My husband met Amanda Church at a bonfire this past summer while I was in Miami for work. Ms. Church told my husband about an idea she had, which sounded a lot like an idea I had, so he hooked us up.
It’s too early to tell if we will end up working together but I’m glad we met because she is one of the coolest women I know.
Ms. Church visits her East Hampton home on the weekends. She lives in the city where she works at Time Inc. as a part-time editor but it is painting that is her passion.
She is in a group show titled “Quietly” that opens tonight at the Luxe Gallery, 53 Stanton Street, on the Lower East Side.
Her paintings, however, are anything but quiet. They are loud and luscious bursts of color that have been described as “psychosexual abstractions” and “pornographic paintings, brilliantly disguised as benign colorful shapes.”
Of course, I wouldn’t have known this unless I read it on Ms. Church’s blogspot. So far, I have only seen pictures of her paintings and not the paintings themselves. I just thought they looked like something I might paint if I were a painter. I liked them immediately.
Ms. Church’s work reminds me of well-known local artist whose work I have seen. In fact, if you’ve been to the Meeting House in Amagansett, you’ve seen Dan Rizzi’s work, too. Ms. Church offers a similar view as Mr. Rizzi’s but obviously from a different perspective, bolder in color and more organic but no less orgasmic. I’d like to see them side by side one day, in my living room.
Whereas Mr. Rizzi uses familiar shapes like flowers and even words to entice the viewer, the feelings expressed by Ms. Church’s work are done so completely by form and color they hark back to one of the first abstract painters, Russian artist Vassily Kandinsky. But where Mr. Kandinsky is sharp and aggressive, Ms. Church is soft and enveloping.
I would pretty much do anything to add a Kandinsky to my future art collection, which brings me to my New Year’s resolution: Dream big.
By now everyone has heard of the DVD and book called “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, which claims that all you have to do is send thoughts out into the universe and your dreams will come true. It’s not that easy. In addition to all those positive thoughts, hard work is involved.
The way I thought “The Secret” worked was, for example, if I focused hard enough on hanging a Kandinsky painting in my home, the painting would one day miraculously appear.
There is a lot more to it than that and that is where the new book, “The Answer,” by John Assaraf and Murray Smith, comes in. “The Answer” helps business owners grow their businesses using the laws of attraction.
My husband, who is reading the book, tells me we don’t have our dream house, not for lack of funds as I had thought, but because I don’t see it in my mind’s eye.
I haven’t picked out any materials for the house, such as the flooring or tiles or cabinets, because the market changes so frequently and we don’t have any idea when we’ll start to build.
My thought was, “Why pick something out now that could be obsolete by the time we begin?”
Apparently, I need to get those things done now so that I can focus on the image. I must do the work to create the image.
In order to get what you want, you have to know what you want. For me, just knowing what I want is hard sometimes, especially pertaining to my business. But this is the year I will figure out exactly what I want and how I’m going to get it.
But as the laws of attraction state, “Be careful what you ask for.”
I asked for a fixer-upper on the water and I got it, alright, so we’ve been living in a 460-square-foot shack for the past eight years.
“You’ve got to continue your dream,” my husband told me.
It’s time to start thinking big. Kandinsky, here I come. First, though, I need the wall.