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
Sounds of Change
April 7, 2015
The house is filled with the sound of music and the working of the washing machine. The night has given way to a morning of grey and rain as we do our morning routine. Am washing and cleaning more now as Mother fights a losing battle against her body control. She is not aware of her needs in the night as sleep and the Alzheimer's confuse her. In some ways it reminds me of Dad as he lost more and more as the days moved on. His was a loss of body control and less of the mind but then the mind grew more confused and lost. He rallied a few times but the wandering in the valleys become longer lasting and darker. Still, the surprise of his passing was to me great but to others who watched from afar it seemed logical. It is easy to become blind to changes while busy keeping busy fixing and cleaning up. It is hard to keep your eyes from becoming so fixed on the process you are doing that the other things of life change without your knowing. This pushes me to try to be more observant with how Mother is doing. To see the changes and deal with them. To try to see patterns and trends rather than just hiccups in the daily grind of living.
The art is going well and the opening of the show at the South Slough Reserve was most enjoyable. I am taking art to the sales/rental gallery at the Coos Art Museum today for a client to look at. The fish continue to be popular and sell well. They are a cheerful exercise for me to try new arrangements and hues.
The pond paintings are changing and growing in detail and quality. It gives me joy to see them change from abstract ideas to tangible objects. Am still developing the large painting of the pond in very subtle ways and watch the process unfold into a finished work. I am thinking about new work that explores the highly developed Byzantine-like feel with an open, non defined image. There is something truly wonderful about the blending of two distinct logic systems meeting and existing in harmony. I think that is life. The meeting of people that come into our lives and become part of it, they join with us into one shape called life and without the melding there would be no richness to living. I hope to start some new work soon and see if the concepts that are in my head will work on the surface of a painting.
I have been doing changes in all places around the house. Rugs have all but disappeared due to the trip factor for Mother and changes in life for both of us. I try to do it slowly so the change does not upset Mother. Things come that have to be dealt with and it becomes bitter sweet. Missing things but also enjoying the openness that their removal makes in the space we live. Hope you will find changes that you are making are ones that bring joy and that you will not dwell on the loss but see the gain. Things are pleasant companions, but those you love are far more valuable and bring much more joy. Objects can’t hug you or say that they love you. They can’t allow you to give and help them. To objects you are just a custodian who keeps things cleaned and maintained, to another person you are love in a human form providing hope for the day ahead. Trust you will find someone to give to and love.