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Sometimes, creating is just hard work!

July 29, 2019

Yes, as all artists know, art making is work. Contrary to the romantic notion that the muse visits, and art just flows out, complete and flawless –creating is messy, filled with stops and starts, problem solving, self doubt.

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In the company of women…

June 29, 2019

Just returning from an art retreat with one of my current, and newly formed art groups, I am reminded how much I enjoy and need this kind of interaction — and realize that in more informal ways, and earlier art groups — I have never been without it.

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what kind of art should we artists make?

May 29, 2019

It is true of most artists these days, that we go into our studios and create what we want, perhaps intuitively picking up the needs of the culture, but mostly deciding what pleases us. It didn’t used to be this way.

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Leaves in ice by brenna busse

Being Human – Cycle Of Life

March 29, 2019

It has been a couple of months since I last connected with all of you — and a huge shift has happened in my life: my mother has died. A beautiful death — she, Eleanor vibrant until the last hours– with hospice, at home, our close family singing her on her way.

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Ice Candle photo by Brenna Busse

A Jumble Of Thoughts – Warm And Wondering…

December 29, 2018

Even as solstice has promised sun’s return, the days are still short, the nights long. At rest now, from the year of creating and being in the world, I am like the trees outside my window, sap to roots, going inward to reflect.

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Leaves in ice by Brenna Busse

In celebration of the small

November 29, 2018

This time of year always brings out the elf in me, and I turn again to making small beings. The practical and “art for all” side of me sees an opportunity to offer you, my dear collectors, a fun, whimsical and budget considerate piece of art for gifts or for yourself.

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photo of grasses by Brenna Busse

Process of Becoming

October 29, 2018

All of art, and life for that matter, evolves through process. Artist Shaun Mcniff talks about process of creation as “a force and a direction that takes shape over a period of time, it suggests a series of actions, changes, fluctuations”.

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leaves in water by Brenna Busse

Letting go, again, some more, ongoingly…

September 29, 2018

Each piece I make – even those from a series – is unique. I can never make it again, just like it was. They are like a “map” of my creative journey. So it is a profound moment to say goodbye to the pieces that I make and love. To let them go…

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art photo by Brenna Busse

Good Enough!

August 29, 2018

I’ve been bumping up against my inner critic lately. You know who I mean. That constant, persistent voice — filled with negativity, casting doubt: Are you sure? Are you worthy? Can you do it? Is it good enough? That voice of doubt is especially strong for artists.

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closeup of Art by Brenna Busse

Clearing Out / Letting Go…

July 29, 2018

Change – sometimes it takes looking back, to see where we have come… As many of you know, dear followers and collectors, in the past three, years I have changed my art medium. I’m still creating the figure, but instead of the plethora of materials that I used before, I have simplified.

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Artists Are Not Crazy!

June 29, 2018

Later than usual this year, my first outdoor show in many months was early June in Iowa City.  After my 5+ hour drive, unloading and setting up my tent in the full sunny 98 degree day — all by 5PM, I opened my heart and art to the dauntless art appreciators (thanks Iowa City for showing up and making a great show happen!).

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North Shore MN photo by Brenna Busse

In the Struggle

May 29, 2018

Earlier this month, I again participated in the amazing “Art as Journey” group lead by artist Elizabeth Erickson at Grand Marais Art Colony. Held in a converted church uphill from the harbor on magnificent Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota, it is an opportunity to have guided focus and explore personal art practice for four days.

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