Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weekly Quick Collage: Passing Thoughts

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
                                                                                ~ Pablo Picasso

Passing Thoughts

Once again, made from stuff I found on my art table. If you're thinking I just might find the kitchen sink in that mess, you're probably right!

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
                                                                                                                                            ~ Aristotle

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
                                                                                                                   ~ Scott Adams

Have a wonderful, art-filled week, everyone!

Thursday, October 16, 2014


The Search for Roy G Biv has brought us beyond the rainbow, to white. However, I would be remiss as a science geek if I didn't point out that white light is actually all the colors of the rainbow, combined:

"Visible light, also known as white light, consists of a collection of component colors. These colors are often observed as light passes through a triangular prism [or a raindrop]. Upon passage through the prism, the white light is separated into its component colors - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, [indigo], and violet. The separation of visible light into its different colors is known as dispersion. ... each color is characteristic of a distinct wave frequency; and different frequencies of light waves will bend varying amounts upon passage through a prism."  
                                                                     ( Dispersion of Light by Prisms; The Physics Classroom )                                                                        

It was Isaac Newton who discovered that white light is composed of these different colors:

"Newton’s contribution created a new understanding that white light is a mixture of colored light, and that each color is refracted to a different extent. The different colors correspond to light with different wavelengths, and are refracted to differing degrees. This separation of colors is known as dispersion."
                                                                                        (Causes of Color: What is Refraction?)

 I'm not sure what type of caterpillar this is, but I think it's pretty cool-looking....

 A white egret at Hilton Head, South Carolina...

Bear grass at Glacier National Park...

A springtime favorite in my yard, paper white narcissus...

Clouds in Ohio, and in South Carolina...

This odd-looking Kentucky wild flower looks white, but is ever so slightly tinted with violet in places...

Seeds of the season with their fuzzy white parachutes, just before they fly away...

My son Colin's beautiful bride, Lindsey, in her shimmering white wedding dress last weekend...

For more beautiful examples of white found by others in the Search for Roy G Biv, visit the blogs of our hostesses, Jennifer Coyne Qudeen and Julie Booth; they will link you up!  Thanks for joining me on my journey into WHITE; hope you enjoy it!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Exciting News, and a Sneak Peek

I'm truly excited and so happy to announce that the wonderfully talented and generous artist, teacher, and now author Roxanne Evans Stout of River Garden Studio has asked me to make a collage for her  upcoming  book. I feel honored to be included in this project, and naturally can't wait until it comes out. I'm afraid that's about all I can reveal right now, but don't worry, you'll be hearing lots more about it before the release. In the meantime, I was given the go-ahead to show you a tiny sneak peek.

Yes! So excited!! Please stay tuned for more news as it becomes available.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Weekly Quick Collage: Expansion of Dreams

Expansion of Dreams

Rambling around the internet one night, I found this poem by Stanley Kunitz, and thought I'd take this opportunity to share it with you. I hope you like it.

The Science of the Night
by Stanley Kunitz

I touch you in the night, whose gift was you,
My careless sprawler,
And I touch you cold, unstirring, star-bemused,
That have become the land of your self-strangeness.

What long seduction of the bone has led you
Down the imploring roads I cannot take
Into the arms of ghosts I never knew,
Leaving my manhood on a rumpled field
To guard you where you lie so deep
In absent-mindedness,
Caught in the calcium snows of sleep?

And even should I track you to your birth
Through all the cities of your mortal trial,
As in my jealous thought I try to do,
You would escape me--from the brink of earth
Take off to where the lawless auroras run,
You with your wild and metaphysic heart.

My touch is on you, who are light-years gone.

We are not souls but systems, and we move
In clouds of our unknowing
 like great nebulae.

Our very motives swirl and have their start
With father lion and with mother crab.

Dreamer, my own lost rib,
Whose planetary dust is blowing
Past archipelagoes of myth and light
What far Magellans are you mistress of
To whom you speed the pleasure of your art?
As through a glass that magnifies my loss
I see the lines of your spectrum shifting red,
The universe expanding, thinning out,
Our worlds flying, oh flying, fast apart.

From hooded powers and from abstract flight
I summon you, your person and your pride.

Fall to me now from outer space,
Still fastened desperately to my side;
Through gulfs of streaming air
Bring me the mornings of the milky ways
Down to my threshold in your drowsy eyes;
And by the virtue of your honeyed word
Restore the liquid language of the moon,
That in gold mines of secrecy you delve.

