Thursday, September 21, 2006
I have always been fascinated with the flight of birds and with sunrises and sunsets. There is something so incredibly amazing about the lighting of the open skies when the sun sets or when it rises. During a recent vacation in Florida I was able to observe the flight of pelicans against the rising sun every morning over a four week period. The fascination never dwindled. I strongly believe and have read narrative accounts to that, which say that the artist is influenced by his/her environment. My art is influenced by my environment in themes and in palette. In the fall I usually begin to use the warm colors of yellows, oranges and reds. By winter I may be moving to the cool blues.
Friday, September 15, 2006
I have just begun writing a journal in preparation for my class in collage and mixed media with Annie Morgan. In my first page of lists that interest me or inspire me to create I included "articles of faith." I have been working on a series called Articles of Faith. This piece has been a work in progress for about a year. First came the background ( a part of an unsuccessful painting) and then came the image which I was not ready to commit to the piece. Finally I was ready. Then there was problem with composition: Not enough contrast. This morning it was solved in my opinion. So here it is world.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
My goal to complete at least one 4X6 postcard size collage piece is going well. This weekend I completed 4 pieces. This piece entitled Alone at Dusk reminds me of the skeletal trees I encounter in our local forest preserve when I go for a walk. These trees speak to me like ghosts. They had a good life. Now they are just a skeleton. I love trees because they are so majestic. Old friends that stand loyally awaiting those who pass by. They wish to be noticed. But how many folks take notice of their surroundings?
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
After reorganizing my studio for about 2 weeks, I suddenly came to the realization that I have way too many projects on the go. I need to start focusing on getting some work completed. Many projects are on the verge of completion. Perhaps I get terrified when the last little bit needs to be adhered with some adhesive. Worries such as will I ruin it? Is it good enough? And so on and so on. These are paralyzing moments that stop me from going ahead and just getting it done. What's the harm in a bad piece of art work? Maybe I will like it down the road and maybe I will have to destroy it. So today I finished two pieces. So be it.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
I was reorganizing my mail and found a lovely thank you note from the recipient of this original collage painting. The work was commissioned by my dear friend Marsha and given to Monica in honor of her Confirmation. Monica is a wonderful teen who is musiacian and kind and spiritual young lady. It was my honor to create this very personal piece.