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Friday, March 16, 2012


16x20 x 1.5 Acrylic painting using only 2 colours, Naphthol Red  Medium and Ultramarine Blue by Golden

Some close up shots of painting



Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Silent Moon

I began this painting a couple months ago with no preconceived plan other than I wanted to use  blue and  yellow paint, and let my emotions do the rest .  No matter how many times I paint like this , I am always surprised with the finished piece and have to stand back and try to understand what I have created and why.  I do notice ( as has other people ) that my artwork almost always includes circles.  Even as I look back  in my art journals, I notice that on every page there sits a circle.  Interesting.
I wanted to find out more so I found a few sites that explained the meaning of the circle in art and life .  Here is one that is easy to understand and gave me some insight on why the circle is prominent in my art.    

Circle & Self

Finding the Sacred Center

The Circle is the ultimate symbol of the sacred feminine. The symbol of the circle helps us to connect to the depths of our soul or "true self".

Ralph Waldo Emerson begins his essay entitled "Circles", with the statement, "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary picture is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world. St. Augustine described the nature of God as a circle whose centre was everywhere and its circumference nowhere."

Carl Jung studied the archtypal meaning of circles:
"The circle (or sphere) is a symbol of the Self. It expresses the totality of the psyche in all its aspects, including the relationship between man and the whole of nature. Whether the symbol of the circle appears in primitive sun worship or modern religion, in myths or dreams or in the spherical concepts of early astronomers, it always points to the single most vital aspect of life - its ultimate wholeness."

-Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Essays and English Traits, ed. Charles W. Eliot (New York: PF Collier & Son, 1909), 155.
-Carl G. Jung et al., Man and His Symbols (New York: Doubleday & Company Inc, 1964), 240.                                        

My completed painting aptly named " Silent Moon " as my eye is drawn first to the moon like orb and it sits as if watching over the confusion below... waiting.  This painting has taken me months to complete because it seemed I needed to be in a certain frame of mind to work on it which really drove me crazy!  I would sit for hours ( I seriously would ) and wait for it to speak to me and when it finally did I believe the result was worth the wait.   I would love to know what you see or feel when you look at this painting, there is no wrong answer, so please feel free to comment xox

Monday, March 12, 2012

Poetry... next tattoo

                                 I. The Soul’s Expression
                   By Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861

WITH stammering lips and insufficient sound
I strive and struggle to deliver right
That music of my nature, day and night
With dream and thought and feeling interwound,
And inly answering all the senses round        5
With octaves of a mystic depth and height
Which step out grandly to the infinite
From the dark edges of the sensual ground.
This song of soul I struggle to outbear
Through portals of the sense, sublime and whole,        10
And utter all myself into the air:
But if I did it,—as the thunder-roll
Breaks its own cloud, my flesh would perish there,
Before that dread apocalypse of soul.

I think I may have found the words I want for my next tattoo.... 
the first 3 lines of one of my fave poems.
   Now to decide on the type of script and where. 
 I think it will be on the back of my neck.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Very Pinteresting.....

  Okay , so by now I am sure that everyone is quite aware of the new web sensation and if you are not... you are either going to thank me or hate me. 
  I have been introduced to this highly addictive site by co workers who can't stop raving about the delicious triple chocolate , smooth peanut butter, crunchy pretzel, dripping caramel, loaded with nutty goodness cupcakes! Or the fashion and decorating advice with tutorials that make you break out the Visa and hit your favourite furniture or clothing stores.  And let's not forget about the creative aspect!  Millions of photos of everything from Garden and Home design, Tattoos, Art, Music, Books, Movies, Posters, Prints, Travel, Humour, Do - It - Yourself .... everything!   I am a self diagnosed magazine and book addict and this site is heaven to me.  I can spend hours on here pouring over beautiful photographs and reading all the helpful advice.  HOURS!  There is literally anything and everything on here that you are looking for and even things you have never thought of but now it's all you are thinking about!

   That is the "interesting" part of this site..the "pin" part is where you can create your very own Board, label it according to your interest and pin images that you love to your board!!!  It's like clipping out photos from magazines and sharing them with others..... millions of others.  The images are shared from other blogs, magazines and sites and they seem to be a free for all, no permission needed.  I say this because as I was scrolling through various art boards I  stumbled upon a photo of myself holding my painting !  I know there are copyright issues going on with Pinterest but I don't know enough about it to comment on it.  I can definitely see how this could be upsetting to some artists or publishers who are not getting credit for their work.  The person who pinned up my photo is  not someone I know , I was not asked, however it was because she liked the photo and wanted to share it not because she was going to re create my art and take credit for it.... so it's all good!

  If you ask me... I say go check out the site, you won't regret it ,the photos are endless and so is the inspiration, which is why you can lose yourself and dare I say... lose hours of your life.   Oh well.... it could always be worse!  Here are some of my Boards that I have put together and share with other Pinterest Addicts xo
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