 My whirling hands stay at the noon,
Each cell within my body holds a heart
And all my hearts in unison strike twelve.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

The very talented Maya Matthew has tagged me to participate in the"Around the World Blog Hop"!

Each participant must share their answers to these questions: 

1. What am I working on? 
I'm working on a couple of different things right now. If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know that I had three miniature pieces in a traveling exhibit called Tripletta.  All three of my pieces sold recently, so I now have to replace them. The pieces  that sold were called Seed Story I, II, and III; you can see them if you follow the Tripletta link. So,  I'm working on some more Seed Story pieces to replace them in the exhibit. Here are two that are not yet finished:

I'm also working on another piece in the Heron and Crow series, which are actually illustrations for what will hopefully be a children's book:

Heron and Crow II, monotype with mixed media, 9.75 x 9 inches

 It's about 90% finished, but still needs some tweaking here and there. 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
The mixed media genre is pretty wide open and eclectic, so I chose to answer this question in regard to monotype. Traditionally, monotype is usually done by coating the plate (I use a sheet of plexiglass) in one color of ink, then wiping the ink away to create the image. In contrast, my working is made by building up layers of transparent inks. Essentially, my method is almost the direct opposite of  the way most monotypes are made.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?  
The images I make are formed from the vocabulary of symbols that I’ve developed as I sought to express the theme that lies at the foundation of it all: a deep belief in the unity and connectedness of everything in the universe.  Related to this is my conviction that every part of the earth is sacred, including the myriad beings that ride it through space.  At the most basic level, we are made of the same stuff as the stars, the trees, the air, the ocean.  Having come from the same source, we are all connected in the most intricate ways, both visible and invisible.  This belief is expressed by the transposition of objects, the overlapping of transparent images, and by forms that seem to transform into something else.  I'm constantly searching for more effective methods of revealing this mystery, and it is the basis of my artistic practice.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
My process for these mixed media pieces usually begins with a monotype base layer, to which I add further layers of color.  The monotype itself consists of many layers of oil-based lithographic ink, thinned to transparency in order to allow the colors of previous layers to show through.  In this way, I believe the mixing of colors to be richer and more varied than if I pre-mixed the inks in advance.  Normally there are at least four to six passes through the press, with leaves and other plant materials included in at least some of the pressings.  All of these pieces are done on a substrate of Rives BFK 100% cotton printmaking paper; inks and other materials are as archival and lightfast as possible.  

After the monotype is dry, layers of watercolor, colored pencil, and other (mainly transparent) media are added.  Collage elements may also be added; these are usually pieces of discarded monotypes.  With this layering process, I hope to achieve a certain luminosity and brilliance, as well as a blending and unity of images. This unity is an objective in conveying the content of my work.  The process I use in creating these pieces is one that I developed myself through trial and error, in an effort to achieve the result I desired.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find anyone interested in continuing the blog hop, so I guess the hop stops here. If you'd like to join in, please let me know, and I'll send you the details.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More Prayer Flags

 Prayer Flag V

Prayer Flag VI

Once I get on a roll with something it's hard for me to stop. Two more Prayer Flags just came to me, so here they are. I may choose three of the six to substitute for the three sold Seed Story pieces (two of them here and here) in the Tripletta traveling show, but I'm also working on some more Seed Story pieces, so we'll see.

Hope you enjoy them!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Studio Table

The incomparable Seth Apter of the The Altered Page has challenged us to reveal the truth, and I have accepted the challenge. In Seth's words, "Let's go behind the curtain, throw any feelings of shame out the window, and show the world the underside of art and craft. I'll show you mine if you show me yours!"

Embarrassing as it is, here are photos of my art table in all its messy glory, just as it happened to be on this 20th day of September, 2014. Was I tempted to clean it up, just a bit? Yes, I was. But I left it as it really was, and snapped a few shots to share with you.

Yes, this is where I actually work, in the middle of all this chaos. And I do, pretty much, know where everything is, which surprises me as much as it probably does you.

And, as Seth noted in his own reveal, when we run out of room on the table, the mess tends to spread onto the floor...

For links to over a hundred (and counting) other artists' studio table views, head over to The Altered Page, Studio Table Reveal.  I just love seeing the reality of other artists' messes! Am I some weird kind of voyeur, or does it just make me feel less guilty about my own?  Whichever, it's great fun!