Friday, September 26, 2014

Six in the Morning

Before each painting, the prolific folk painter Grandma Moses started with her process of finding a suitable picture frame. Once she discovered one she liked, she would arrange her canvas to fit the frame, and off she went!
With linocuts, the entire process begins with the menial task of cutting a piece of Battleship linoleum to a certain size. After that, it's impossible to ignore the piece, and so conceiving and carving begin very quickly as the block calls out to be transformed.
This circle linocut (sized by tracing around a large salad bowl) is 12 by 12 inches, titled after that lovely time of the morning (at least, for those of us who are early risers!) and carved in the beautiful Piedmont Park, Atlanta. Have a wonderful rest-of-the-week-and-month!

Monday, July 14, 2014

New Installation


New installation! Thanks, Ananda seva, for the great pic! And thank you, Satchel, for the wall space, and, Judy, for expert facilitation. And a new study: Purple Crow (8.5 by 11 inch watercolor), for the passionate walkers among us, urban or rural. Have a wonderful, meandering week!



Thursday, July 3, 2014

Women of Wisdom


This linocut is 12 by 18 inches, printed on my favorite Arches cream 250 gsm printmaking papter, which literally embraces the inked block when rolled through the etching press. Depth, connectivity, thoughtful honoring of the gifts already present in our lives, ancestors (I recently met a wonderful woman who told me she dreams often of her grandmothers and grand-aunts), rising to embrace our richer, expansive, compassionate self...all these things were woven into the intention of this piece. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Day of March

It's Spring and a metaphorical time to savor our resilient qualities, our innate strength to embrace both change and dormancy. The Gita, the beautiful conversation of 5000 years ago, focuses on our spiritual nature, and also gives guidance for living in this day-to-day world; the external world, with the senses and mind pulling this way and that, needs to be gracefully tolerated.  But that can only be when we embrace our deeper nature and personal path!
This piece is my favorite size (7.5 by 9.5 inches) to carve; the block is small enough to complete within a few weeks, but large enough for details, and inclusion, with a # 1 V tool.
Isn't this fern frond beautiful with possiblity! It is outside my studio, and by now it has already stretched out, unfurled, lapping up the sun and the intensity of the forest. Have a wonderful, and wise, spring!

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Graceful Journey

The Graceful Journey is a 12 by 16 linocut on Arches printmaking paper and a celebration of our deeper journey where external events cease to hold their power over us.

And next weekend is the annual Right Whale Festival at the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville. If you are in the area, stop by for a educational glimpse into these beautiful giants. Above is a 8 1/2 by 11 watercolor, painted on the thickest grade watercolor paper (inviting layer upon layer upon layer). Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Work

Recently I witnessed two cardinals feeding each other, skillfully placing cracked-open seed into each other's beaks, and "two became one".
This piece was painted shortly after visiting Hong Kong, the land of enveloping, reassuring mountains. Three-quarters of Hong Kong is countryside, providing a great "stop over" for hundreds of varieties of birds, with its protected wetlands, mountain ranges, and seashores. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Transformations


Relief carving is a slow process. Each piece is a journey in patience and detachment, and there is no guarantee of the exact results. "Transformations" resonated on the first proof, hinting at the presence of deeper, expansive qualities. This linocut is roughly 8 by 10 inches, printed on Arches printmaking paper. Have a great week!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Surprise





This piece (a 12 by 12 linocut) was carved on a recent visit to Pensacola, Florida. The "old fellow" in the photo was hanging around the pier, looking for hand outs. I was convinced he couldn't fly; pelicans can live to be up to 50. The way he was hobbling around, pecking at anyone who came too close (including two tourists who posed for a pic in front of him!), he appeared to be done with the daily grind. And all that was shattered in a second as he suddenly departed in elegant flight.
This observational incident is also a metaphor for shattering personal limitations; right next door to so-called perceived limitations, there is wonder and beauty and inner strength.



 And here's recent piece from a series of watercolors focusing on the beauty of solid forms. Thanks for stopping by!