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!