Friday, September 28, 2018

Toni Morrison's call to artists and a reminder to put Nov. 6th in your datebook

Are you registered to VOTE on November 6th? Of course you are. People who look at artsy blogs are always locked and loaded to vote, right? 

If, by some chance, you are not registered to vote, click right here and do it NOW.

Our country needs all of us to step up.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Journal Entry

Sometimes I just can't keep the noise down in my head. On those days, I try to remember all of the self-care suggestions I've read about...deep breathing, take a walk in nature, go for a bike ride, take a nap. But I guess my best bet is to go to my studio and play in my art journal. It has a soothing effect and allows me to express myself in a safe place.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

How To Live An Authentic Life

These are the things I work on every day of my life. 
Of course, some days are easier than others.

Participate in life.
Do familiar and novel things.
Do each thing deliberately
and without rushing.
Put space between
one thing and the next.

Live artfully.

Have daily, weekly,
and monthly rituals.

Only do what feels right.
Follow Your own rules
and recognize intuitive nudges.
Do not be submissive.

Be self aware.
Spend time alone to
consciously process your life,
appreciate your spirituality,
embrace imperfections,
tend to your emotions,
and treat yourself kindly.

Live a simple,
clutter-free life
and eat simple food.

Tend to your
social connections-
both family and friends.

Immerse yourself into
nature often.
Stand in awe of nature,
inviting her into
each and every
cell of your body.
Feed your
motivation mechanism
in order to remain
and complete.

Share your
resources and passions.
Understand that the well-being
of others is equally
as important as your own.

Move your body
to keep it healthy
and pain-free.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Poem to my Tahitian Daughters

You Are Free
J.Van Genderen

You are free to wake to the morning sun
and soak in its golden warmth;
to swim among the multicolored corals on the reef,
lying just beneath the sparkling sea;
to dance with full-bodied abandon
to the music of the conch shell.
You are free from a stranger's 
licentious vision of paradise.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

One of a Kind Small Works

As a mixed media artist, I have a passion for creating collage and assemblage using just about any tangible item that looks interesting to me. Before I even knew there was a word for it, I began repurposing materials into my art. As an outsider artist, I am largely self taught using painting, printmaking, and assemblage techniques in my work.

My art represents a desire to express my world view with all of its challenges, beauty, and grace. A constant subtext across my work is that in the end we are all just humans and therefore vulnerable to the trials of the human condition. I challenge myself to choose media and materials that will best express the narratives and emotions that I want to evoke. In terms of my favorite art supplies or materials, anything and everything is a potential source, particularly interesting and intriguing found objects.

If you are interested in learning more about my work, please contact me at

Left:  # 1 Connect with Nature
Size:   4 x 8 in        


Right: #2  
Size:  5.5 x 8 in       

Right: #3   Balance
Size:  4 x 4in             

Center: #4  Kindness
Size: 4 x 8 in  (SOLD)

Right: #5  Speak Your Truth 
Size:  4 x 4 in.      


Left:  #6  Tea Time
Size:4 x 5 in.

Center:  #7  Time for Coffee 
Size: 4 x 8 in                 

Right:  #8     (SOLD)
Freedom from F.O.G. (Fear, Obligation and Guilt)
Size: 5 x 4 in.                

Left:  #18  Frida 1 (SOLD)
Size:4 x 5 in.

Center:  #19 Frida 2  
Size: 7.5 x 8 in                 

Right:  #20    Frida 2   
Size: 4 x 4 in.  

Left:  #25  Annie Oakley
Size:4 x 10 in.

Center:  #26   Frida 4
Size: 4 x 10 in                 

Right:  #27 She Has a Story 
Size: 4 x 8 in.  

Left:  #28 Knowing
Size: 4 x 10 in.

Center:  #29  Without My Mask
Size: 4 x 10 in.              

Right:  #30 SisterFriends
Size: 4 x 10 in. 

Left:  #31 Family Secrets (SOLD)
Size: 4 x 16 in.

Center:  #32  My Secret
Size: 4 x 8 in.              

Right:  #33 Douce Infant
Size: 4 x 5 in. 

#35 Solitude
Size: 4 x 5 in. 

#36 Girls Best Friend
Size : 4 x 5 in.

#37 Sisterhood (SOLD)
Size : 4 x 5 in.

#38 Mirror Image
Size : 8 x 10 in.

#39 Missing Constantino
#40  Marilyn Series 

#41 Audrey Series 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Small Works by Joanne Van Genderen

The artwork shown here represents a sample of my small works (ranging in size from 4 x 4 inches to 3 x 6 inches. A few pieces are 2.5 x 3 inches.)

Each piece consists of collage and/or assemblage on wooden blocks. They can be hung on a wall or placed on a small easel. All pieces are signed and dated.

Connect with Nature

Be True to Yourself

Tea Time

Spring Trio

Freedom from F.O.G (fear, obligation, and guilt)

Speak Your Truth


Know Thyself

Audrey Hepburn Quotes


Marilyn Quotes

Coffee Time

A New Land

Missing Constantino




Waiting for Family



She Has a Story


Monday, February 5, 2018

Solo Traveler Posted my Adventure

I'm Published

As I was reading about this interesting New Mexico road trip I was amazed that the author did everything I did! Finally my brain got to the "wait a minute" point and I realized this was an article I submitted to Solo Traveler about a month or so ago.

Here is is...

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Reasons to Take a New Mexico Road Trip

I was looking for some natural beauty and solitude and I found it in the mountains of Abiquiú, New Mexico.
After flying into Albuquerque, I rented a car for an exquisite road trip up the Turquoise Highway. I stopped in the funky art town of Madrid, continued on to Santa Fe, then took the high road to Taos. I drove to Abiquiú, staying at Ghost Ranch (Georgia O’Keefe territory), and finally back to Albuquerque after a quick stop at Bandelier National Monument.
Santa Fe filled my need for art and local Indian culture. There are lots of galleries, museums, and shops to wander through.
When in Taos, I walked across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge where I saw a family of long horned sheep resting on the side of a mountain. I visited the Taos Pueblo, and enjoyed the tremendous public art and galleries.
I drove the Rio Chama corridor to Abiquiú. I had tea at the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm and purchased some Herbs de Abiquiú. I stayed at Ghost Ranch, where I rode a horse through the O’Keefe Landscape and basically chilled out in awe of my surroundings while exploring the ranch.
The spiritual nature of this trip was punctuated by respect for the land, learning about the Pueblo Indians, the art and light, and the generosity of the people I met.
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