but only in the last 2-3 years did I have the time, inclination, and courage to actually put a focus on it. And it’s made a real difference to me. Having readers like you is something I still can’t believe is happening. Thank you!

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    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. And I LOVE IT. Both as a pair and standing on its own. The arrangement of the features, I really took the time to see how they were placed, because they are just perfect, in making it look real and yet – so – out there. And then the way the hand is incorporated, it is part of the face. But not. I’m still puzzling over this and in a good way. Wow! Thank you.

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  2. Kathy Urban

    Hello Claudia, I hope this finds you well. I enjoy your tiles, and thought perhaps you could make an orienteering tile for me (as a paid commission, of course).

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    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Hi Kathy, how nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for your compliments, I appreciate it! I’m sorry, I don’t do commissions anymore, I just find that it’s stressful and I don’t want to disappoint anyone, so I don’t do them anymore. But thank you for asking. And I look forward to seeing you in an orienteering event pretty soon, now that the weather is getting cooler! Claudia

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  3. Victoria Dillard

    I really enjoy your art. I would like to try visual art. I have been in many forms of art, from theater, to writing and dancing but I have always wanted to explore visual art. I see art everywhere. My imagination plays games with me, sitting in the bathroom I see faces and landscapes in the tiled floor but there are so many roads to venture down. Where do you suggest I might begin?

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    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I’d say, think about what medium interests you, read up on it on the internet or get a book or two – see what you think. Buy a few supplies and actually try it. I think trying things is the only way to really know what will work for you. You could also take a class, if you see a topic that strikes you.

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  4. Laura Black

    Hello Claudia,
    I’ve recently discovered your art work. It’s so uplifting and beautiful. I have a short story website called Fictive Dream. Could we please talk about the possibility of using an image of one of your works to accompany a story?
    My website: fictivedream.com
    My email: fictivedream@gmail.com
    Thank you and I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
    Laura Black

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  5. Doc Kandinsky

    Hi Claudia
    I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks now and enjoy every new post. After looking at your figurines pages tonight I just had to write to you to tell you how much I love and admire your artwork. There are 2 main reasons for that. The first one is the excellence you have while choosing the colours of your work, the second reason has to do with a statement you made in one of your replies saying that when it comes to creativity it’s all about the journey not about the aim you want to reach. The result is pure beauty.
    I fully agree with that. Unfortunately when it comes to my own creativity there’s still that aim question I struggle with. So seeing your work is giving me the hope that I will eventually manage to free myself from it.
    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful art.
    Sincerely
    Uwe

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    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      After reading this I am kind of choked up. Thank you so much for what you said, and for all your attention to my work. I know what you mean about the struggle and the self-doubt and questioning, I consider it a triumph over those things every time I pick up a brush or pen or whatever. Because just taking the risk to express yourself is hard and does not get easier. For me it’s the pleasure I take in doing art that keeps me going that, and the idea that by doing it I gain something even if I fail to make anything much. And, I have also found so much support here in the blog world. Not just what people say about my work or to me but also the examples of others also creating and defying the things that discourage it. Keeps me going. Your encouragement makes my day. Thank you.

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  8. Alanna

    Claudia, I also came to art late in life AND writing. I must ask…how much time do you devote to your art every day? You are very prolific. What are your avenues for giving your art new homes? what do you do with your artist’s trading cards? Just curious!

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    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Let’s see. As far as time, I would say I spend about half my time either writing or art each week, on the average. Maybe more. Probably more! The balance between the two varies depending on what I’m working on or if there are deadlines. I will admit to being super-organized by nature and also I have a lot of energy that needs to go somewhere! I have sold my art for the past 20 or so years at street fairs and art in the park events, pretty much – I haven’t been interested in gallery life though I’ve had a few shows here and there, it’s pretty much all been by my own efforts (I enjoy shows, too, not so much gallery stuff). As for ATC’s I used to trade a lot through the IUOMA –
      http://iuoma-network.ning.com/ (if you try this out you will never lack for mail art sending to and fro) and I also taught classes where we traded them at the end, but at the moment I just make them and keep them.

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