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.

Friday, January 7, 2011

"Life Is But a Stream"

I used two of my colored pencil drawings to create this diptych. These pieces are composed of thousands of tiny shards of broken glass. The solar image reflects warm tones and the rays of the sun flash with parrot-bright colors of orange and green. The lunar side has cooler tones, and the rays flash with pale ice blue and soft lavender.

Crash glass is created from using broken car windows. Although I have created several these compositions, each time I allow the shapes of the glass to help inspire me. I created the lunar image first and was pleased with the outcome. But,I was surprised when I broke the second window for the solar image, that the shapes broke into marvelous wavy shards that were completely different from the first window. It is these "happy accidents" that keep a good artist on their toes -- learning from and working with unpredictable materials.