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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Tough Chick" -- Angel Re-deux

The former version of this "Strange Angel" was called "Which Came First" so it already had the chicken-and-egg components. I wanted to turn the fluffy chick into a tougher version -- one who rides her motorcycle through the redwoods!

The motorcycle was created from a wrought iron detail, a clip-on glass handle, a couple of bike gears and some cool piercing and chain accessories. Her little copper helmet was something I purchased in France, on my pilgrimage to the village of Lunel.

The piercing and spikes came naturally, but I found myself giggling as I sewed on her head....more piercing!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Wise or Unwise Man?

Recently while digging though treasure boxes, I ran across this lone figure from a broken nativity set. I was amused at his body language -- suggesting a bad headache or a bad day for the S&P. He was in a box right next to the coveted treasure of discarded injection bottles and empty silver pill-packs. Hmmmm I wondered...so what's the story. Before I even had one, I decided to lay all the tiny bottles down inside of a box so they would form the backdrop to the assemblage. Then, for a couple days, I added to and subtracted from the pile of hopeful candidates. Just what would be included, I had no idea.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

"Still Live #2" (is this a series?)

Rather than trying to "file the pile" of accumulation on my back table, I decided to keep going with the idea of using what was in front of me. While working on this piece, I was again struck with the notion that these ARE 3-d "still life's" -- they are "still" because they are not moving, but the are "still alive" because I am giving new life to things -- hence the idea of "Still Live." (OK, it's a little dorky....but fun.)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

"Still Live #1"

It has been weeks -- long weeks since I have approached my art studio. It's been the longest time away for several years. Maybe my own OCD needed a reality shift about my process; maybe I just needed a break. Whatever!

I'M BACK...and in cleaning up the studio I noticed a small group of things I'd begun to play with in May. So, it was a fine place to start.

In doing this one, I simply allowed the patterns, shape and color lead. And, I had so much fun, maybe I'll just do a little series of "still live" pieces.

It is SO good to be back...excited about "what's next."