[“On Beach Time” 24x36, sold] Just delivered this commission to a happy collector. She found me years ago, but was waiting until they got their perfect Oregon beach house to commission this piece. She sent me lots of reference photos of these kids that are now grown and play on the beach with kids of their own. I was so tempted to paint in some of the brilliant sunsets she sent me or that lush green Oregon coast. But in the end, I didn’t want any secondary stories to take away from the primary story of these sweet kids, so that’s where all the color and detail stayed. It was so fun to create the magic of their memories and capture something so special for their family. It is such an honor to paint for people. Let me know if I can make something for you! ❤️🏝
[“Two Makes Whole” original sold, but prints available: https://www.stephaniehock.com/prints) Last Friday I went in to get LASIK and had some complications which meant I had to get a different eye surgery (PRK) instead. I’m so grateful to have the same result—corrected vision— either way, and grateful that nothing went majorly wrong and I’m not permanently blind or anything. But what was supposed to be a 12 hour quick recovery has turned into a much longer, much more painful ordeal. I’ve sat for the last three days mostly in a dark room with sunglasses trying not to open my eyes. When I have opened them (and the pain subsided), I’ve had double, blurred vision that gives me headaches. Slowly, slowly it’s gotten a little bit better as the days have gone on. Today’s day five and I can sort of read my phone again. It’s been a challenge, for not just me, but everyone I live with. I thought often of this painting I did awhile ago, my version of what marriage looks like. This weekend has been him filling up our entire circle and me contributing very little. I’m so humbled by love. I’m so humbled there’s someone in this world who is willing to share his money with me, to do work I can’t get to, to take care of me in the most gentle ways, to sacrifice things he wants to make me happy, make my dreams come true. How is another human willing to be this kind and unselfish toward me, this giving? I wonder sometimes if we experience physical challenges (temporary blindness, in my case) only to make sure we can really SEE what we have. I’ve been so grateful most of all for such a wonderful husband, but also such helpful children and other kind friends and family members who have all reached out in different ways and shown me love. I am recommitted to giving all that love back out to the world to help others when they need to be filled up. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” (one more way the Beatles got it right).
My last baby was born with a hole in his lung and had to spend some time in the NICU. Having three healthy births before that, I really didn’t understand the stress, worry, and exhaustion that accompanies helplessly watching a NICU baby struggle to do even simple things like breathe. I learned how raw your skin gets with all the washing in (up to your elbows!) every time you entered (thank you drs and nurses who do this for a living). It was pretty scary at the beginning and I remember the compassionate nurse who unfolded the gravity of our situation to us. As we sat there, letting it sink in, she said, “I believe in miracles.” Four simple words, but they brought us so much hope. And lucky for us, our son had a miracle of his own and healed in time to surprise us and come home CHRISTMAS DAY! So when one of my best friends got pregnant with twins, had a rough pregnancy, gave birth prematurely and began her own NICU journey, I ached right alongside her. Those words, “I believe in miracles,” stayed in my head for months as I prayed and prayed for her and her babies. They made it through those scary beginning days and are doing so well now! When she asked me to paint this first moment she got to actually hold her babies, I knew I was treading on sacred ground. I painted it with a lump in my throat, marveling at how many miracles I’ve seen in my life. God is good. I see His hand EVERYWHERE. [“Miracles” sold]
Sneak peek of what I’m laboring on this Labor Day (I love my job) ❤️❤️
A couple weeks ago, we took our kids to Disneyland. On the long drive from Salt Lake to California, we stopped just outside Vegas to see the Seven Magic Mountains. This public art project was created in 2016 by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone and is made up of seven towers of colorfully painted limestone boulders stacked 30 feet into the sky. It was only supposed to stay up for two years, but due to its incredible success there are talks underway of how to keep it up longer. My family and I were excited to see it. But what struck me even more than the art, was the reaction people had to the art. Any rest stop could give people a chance to get out of the car and stretch their legs. But this piece of public art was bringing people joy. The bright colors and sheer wonder of it, made people happy. They were smiling, touching the boulders, taking pictures, laughing, delighted. The mood was contagious and we found ourselves making friends with our fellow travelers. Nearby, people had started a rock garden of their own—stacking up nearby rocks to make towers, mini magic mountains. The art was inspiring people to create, to build something of their own for whoever came next to enjoy. I was struck by the power of art in our world—how it brings us joy and inspires us as people. How it can unify strangers and remind us of the good in the world. I felt so big and thrilled to be an artist doing work like this, and also so small and humbled to be weaving one small thread in the great tapestry of artistic humans who have ever lived and created. I’ve saved these photos as my screensavers to remind me how powerful good art can make me feel ❤️❤️
I’m excited to hear that this painting, “Personal Best,” just found a home with a new collector in Park City! Thanks @jgogallery!! #sold
My Murray Resident Show has now moved to the Murray Library (which is my favorite library of all)! Come check it out in person (and all work is available to purchase on my website www.stephaniehock.com/originals) 📚 + 🖼 = ❤️
Having the best time learning about figure painting from @heatherarenas at @workshopslc. It’s pushing me in such good ways and I love the chance to learn ❤️❤️
My wonderful cousin has a podcast called Create Loud. I had so much fun chatting about running a creative business and what I’ve learned. Give it a listen! 👂 createloud.org
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Today on #CreateLoud #podcast we have the fabulous @stephaniehockart! She is so full of #positivity we have taken to calling her "Optimist Prime". 😂 She talks about your journey as an artist and how friends can help #support you! Don't miss it! https://apple.co/2SBuhGj
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Here’s my finished painting from last night! I had so much fun chatting with all of you, thank you so much to everyone who came and said hello! Check out @15th_street_gallery for some of my newest available work 🖼
Getting all my supplies together so I can go paint tonight at @15th_street_gallery! There will be several artists plein air painting outside and around the gallery during @gallerystroll tonight from 6-9:00 pm. Come watch us work and say hello! (and maybe bring me a popsicle since the high is 99 today! 🥵🎨 no worries, the gallery has air conditioning 😉🌬) Hope to see you there!
“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.