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, February 25, 2011

"Tears of the Phoenix" -- completed!

The Phoenix is a magical bird who lives 500 years, but, when old, can set itself on fire only to emerge young again. The Phoenix tears are thought to heal wounds.

This assemblage unites images of blood, bone, fire and tears. The tears have been captured in the glass vial on the side. The shape of the glass bobbles at the bottom not only suggest flame, but are the shape of droplets, and the color of blood.

The wing bone is from a pelican; the tiny skull is from a shore bird. Glass mosaic in the background looks like veins of fire, reflected in the blood-red eye of the Phoenix.

This piece was accepted for the 53rd Annual Spring juried exhibit of the Redwood Art Association at the
Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, CA.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Tears of the Phoenix"

After visiting in Hawaii for two glorious weeks, I felt sure some inspiration would come through from Pele because there IS flowing lava happening right now.

What came, however, was the Phoenix -- and some sense that our blood, and fire and birth and death are all connected. So, here's my beginning work with my newest assemblage. The tears of the Phoenix are thought to be curative.

There's a mess all over my art table. It will be fun to see how this proceeds.