New work: Playground. 24"x30", mixed media: acrylic, paper, graphite on canvas.
Spirit and the Beastie. Mixed media painting. 24"x30", acrylic, oil pastel on canvas.
The Spirit of this painting came forward within the first few layers. Spirit, bones, butterfly with bones, strange skeleton being with tusks, Beastie. Stars, triangles, circles all represent life on our beautiful planet. We have an inner life and an outer life and it is with these perceptions that we form our visions of reality. Chaos, stillness, which way to go. All are decisions and individual choices.
My mixed media piece "Fire in the Desert" will be shown at the Riverfront Art Gallery in Petaluma at their annual "Showin' on the River" juried fine art exhibition this summer. I'm so honored to be included in this show and there will be lots of wonderful art and artists represented. Check out some of them in the July newsletter below. It promises to be a wonderful show and I hope you'll be able to come on out and see it!
My newest work, Terrestrial, is complete. I've been hiking a lot lately and taking my camera with me. What I notice this spring is a combination of blooming of new growth and decay. I see an enormous variation of color and texture on my hikes and wanted to capture the feeling of that in my work. There are structured places in this piece as well as organic shapes. There are layers and layers of paint and paper creating a feeling of the effect or history that time creates. The colors also reflect a bit of what I've been seeing. Lots of earthy colors with pops greens and reds and even some sky blue. Due to the drought here in Northern California a lot of what would normally look green is dry and gold instead.
This is a new work that I've recently finished entitled Birdsnest. I often explore things in nature and I've been exploring and processing the concept of Home in much of my work lately. I often watch and take photos of birds on my hikes and while I was finishing this painting, there was a bird gathering twigs outside my window to build a nest. She would come, sort through twigs, pick up some, find some better ones, drop what she had and pick up the new ones and once she had gathered as much as she could carry, she would fly up to the top of a tall tree and disappear from my vision. Pretty soon she would be back to gather more twigs. I can only imagine what her nest is looking like after all of her painstaking, meticulous work. All of that diving down into the chaos of twigs, dried up, dead leaves, fallen pine needles, bark dust and dirt to pick up raw material that makes an intricate, elegant and practical home. We often think of birds nests as works of art and our own homes can be designed and decorated to be works of art as well. I think for us artists, our homes must reflect something of our aesthetic to truly be our homes.