2009 has my head bustling with new ideas ... my pockets brimming with inspiration notes and my dreams filled with color... yet it is on the heels of 2008 which has me feeling pretty burned out on the whole trying to "make it" thing. I'm tired of thinking of my muses as a commodity. I'm tired of stressing over never updating enough.
I'm tired of being a cheerleader for craft.
All I want to do is paint. To follow those muses. So I'm off to go do just that
So if you pop on by, and this post is all you see for awhile I apologize.
I'll blame the wet paint on my fingers.
Miss Helen is a reclusive South African artist, living alone in the house she has transformed into a fantastical masterpiece. But when the elderly woman's ability to continue caring for herself is called into question, her two closest friends —a passionate young schoolteacher and the local preacher—battle to influence her uncertain future. Celebrated South African playwright Athol Fugard brings us this stunning emotional drama about the struggle for independence—at every stage of life.
The play certainly opened up a musing conversation between us - a question of safety verses freedom. Our Grandmother is one of the more independent women I know. It is a hard position to be in to have to argue the side of removing some of that independence.
The sun rises, the sun sets and doubt will come and go - but always cherish the blessing of a cup of tea with a friend.
It is a lesson that is already known by my Grandmother, beyond a doubt.
That evening it was brought to my attention that Jenna had airbrushed her van in camouflage. Now mind you, Jenna has had a thing for camouflage for some time - so for her, it's fitting. But still, when she told me that her funky maroon van was now decked out in camo I never would have expected this -
Knowing I had a little household gift giving tradition coming up for La Befana (Italian witch who flies around on the Eve of the Epiphany leaving things in children's shoes) I focused on making two dozen teeny encaustic tiles for my co-op mates. Janet herself wasn't even sure if it would adhere to the tiles but I went ahead and gave it a go anyways and voila! Loveliness.
I handed them out to shoes throughout the household with merriment...
Totally an "awe shucks... you guys!" kind of moment.
Kathy Liao completely blew me away with her show at La Familia. My oh my oh my. The scale of some of her works just astounded me and like all of her works, the closer you get the more she sucks you in. And I had no IDEA - she's such a quiet, humble gal about her stuff. Some of us speak way louder with brushes I suppose.
This piece was my absolute favorite - the intensity of colors swirling within the intensity of the gaze. Wowza! Stupendous work Kathy.
Last week I took my first trip to the Woodland Park Zoo. It was freezing cold and there was still some snow on the ground, but I had a pass that needed to be used before 2008 came to a close so off I went armed with my armwarmers, hat & camera.
My mission was to get some good source photos for paintings. I didn't quite end up with images of animals I expected due to the weather, but the ones I did capture came out darling. Even though not quite source material this one of my friend the turtle is definitely my favorite.
I enjoyed the Zoo way more than I expected. The exhibits were informative and designed really well with the types of habitat that allow for plenty of viewing with minimal imposition on the animals being viewed. I think I might need to go back =)
I've uploaded a few more favorites to my Flickr page if you want to check them out.
It's a new month at La Familia Gallery which means a new salon wall. This right here is exactly how I spent my first day of 2009 - at the gallery helping to fit this puzzle of gorgeousness all together!
I volunteered to help out on New Year's Day because the idea resonated with me so much. To spend the first day of 2009 surrounded by works of art while learning how to hang a group show is pure perfect... in my book anyways.
Can't wait to see what else 2009 has in store... Happy New Year!