WELCOME to my blog and creative art space!

Since our retirement and relocation to the Puna District on the Big Island of Hawaii, (where we proudly admit to being "Punatics") my artistic energies have largely gone into our new home, addition of an ohana/apartment, and our acre of land. We have planted fruit trees, built lava walls, dug holes, reclaimed the boundaries from the jungle, and developed the landscaping.

During all this rewarding, hard work, I have wondered in what way the art I had been creating (you can see some below) would transition to reflect this dynamic island life. I have doodled in an art journal as impressions arose, splashed color, scribbled images, words, half-formed raw ideas, inklings of bold color, and fractal-like geometry -- all rather abstract. So, what do I do with all these musings, particularly since it is so VERY different from the art I was creating in Humboldt County?

I have some beginning shapes now and color; it is time to play. I'll try to add some of my thoughts here, for those few who are curious. And, if you'd like to know more, you can email me.

Monday, December 6, 2010

"You're Skakin' My Confidence Daily" Completed!

I am SO proud of how this turned out!!

If you look at November's posts, you find the "pile" that was on my table as I began this piece for entry into the Morris Graves Museum of Art - December Exhibition.

There are SO many cool metaphorical details in this assemblage, I encourage you to read the explanation so you don't miss any.

For 2010, I set a goal to complete 24 new pieces -- quite a stretch, but "Shakin'..." represents #22, and of that I am quite proud.

I have also sold 13 pieces which is also gratifying. As a gallery owner (Many Hands Gallery - Eureka), December may be busy, so we'll have to see what else may come through in this busy month.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Seeing the Forest For The Trees"

Earlier this year I made a piece entitled "What Trees?" that sold almost as soon as it was place in Many Hands Gallery. While it was great to sell the piece, I really didn't have time to enjoy it much before it left. (You can see the first assemblage by visiting the website -- under "Strange Angels.")

So, I decided to create another using the same concept. And, while the concept for the piece was the same, the look and colors were significantly different. Like the first one, I used pages from a 1902 mail order catalog to cover the head.

Details you cannot see here include the use of Scrabble letters going down the sides, spelling TREES & EYES.

This piece will be submitted to the Morris Graves Museum of Art for their annual December membership exhibit.

Friday, October 29, 2010

"Vestal Vessel"

Since spring of this year, the tiny doll, the hands, and the eye glasses have been set aside waiting, and waiting...and waiting. I don't know how many times I picked up the set thinking that I would work on it, only to find a "resistance" so I would set them back. This week I finally found the perfect "background" -- the Madonna and Child and the piece finally came together. I wanted to suggest a spiritual quality without being overly religious.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

"Pearl Girl" -- Mask

The Ink People Center
For the Arts
Annual "Maskibition" Exhibit

For the annual Ink People "Maskibition" I wanted to create a moon mask. Of special interest to me was creating a cool texture on the face that would really look like the craters of the moon. I used pewter paint on a branch from our Contorted F
ilbert and embellished branch and face with pearls.

What Killed Bill -- New Assemblage

...on exhibit at the Morris Graves Museum of Art

I have been collecting small "blue things" for a while thinking that I might create a take-off on the famous "Blue Boy" painting. When I found the BILL license plate, and begin the actual assembling of the pieces, the "Kill Bill" theme began to emerge. However, in this case, the question became "what" actually killed Bill.

Liquor, horseback riding accident, auto accident....are just a few of the hints you'll find if you look closely. I was particularly pleased with the little blue "bomb" which are empty aerosol containers.

So, what DID kill Bill?

"Fasten Your Seatbelt" -- RAA Fall Exhibit

Just delivered to the RAA exhibit.
As always, the piece is SO much
better in person. I was especially
pleased with how the use of the
copper foil made the inside of the
opened egg glow! I also used the
copper foil on the birds' beaks.

Unfortunately the RAA exhibit could
not "hang" the piece, but it does look
good on the pedestal anyway.

"Fasten Your Seatbelt" -- early process

During September I was inspired by the celebration of the Orville Wright's birthday -- and the Wright Brothers contribution to flight. I wanted to create my own version of a "flying machine" -- and of course add my point of view. I began with two bird skulls and decided to make my new "Strange Angel" a bird baby riding inside a strange flying machine.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Cuckoo Kachina" -- completed "Strange Angel"

WOW -- was I surprised when the pieces began to be assembled! The face of the "kachina" was just perfect with the little broken glasses; it seemed to add a touch of curiosity and wonder. The biggest surprise was when I was adding the broken Ken Doll arm. I already had the idea to have a talisman in the hand of the kachina, but the masculine hand and arm were also shaped to hold something. While I was moving them around and playing, I realized that the male arm DID have something to hold onto! So this was fun because the representation of both female and male were now present.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

"Bourgeois Boop" -- completed!

Sometimes things really do "fall together" and this time all the pieces (and there were many) did! I am pleased with every aspect of this piece. To read more, please visit the "Strange Angels" gallery of my website (haysmerart.com). This "Strange Angel" is currently visiting the Redwood Art Association exhibit in Old Town Eureka.

I have submitted a press release to both the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times -- quite a stretch for a small-town artist, but reaching for the stars is something I believe in!

Race Against Time -- completed.

With "Race Against Time" now done, it is temporarily at Many Hands Gallery in Old Town Eureka (please go visit it and other pieces.) Later in August, it will be at Humboldt Arts Council -- at the Morris Graves Museum of Art where it will be auctioned for their annual Autumn Auction. Now on to the next project!