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Mystery

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6-10-19


“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist…" Rene Magritte







Le Retour 1940 Rene Magritte

“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist…" Rene Magritte

I love this quote from Rene Magritte for it encompasses the essence of art - it's mystery and how appropriate it is for us as humans.  Human beings intrinsically create.  We must, it is a part of our nature, from the greatest works of art to the advances of science and medicine.  We create.  We've discovered macro and micro worlds on this planet and in space.  And within it all, we, on this earth, among the vastness of space and the wonders of our world, discovered that the universe contains the such immense mysteries, things we can and cannot explain. Mysteries that go beyond our initial comprehension.  Our existence, coupled with such wonders leads us to create, to express such things.

Art in itself, expresses the human condition.  One of its roles, expresses what it means to b…

Crucifixion Meditation

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6-3-19

I'm excited because I've been selected for the Alumni Artist in Residence at Azusa Pacific University in California.  It is an incredible honor and I'm so grateful for the opportunity.  I'll be working with the graduate students hosting a workshop, field trips, critiques, making and showing art.  It'll be a busy time, definitely! 

I'm working on new work for the show that will be up while I'm there.  I'm calling it my Crucifixion Meditations.  They relate in some degree to the Lamentation Series I'm working on currently too but these are intimate works - approximately 12"x12"x1.5".  I'm planning on having ten - twelve pieces created for the show. 

I've been working quickly with these pieces, meditating of course on the Passion of Christ for them, but working very fast.  They are coming out of me as fast as I can create which let's me be more spontaneous and less calculated with the works.  I prefer working this way.…

Prayer

5-13-19
Prayer

Moments Birthed by Pensive waiting
Reveals Yearnings of Ageless pleas
Guttural Cries of Primal needs
Speak Forth weighted Petitions
Supplications Revealed in Meditative moments
Spur Restless Anticipation
Rendering forth Silent replies
Awakening dawn

Asiatic Lily

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5-3-19
Asiatic Lily
Stamen and pistils Quiver within Goldenrod petals Spotted with crimson
Delicate arches Symmetrically balance The flowers stance Against dark Green leaves
Withered memories Of vibrant colors Contrast against Yellow blossoms Of bursting existence
Bringing to Full circle The Dance Of Life And Death

Palm Sunday

4-14-19


Palm Sunday
Sipping coffee Within the silence Of the morning
Awaiting the business Of the day
Reflections of past Hallelujahs and Branches
Setting the stage For the week
Passion and suffering Host the time Of the season
With joyful Resurrection to come
All absorbed within A cup of tan Warmth
Renewing moments Of peaceful contentment

Continuing the Process

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4-8-19

Continuing the Process


Thinking about my latest piece on Thai Bird's Nest Paper, I'm contemplating just what it means to me.  I typically allow the piece to speak and also allow the time it takes for it to speak.  I'm ruminating on this one, especially.  I feel like I'm breaking into new territory, which is exciting.  I'm not pushing this at all, in fact, I'll allow however much time it needs to complete it.  The waiting can make me a bit anxious as I want to create and work on it but many times, I'm just looking, waiting for the piece to tell me the next step in which to go.  It's not frustrating. It forces me to slow down and really see, really look into what I'm doing, making the work, and bringing it to completion. 



This process allows for me to contemplate, pray, and rest if you will.  The act of creating, of creation is one where the energy is expended but also contained, built up in order to release into the creative act.  I'm grat…
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4-1-19

It's a beautiful day here in Denver and I'm ready to create!  I've been working on the Lamentation Series but also other works as well.  I'm revisiting an old material - Thai Bird's Nest Paper.  It's wonderful!!!!!  I'm stitching hemp thread and cheesecloth to it.  The textures are scrumptious! I'm playing with ideas of hidden and revealed, things constant within chaos. 

The textures of the paper will allow for me to use paint and show it off beautifully.  I can't wait to get the paint on it!  Right now, I'm stitching and sewing the cheesecloth onto the paper.  It's very meditative and grounding.  It is a welcome break from the intensity of the Lamentation Series.  Don't get me wrong, I'm loving the Lamentation Series but emotionally, it takes its toll.  So, this work is very welcome and needed at times. 

The sewing is reminiscent of my teen years, when I used to sew.  I learned during high school and received my first sewing …
3-14-19
A Day’s Grace (After a Bad Dream)
Images swirling within The mirror of my mind
Traces the memory Of the previous night
Echoes disquieting dreams Disturbing the morning’s dawn
Settling into routines While shaking remembrances
Affirms resonate traces Allowing the day to grace


Saying Goobye

2-26-19

Saying Goodbye


In the solitude I sit
waiting for the stillness
to subside

Pensive and hurried 
thoughts fill my
head

Your presence
no longer here
but in another place

Sorrow for what
wasn't and
for what was

Making it hard
to release
and say goodbye

1-28-19

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It's snowing in Denver and the solitude is lovely.  While I've been busy painting on my LAMENTATION Series, I'm taking a morning break of stillness. I'm looking at the tiny orchids on my kitchen table and contemplating their beauty.  But, with that, it is appropriate that I'll be working more on the series today as it is the second anniversary of my mother's passing.  I'm not sad for she is in a better place.  I can rejoice with that but I am contemplative; thinking of the brevity of life and all that this short time on earth offers.  
With my musings this morning, I'm contemplating the Memento Mori - keeping death before us, the vanity of life, and the brevity of our lives.  We are told to number our days for we really don't know how long we have on this earth. For me, that means I must take in and give as much as I can to this life.  As an artist, I do create things; things that might not have value to anyone else but me and yes, they will, at som…