Green isnot usually one of my favorite colors, but, of late, it is one that I seem drawn to. The new small works of leaves, rocks and water intrigue...
Color of interest
June 30, 2014
Trust you are enjoying the new website. It is great to be able to share the work I have done and, as the weeks go by, the paintings I am working on....
My New Website
June 26, 2014
SpottedSerpents are not my first thought as I greet the day, and yet they have been popping up in my mind the last few days. I did a series of serp...
July 5, 2014
Progressing into a New Year
January 2, 2015
Sun surgesthroughthewindowsblastingeverythingin blinding light. A cool blue sky fills the heavens while the bright cobalt blue water fills the bay lapping up to the golden sand and emerald trees standing on the shoulders of the shore. The frost of the night is being chased into the shadows as the sun climbs higher into the freezing air and smoke drifts into the still morning from a house across the bay. Mother sits in her comfortable chair watching and listening to music with her coffee cup close by. She fell on Tuesday coming into the house and scraped the back of her hand and gave herself a black eye. The eye damage did not show up for about 24 hours and now seems to be fading and her hand is healing. She seems to not have suffered any major damage and does not complain of any pain except when I change her bandages. I was with her and she just walked forward and did not lift her leg to step into the room. I was prepared to catch her if she fell backward but not for a forward fall. Of late she has had trouble knowing which leg to put into the car first to get in and what to do when she gets in. The Alzheimer's keeps robbing her of more and more. She has been lost in the house with no idea where to go. On days that she is having more problems we stay close together and spend time talking in circles with the same questions and answers. Like now, I try to stay close and watch for signs that she needs to go down the hall or wants something else. She wants to get a job, she tells me at times, or must go home to her family who is waiting for her help. I have found that the sound of my voice and presence soothes her more and she seems to know I am there to help, even if I am unknown to her as a person.
The paintings are going well for the shows I and think I will meet all the deadlines. Am learning how to go from thinking about art to checking on Mother. So far it seems to be working. It is strange not to have long periods of time to develop the work. Now I paint more in my head and transfer it to the canvas. That is great but it does have problems, too. I have been in good clothes and had an idea, only later to find my clothes have paint on them, but the art looks good. Balance in all things. I find I need more time to meditate and think and now snatch that time wherever I can find it. Cooking, cleaning and taking care of things provide time to center myself. Of course the production of my work is slowed and that seems OK because I see what I am doing with Mother to be productive for us both. I have noticed that the new paintings all deal with the finding of self. Seems I am looking at a form that is not distinct, a presence is there in the outline of a body but not so that the viewer can see what the body is like. I think I am deciding what I am becoming and what that person will be like. The paintings are beautiful in color and composition and I am curious where and what they will reveal about me to me.
The frost is melting and now the roads will be clear so we will go forth to see what changes the new year has brought, more to see the continuing change as days go by. Hope you will find the changes that occur in your life will be filled with sun, beauty and the joy of being alive. The only choice we have with the new year is how we will choose to act to what it brings. Trust you will choose to greet the changes with peace and decide to make all you encounter better than you found it.
Laugh and hug all those you love and make friends with everyone else.