I talk about three things primarily: My interest in the Yellow Vest movement, A review of A Passage of Yellow Red Birds by Robin Peace and Larry G. Maguire's poem, Hello Tree.
More about Robin Peace: (from Worldcat.org) Robin Peace writes of the world through the eye of a swallow and from the window of a plane sweeping over the earth. She writes as water making its way from mountain to sea, and of time as a passage of yellow red birds that declares a harvest singing from the cut earth. When her mother faces death by starvation, the natural world is called on to give relief – a blackbird to swallow her, silverfish to consume her as a book.This is a debut collection that shimmers even in sight of devastation.
Robin Peace is a geographer, teacher and academic. A rich sensibility of the natural world informs a life bound up with stories of displacement, difference and belonging. She works at Massey University and lives with her partner on the wetland margin of O te Pua on the Kapiti coast.
More about Larry G. Maguire:
Writer, Artist, Podcaster. Author of "The Artist's Manifesto" He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
My phone died and I was unable to do any audio within the Museum, but I'm not sure I would have anyway. The exhibit of Vija Celmins, A 25 Year Retrospective was one that was meditative and like a silent retreat.
So my trio of short stories is the ambient noise into the Museum, my commentary about what I saw after the museum and the classical music I listened to during the drive home. An inspirational day for me.
Afterword: (taken from artnet)Vija Celmins is an American-Latvian contemporary artist known for her photo-based drawings and paintings of the ocean, rocks, spider webs, and stars in the night sky. “There aren't really rules for painting, but there’s certain facts and fictions about painting,” she has explained. “Part of what I do is document another surface and sort of translate it. They’re like translations, and then part of it is fiction, which is invention.” Born on October 25, 1938 in Riga, Latvia, her family fled the Soviet occupation of Latvia only to arrive in Nazi Germany. Emigrating with her family to Indianapolis after World War II, she studied at the John Herron School of Art and Design and was awarded a fellowship to Yale’s Norfolk Summer School of Art where she befriended Chuck Close and Brice Marden. Celmins’s early work was marked by the influence of Pop Art, which led her to make detailed drawings and paintings of newspaper photos. Her Untitled (Big Sea) series of laboriously drawn ocean surfaces brought her acclaim, with critics drawing comparisons to Gerhard Richter. She has been the subject of over 40 solo exhibitions since 1965, including retrospectives at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Celmins currently lives and works in New York, NY. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others.
I went to my Mountain this week and was struck with all the old trees barren and coming down after our recent storms. I love this place, it reminds me of the cycle of life and refreshes my inspiration.
The strength here reminds me to press on.
A tree down on the hillside shows beautiful growth in it's decay.
A trunk with beautiful markings.
Branches "veiled" with backlighting.
California Buckeye seeds
Cobweb of branches
I walk and share my thoughts, lastly reading a poem from Mary Oliver.
I share the sound of the creek.
Last night I came home to the news of Mary Oliver's passing and was immediately struck with loss and grief. I love her work and had just been reading her "Upstream" collection. I made this short audio cast to honor her passing and to confirm for myself, I would continue reading, reciting and allowing her work to inspire my painting.
I had an extremely fun time in conversation with Larry G. Maguire, author and artist from Dublin, Ireland. We spoke for about 45 minutes on the subjects of Creativity, Work and Process. Here is the video of our discussion from today.
I've been reading this book aloud for about a month now. The Introduction is written by Robin Laurence, and is a bit lengthy, the Forward is written by Ira Dilworth, includes a poem he and Emily shared together. The first chapter begins and puts you smack in the middle of her rebellious nature at once.
My readings include my "asides" comments and thoughts about what I'm reading, including my purring cats, my laughter at places and even a bit of commentary from other listeners.
I'm enjoying reading it aloud and learning how to present the short chapters in 25-35 minute segments. It is usually about 10-12 pages read at a clip. I hope you enjoy and if feel so inclined leave me a voice message at the anchor app or here or at my facebook page. Would love to hear what you think about Emily Carr.
