“Certain” 16x20, available here: https://www.stephaniehock.com/originals. 🎨🎨🎨Tomorrow night I’ll be hanging out outside @15th_street_gallery plein air painting with a bunch of other artists. Drop by during @gallerystroll from 6-9:00 pm and say hello! See you there!
Here’s a brand new painting I just finished, “The Joy of Summer” 20x20 available on my website: https://www.stephaniehock.com/originals. I’m having so much fun playing with the line between representational painting and abstraction. I’m loving finding places to let the texture show through and bounce the colors around. Coming to work just feels like playing and I can get lost in my studio for hours having fun. Hope your summer is feeling as joyful as this!
[“Welcome” 36x36, available at @jgogallery] I’ve been feeling a bit lost lately, since no matter how hard I try, I’m not getting to the majority of my to-do list this summer. For someone who bases a good day on how much they accomplish, it can be hard to get to the end of the day and answer “not much.” During the school year, we tend to work really hard and play just a little. The other day I realized summer is the opposite—we tend to play really hard and work just a little. And I’m learning to realize, maybe that’s okay. Maybe this is filling up our fun tanks so we can make it through the long winter until next summer. I’m trying to calculate a successful day by the quantity of meaningful connections with people I love, rather than just more tasks checked off. And if nothing else, all of our adventures give me so many reference stories to tell later with paint. So here’s to filling your soul with the best that is out there in life! Summer on!
I grew up in Murray, Utah and am thrilled to still live in this great city and be raising my family here. My husband (who didn't grow up here) was describing Murray to someone else and said, it's like living in a small town right in the middle of a big city. My thoughts exactly. I love bumping into my neighbors at the pool and school events and youth rec programs and the library and the 4th of July parade. It's such a great community and I love any chance I have to support it.
I get to be the Murray Artist Resident on Display for the rest of the summer! Here are the two places my work will be hanging:
Murray City Hall
5025 S. State Street
June 26-July 31
Murray City Library
166 E. 5300 S.
July 31- August 28
[“Choices” 30x40, available at 15th Street Gallery tonight from 6-9:00!] I’ve been reading the book “Essentialism” lately and thinking a lot about choices. “Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.” Instead of splitting our energy a lot of ways and only making tiny progress, we choose a few places we want to focus and enjoy significant progress in the things that matter most. Easier said than done, right? But I’m finding the more selective I am about what I say yes to and where I point my energy, the more happy I am because I’m seeing the way that energy pays off in the areas I care about the most. It’s less about FOMO (fear of missing out) and more about the joy of being purposeful. There are so many good options, but knowing what’s best for ME and what makes me the happiest and most fulfilled is so much more rewarding than trying to keep up with someone else’s plan. What do you do to focus your energy on what matters most? How do you simplify everything else? *** This new painting and others will be on display tonight at 15th Street Gallery for their summer group show from 6-9:00 pm. Come stop by and if you see me say hello!
[“Tourists” 36x36, available at 15th Street Gallery] This Friday is the summer group show at 15th Street Gallery from 6-9:00 pm! I dropped off a bunch of brand new work, including this painting. My favorite way to see cities I travel to is by bike. It’s so much faster than walking, but so much more intimate that a car or bus or train. I love exploring and stopping next to whatever interests me and appreciating all the nooks and crannies that make a place fascinating. It was biking through Key West (where I took this picture) that I discovered my dream bike and came home and bought it. Now when I bike through my neighborhood, I feel that same sense of wonder as I discover new things (like who knew the house I’ve passed hundreds of times actually has intricate wood carvings in their tree?). There is so much of the world, near or far, to appreciate and enjoy. Come on over (by bike!) to 15th Street tomorrow night to enjoy some fun summer art!
[“Personal Best” 24x36, available at J GO Gallery] I'm not a runner. But I've always admired how runners strive for their personal best-- always trying to set a new personal record. They run alongside others in a competition, but the win comes from doing better than they've done before. They push against their own history and status quo to shave even a few minutes off their time-- a new personal best. I think there's so much to learn from this example of constantly improving a little bit at a time, comparing only to yourself and pushing beyond the easy and comfortable. I think humans can accomplish pretty amazing things when they believe in themselves.
I have some exciting news! You can now find my work at J GO Gallery in Park City! I have admired this gallery for years and am thrilled to work with them. They’ve got such a fun, dynamic location right at the top of Main Street and it’s full of such a great, creative energy. You can click here: https://jgogallery.com/artist/stephanie-hock to see what pieces I have available and contact them to purchase.
