Wogibi Press and Incunabula

DSC_1328 DSC_1327 DSC_1326It’s magical when things are small.

There’s such a push in life to be big, have more, accumulate more, consume more, make more, do more…

…sometimes the small stuff is what can really take your breath away.  Sometimes the small stuff can leave you weeping like a baby and remind you to be grateful.

The other night I had opportunity to enjoy the launch of a fabulous book titled Incunabula.  Only fifty published, I feel blessed to own #35.  It is a beautiful object.  It is a beautiful piece of poetry.  Created collaboratively by poet Melanie Boyd, illustrator Bronwyn Schuster and woodworker MJ Boyd, this is a treasure.

Trea Jensen’s song, Orphan was one of four songs that set the tone for the evening.

Readings delivered by Melanie Boyd were captivating.  Eggs In the Field written by Sean Virgo/illustrated by Ryan Price and Incunabula were both performed with powerful voice and both stories gave way to chills down the spine.

 

 

 

 

Frida Came Home

I met Bronwyn Schuster at one of the Gorilla House Battles.  Take a look at her portfolio, using the link provided, to be convinced of this young woman’s talent and unique way of viewing the world.  When I saw her Frida Kahlo piece, I was convinced that she was made for me and now she has found her way home, with Joane Cardinal Schubert’s piece based on dreams in a sweat lodge beside her and my own piece of art-furniture based on Chagall’s stained glass window, Zebulon, a beautiful piece that connects with the energy of water, below her.

P1080798P1080802P1080799I am really pleased with this new piece of art and will cherish it always.  I have learned much from reading The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait by Carlos Fuentes and viewing her art in books and in life.

A warning to my readers/viewers, Frida suffered significant pain throughout her life…physical, as well as emotional.  She used her art in a very honest way to express and live out this journey as a woman.  If you have difficulties with very sensitive content, you may not wish to view her biography.  However, if you wish to become both inspired and knowledgeable, this is an amazing archive of her life and her life’s work.

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Gorilla House LIVE ART: October 24, 2012

Photo Credit: Don and Elaine

It’s been days since our last yahoo at the Gorilla House, but quite honestly, I’ve been hard-pressed to find any visual archives of my last work.  This is the first week that I didn’t take my own photographs, although I did photograph a couple of pieces by other artists.

Photo Credit: Belinda Fireman Thanks, Belinda! You have provided me with the single archive of the evening! Whoot!

Thanks to Don for the purchase of my painting at auction.

The themes of this weeks battle were 1. blue line, 2. let us not think of clothes and 3. nacho cheese.  Working with orange, red orange and yellow-orange was new for me.  I realize now that I don’t use this palette very often. Without the suggested concept of nacho cheese, I wouldn’t have taken that on and so my decision was to focus on colour exclusively, with an intention to eventually incorporate a quote from the Gospel of Matthew 6: 28 at the end.  “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.”

I continued to use my former ‘trucker’ journals as a basis for the collage, this time, cutting them into tree elements.  I enjoyed using the horizontal format this week and found that I immediately entered into the piece as landscape.  I felt very relaxed while painting on Wednesday and had fun chatting with some new folk, as well as artist-friend, Belinda.   Had I more time, I would have continued adding collage, pulling layers of acrylic washes over the piece and resolving the central foreground.  As it was, the piece was impacted by the two hour deadline.  It was a fun experiment regardless.

I met Bronwyn Schuster and look forward to following her work, loaded with humour and excellent technique. For 365 days, Bronwyn made entries about her drawings/projects and stuff and I’ve really enjoyed exploring this portfolio.  It speaks so much of an artist’s journey and where her mind takes her.  Take a look here. Her self portrait series blows me away and is inspiring me to try a similar series as a way of developing technique.  Some of her work causes me to feel nostalgic about oil paint.  It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such juicy surfaces and rich colour mixing.  Below, her piece completed in the two hour battle.

To follow, another artist’s work…will post their name as soon as I verify.  These two pieces, along with my own, demonstrate the curious notion of working from three concepts and discovering the potential for interpretation.

Be obscure clearly. E.B. White