In adding the beginning chapters, I decided to add all up to where I am now, and will continue to add them here after posting them in the audio platform. :)Part 1Reasons - The Outdoor Sketch Class - Nellie and the Lily FieldIntro • Difference Between Nude And Naked • Beany • Evil • OutroIntro • The Roarats • Gladness • Colour-Sense • Sisters Coming - Sisters Going • OutroTidbits of Conversations between a listener and myself about reading Growing Pains. • Dec 22, 2018Intro • Telegraph Hill • The MansionBack to Canada 🇨🇦 • Part II - Home Again PT. 1 • Home Again. PT. 2Intro • Love and Poetry ❤️ • The Voyage and Aunt Amelia • Aunt Amelia’s PG House • Outro- Happy New Year! 🎆St. Paul’s. Pgs 121-123 • Letters of Introduction pgs 124-127 • Westminster Abbey—Architectural Museum pgs 128-130Intro • Life Class • Mrs. Radcliffe • Outro January 4, 2019Intro • Mrs. Simpson’s pgs 142-144 • Leaving Miss Green’s —Vincent Square pgs 145-151Pain And Mrs. Radcliffe—The Vicarage pgs 152-156 • Kicking The Regent Street Shoe-Man pgs 157-158 • Are You Saved? Pgs 159-165
Discovering old work and unfinished work. #creativity #creativespaces #artist #artistlife #processDetail of abstract painting in studio.
A walk out on my mountain after our first rain of the season. Images and audio, today November 22, 2018.
A bit of musing about what's next in my creative process.
The image above was taken July 25, 2018, during a night photo shoot. Today, after walking I sat in the studio and listened to Katie Paterson's Interview from Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. You can hear more about this here:
Today is October 8 and for #Octaver2018 I am posting three women that influenced my life.
Listen to my news about an article coming out, my new small work, the Refugee series and some new music I just discovered.
I have a bird's nest in my yard, it's on top of the electrical recepticle. Today I took my 35mm to the window to document the new baby(ies). I saw the little fledgling, and the mama and papa. The image of the mama and papa didn't come out to great. I didn't want to stay too long and disrupt or create concern. Nature at it's best, right in my own backyard. Then I meander into the studio to look at last nights work.
Mama and Papa intently looking down at me from high above. Making sure baby is safe.
Proud Mama. Notice the difference in the nest and how they built up the sides for when the baby was born.
Two updated photos from works in progress.
Yes, I know it's stupid to show my in progress uglies, but it is all in the process of making a painting. Rutenberg even says that about himself showing us his unfinished work. So warts and all, here's where I am. I realized the history of the work is what's important to me. Why it comes into being, where it goes, the journey to a completed piece.
I woke this morning to a question from a friend on an audio site, Limor, about what I hoped people would get from my series. I speak about my intentions in my work and attempt an answer. The question I received on my audiocast last night. “@robbinmilne What do you hope people feel or experience when they look at the series?”
Below is the video that shows my process, photographs and paintings
I am doing daily work for at least the month of June. Along with that, I am participating in a daily audio blog #audiomo with the focus on my paint/drawing process. Today's post covers the first of three works, with a 30 minute narration as I create these. Please tune in either at itunes, anchor dot fm, soundcloud to hear the full commentary on my process.
Per Kirkeby, Danish Painter passed yesterday. It's hit me hard. Not sure that I thought he'd be here forever or that I'd ever meet him myself, but it feels like a family member left the universe.
He has given so much to me in just viewing his work. I was lucky enough to view a huge retrospective of his work while I was in Denmark for my artist residency in 2015. At the time, I had just learned that he had publicly announced his end to painting, he had suffered a stroke. That made me sad at the time, and anxious. I did a few drawings while in Denmark around my thoughts of Kirkeby and painting, or giving it up.
