Thursday, November 22, 2007

Holy Chicken NFS

Holy Chicken, oil on canvas, 16" x 20" NFS

Please click on the image to see a larger version in my gallery.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sneak Preview! Here a chick

I'm such a tease.

This painting is not actually for sale, but a gift to a friend who's wild about chickens and has been a support to me in so many ways.

She once had several Araucana chickens (a breed originating in Chile and known for their lovely blue-green eggs; now they're widespread and look so varied that it's hard to identify the breed--except by the eggs) that were killed by raccoons.

Listening to her talk about chickens is like listening to a young girl talk about ponies. She LOVES chickens. I do, too--so I thought I'd paint her one.

I'll post a better pic in my gallery sometime tomorrow, I think; I may post here, too, with a link in the image that will lead you to my gallery.

Take care,

I.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Go wireless in state parks!

Journey of a Thousand

While researching monarch butterflies for my painting, "Journey of a Thousand," I came across the wonderful news that state parks in California are working on providing free wireless networks for park visitors! A list on their web site shows parks that have set up wi-fi (wireless fidelity) already.

Now, before you go wondering why anybody would want wi-fi in a gorgeous, natural setting like a state park, remember--state parks aren't just about camping and roughing it. They're also about beaches and campfires and relaxing, and we all relax in various ways. Some do it with laptops, others do it by getting away from it all (and maybe bringing a book!).

Personally, I'm thrilled that there's wi-fi in parks. I get to leave my studio, my desk, and be outside when I do my work and research. That's a great feeling. Plein aire computing!

I'll be staying inside for a while, though--I've been recuperating from a bug that knocked me off my feet earlier this week. It comes from having random people cough and heartily hack in my face when I'm out and about running my errands. Didn't we learn in kindergarten to cover our mouths when we sneezed and coughed? Sheesh.

Anyway, my illness has slowed me down this week in terms of new art, but with some peace and quiet in the coming days, I plan to have some work ready for the faithful. Do know that this rest for me has been marvelous, even with being sick. I've re-strategized how to take care of myself and have been enjoying working out regularly again, and will be signing up for yoga soon. Stretching! It ain't just for canvases.

May you know what you are grateful for, and may you be aware of someone who's grateful for you.

I.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sneak Preview! I see you

I've been taking a break from my weekly Wednesday listings of new art in my store and I have to say, the rest feels good--and it's given me pause to consider the direction of my work.

As the days grow colder (well, unless you're where I live and they alternate with strangely warm days), it gets less and less comfortable to paint in oils with proper ventilation and air circulation. I find myself longing for the days of pencil, charcoal, and watercolor (and acrylic, that newfound friend)--media that are non-toxic and what's more, non-fuming.

I've been thinking about switching over to these media for a while now, but we'll see. There are a lot of images I have in my head that I think are best executed in oils and acrylics. However, I won't deny that there is an archetypal magic to art drawn on paper with something as primal as charcoal, and there is certainly a nostalgia to pencil. Remember doodling in your notebook at school or while you were on the phone?

Drawing is an introspective and introverted exercise for me that gets me back to my roots. I need to do more of it, on a slower, more compassionate schedule than before. It's important if I'm to continue doing what I do.

Tonight, I'm offering this preview sketch of an upcoming piece. Again, it's something that I've been thinking about for a long time, and is based on my reading of the myth of Polyphemus the cyclops and his unrequited love, the nymph, Galatea.

It's interesting to me that, having only one eye, Polyphemus is unable to perceive depth.

More later, rest now.

I.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Ah, music

Like an invisible, delicate perfume, or a master storyteller weaving a tale around you, music is a pure and abstract language of emotions and ideas.

A master of this eloquent language is Billy Mallery, a composer who found my art recently through MySpace. In exploring his profile, I was entranced by ethereal and evocative notes that calmed and inspired me.

His work can be found in commercials, logos for films, and on movie soundtracks, enhancing moods and spinning narratives; a lifelong, personal project, Totality, records solar eclipses across the world, accompanied by his music.

Please visit his web site (the opening page cascades with delightful sounds, but once it quiets down, you can roll your mouse over the images and each picture acts like a piano key!), malleryscores and enjoy.

Take care,

I.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Change is in the air

A good friend of mine recently sent me a poem called "The Invitation" by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

It's beautiful and inspiring. I've been rethinking how I meet the world lately, and this feels like one of the puzzle pieces, an articulation of more than an invitation, but a Constitution for my state of being.

I have also been exploring Nonviolent Communication and other methods and theories on how to communicate better, as this is central to my work and who I am as a person.

These are my offerings for this week instead of paintings. I've been busy scribbling and doodling in my sketchpad, exploring the shadows of my imagination as the days grow shorter. I need art for myself only right now, so that I may offer my art--renewed--to all of you in the coming days.

Again, I am most grateful to have you join me on this adventure. Along with the links above, I offer this quotation which went to the heart of me:

"To send light into the darkness of...[our] hearts--such is the duty of the artist." Robert A. Schumann

Invite Beauty,

I.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Then again, maybe not

For those of you waiting for photographs of my latest art show, Doorways & Dharma, I'm afraid I have bad news for you: the photographs are irretrievable as of this writing.

I'm disappointed, as I'm sure you all are, but these things happen and we learn better what to do the next time around. I've been to weddings where, at every table, the guests are given disposable cameras to help document the experience of the wedding. At the end of the day, the cameras are collected, the photographs developed, and bingo! Instant scrapbook. It's an idea worth trying at the next art show, that and having several backups.

If I find a way to produce the photographs, be assured, I will share and celebrate them on my blog. (And if anybody reading this blog was at Doorways & Dharma and happened to be taking pictures, please contact me.)

In the meantime, I'm brewing up the next show which will be even better than the last one. I'm thinking it'll be at night, and kinda swanky. Yeah!

Now, have you checked out my paintings, prints, and cards for your holiday gift-giving consideration? Remember that you can make a "Best Offer" on my artwork through my eBay store, and if you're a subscriber to my mailing list, you're privy to specials and sales, too. Sign up! Your information is kept private, confidential, safe, and secure. I mean it! And to unsubscribe, you just send me an email. How easy is that?

Thanks again for your patience, understanding, and support. More soon!

Take care,

I.