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, April 4, 2011

"Fibonacci's Trunk"

....about the process and birth of this piece....

A week or so ago, I spent two whole days sorting piles of accumulation in the studio -- things people had given me, things I'd picked up at garage sales. While doing so, I again wondered how I would ever give up my precious 8-ball in an assemblage -- that it would have to be a really good reason!

Then, the tacky silver violins got sorted into the "silver box" and the domino's into "games and toys box." When I picked the elephant and saw how the trunk pattern matched the violins something clicked, but it wasn't until I reached for the nautilus shell (then whole) I began to understand....numbers!

Numbers....music...FIBONACCI!! Then, suddenly, the domino's made sense too -- but the elephant -- how would that fit...and then, taDAH ... of course, "Fibonacci's Trunk!" Even the old typewriter keys look like "notes!"

People often ask "how do you think of these things?" Well this is a perfect example of how it works for me as an artist. (By the way, this piece can sit as pictured -- OR, hang flatly on the wall. Either way looks great!)

For those who don't know, in 1201 the Italian Leonardo of Pisa (known as Fibonacci) presented the numeric system that describes the growth patterns in biology 0-1-2-3-5-8, and so on. But Fibonacci news wasn't really "new" as this beautiful mathematical principle dates back to ancient India and early Sanskrit texts.

During April, this piece will be on display (and for sale $500) at Many Hands Gallery in Old Town Eureka, but I also have two other pieces in exhibits: "Tears of the Phoenix" is up at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, and "Fire and Ice" is on exhibit at Eureka City Hall.