Saturday, March 07, 2009

Beautiful Art

This painting is in a bus shelter across the road from the public library. I see it every time I drive out of the library lot and wonder at it. It's mysterious and beautiful, naive, magical.....I just love this painting. Artist? Unknown.....

These days, I am trying to accept good things as they come. I am pretty wrecked over Oblio's death....more about that in another post, I am making an effort to realize when good things are right in front of me and acknowledge them. When I left the library yesterday, here this was, where it always was. I'd never gotten out of the car and examined it too closely. It was snowing and the wind was whipping around, but I slogged through the drifts in front of the bus shelter to record this beauty, at long last.

Too many things are slipping away these days. I have to try to catch them, if I can.

Here is a close up of the Lady. I didn't realize she had a little flower until I had taken the photo. Someone drew her face with ballpoint.....but they did an amazing job, don't you think? And just marvel at the shape of her head....

Her two companions in the photo---the elk (?) headed man and dog. And Elkman is holding a plant? Something growing out of the ground? Notice he has shorts on, too. Clever.

Notice in the first picture that there is a winter/summer division between these characters, the demarcation point being the tree. (Tree of Life?) I can only see these characters as archetypes of some kind.....

What do you think?

(Johnny, I already know you love it...but tell me anyway.)


In some parts of the world, it's spring.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Making Art

The current scene on the worktable...

Background of Alizarin Crimson, and a facsimile thereof with cadmium red and burnt umber. Gold leaf, so carefully! Then a titanium white overpainting. I love a really flat white ground.

In progress----the nails are drawn on with FW Acrylic inks and a fine point steel calligraphy nib. (Glutton for punishment, yes.) I sketched in the spacing and composition for the nails with willow charcoal. I counted the lines after figuring out their final arrangement: 111. Lately, EVERYTHING in my paintings has given me auspicious numbers, even when I don't plan it or anticipate it.
The funny thing is that I don't particularly 'believe' in numerology or astrology or just about any "-ology," for that matter. Still, the strange confluences of numbers in my recent paintings lead me to believe that something is going on.....

Close up. I laid paper on the surface so as not to smear or damage the surface while doing the drawings. I could draw 10 or so nails, then would rest my eyes and hand.

Acrylic, gold leaf, ink on birch board

Finished last month and sent off to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center for the "Reflections on Alaska Statehood: the 49th at 50" exhibit which will be up for 5 months.

Speaking of auspicious numbers, I counted the nails on this piece after it was completely done and found 36----my age!

I have a solo show opening in May at The Alaska House Gallery. I figure I need 12-15 paintings for this show. So far, so good. I have a lot of ideas: always a big plus! The days and nights are evening out, here in the far North. What this means for me is an awakening of my mind and spirit and a sudden, strong and wonderful renewal in my ability to be creative.