Friday, August 29, 2008

Daily Art- New Work- Kentucky Girl

Full Painting
‘Kentucky Girl’
18″ x 24″ x 2″ (thick)
finished sides needs no frame and is ready to hang
To see more about this work or to purchase CLICK HERE
Here is the poem that inspired the art:
Some people do not have to search
-they find their niche early in life and rest there,
seemingly contented and resigned.
They do not seem to ask much of life,
sometimes they do not seem to take it seriously.
At times I envy them,
but usually I do not understand them -
seldom do they understand me.
I am one of the searchers.
There are, I believe, millions of us.
We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content.
We continue to explore life,
hoping to uncover its ultimate secret.
We continue to explore ourselves,
hoping to understand.
We like to walk along the beach -
we are drawn by the ocean,
taken by its power, its unceasing motion,
its mystery and unspeakable beauty.
We like forests and mountains,
deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well.
Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter.
To share our sadness with the one we love
is perhaps as great a joy as we can know -
unless it is to share our laughter.
We searchers are ambitious only for life itself,
for everything beautiful it can provide.
Most of all we want to love and be loved.
We want to live in a relationship that will not impedeour wandering,
nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls.
We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.
We are wanderers, dreamers and lovers,
lonely souls who dare ask of life everything good and
- - James Kavanaugh
‘Kentucky Girl’ came about while I was on vacation this year. I didn’t paint or draw or even think about art while I as at the lake in the woods. I spent my time inviting butterflies to sit with me, listening to and learning the birds that live here, and discovering new types of water and landscape that are in this beautiful state. I was struck often by the scenery and how it reminded me of back home in Oregon. The hills, the views, the cliff walls and wonderful hiking. The water here is green. I’ve never seen that before, it’s crystal clear and pure, but it’s green. I was told that was because of the copper in all the limestone surrounding most if not all the lakes here. I can’t describe how beautiful it was, really words fail me. Living in the city for the past two years and being so busy getting the studio back up and running, learning the new city streets and secret places, and getting to know the peopel who live here, has been stressful and a little overwhelming. I moved to Kentucky thinking it would be slower that the big crush of the cities on the west coast, and it is…but I learned that I don’t belong in a big city, not even one as big as Lexington. I come from a small town, I lived in the big Northern cities, and I have lived in the extreme rural areas of the NW. I know now that I am a small town person who loves to travel. I live for adventure, but I long for a quiet cabin in the woods with none of the modern crush in my daily life. It makes me happy to be out in the quiet, where the folks that live near by smile and wave when you go by, and always are around to help out or ask for help. I miss living in a small place, now I know I want to live in a small area near or on a lake. It is so peaceful and I needed that for my soul. I grew up on the coasts, I’ve never lived without water near by, this made me remember that and how much I need it around to feel peaceful.

Anyway, I came back to the studio, back to work, life, bills, household chores and the like with a feeling of being able to do it all again. This painting came about in the same way, a quick sketch and the painting really painted itself. I didn’t judge or think I just painted what I was feeling. I like the way it turned out, the cardinal like bird was just from my imagination, I wasn’t going for reality, I do however love the deep red color. I wanted to capture how I felt being on vacation for the first time in ten years. And that my friends, is a good thing.

I hope you have all had a great week. I am planning to start work on a new line for a boutique here in town that has agreed to carry my mutli media work. My functional art and mutli media work is hard to show on line because of trying to photograph them, they are more of “you gotta see them in person ” thing. They also have been my best selling art in the ten years I have been doing this for a full time living, my “bred and buter” work I guess you’d say. I love doing it because it is my native state of being, it’s easy and fun. This line is for a younger audience, so it’ll be my BAD! Kittens line, funny huh? I’m excited by the possibility to re-open my BAD! Kitty line of home decor and functional objects de art. It’s been four years, that is long enough!
I will be starting new art auctions today as well, so check them out
HERE (Overstock) and Happy holiday everyone,
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Friday, August 22, 2008

