Posts Tagged ‘collage’

On Being an Artist – Part 2

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 by jmbroekman 6 Comments
The beginning of a new book of collages

Thoughts on being an artist in this always-connected-digital world

This is a continuation of the most recent post in which I lamented that being an artist isn’t always as easy at it looks. Has being an artist become even more complicated in this always-connected-digital universe?

You could argue that the digital age makes being an artist easier, rather than more difficult. There are so many ways to reach your audience. Yet, there is something about putting work “out there” whether here on this blog, on FaceBook, or Instragram, that keeps a questioning eye peering over my shoulder. For those of us who lean sharply toward the side of self-doubt, this social media landscape often feeds our worst internal demons. I almost always hesitate before hitting the “post” button, questioning myself and my motivation, before sending whatever it is out into cyberspace. Are you sure that’s ready for prime time?

I am told, however, that as an artist not connecting is not an option. And if there is one lesson that being an artist teaches, it’s that you have to look fear right in the eye, and do whatever it is anyway. So in I jump with both feet and allow the crazy current to carry me where it will. On the plus side, I’ve gotten a ton of positive feedback, and discovered a mess of really talented and inspiring artists out there. In the end, I like being able to stay in touch and share my work with all of you, near and far.

On being an artist – and finding time to disconnect

Courageous acts as an artist also include sending out applications (for grants, shows and residencies). As my grandmother always said “No you’ve got, yes you can get“, which I wrote about here. With that in mind, I applied for a residency at the Heliker-Lahotan Foundation. To my great delight, they invited me to spend September on Great Cranberry Island!

I am looking forward to working with abandon; letting my curiosity take me where it will, without expectation of what the work should be; slowing way down to live inside the work, and giving that little voice of doubt over my shoulder a vacation. This time away, I am confident, will propel my work forward for many years to come. Can you tell how excited I am about this opportunity?

01 May 2013

Posted on: May 1st, 2013 by jmbroekman 2 Comments


April Drawings

April was, evidently, something of a blue month. To see the full, rather than the thumbnail version, of the drawings above, just click on them. Blue was definitely my color of choice. Now that May is here, let’s hope for some additional diversity in the paintbox. I am, again, embarking on a drawing-a-day. Stay tuned!


Posted on: December 21st, 2012 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

Happy Solstice

There is something about the pattern of today’s date, that I find intriguing – even if I’ve heard rumors it signifies the end of the world. Maybe the end of the world as we know it – full of violence and hatred and anger. Maybe it’s the beginning of a different kind of world, full of kindness, respect, and peace. Let’s hope so. And, in any case, it’s a day I always celebrate – thankful for the returning sun.

Here’s hoping that you enjoy whatever you may be celebrating at this time of year, and that 2013 will bring you buckets of laughter and joy.


12 November 2012

Posted on: November 12th, 2012 by jmbroekman 4 Comments

A couple of new collages

Some work that is definitely influenced by both time spent in and materials brought home from Italy. Moments in time; Intersections; Crossroads.


Cafe Nomad

Posted on: August 6th, 2012 by jmbroekman
Picking up the Pieces, #54

Picking up the Pieces at Cafe Nomad

Almost three years ago I started this series of collages – Picking up the Pieces – when I could no longer find the surface of my drawing table, covered as it was with myriad leftover pieces of prints. I’ve written about this work, and the process here and a little later here. To date, I’ve completed more than 80 of these collages; and I still have drawers filled with additional scrap material. It looks like I will always have plenty of puzzle like pieces to rearrange into some workable configuration – both literally and metaphorically.

Today my friend Diana Arcadipone and I put up about 45 of these collages on the gallery wall at Cafe Nomad. The work will be up for the rest of the month of August. So if you are headed into the Western hills for a hike (or lake swim, or whatever), stop at the Cafe for a great breakfast or lunch, and check out my work on the wall! If you can’t get there, you can see a selection on the collage page of this site.

For the Cafe hours: or you can find them on FaceBook: