Sunday, October 29, 2017

Spirit of the Woods

"Spirit of the Woods" monoprint with gold leaf,  8 3/4 x 25 in.

My Monoprint “Spirit of the Woods” shows at Roby King Gallery, November 3-27, 2017, when Denise Kester and I exhibit our personal interpretations of myth in print and paint.

 My work is about the myths I’ve been exploring: vegetative deities like Europe's “Green Man”, Japan’s “Kodama” and the Greek myths about Goddesses Demeter and Persephone.

I grew up on the high plains of northwestern Kansas.  Demeter would be at home there where grain (wheat and corn) rules, but unless they are planted and nurtured, trees there are rare.  Perhaps that is why I've always recognized what is special and sacred in trees and why I am drawn to these ancient vegetative stories that exist across cultures.

"The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life and activity; it affords protection to all beings."  -   Buddhist Sutra 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

BARN Monotype Workshop

Ilse Reimnitz and I shared Monotype Print techniques with an incredible group of print curious artists at BARN, (Bainbridge, Artisan Resource Network) last weekend.  I came away inspired by what we made together, by those who organized our wonderful weekend and the creative space that so beautifully supports artists pursuing many paths and print medium and workshops like ours in particular.  Thank you!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Midsummer's Day Dream

“Midsummer’s Day Dream”, Monotype Print with gold leaf

I live in a forest, a wood, a copse, or something like that.  Maybe it’s a wield?  It’s not quite "Forest Primeval."  The Cedar and Douglas Fir that surround my home/studio are only a century plus old but they are magnificent.  I admire their green, their grey, their loft and all year long I listen to their voices.  

They are vocal!  They are often even musical, though I fear those voices in Fall and Winter when the seasons bend and break them.  In Spring when the wind is constant, so are their soothing voices.  In verdant Summer, they are heavy, still, can sigh and sometimes they snore.  I imagine they dream.

My Monotype, “Midsummer’s Day Dream”, will show at Roby King Galleries, November 3-27, 2017, when Denise Kester and I exhibit our personal interpretations of myth in print and paint.