Now he's gone, leaving quite a legacy. One of the most prolific living artists I've discovered.
I will still look to his work to discover more and more about painting. Reading his writings has been quite an eye opener for me, I have just the one book translated from Danish, and will look for more.
These are the remaining 4 of the series of 9 in the Denmark series. I have to make a decision whether I continue into the next 2 (that i do have ideas for).
I made some progress on the "last three", and also went into the Witches Grave/grace again. Now i have 4 in progress again. :)
I am a bit nervous, my portable drive won't open and it has all my images on it. I know I know, dumb, but i moved stuff off the computer and forgot to back up the portable. I hope it's only a cord, I'll see.
The podcast is sounds of the process today. Paint goes on, paint comes off, scraping, mark making, more painting, it's all a part of the work.
Yesterday I took a walk in my neighborhood. I saw a few things, and of course, my journalistic, documentarian self took photos of "what I noticed today". #whatinoticedtoday
The orange tree blossoms, so fragrant, caught my sensory eye. Reminding me of my Farmor's backyard, and my dad.
I did a bit of a podcast today, remembering my father, he would be 80 today.
A few other images:
I realized today, that these three are the last of the original 9 pieces I began about 6-8 months ago.
Three came back from a show this week, and so all 9 are back in the studio.
I took my bold steps yesterday, making large changes again on each, leaving them again in a place I know they must be worked further to resolve. Before, I could have just as well said they were finished, as nothing bothered me about them in particular, but they just didn't feel finished to me.
Now, the Egeskov piece feels more unresolved than the other two, which is a shift. The Odense:HCA (Hans Christian Andersen) was feeling more unresolved before I took a mix of blues to it and the others.
Odense: HCA (wip)
I feel a distinct need to start two more, fresh pieces in the series before going further, because I am still unsure of finishing work to be done on these.
I have been observing our continuous stream of refugees over the last several years, the Syrians, those from Libya, Yemen, Gaza . . . I weep.
Today I looked at some of the abstractions I did last year in my "topical spaces" series. Eerily still very present and relevant. But today oddly, the three I looked at looked better in the upside down orientation. So I am posting them here with some music in the "upside down" orientation. As I look at them today, and like many in this series, they appear as "painting sketches" for future work. For now I am naming them within the series: Refugee Today 2 (above), Refugee Today 1 (middle) and Refugee Today 3 (bottom) Somewhere in 2017.
The above piece is the nearly complete Ashøje:Witches Grave. I’ve been pondering changing the title to Witches Grace. Will see what it ends up like.
Ashøje Forest. Nearly complete.
This piece came up early this morning, after waking up in the early hours of today. Political musings but insightful for me as my life has been influenced politically forever.
This piece is a self-portrait, inspired first by Frida Kahlo's self-portrait of herself painting in front of a canvas and a mirror. This too started that way. It shifted into a work that was more developed into a more psychological look into my feelings about war and military and love as a mother.
Here is the long rambling (about 24 min) of my insight this morning on a podcast I did on an audio podcast. I'm feeling introducing my own voice, the sound of my voice into my work is an important new step into my work. I am trying out a new platform called "Limor", I think it's out of Ireland. Anyway, it may only be accessed via mobile device, I'm not sure, would like some feedback if that is true or not.
It was interesting for me to revisit this self portrait in light of my feelings behind it and also where I am now regarding politics and wars. Also, to acknowledge my long respect for Kahlo's life and work.
I explored a walk today with audio podcasting. Exploring the format is good fun. Trees and creek flow are good for the soul. I worked a bit on the "odense: HCA" piece. A bit at a time. I've adjusted my way of working so I won't get so tired and sore. It's new, isn't as fast a pace in my usual painting manner, but I have to take care of my physical needs now more than I have.
Here's a collection of musing/rambling from my day today.
My piece is a detail from "From a Bench: Føllenslev" but the real post tonight is a musing about Per Kirkeby, Danish Painter.