Sunday, July 13, 2014

DC - What's That?

What's that?
Often asked of myself when painting away...
...and sometimes unanswered for months.
'Ladder to the Full Moon' - acrylic on paper, about 8"x8"
My talented friend Carole is the host of this Drawing Challenge.  Take a look at her interesting place for links to lots more artists grappling with 'what's that'.

(inspired by the full July moon sailing over Seattle this weekend)


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Scene, Recently #36

pigma pen in 8"x6" sketchbook

I arrived down here in Seattle on March 7.  Today is July 9.

Four months.

Not a whole lot of time in the Great Scheme of Things.  And, I have to consider the month-plus I spent in Colorado, helping with my parent’s move; so, a little less than three months actually here.  
'When I Say I Know, I Don't.  When I say I think, I shouldn't' - pigma pen in 8"x6" sketchbook
 Maybe it’s understandable that I haven’t quite got a rhythm going yet, that I am feeling a bit jagged, anxious, lonely from time to time.

Saturday Flossy and I walked around Green Lake, that Eden refuge just a short drive away from our temporary housing arrangement on a noisy, traffic ridden arterial.  The day was overcast, muggy, mysterious.  We got showered upon several times as we made our way around enjoying the views, the other walkers (human and canine), and the abundant greenery.  We felt refreshed, enthusiasm restored, grateful.

Yesterday I enrolled in an etching class which will start in two weeks and continue through the end of the MMDJ and beyond.  Getting back on a press is one of the reasons I wanted to move back here to the city.  I also reached out to some other artists in the national guild I belong to, and anticipate involvement in new ventures with joy.  

Just for today I have hope.  I am on the right path (one definition of which: course of action or conduct).   I will settle into new rhythms.  New friendships will be made and strengthened.  Relationships will heal.  Just for today, I am going to celebrate exactly where I am.

'Sit, Stay' - pigma pen in 8"x6" sketchbook

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Drawing Challenge: Inner Eye

I was fortunate to attend the preview of Seattle Art Museum’s fine exhibit ‘Modernism in the Pacific Northwest’ the other evening.  Of the artists represented, the one whose paintings resonated most deeply with Daughter and I was Morris Graves (1910 – 2001).  Grave’s recurring theme ‘Inner Eye’ resulted in a particularly compelling body of work.  

‘Dove of the Inner Eye’ 1941 by Morris Graves
 The Inner or Third Eye – though invisible itself – is thought to perceive unseen spiritual realms, and is the theme of this the 141st Drawing Challenge.  All are invited to participate in the Challenge with any sort of creative response be it photography, writing, painting, or actually drawing.  

 If you want to join, leave a comment here saying you are in. The following weekend the 'drawings' are shown on the blogs of the participants and the host links to them all.
'Inner Eye Eagle with Chalice' 1941 by Morris Graves


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