Fenway, Boston MA

I rarely post photos here but I’m always entranced by water reflecting sky and branches.

This is the very busy Longwood Avenue bridge. I’m guessing few look over the side of the bridge to see the beauty flowing beneath them. I’ve been one of those unaware pedestrians, but luckily, not today.

Complicated Imagery

I find collage art deeply satisfying. There’s no design in mind when I face the paper. I try to use what’s in front of me, but of course I have unconscious color and shape preferences that surface when I approach the paper/materials with the intention to set aside judgement. Then my artistic language shows up which I can use in other work, or I “get over” being embarrassed to use the female imagery that arises.

Friday Morning Art

On Fridays my artist friend, Lola Baltzell, @lolabaltzell, gets together with her artist friend, Amy Solomon, @amysolomon_studio, for an hour and a half to make art. Impromptu and spontaneous. I was recently invited and went today. It’s wonderful to be in the presence of artists- stimulating, creative and empowering. Below is one image I made today. We were at Cafe Nero in Brookline Village. So images as well and the table were we worked (those are Lo’s hands).

Still Life

I’ve had this African sculpture for a long time. Supposedly it represents a twin, so there is a missing companion. I’m a Gemini so there’s an attraction to this object plus it’s very beautiful. Occasionally, when I remember, I rub it with oil and it shines. It’s one of my power figures.

I used to think still life compositions as static, a grouping of unrelated objects. Perhaps because in school or art classes they usually were/are and so it was more a matter of Carl putting form and texture- but I find looking at objects that have meaning is more interesting to me, yet I have to admit, looking at things with interest and curiosity invests them with meaning.

Two From One

These were created last month and came from one piece. I tore the original in half. If I have a picture of the original I'll post next time. Similar theme but now two quite separate pieces.

Incorporating more writing/calligraphy in my work.

tabernacle series-july 2017

i’ve returned to this image many times. in target-no. 1 and on and on to infinity-no. 2, i use  target paper with bullet holes. an aggressive imagery intertwined with female imagery. there are no binaries.

Ladder 

i don’t know where i read about the image of a sacred ladder, or ladder to heaven. for me, it symbolizes that bridge between heaven and earth, a desire and yearning for the sublime, for nirvana, for whatever we strive for though there’s no need to strive for anything. we already are enough.

 

madonna misericordia

began working in oil this week. I took a class many years ago and never liked it- particularly the clean up. this week Pink Soap and conditioner left my brushes clean and supple. free of that worry I felt like experimenting- so I returned to 2 pieces and to a theme I love. madonna misericordia is the “lady of mercy.” in medieval art she’s often pictured with her arms wide, cloak open and harboring all who come to her for help.

i’m drawn to the symbolism, themes and images in medieval and early renaissance art-

new work since…

it’s been a while since I’ve posted but between my day job and my life coach certification program i’ve been busy BUT not too busy to make art and write. i’m at the mid-point of the certification process and several things are clear:

  1. my creative practice is key to my co-active coaching practice. i knew that intellectually but the certification process (we work on our inner life as much as we work on the techniques of coaching) has solidified that knowing.
  2. all i’ve ever wanted to do since i was a child is express myself creatively through making visual art and writing. that’s it. that’s the core of everything.

not that i don’t want to do other things. i do. i want my work in the world to be of service, and i want my creative expression to be central. does that mean i want to make art for money? leave my day job? i don’t know. but my inspiration today is, if i make creative expression through writing and art central to my daily life practice along with meditation many things, including my work in the world, will fall in line. i won’t have to make things happen. things. will. simply. happen.

experimenting writing in lower case. i do it in my poetry. it’s becoming a preference.