Happy Fathers Day to all the good men who have protected us, provided for us, helped us fix things, forgiven us when we broke things, and taught us how to grow into healthy, strong people—just like them. And who tell awesome Dad jokes 😉. Lots of love especially to my dad @tbrowncreative7, my father-in-law @hock7716, and my husband and father of my children @adam.hock ❤️❤️❤️❤️
My boy got his tonsils out yesterday and today was rough for him. He felt especially vulnerable and didn’t want me to leave his side. Like other working moms, I feel like the toughest calls are when work deadlines and family needs hit in the same moments. How do you prioritize when they’re both important priorities? I’m grateful for the flexibility my work provides about where and how I work. I brought a table and easel up to the family room and alternated between painting and varnishing and sitting on the couch snuggling my son all day. We watched baseball together, I made progress where I needed and I was right next to him every time he needed another popsicle. It’s rarely ever a perfect balance, but I was grateful today worked out 💛 🎨 👩👦#reallife #momartist #womenirl
Delivered this commission this week (don’t you love that napping child buried up to their neck in the sand? My favorite part!) to one of my favorite women of all time. She is the matriarch of a large family of eight children and now so many grandchildren. Every year they all gather together at Newport Beach and have a big family reunion for a week (I’m still trying to figure out how I can sneak in... they won’t notice a few more, right?). Cristie LOVES being a mother and grandmother and wife and sister and friend and she radiates that deep love in all her relationships. She brings so much joy to the world and I want to be exactly like her when I grow up 🔆🔆🔆
I love painting favorite subjects over again! I always learn something new and it’s interesting to me to see where they’re the same and where they’re different. This one was for a trade with @kelly.seim.artist who I’m so sad just moved to Philly! 😫 Kelly and her husband Alan are the life of the party and always make us laugh. I’m SO THRILLED about the family portrait she painted for me (scroll to see!)! I surprised my kids and they were so ecstatic (“that’s ME!!”). This will be such a treasure for years to come. Thank you Kelly! Best of luck on your next adventure! I’m glad you got to take a piece of Salt Lake with you ❤️❤️
We've had a lot of wet, rainy days this spring in Utah. It's given me a lot of time to ponder the idea of shelter. I've been so grateful for the physical shelter and safe spaces I've found--umbrellas, pavilions, indoors--to provide haven during the storms (even the smelly reptile house during a rainy first grade zoo field trip). But it's made me think a lot about the way we create those emotional safe shelters for the people around us. Sometimes I'm the one giving it, but often I'm the grateful recipient of someone else holding an emotional umbrella out to me and letting me feel protected and dry for a minute while we wait for the clouds to pass. To the loving souls who continually offer me this kind of respite and safety, thank you ❤️❤️ [“Keep You Safe” 16x16, available]
Here’s a secret about me: I’m actually a bit of a tech-geek 🤓. You know how stereotypical artists are the black sheep of the bookish world—too creative to be organized or stick to deadlines? I’m probably the black sheep of the art world—secretly in love with spreadsheets and mailmerge. But! I’ve learned a thing or two about how to use technology and tools to keep my art business organized (aka lower my stress) and I’m so excited to share what I’ve learned with you! This event is FREE! It will be this Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm at the @springvillemuseum. There will be four 25 minute rotations (swipe 👉🏻 to see the other dynamite presenters) and it is open for all creative professionals. Come ask me all your questions!
Here’s my third and final plate for #300plates. Party starts tonight at 6! Check out @artaccessgallery and #300plates2019 for some fun previews!
Here’s my second plate for #300plates this Thursday! There is something beautiful about the repetitive nature of practicing something over and over until suddenly it’s not hard anymore. I tell my kids a lot that learning something is like climbing up a triangle. One side is really hard, all uphill. But every step gets you closer to the top until you hit the click point where the thing becomes easy for you and then it’s like sliding down the other side of the triangle. It’s fun! And then you cross back over and you’re ready to learn something new. We just have to remember this triangular cycle and be patient with ourselves on the uphill side. We’ll get there. Keep learning and practicing 🔺🔺🔺 #300plates2019 @artaccessgallery
Getting excited for #300plates this Thursday! See @artaccessgallery for more details. I painted three plates this year and this is my first one. I’ll never get tired of freezing action shots and painting them. I love that suspended energy and anticipation. Plus kids jumping off diving boards just make the best expressions and gestures. Aren’t human bodies wonderful? Let’s celebrate ours as if we were still a kid who only wants to take their body out for a great adventure every day ✨ #300plates2019
I’m so excited to have work hanging at the Pioneer Theatre Company this month! The show is “Grease” and in keeping with the era, our art show is titled “Brought to You in Technicolor” celebrating the wonderful world of color. I’m excited to share the space with some great friends and fellow artists Rebecca Klundt, Brandt Berntson and Lindey Carter. Both shows open tonight and go until May 25. If you just want to see the art show, it’s open to the public free from 10-6:00, Monday through Friday. I’m going tonight and can’t wait!
I had lunch with some friends today who alwayslift my soul. I feel like whatever we’re taking about, they empathize with my feelings and also help me see the beauty in the situation. We have an inside joke that so many things we do may not be Pinterest-perfect, but we look at them and say, “it’s good enough.” And the truth is, they are! There is beauty in the chaos, the little things, the normal moments and even the things that go the opposite of how we hope. It’s all gonna be just fiiiiiine in the long run. I’m grateful for friends who aren’t just “good enough”, but the best kind of women out there, who laugh with me along the race. ❤️❤️ [“Road Trip” 8x8, available]