I tried to post this yesterday and I just could not get the pictures to turn out right. I adjusted and adjusted and every time they came out divided down the center with only one half showing. Lowered pixels, changed size, moved location, didn't solve the problem. So I'm just going to put it up anyway. If it works , YAY, If it doesn't - well, try to click on the picture itself and see if it comes up better in the slide show thing. Otherwise, it is all Bloggers fault.... Yes, when I clicked on them just now it went to slide show and full size.
is what I've been up to lately in the studio. Lots of fun ! I'm not
religious nor even that particularly spiritual, but once that Catholic
art thing gets in you - it's in you. Many years of Latin choir singing (
listening) and all that beauty of the old churches, which is pretty
much completely gone now is still a big influence to me. This work is
also very influenced by the Spanish Retablo, but in no way attempts to
be authentic as I am not Spanish of course. But I am drawn to their
naive and elegant work. It is not, as well necessarily about Mary in a
blessed way, although that's ok. There's a lot there in the religious
belief that is beyond my scope of plausibility, but I do say the Hail
Mary to put myself to sleep at night - I leave out the bit about "fruit
of thy .... ". But just the thought of a woman in charge is comforting.
work a lot in the art of collage - in a pretty refined sense, although I
respect the randomness of other people's spontaneous way of using it.
collected cuttings for about 20 years - Have 25 boxes of them in
various subjects. It's actually the first art I did as a child, cutting
out pictures from magazines especially if they were pictures of the
Beatles. Then I'd splash them all over my walls. My family did not
promote my hobby as it was deemed silly and revealed a leaning toward
fantasy that was not welcomed in a house too filled with, well, other
things. But now I get to do whatever I want to do, so ha! to all of
Anyway, this piece took about 2 months to complete from the
initial concept to design to assemblage. After design follows weeks of
hunting through 25 boxes of collection - by theme - selecting (not an
easy task), reproducing, adjusting size, and color and then a whole lot
of cutting and then pasting. I enjoy the minute detail of cutting and
it's a challenge to get even the tiniest aspect, fingers especially, cut
without screwing it all up and having to start over, so if you get it
right it's a really nice feeling. This is 100% paper. The back drop is
paper painted to look like canvas - whoa - that was an exciting
challenge. It is also a challenge to know when a piece is done. I
think I'm done with this one. It will have a trim around the outside
edges just to make it feel clean to the eye. But essentially I am
finished. I will do a series of them, six maybe eight. My next will be
an ethnic theme and I am really looking forward to doing that. It's
very difficult to find old art with good representations of Black, Asian
or Indian women. And by the way, I strive to use only images that are
antique and therefore free of any copyright infringement - I apologize
if I've failed, which is inevitable. I guess I've tooted my own horn
here, but it's taken me almost three years to get back to doing art and
I'm proud of myself for finding my way back in.
piece is 48" by 24". I start out big but will go smaller as I relax into
it. Big gives courage. It has a tentative title of "Under Thy
Protection" (because like I said, we're - women - really in charge) but
just like the process of creating the work itself, giving a title is
also a process. My goal here was to speak to the sanctity of Women. To
say that all are divine in their wisdom, compassion and grace.
Obviously women are too often neglected as to the importance of their
role and the gift that they bring. And I am also particularly influenced
by these gifts as expressed by the women I read who write the blogs I
love. Thank you ladies.
I'm trying to give you close
up of some of the details - but I have the worst two cameras in the
world - never a good enough focus. But, someday.
Oh yes, and I forgot to say - I'm not usually into much of anything that is symbolic, but in this one the pear at her neck does symbolize nobility and grace and the two oranges on the end of her sleeves symbolize courage and strength and of course the dogs are just dogs, utterly and heart filling saints.
Thanks. I'm going to try to write more. I think I can do that too.