Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The first was my example. I was inspired by the idea of passing through NYC on the way to our farm.
Here are 11 of the student paintings, out of 28.
By Francesca L.
Ilana, Brandon, Conner, Giorgia,
Danielle, Nicci, Dani, and Daniel.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
There is a time for just doing the work, and moving paint, and there is a time you have to search your soul for meaning and purpose. The vision isn't always there.
A pair of rose colored glasses can fool a fool like me. If I, when using them, focus for more than a second, I find the amber tint removes any brilliance or depth. So that is where I am- a shallow being in a shallow world. A bit uninspired. I find this portrait slightly unsatisfying, but I made it anyway...showing up for the Muse. Working with a random word prompt.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Today, the first day of Lent, marks the start of a 43-day period between Mardis gras and Easter, which is an allusion to the separation of Jesus from all the hubub, when he went in the desert to fast and pray. The devil tempted him. Matthew 4:1–11, Mark 1:12–13, and Luke 4:1–13.While not specifically instituted in the Bible text, the 40-day period of repentance is also analogous to the 40 days during which Moses repented and fasted in response to the making of the Golden Calf . A lot happens with disciplined focus in 40 days. See my forty divorce documents, (2010), a daily painting ritual that brought me peace and hope with the end of a dream.
Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.
According to Wikipedia, "in some traditions, other practices are sometimes added or substituted, as other ways of symbolizing the confession and penitence of the day. For example, in one common variation, small cards are distributed to the congregation on which people are invited to write a sin they wish to confess. These small cards are brought forth to the altar table where they are burned."
A couple of destroyed paintings from past Ash Wednesday seasons. (The old nest in my head, birdsongs, and suitcase full of shoes)
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Also I had to see and celebrate Michael's inclusion in the first annual Wynwood Art Fair, which was a lot of fun, some nice work, decent crowds, good galleries. I was fascinated by the video art this time. The presentation of which is incredibly varied, humorous and yet unique.
Saturday I helped him co-host another of his open studio nights at the Bakehouse. Sold another heart and made it a point to garner lists of places to eat. The food trucks were in the back- but I'm getting a little tired of them. They aren't necessarily cheap either!
Spent the next day rubbing elbows with the crowds at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. The food was OK. Two artists I have to mention were Jacqueline Roche with fabulous pastel paintings a little out of my price range, and William Kidd, a ceramic artist and award winning teacher. I love his prices too. He's on my wish list.
Seeing people work at the top of their field is inspiring. Seeing art all weekend makes me want to buy some!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
It's never easy to turn a visual practice into a literary bullet point. But sometimes you have to. I'm applying to an MFA program and it forces me to look at what I have to offer.
Not an easy or fun task. This painting, titled Handwriting, was easier to work up to than the written statement. I started with it and flew from acrylic to ink.
So here is a little more:
My portfolio is retrospective in scope and effect. Over the last several years I have chosen the methodology of working in time based series that respond to and chronicle events in my life, such as burying a friend, getting a divorce, sending my children away, and letting go of the past. The people who collect my work send me long private letters about their circumstances. Our relationships are brief and poignant. Their words can find their way into the next work. The paintings, in retrospect, prove the symbolic act of painting as a soul connecting experience. The successful ones uncover and celebrate the hard mysteries of our place in the universe. They deal with the anxieties of our time and questions of relevance, such as self-identity and purpose.
I feel as though this circles round and round. Is that the point of handwriting?
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Artists #artheart have been dropping like flies these last few weeks. Some of the great ones are gone. Tanning and Tapies and... It's a shame to know their studios will get all dusty. While alive they worked constantly and created in the realm of emotions and dreams.
This valentine is inspired by our trip to Edouard Duval-Carrie's studio. He just embellishes and embellishes and goes into the scary dark side of life armed with paint and fiberglass and all sorts of joy.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Come see the whole batch of valentine sculptures at the Bakehouse tomorrow night. Downtown Miami, 7-9pm.
Love you in 9U!
Prices: $50 and up
Sometimes in grief or fear our hearts are squeezed tight as if in the grip of a hand. But there is always hope that can leak out and fly free.
We are praying today for the improving health of Mr. P.
Hope - By Emily Dickinson
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
I went to high school near D.C., and each spring pink and white cherry blossoms would pierce the winter backdrop and bring ecstatic hope to our souls.
This heart can hang upright (sorry about the picture orientation)
I love working like this!!!!
Hint: if you don't buy one of our sculptures, at least try to make one of your own. It is fun. Be wacky. Valentine's day is a day to throw caution and self-censorship to the wind. Bring out the glitter. Don't worry about the mess!
This heart is all Michael's. He brought the color, the pattern, and, of course, the googly eye to the mix. Playful and intense.
See the other hearts at our party tomorrow night.
THIS ONE IS SOLD!
for exhibit and sale this Friday at the Bakehouse
downtown Miami, FL 7-9pm