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.

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.