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.
This is one piece of the 11 in my Denmark series. The series is named "Hygge". I've been looking at this piece for a few months now and I'm not feeling it needs much more. I have another piece called, "Ashøjoe: Witches Grave", it's still in process. This piece is 36 inches square on wood panel.
While in Denmark, in the town of Hurup, where my great great Grandparents came from, this forest, Ashøje, was planted near the family farm. Beech trees I think. In Thy, there are many beautiful trees and the light makes it's way through the leaves leaving a kaleidoscope reflection, angles and symmetry. It is a joy to be there and walk in the quiet of those that live there. The bugs, the wind, and all you cannot see.
I am putting a Ted video here because I truly believe there is communication in these forests. I went here daily during my visit to Thy, and during my art residency there in 2015.
I hope to return and do a series of work for all the seasons in that little forest. Small but grand in my memory and visual language from that experience.
This is a test to see if I can post an audio version of a blog.
I start with a piece of music from Nick Mulvey and then go into my meandering.
I happened across an exhibit in Los Angeles going on right now, not seen it myself, but lately I've been looking at Mexican art and artists. I was specifically looking at Kahlo's work lately, and today finding this talk on Zuniga's work was exciting. He has captured so curiously the distinct beauty of women, their strength and sensuousness. Take a look at his drawings here too.
The Blues speak to me. Folk does too, because of the ballad like lyrics. But with the blues the instruments, including the voices resonate a certain tone and emotion: passion. Music overall is a real inspiration for me in a general sense but especially in my art creating.
Today I ran across one of Daniel Castro's covers. Albert King's "I'll Play the Blues for You". The drawing was done back in 2010, as an exercise, "waiting" to venture to Europe on my own for the first time. I did 90 drawings, one a day for the last 3 months leading up to my trip to keep me focused. I was working fulltime in the library then too. It was a good flashback moment. Set me off to listening to some good blues again. Music does that, it inspires me in so many ways.
Here's Daniel's Cover:
I am working on a series that has now grown to 11 pieces. Each are 36" square. This piece is the least resolved. Three are being shown in St. Charles, Illinois. One, "Mesinge" is completed. The rest are in various stages of completion. I have taken a break from this series while traveling and today I come back to the least resolved work to move it forward. This piece already has a name, "Odense - HCA".
My intent in these works, which I'm calling the "Denmark series", is to abstractly translate my 'hygge' experience during my two trips in Denmark. I traveled to Demark for the first time, in late fall of 2014, to arrive in København (Copenhagen) on my birthday that year, and it also was to celebrate my Farmor, who passed in 2012.
She gave me my first experiences of "hygge" which I never realized until I was in Jylland later that trip. Jylland is where her parents immigrated from to come to the US. As I work on this series, I'll share more of the story.
I'm hoping and working towards showing the entire series in one show, maybe even back in Denmark where the series first gestated. I would like to present it in Doverodde, at the Komandsgaard I was so graciously offered as an artist in residence there in 2015. I will also be putting my thoughts/stories along with the finished images of work inspired from there in a book format to present to the center in Doverodde. The project continues . . .
This morning I was listening to a Danish Quartet, and it reminded me of the lovely music performance I saw there while in residence, in the presence of a full space of paintings and Danish light coming through the windows. I can dream.
I've decided not to post my work to Facebook any longer. New work will be here in my journal and added to my webpage as appropriate. If you'd like to follow my work, here's the place to be.
I would love to have my followers comment on my work and be involved with it as they have over the years, but I just can't get behind a social media venue anymore that curtails free speech.
So here is where I will share my thoughts, my images, my music.
Thanks everyone who's been with me this past decade.
"Illumination", part of a triptych completed in 2016 oil on panel
Where words fail, music speaks. ~ Hans Christian Andersen
When I first heard Chip Taylor's "He's a Good Guy (as well you know), it stopped me in my tracks. I listened to it over and over. I purchased his "Little Prayers Trilogy" album and quickly fell in love with all of his songs.
Tonight I listened to it again, and thought about my travels up and down from Skagen to Hurup, Denmark last November. I cried a lot on those trips, and I played Chip's songs a lot. I felt a sweeping emotion of joy and love coupled with a bit of sadness. I was on the road in the land of my Ancestors. My great grandparents, both sets of parents of my Farmor came from Jylland, the western coast of Denmark. Tears ran down my face each day while I was there, because my Farmor would have loved that place and I was so grateful I could take her there with me.
It was during the time she would have been telling me the stories of growing up on the farm in Montana, how the winters were and most of all during the time she'd be cooking a big turkey for all of us. She and my grandfather married about 75 years ago, on Thanksgiving Day, so all of those memories came crashing together as I observed the wildlife along the route, the wide open skies, and the beauty of farming landscape coupled with rich marshland for as far as the eye could see.
Just felt right to share a bit about this reflection tonight. My work in the coming year will focus on my time in Denmark; the beauty I saw and emotions I felt.
Martin Humphrie's work I've been watching this artist over a few years and simply love his drawings and paintings. I wanted to share them with you. Take a look!
My life has shifted significantly. I'm living the dream. I left my full time day job in the library to pursue making art and seeing the world. So far, I'm making it.
Cross your fingers, dreams can come true.
I'm not living in a bubble, nor a fantasy, just reality. I'm fully aware of the uphill battles making a life shift. I know I will have those as I move forward. Life is about taking those risks. Georgia O'Keeffe's quote, which has resonated with me for years, "I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.", has never been more important and more real than right now.
Moving forward in my journey is hard work, making new choices and a lesson in perseverance.
My walk into Ashøje Forest this past November and May, in Denmark allowed me to connect with something much deeper than I have ever felt. My new work will focus on those days in Denmark.
Open Studio this year, is showcasing work that had begun in 2013, finished these past months.
Going forward, I have a photographic/artist book stemming from my residency in Denmark, completing a conceptual piece begun in Ashøje, and creating 5-9 new paintings of the open sky/land I photographed there this past May.
I welcome your comments and interaction with me as I go into 2016.
With news about shows and news about personal journey, I think it best to keep it short and sweet.
Many moons have passed since I posted last and now with a new page (a need because the old page would no longer update), I'm basically starting fresh.
With a little patience I am piecing together and combining webpage/socialnetworking/blogging in one place. Ahhh... it will take a while until I'm fully satisfied.
This is a test page.
Tonight I attend the reception for couRAGEa show that cultivated artists in my local community expressing many levels of emotion for multiple issues of importance. I am pleased to say, I did risk putting in a piece not ordinary for me to create, nor for me to show in public.
A journalistic piece, expressed in a moment of frustration about multiple issues I feel strongly about. The ongoing wars, my own personal acceptance and struggle with a son entering the military, the inequities i witness daily between the labor and management of business, politics, the crumbling as i see it in our world of democracy, or at least the crumbling once more of my perception of how i see or thought the world was. The discrepancies of life, living on life's terms of course, we have always known, life is not easy.
We are never in a vacuum. Others around us are always creating some influence. It is up to us to sort through what fits for us and what is someone else's projection. I am in a place of total circumspection, everything is under scrutiny, nothing is trusted on face level. Times are such; ripe for birth of expressing what is or has been kept under wrap or corked inside. Intentions to bring world peace or even peace to a small corner of our own world can be inflationary and grandiose.
Being honest and real is primary. All expression is worthy.