The Kick-About #19 Art Forms In Nature – Ernst Haeckel

This week’s Kick-About is really a feast for the senses.

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Following the simple, unadorned charms of our previous still-life inspired Kick-About, in which we were encouraged to turn our creative attentions to objects rather ordinary and domestic, this week’s edition is a good deal more fanciful. With Ernst Haeckel’s Art Forms in Nature as our collective stomping ground, we’ve generated between us a veritable coral reef of different ideas, processes and creativity.


Simon Holland

“Haeckel’s images have that other worldly alienness of the microscopic, to me, they tread a line between the interspatial and the outer spatial. With this image I started “riffing” in Maya with repeated forms, influenced a little by Hebrew descriptions of the Ophanim. With a bit of “evolution” a tiny bit of “Interstellar” and a smidge of “Event Horizon” I ended up here.”


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Charly Skilling

“As regular Kick-Abouters are probably aware, I’ve been playing around with freeform crochet off-and-on throughout…

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Weekend work 1/18/2021

A couple done and possibly finished.

The black paper Kerfe gave me is inspiring me. It also holds a lot of paint and almost feels like canvas. Kerfe sent the link and I will be ordering more of this.

Hoping for a good week for everyone.

Martin Luther King Day 2021

mid-January–
voice of crow under grey skies–
how to fill the hole

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

for earthweal open link weekend

Day Ten. Special January Ekphrastic Challenge Jan 7th to February 6th. Please join writers Merril D Smith, Jim The Poet, Holly York, Michael Dickel, Joy Fleming, Hilary Otto, Godefroy Dronsart, Alan Gary Smith, Redcat, and myself as we respond to the remarkable art of Chris O’Connor, Marcel Herms and Kerfe Roig and others to arrive in the coming weeks. Saturday.

I’m one of the featured ekphrastic artists at The Wombwell Rainbow this month. Merril Smith is one of the featured poets. My thanks to Paul Brookes for his support of both art and poetry and the interactions between them

The Wombwell Rainbow

January 16th

handeye_KR16

-Kerfe Roig “handeye”

ik onttrek mij, mixed media on paper, 23,7 x 30,3 cm, 2020 MH16

-Marcel Herms “ik onttrek mij”

CO16

-Chris O’Connor

Responding to CO16 and “Handeye” KR16

Just Over There

These fuzzy-brained days–
I’m a hand-puppet, waiting for direction,
a sense of what to do, which way to go
some sense at all
to my sensibility—magical realism it may be
when the surreal is real
in this inside-out and upside-down world—where is the key
to unlock it?

Somewhere, a butterfly flutters, and the world shudders;
Somewhere a rabbit hops, escaping a predator, or setting off a bomb.
Crow caws, and I open my eyes,
there is light, crystalline bright—
just over there. See?

-Merril D Smith

Ikonttrekmij– (codeMH16)

Goodbye.
Why the questions ?
I have my reasons
Please accept.

You have everything you need.
You will not miss me.
I will leave no gap.
I am not going anywhere.

Withdrawal will not affect.
Hello.

15,Ja,2021 for…

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forms in nature

be always
impossible be
enchanted
reaching out
in reciprocity to
meet the world halfway

The Kick-About challenge this week uses Ernst Haeckel’s “Art Forms in Nature” as inspiration. If you’ve never seen these images, take a look here. Below is the sample provided with the challenge, but I decided to use different images as inspiration for my composite creatures.

I looked in my collage box/reference book collection for nature images that I could combine to create new forms based on Haeckel’s paintings.

This is a project that could go on and on…

Weekend work/1/11/2021

Posting these two together: I can never leave well enough alone. Started to mark it up and apparently couldn’t stop. My husband said it looked like a psychedelic Parcheesi board. (In case you’re too young to remember Parcheesi, “Jump it’s fun, jump it’s easy, jump it’s fun to play Parcheesi”. Simpler times.

I really love the black paper that Kerfe gave me. I need to find out where she got it.

It’s a gray and chilly day here but I feel healthy (and partly vaccinated against COVID-19) which makes me feel hopeful. Have a good week, everyone!

Bird of the Day 1/9/21

Another painting on black paper-a random parrot.

It’s a chilly but sunny Saturday here in Northern New Jersey. Hoping everyone has a productive day today!

Draw a Bird Day: Warblers

tangled green
flashes of yellow
passing through

Last fall my daughter and I were sitting on Columbia’s campus, talking and drinking coffee and tea, when we noticed a tiny yellowish bird looking for insects in a tree nearby. It looked a lot like the wood warbler I’ve drawn, above.

We didn’t see it well enough to positively identify it, but a birder friend suggested from my description that it was a warbler. Many species migrate through the area, in addition to common local residents like the yellow warbler.

The Blackburnian Warbler can also be found in New York, but I haven’t been lucky enough to see one. I would like to watch the intricate aerial dances they perform when protecting their territories.

I first drew the yellow warbler by itself, and scanned it, as backgrounds are always a problem for me. I’m still not sure about this one, although I like the colors.

The Kick-About #18 Still Life With Blue Vase, Fernand Leger (1951)

I meant to do food, but…when I started pulling images out of my collage box, as is so often the case, the composition decided to go somewhere else. Fish? Butterflies? Snakes? blame it on the vase goddess.

Nevertheless, there are many delicious responses to Leger’s still life. Enjoy!

Red's Kingdom

After the heightened atmosphere of our last kick-about, and the rich food of the festive season now largely behind us, Leger’s simpler fare was a welcome offering. Leger’s still life was brought to the attention of the Kick-Abouters by artist, Gary Thorne; well, Leger can keep his roast beef. I’d rather get my hands on all those delicious-looking prawns and creamy avocados…


Gary Thorne

“With the holiday now firmly in the past, it seems fitting to celebrate the sacrifice which lead to so much decent feasting. Leger’s prompt of colour and the ordinary stirred up this reflective composition, which in part celebrates a Polish Christmas on the 23rd with its attention to seafood. Although a difficult year for many, it ends with emphasis on a simple pleasure most commonly enjoyed as a shared experience – healthy eating! Happy new year to our fab’ host and to all enjoying Kick-About.”Oil…

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Painting # 2/2021

Hoping to do more painting this year and not just rocks.