For every teacher who is beginning a new year or currently teaching, may we know this, may we live this, and may we have the best year yet!
This piece has so many lessons contained in it and I love and adore it for that. During my workshop, it was the canvas that I tested out ideas and showed techniques on for my students. Because I had purchased paints and had them sent ahead (brands I had never used) I was faced with using hues that were not my norm. Few I liked, some I hated, they were simply too neutral so I was eager to wash this and keep going, so I did. Toward the end of the workshop I spent a bit more time on it and then prepped it for shipping.
When I pulled it out of the box at home I was pleasantly surprised with how much I actually liked the muted palette, now that they had settled. I also LOVED the energy of the piece because it was a reminder of how wonderful my time was with the 12 artists in Seattle. What I opted to do, rather than pull my usually imagery out, was to let this breathe and remain an illusive abstract with the nuance of deeper areas, wildly humorous hidden things, and an energy that is palpable.
I lightened up areas, I created contrast in some, and I danced with the notion that the beings in this piece, if there are any are quite similar to the ones that would live in The Land of Ardithian. My guess is, there are 12 ;) "The Journey of 12" 36" by 36" fluid acrylic, charcoal, and oil pastel.
I am so loving this new energy and direction in my work these days. Tons of movement, full of energy within and around the frames, and so much vibrant color. Love when the creativity just flows.
These are both 18" by 24" acrylic on paper unmounted
Today was hard. It wasn't as hard as the families and friends living the tragedy of Charleston, but as a victim of gun violence myself, it was hard figuring out how to process it and honor the lives of these beautiful people.
I prayed about it, said their names, and chose to use my art as a way to create a visual reminder of the impact they made as they gathered together to pray and study the bible. I also created it in the style of my art journal figures and pages because it was inspired by a previous page.
"To Honor The Wednesday 9" 3 feet by 4 feet acrylic on canvas
What a broken world we live in. I choose love over hate.
There is something to be said for a beautiful self-confidence in a woman to the point where she is comfortable in her own skin. This was an abstract on paper that I had painted two years ago with a great connection to the earth, nature, and the flow of of all living things.
Today, I transformed it into a vision of a confident woman who is connected to the flow of energy that is beautiful, transformative, and a reflection of how she loves. She was a supreme joy to paint.
18" by 24" acrylic on paper (unmounted)
Somewhere between that place where I dream and where I send my wishes I found this being waiting patiently for me. She was moving in and out of my understanding that my wishes are being collected, carefully tended to, and some selected to be honored based on my willingness to see what is unseen, yet connected to my heart.
She is a complicated one, filled with the knowledge that not all wishes should be given and that in the act of wishing, I should be careful to tread. In The Land of Ardithian, she is The WishGiver...and she is a magical force to behold.
She is also one where the fracturing of the spirit has created an inner beauty that is profound.
Acrylic on paper 14" by 20" "The WishGiver"
Masks have always fascinated me. Coming from a family of professional clowns and the home of Mardi Gras, I learned that there is a shift in the mind when a physical mask is placed in front of the self. It can lead towards confidence, toward a connection to the emotion one wishes to avoid, or to the jubilation of celebration and revelry. Masks are an integral part of art history, my history, and play a powerful role in the story I am writing.
For we are all, at one time, "Wearers Of The Mask." The key is learning when to wear it so that it doesn't overtake our true self from seeing the light of day.
"Wearers Of The Mask" 15" by 22" acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal on paper, unmounted (It Has Been Adopted)
This was such a complex piece, especially being 4 feet by 4 feet. After I decided to go in the direction of a figurative abstract, I knew I wanted to portray my love and belief that storytelling is vitally important, especially the stories passed down from the elders and ancients of our way of life and the cultures we all hold dear.
This piece celebrates the energy and flow between the elder and the child, the magical connection they share, and the movement of self and knowing that comes with the tradition shared from one held in high esteem. "The Legacy of the Storyteller" is a piece that embraces the complexity and elements of a rich imagination, all tied in between the two characters who adore one another.
It is also integral to my plot line as well, and that is proving to be a great well of inspiration for me. Loving that outcome. 48" by 48" acrylic on canvas
This piece is now in private collection
This being has been walking around with me for weeks. She has moved in and out of my heart like a whisper and I couldn't put my finger on how to capture her until today. I love the mystery about her, the wonder of her story, and the fact that inwardly she seeks her own beauty and not that of anyone else. She is what dreams are made of.
30" by 40" acrylic on canvas
- University of South AlabamaMaster's in Education
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