Here is the "mariposa" (butterflywoman) that Luis Paniagua sculpted and I collaged, painted and constructed the rest of the piece. I feel as though she is announcing
the end of a long period of inner turmoil. My heart is open and I stand naked and free,
ready to take flight. Learning to love life in all it's "anxious beauty". I still have unresolved questions in my heart perhaps I always will, it is the questions themselves that I am learning to love.
The moon rose like a glowing sphere of magic from behind the silhouetted spruce trees and spilled it's sparkle down around our barn. Moonlight, fire and torches outside.
Paintings, sculpture, poetry and music inside, a night of pure beauty as artists shared
their creations with each other. Singing, incantations, instrumentals with a forest as a backdrop. Children, dogs, people, life and love overflowing. The poetry walk lit up in the darkness with strings of tiny white lights, created an ambiance of mystery and ceremony as one walked the path to read the poems. The music filled the barn with sacred sound and filled the hearts of everyone who came to this magical evening.
I await the photos from Vivian to post on this blog.
I love to paint, I love the feeling of the brushes and knives swooshing the colours onto the canvas. One colour becomes another as they fuse into layers on the surface. I make a mark and the mark evokes a response from somewhere deep inside which produces another mark. Sometimes words come into my head when I am working on a painting, sometimes a whole line or sentence of words will appear out of thin air, I often use these words in the title of the painting. The words are echoes of the colours, shapes and textures. There are times when I can taste the shapes in my mouth as I paint and I can feel the rhythms and movement of energy flowing through my whole body when I am working. I am growing more and more confident in my work and as I let go of preconceived outcomes for the paintings the more the painting reveals itself to me from a deeper source. This connection is vital for me and it is the only way I know of to dance with angels.
I love our barn, coolest place on the planet for exhibiting art. Yesterday I finished another large painting from the river series I have been working on since spring.
It feels good to be working on a series, helps to keep me focused cause my mind is
always overflowing with ideas, one thing just leads to another, continuously.
I finalized and put up the "poetry walk" today, it took way more time and energy than
I had expected but it is well worth it, it looks beautiful! I can't wait to see how people
respond to it. The first woman to see me hanging the poems on the trees was a poet herself and she thought the idea was amazing. I am so happy to have finally completed it and I dedicate it with all my heart to the poetman who created it with me, Jim Larwill.
Meeting Jim was a turning point in my creative life and otherwise, he is one of those once in a life time people that you meet and they change your life forever.
I am ever so grateful for his presence in my life and look forward to future collaborations together.
I would post photos of both my newest painting and the poetry walk but my camera
seems to have died and I am imageless for this post.
On another note, we have a baby groundhog, a fox and a racoon that share the barn with us, not so sure how long that baby groundhog is going to last with the other two but it's kinda fun to have them around, as long as they don't eat the flowers!!!