Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Artist on the Loose
A blog by an artist
Sharing what I do and see and hoping it inspires you!

March 20, 2018-


“When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So in the storm of life, May your heart soar like an Eagle.” ~ unknown 

Every year I pick a “Word of the Year”. It keeps me focused on what I want. For 2018 my word is “Soar”.
The word picking process begins around November so that I am ready to implement the word on Jan 1 of the new year. 
It becomes a second mission statement & a mantra. I try to repeat it daily and post a graphic of the word and definition in several places. I ask myself if the choices I am making align with my word of the year.
In choosing my word it must be a word I like the sound of, it must be easy to repeat, to use as a mantra. I will be saying it a lot, mentally carving it into my brain, my heart, my soul, & my actions.
Secondly, I spend some time looking and reflecting on the definition. I like a word that has a definition that is full of inspiration. A definition that can make it through twelve months.

fly or rise high in the air. 
maintain height in the air without flapping wings or using engine power.
Increase rapidly above the usual level.

fly or rise high in the air: For 2018 I want to reach for goals beyond what I have attempted. I want to raise my standards of what I create. I want to reach for opportunities to show my work that is on a new level. I want to show in places that are farther away from my base.

 “ To soar we must leave anything that weighs us down” 

maintain height in the air without flapping wings or using engine power.: This one is proving to be really powerful. It means to excel without a lot of useless motion. I take it to mean to get rid of the busy work and do the important work. To stay at a pace that is moving you up and forward and not get caught trying to catch up,“flap your wings”. I plan not to procrastinate, to stay on task, so I do not have to play catch up.

“Removing your self-imposed limitations will allow you to soar.” 
~ found at wearemomo.com

 Increase rapidly above the usual level: I want to work at a pace that surpasses what I have done in the past. I want to work at a level that is above what I have done in the past. 

“The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Well, there you have it. Pick your word for the year carefully and let it help you throughout 2018.

“Don’t quack like a duck, soar like an eagle.” ~ Ken Blanchard

Thursday, February 9, 2017

My Visual Voice

Artist on the Loose
A blog by an artist
Sharing what I do and see and hoping it inspires you!

Feb 5, 2017
©2017 Shephard Fairey We The People

The Artist role can be very powerful. A visual can be emotionally compelling, packed with information, psychologically persuasive and defended with passion. In light of the United States current political climate, I have been very keen on the role of the artist. Not only am I using  my art to process and protest the new administration but I have been following how other artists are using their “voice” (visual voice, written voice, and performance voice) to make their own impact. Just like our actual voice, the visual voice takes many forms. Sometimes it whispers, other times it sings and often it screams. 


If you are an artist or aspiring creative use your art to truly reflect your voice. And use that voice to speak about what is current and important to you. Artists are the keepers of culture so play your part.  

©Pattie Byron Don't Grab my Pussy Jan 2017
Share your visual voice on my Instagram account. https://www.instagram.com/pattiebyron/  or email me your picture at pattiebyron@mac.com. Add your artistic voice by posting your political and social art. Make sure you add © (use “option” “g” on a Mac)   with date, your name, title, medium, dimensions (hxwxd)  and price or “NFS” (not for sale) along with a link to your webpage or contact. For example:

©2017 Arty Gal 
The American
Acrylic on canvas
24” x 24” x 2”

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Easy Like a Sunday Morning

A blog by an artist
Sharing what I do and see and hoping it inspires you!

Dec 4, 2016
Easy Like a Sunday Morning

It is Sunday morning. I am sitting at the Market, in Denver CO. My favorite spot…..maybe in the world. It always has a buzz to it. peoples voices, music, the whirling fans from the kitchen, trays and chairs clanging. Yet, it is warm and cozy, home away from home. I know I can nurse my chai, sketch, read or research on my computer all day long and I will not be asked to leave. It is where I can be alone in a crowd- a sensation - I have always found fascinating. Being alone in a crowd is alienating and inclusive, I am included and on the outside. I am an artist, I am an observer. 

As an observer I examine my  world, my culture, looking for how lines, color shape, perspective make up the buzz. It is not enough to absorb only visual references, I must also tune into 
emotions and feelings, relationships of people and objects.  As the observer I am looking for ways to visually represent the space I am in or I am looking for visual collateral to be used in an abstract, or unfinished piece of art.  I start as the observer - then I create - then you become the observer of what I create.
Easy as a Sunday morning.


Visit The Market when you are in Denver -


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Vlogging Everyday of August!!

Vlogging in August

SO I took a challenge to Vlog (Blog+Video) everyday in August. I started yesterday on Aug 1 and uploaded an introduction. 

Today I continue to entertain you with a quick tour of my Shop where I do my metal work. 

Please please please share your creative space if your an artist! You can do so in the comments below or on my Facebook 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sensational Cincinaturally

Title: Sensational Cincinaturally
©2015 Pattie Byron
Photo by R. Lindeman 

One of my favorite things to do is run through the woods in and around Cincinnati. On my runs my imagination also runs wild! My sculpture, Sensational Cincinnaturally pays tribute to nature and my imagination. 
I have created a whimsical repurposed and recycled sculpture, using scrap from River Metal Recycling in Newport, KY.
 This sculpture should take you on a journey all the way around it where you will discover creatures, flowers, and plants. 
Play a little Eye-Spy. Do you see two shovels? Four butterflies? A kitchen whisk? Oh my, a slithering snake!, What about about a float ball? (yes, like the ones in our toilet bowls!) Smile, discover and imagine your running through a fantastical forest with me. A little teapot captures recycled rain water and feeds a pot where you can plant a flower!  A fish pays homage to our Great Ohio River that boarders Cincinnati. 
As an artist I am on a mission to empower through creativity, Nature, my imagination and Art is empowering to me. I create Art for public & private spaces using a variety of metals. 
For this sculpture I used ONLY what I found at the scrap yard. I added some weld wire, a dab of epoxy and I powered coated the finished piece. I cut using a plasma touch, welded, & engraved. I added texture by grinding the metal & then heated and powder coated the sculpture to finish it off. 
I hope Sensational Cincinnaturally empowers you to appreciate the nature right here in Cincinnati. It is important we care for our earth and all it gives us. Nature Empowers! Go get your nature on!

Please see photos of my work and process on my website. www.pattiebyron.com.
This artwork will be displayed at The Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration 2015 at Sawyer Point on April 18, 2015 from 12pm to 5pm Find more info HERE

                                                    SHARING FOR THE GENEROUS
Thanks for letting me into your world
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

I’m a Poet & I Know It!
I invited area poets to an open mic at my Open Studio last night - I was so inspired and blown away at their craft - the writing, the delivery & the emotions. I love the Arts because people in the Arts are authentic and open hearted.     

My studio space was on fire. It was a gathering of like-minds last night. The collaboration of Poetry & Fine Arts. It was such a familiar and home like atmosphere. I hope to keep it going on future Open Studios. You should come & check it out or participate or find an art opening, poetry reading or open mic in your area. Share your experience with me on Facebook .  

Please pass on  - The Arts Empower

Thanks for letting me into your world
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dumpster Diving

Dumpster Diving

I’m working on great project! The DJJ ScrapShowdown!! 
Last weekend I went to River Metal Recycling Yard in Newport, KY to collect scrap - I now have two weeks to build - I will be sharing my process so check back soon. The completed sculptures will be auctioned off on April 18, 2015 at Sawyer Point Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration!

It was great to have my son, Brian Luman, from NY here to help me collect and document the day.

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