Daily Art- New Work- Fear Not

Close up the words read: I am not afraid, I was born for this.
Full painting
‘Fear Not’
18″ x 24″ x 2″ (thick)
To see more of this work please Click HERE (this link will become active as soon as the web page is completed)
Here is the quote that inspired the work:
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

~Audre Lorde
‘Fear not’ started after I read this quote, and while not thinking about anything in particular, I sketched this lovely queen. She is ready for battle with her crown of spikes, and over her head are the last words she spoke to herself and the people in her charge before commencing to the good fight. “I am not afraid, I was born for this.” What is she fighting? Why is she wearing this strange crown of silver? Is she marshaling her forces for battle or is she fighting unknown forces within herself? I guess that will be left up to the person who wants to live with her. She had a face in the original drawing, but as we added the oil color ( I say we because I felt her come to life as the color went on the canvas, she worked with me and together we completed this work) as I continued to lay in the background and the color, I sensed she was another painting in my people without a face works. I like the facelessness of these paintings, they allow the people in them to be and become whomever and whatever is needed or seen by the viewer. They allow a resting point in the work for the eye. They allow the symbolism to come to the forefront. I see the attitude and full expression of each person I paint in the tilt of the chin. I want to leave no other trace of myself, except for the exceptional quality of that one line, the chin, to tell you everything about what is going on inside each of their worlds. I will continue to paint in this fashion; the faceless people, because I am compelled to learn why and what is behind basic human nature. I feel that the facelessness of these works allows them to be anything and everything for everyone. They are not ambiguous; they are full of expression and stories to tell. They do not envoke fear, they instead speak to what is common in all humans, under the skin, under the upbringing or nationality, our pasts and our fears. They represent the best of being a human being, that under it all and because of it all; we are one, we are human, and that one small fact could unite the globe in love not fear and war. I guess they are my deepest wish for every human being alive and yet to be born, that we all be free to become what we are meant to be. And that what we become will be valued not shunned, that we are all important so our education as a valuable soul would be the most important element to our growth; that the pretty and the rich, the haves and the have nots will cease to exist. Of course this is all pure fantasy in this reality, but if no one is willing to dream the dream anymore, I welcome the task. I will dream the dream, and I will speak of it often. Freedom for all human kind is my mantra. It is my cause. I will stand on the battlefield, I will wear the crown, I will speak of love, truth, valor, honor and beauty until the day that I pass from this earth. Because of one simple fact; I am not afraid, I was born for this.
I finished this work just before leaving for a vacation in the woods by the green lake. I spent the entire vacation thinking and not creating anything at all. I spent the entire vacation laughing, eating, swimming, taking pictures, playing with my family, and enjoying being alive. I come back to this world feeling lighter and ready to get back to work on my life’s mission. I left my stress and fear in the branches of the living oak trees. I tossed my weariness to the bluegills that swam at the lakes edge. I brought back the serenity of green water so warm and clear and yet so cold and dark that you will never see the bottom. I brought back birdsong, insect melodies, and cool breezes off the lake on the hottest of summer days. I brought back myself, the part of me that wans to run from the stress of trying to make it in this world. I came back with a real sense of what “making it” means, looks like and feels to me. I am back inside my skin, comfortable and happy. I spent a little more than a week praying in my church, my church being the temple of Mother Nature. I feel better, a little more relaxed (because I can never really fully relax) and more fearless than ever.
Bring it Universe, I am ready for the next step, wherever that may take me.
I hope everyone has been well and good in my absence.
Have a great day one and all.
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PS> I have started new art auctions! Check them out at Ebay and at Overstock

Sunday, August 10, 2008

5 day art auctions-no reserve-Lots f three paintings

Hi everyone,
Just a quick note to say hey and add a link to my current art auction(s) at ebay. Check it out, BAD! Kitty is moving art fast, selling in lots of three. Good Luck Bidding!