Is everyone back in school - settled into fall routines?
My routines are completely "down the tubes," as they say.
Back surgery went well, once I finally got there, waylaid by anemia a couple of times, needing treatment. So, as I journaled, much of what was going on in my life, was reflected in my journal. This photo of a journal page is called "Metamorphosis" More detail resides on the 20 Page Journal tab of this website.
Trying to use pain, lowered functioning, loss, though temporary, of abilities - as a learning tool, and being boldly wise about it while often being a pain because of some whining, somehow we have made it through. Friends, family, a new baby girl (granddaughter), kind thoughts, prayers from many I'll probably never know about, held me together. We went through a hurricane though we were only on the edges, a major tropical storm before that, trusting faith to keep us all firm and standing. Literally. Now just need to gain my strength back.
Another Journal, this one for the Brooklyn Arts Project is underway - I think I will title it "Uncommon Chickens" - - more to come as I work on it, and a piece I must paint/charcoal of a young woman from the Crow Tribe, then getting art ready for Christmas displays are in the near future.
It will never be the same again. Have you ever crossed those kind of bridges? Perhaps the Uncommon Chickens Journal will reflect a come back, we'll see. We often use the word "chicken" especially when young to express taunting of someone who is in fear, or too wise to do something foolish. I hope this Journal will be a story of uncommon chickens who show courage, the ability to have fun and try the possible and impossible, be themselves, no matter what other chickens think, and who aren't afraid to be an uncommon chicken
Have a great fall everyone.
A result of the journey - "a beautiful surprise instead."
Must confess to lying in bed for a while working on art journal - I have not yet configured how to set up an oil painting station or sleep with charcoal smudged into the sheets.
I have had back surgery May 30th of 2012 and am recuperating. The recent months have watched as I journal a transformation spiritually, physically, and emotionally, along with experimenting with new papers, surfaces, and techniques to create art.
Not surprisingly the Journal, which will be displayed in the Mobile Museum of Art in part of July and part of August, turned into a chronicle of a personal journey. The Journey included many other artists, some finding similar outcomes. I can't wait until the show - it will be amazing. Hopefully I can make it over to Mobile at that time for the July 13th Artists Reception.
I have lost my camera, but will attempt to post some of the photos of the pages - some are already on the tab in this website under 20 PAGE PROJECT.
Have a wonderful art-full summer. Living life to the fullest can make an artist of all who choose to live fully.
And if you are a prayer, and are so inclined, please pray I find my camera or can get a new one!
The summer has gone by quickly. Too quickly. Or too slowly depending on the heat index.
Painting was on a hiatus for a while, but now I am going again, having just finished a new experiment in exploring just painting whatever came into my head, reaching into a place to find an answer, and perhaps another question.
I was pleasantly surprised as I was juried into the Artel Gallery Show, "The Other Side of the Coin" with the Refugee and the Lament charcoals. A social statement and an environmental statement! The Reception was so much fun, in part because I was invited to an authentic Italian Restaurant by an friend who is married to an artist that I have respect greatly for some time, friends who attend our church, and then we visited the gallery together. Other friends that I haven't seen for a long time came to the Reception and I saw a couple of other old friends.
If you ever get a chance to google, or see in person, the work of Kreg Yingst, I high recommend you do so.
And a great thanks to Artel, a class act Gallery!
Next to debut is a large painting of a Lion, an Eagle, and a Raven. A new spin-off on the Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe? No, I hope this is a work that will stand on its own with uniqueness.
Until next time.
The first four months of 2011 have seen many changes, both in the world and in my life, in many ways.
We moved to a new gallery location in April. It is spacious and elegant and has the room for classes, of which will kick off in May. You can go to the Blue Morning Gallery website, http://bluemorninggallery.com
for a line-up of the classes. We hope you will join us in one or more.
I have been painting palms and a swamp foliage painting in acrylic and am beginning another monkey charcoal painting. I call my charcoals drawins AND paintings, as the medium is often rubbed and manipulated and ends up flowing like paint across the paper.
I am in a Featured Artist Show for the month of May, titled "Along the Roadway" with three other artists. You are invited to come to 21 Palafox street anytime after April 30 to view the show and our new Gallery. You are also invited to our picnic themed Reception on May 6th at 5:00pm to 8:pm. Bring your family and friends and enjoy some good snacks and good art. I think you will find my pieces quite different - in fact - for blog readers, here is a hint:
Along the Roadway - Around the World!
Gallery night is also coming up May 20th, and you can find me at the Blue Morning Gallery or Artel Gallery with the Pen Women that evening. Stop in and say hello!
Moving into a new year and new adventures in art!
Art and Soul, a new members' art show at the Blue Morning Gallery will be highlighted with a members' reception on January 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. I'm looking forward to meeting new and old friends and a year of intensified painting and art production.
One of the highlights of the last month in 2010 was an art event for the children in our neighborhood, (with the assistance of my youngest grandson) many of whom are children of servicemen. Their finished art was amazing and we had a great time.
One of my goals for the coming year is to make a statement, "Paint the Wold with Hope and Healing." Much can be said for this statement - considering the wars, the degradation of our environment and current economic status around most of the world, and increasing violence within humanity. Paint the World's goal is to bring attention to beautiful Creation and ways to fulfill our passion to bring about Hope and Healing in the World.
I'm excited about the adventures and possibilities that will open as we walk down the road of Hope and Healing in 2011!
Wake up and Change your World - a message that is repeated to me over and over. I love to paint subjects from creation I believe art can be both a social, environmental, and spiritual statement for change.