Thursday, May 24, 2012

On to the Next One

Thebes, Rust Monoprint with gold leaf  (30 x 20 in)

Before moving on to the next one I want to thank my wonderful family, friends and patrons for their generous support during Vashon Island's 2012 Art Studio Tour!

I opened my studio and turned half the house into a gallery.  It was work but I had lots of help and it was so much fun!

The open studio experience is a unique opportunity for patrons to see art in context and hopefully get some sense of an images meaning, origin and story when viewed with a body of related work.

And now-
ON TO THE NEXT ONE! 
That's the tittle of the next exhibition I am so happy to show in.

My rust prints Thebes, Icarus and Phoenix were selected to be part of the Northwest print  exhibition at gallery Smith and Vallee in Edison, WA
June 2 - 30, 2012.  The opening reception is Saturday June 2nd (5-8 PM).  Edison, WA.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Oceanus

Threshold Guardian, Oceanus ( water jet cut steel)

 

Titan Oceanus, (or Okeanos), one of the pre-Olympian Gods or primeval deities, is the great earth-encircling river and font of all the earth's fresh-water: including rivers, wells, springs and rain-clouds.

 
My Oceanus is made of water jet cut steel and is enamel painted an orange/cinnamon color.  He is on exhibit in my studio garden with many other Threshold Guardians during the 2012 Spring Vashon Island Studio Tour, May 12 and 13.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Icarus

To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Triumph

Consider Icarus, pasting those sticky wings on,
testing this strange little tug at his shoulder blade,
and think of that first flawless moment over the lawn
of the labyrinth. Think of the difference it made!
There below are the trees, as awkward as camels;
and here are the shocked starlings pumping past
and think of innocent Icarus who is doing quite well:
larger than a sail, over the fog and the blast
of the plushy ocean, he goes. Admire his wings!
Feel the fire at his neck and see how casually
he glances up and is caught, wondrously tunneling
into that hot eye.
Who cares that he fell back to the sea?
See him acclaiming the sun and come plunging down
while his sensible daddy goes straight into town.

By Ann Sexton

Icarus is my Rust Print with gold leaf  (36 in. x 19 in.) 

Icarus was made by rusting a steel plate to high thread count muslin and mounting the material to Apersand panel, adding leaf and then finishing it with a wax medium.

Theseus and the Minotaur

Theseus and the Minotaur   Monotype Print with copper leaf

Mothers Day and the second weekend of the Vashon Island Spring Studio Tour is coming up.  I hope to see many more friends and patrons visiting my studio and participating in the final weekend of the art tour May 12-13.

I thought I would post a couple images of artwork that sold last weekend.  Theseus and the Minotaur (above) and Hector from the previous blog are now hanging on new walls!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hector





























All Day Permanent Red  (To welcome Hector to his death)  
by Christopher Logue

To welcome Hector to his death
God sent a rolling thunderclap across the sky
The city and the sea
      And momentarily—
The breezes playing with the sunlit dust—
On either slope a silence fell.

   Think of a raked sky-wide Venetian blind.
   Add the receding traction of its slats
   Of its slats of its slats as a hand draws it up.
   Hear the Greek army getting to its feet.
  
   Then of a stadium when many boards are raised
   And many faces change to one vast face.
   So, where there were so many masks,
   Now one Greek mask glittered from strip to ridge.
   Already swift
Boy Lutie took Prince Hector's nod
And fired his whip that right and left
Signalled to Ilium's wheels to fire their own,
And to the Wall-wide nodding plumes of Trojan infantry—

   Flutes!
   Flutes!
Screeching above the grave percussion of their feet
Shouting how they will force the savage Greeks
Back up the slope over the ridge, downplain
And slaughter them beside their ships—

   Add the reverberation of their hooves: and
   "Reach for your oars. . ."
T'lesspiax, his yard at 60°, sending it
Across the radiant air as Ilium swept
   Onto the strip
   Into the Greeks
   Over the venue where
Two hours ago all present prayed for peace.
   And carried Greece
Back up the slope that leads
   Via its ridge
   Onto the windy plain.






Saturday, May 5, 2012

Garden Art

Threshold Guardians, new steel garden stakes
























Today is the 1st day of the 2012 Vashon Spring Studio Tour.  I am hoping for sunny weather and many visitors to share my new work with!

Threshold Guardian,  The Minotaur

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth

Zeus, Zeus himself could not undo these nets
Of stone encircling me.  My mind forgets
The persons I have been along the way,
The hated way of monotonous walls,
Which is my fate.  The galleries seem straight
But curve furtively, forming secret circles
At the terminus of years;  and the parapets
Have been worn smooth by the passage of days,
Here, in the tepid alabaster dust,
Are tracks that frighten me.  The hollow air
Of evening sometimes brings a bellowing,
Or the echo, desolate, of bellowing.
I know that hidden in the shadows there
Lurks another, whose task is to exhaust
The loneliness that braids and weaves this hell,
To crave my blood, and to fatten on my death.
We seek each other.  Oh, if only this
Were the last day of our antithesis!

Jorge Luis Borges, translated by John Updike

My Monoprint The Labyrinth is 30 x 22.5 in.  I have done four Monoprint variations around this theme and image.  I used this image on my invitation for the Vashon Island Spring Studio Tour.