Friday, February 29, 2008

Transformation 26

Last day of February! It's been a very hard month of darkness, both literally and otherwise. Finally, the days are getting noticeably longer. Here's a little winter-spirit to carry us into spring; as she transforms dark into light, we will change with her...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Transformation 23

It was a dark and stormy night... speaking of dark, is February over yet? Okay, seriously. The elements of transformation are, in fact, the elements: air, earth, fire, water, spirit. Science tells us that once the earth was covered in fire, at another time, in water. Intuitively, these are both associated with cleansing, rebirth, etc. It's fitting, then, that these elements play a part in many kinds of transformation.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Transformation 22

In this one, I tried to convey the feeling of morning mist as the sun begins to rise. I really struggled with getting the right colors and sense of light. A lot of people think that making a collage would be pretty simple; I did too, until I started making them. It's very difficult to get various unrelated pieces to look as if they belong together, and then making them fit is yet another whole level of frustration. I can only describe it as attempting to solve some wacky puzzle that doesn't really have a solution, because all the pieces came from different boxes and there's no picture on the lid to look at. I'm not sure if this is a very good analogy, but it's the best I can come up with right now. I hope you like it!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Transformation 25

I really don't like to tell people what my work "means" because I think it means something different to each person. Of course, butterflies have long been symbols of change, since their form itself metamorphoses so drastically. To early humans this must have seemed quite magical, as it still does to me. We all grow and change, both physically and mentally, though much more gradually. Entering a new phase of my life, I'm crossing from familiar terrain into unmapped territory, which is all the more beautiful because of its mystery... Hey, I think I just told you what it means. But don't take my word for it, make up your own story.
As Bob Dylan said, "He who's not busy bein' born is busy dyin'."

Monday, February 11, 2008

Transformation 20

This is one of another ongoing series called "Transformations". I guess the best way to describe the concept is that they're based on my own perception of the beginnings/ evolution of the universe, and how everything came from the same source. I'm a sixth-grade special education teacher, and right now in science we're studying the earth's interior and volcanoes. When the earth was not so far along on its way to becoming the planet we know now, it was covered with volcanoes; I had this in mind as I was working on this piece. If you'd like to see more from this series, or of the "Seed Mandala" series, you can view them at my website by clicking on the link at the top of this page. Thanks for your interest.

Size: 7" x 7"; 15" x 15" matted
medium: monotype and mixed media collage
Price: $90.00 includes mat and free shipping