Gesso boards soaking up the new energy--the Winter Solstice, a full moon and a new calendar year. Strong energy. The light may be winter's sunlight, shadows of the moon's white light or the light of our spirit. Whatever it is, may you grasp it's dancing beams and ride it's light forward.
LIVING WITH ART. A commission for 13 art pieces for 13 people. Commissioned by one person. This person understands the beauty of giving authentic gifts. Resist the industrial Santa complex!
follow.nature nature guides
“The observation of nature is part of an artist's life, it enlarges his form and knowledge, keeps him fresh and from working only by formula, and feeds inspiration.” – Henry Moore
This book came with high recommendations from Amy Meissner, an Alaskan Textile Artist that I follow on social media.
I'm a person who really enjoys my material 'stuff', and I am continuously editing it to keep the best and most interesting objects. Plus, I don't like a cluttered look and feel in my home. The book explains material intelligence and makes sense of sustainability in daily living. It highlights craft as a verb,
not as a noun.
Even though it may be a slow go, I highly recommend the reading.
"Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It's enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, My head is bursting with it." - Claude Monet.
“The inner life has its soft and gentle beauty; an abstract formlessness as well as a subtle charm. I often consider myself as a figure in a foggy painting: faltering lines, insecure distances, and a merging of greys and blacks. An emotion or a mood—a mere wisp of color--is shaded off and made to spread until it becomes one with all that surrounds it.” ― Virginia Woolf, A Passionate Apprentice: The Early Journals, 1897-1909
The AQUA/TERRA SHOW opened at Zoot Gallery Wednesday, August 8, 2018. It was an enjoyable evening--saying hello to new and old friends, and taking in the music, food and scenery. I especially enjoyed sharing the backstories on my art pieces.
Better than a Selfie!
moment in time this summer. My son Tanner, his beautiful wife Anne, and their son Will.
They are so loved. And OH! Did we mention...Another bambino the way!!!
You think you can define me,
That I’m a tick in just one box,
Like my being is a door,
That a single key unlocks,
But let me tell you something,
I have the universe inside,
I hold an untamed ocean,
With a constant changing tide,
I’m home to endless mountains,
With tips that touch the sky,
Flocks of grand migrating birds,
And deserts harsh and dry,
I house the wildest rivers,
And a host of sweeping plains,
I feel in waves of sunshine,
Or in unrelenting rains,
Don't tell me that you know me,
That “this right here is what you are”,
I am the universe in motion,
For I was born from stars.
- Erin Hanson
Summer in Montana is the best!
A sample of our goings-on...
“Here’s the deal. The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed -- to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is.” ~ Parker J. Palmer
HIDDEN TRUTHS I HIDDEN TRUTHS II Look close. Can you see fish that are layered into the paintings? It is the same with truth. It is there, but we often have to look deeper. The rock cairn represents the others who help us on our journey. The infinity symbol says ‘it has always been this way and will continue to be so.’ Diptych. Acrylic, patina gold leaf, glazed. 24”x24”x2” each. Cradled birch support.
COMPANIONS IN SOLITUDE I COMPANIONS IN SOLITUDE II I enjoy the ritual of incense and often burn it in my studio. When I last bought a batch, I picked up a card listing the ten virtues of burning incense.’ Number four was ‘It is a Companion in Solitude‘. I was painting these pieces at the time, and it was a reminder, we are alive in the flow. Pause, deepen our self connection in this state, and be present to others. Acrylic, patina gold leaf, glazed. 24”x24”x2” each. Cradled birch support.
As a working artist/retired art educator, I've always lived the artful life. Let's share!