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Surprise

met light 3s

Shapes appear
reflected, freshly
pressed—falling
into place
like the Fool’s card—zero played
openly, surprised.

met light 4s

I’ve been neglecting the Secret Keeper’s prompts the past few weeks for lack of time, not interest.    They are always like a puzzle for me, coming together in unexpected ways when I start to write.  The appearance of the Fool, after a few drafts of ideas, was definitely a surprise.  But serendipity is always part of the work I do.  The end is never where I thought I was going.

lunatic s

I took the photos of Japanese ceramics with the beautiful window light reflected on the glass display cases at the Metropolitan Museum last spring.  I was reminded of them by Marcy Erb’s post a few weeks back of a photo with reflected light on a Buddha, and I think they fit with this poem.

met light 2s

And I’ve resurrected a few Fools from past posts.  The Fool (Zero in the Tarot) represents for me a capacity to be surprised and delighted, to leave an empty space to be filled by life.  Wonder is everywhere; we just need make some room for it occasionally.

joker s

 

Matisse’s Chair

matisse shell chair s

The Boston Museum of Art has an exhibit of the works of Matisse along with many of the objects he used in his drawings and paintings.  He found this chair in an antique store and had to have it.  What a find…the arms are eels!

matisse early collage s

I went to Boston this weekend to visit my daughter and see the show.  You can never get too much Matisse in my opinion (having this year also been to see him in Baltimore and Montclair).  And there are always works I haven’t seen before, like one of his first collages, above.  I like how he drew/painted the objects and then cut them out and arranged them.

cut out textile screen s

There were some beautiful textiles, like this North African cut screen.

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And of course he drew from his textile collection to drape the models for his portraits.

matisse still life s

I love the vibrant colors in the still life above.

matisse paper cut out s

And I had never seen this paper cut out before.

burial urn s

The museum is good for wandering.  Suddenly you’re in a room with this burial urn from Mesoamerica.  That’s a bat on top.

botticelli baby jesus s

Botticelli…luminous.

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John Wilson’s Martin Luther King Jr. prints were a highlight.

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Eldzier Cortor, another African American artist in the museum’s collection, shaped many of his print plates.  This one is full of visions.

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There was a small show of the prints of Terry Winters, another favorite of mine.  I always want to recreate his organic visions in stitch.

And we didn’t even get to the Monets!  Next visit…

 

Alphabet book

I’m making an alphabet book for my cousin’s baby due pretty soon. My cousin is a big Star Wars fan so that’s the theme. 

It’s pretty easy but I think he will like it. 

  Couple of other pages done. 

Some of the Star Wars stuff. I got the Star Wars alphabet from Etsy and made a color copy to cut up. I’ll give Evan and Ashley the original. It’s very cute. 

A fun project!

Tree creature with three eyes

Part of a root which readily came out of the ground. I saw some kind of bug in it but it became a weird creature with three eyes. 

Another Oldie

Found yesterday: a fold out screen illustrating a Robert Frost poem. It was difficult to photograph but I tried. I did this long long ago when I was doing work with a lot of colored tissue paper. 

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall

That sends the frozen ground swell under it

And spills the upper boulders in the sun;

And makes gaps even two can pass abreast

He says again, “good fences make good neighbors.”

Woven 2

This time I cut a painting on the paper cutter inadvertently leaving the first strip attached at the edge. This kept the original image somewhat together. 

It also made it easier to weave and to get a tighter weave. Here it is finished. 

I stuck the little squares I cut off down the sides. It’s not glued down though. I did glue down the first one on black painted watercolor paper. 

Here’s a closeup of the second one. This was the abstract I posted last week. 

I am thinking of doing some very small weavings for my greeting card supply. 

Woven

The abstract from the other day: I cut it into strips and wove it. It reminded me of those loopy pot holders we used to make on the little metal frame. Those were fun! Anyone out there remember making pot holders for their mothers?

This was a good way to improve an ugly painting and I kind of like it. Here’s a closeup with it on black paper. 

Also a close up on white. The black is better I think. 

Montclair Art Museum

JT pickett 1

As Nina said in her post, the “Matisse and American Art” exhibit did not allow photography…but if you are in the area, you should definitely take the time to go and see it.  There are many wonderful works by both Matisse and artists who have paid homage to his work.

JT pickett 2

One piece that attracted me immediately was by Janet Taylor Pickett, and to our delight there was an entire show in the museum based on a series she had done responding to Matisse.  Her creative spirit is definitely kin to mine.

JT pickett charm dress s

Other works that delighted:  a Nick Cave soundsuit.

nick cave soundsuit s

and several words by master collage artist Romare Bearden.  This one shows Circe and Odysseus.

bearden circe odysseus s

Painter George Innes is from Montclair, and has his own room full of mysterious light.

george innes s

And the Museum also has a fine collection of Native American art.

hopi kachina s

It was fun to visit with Nina and her family, and to celebrate her birthday in the company of Matisse and friends.

Kerfe visits New Jersey!

It was a lovely spring day yesterday and Kerfe took the train in from the city to take me out for my birthday and see a show at the Montclair Museum. 

That photo is me and Kerfe looking at some paintings. They didn’t allow photos of the Matisse show. One of my favorites was an Andy Warhol. I tried doing a drawing and am including an image from the internet. 

The show was about artists influenced by Matisse. There was a wonderful Rothko, a Frankenthaler, Motherwell, all with a nod to the great Henri Matisse. Very inspiring!

Kerfe gave me a beautiful gift. 

An Aries pendant with my birthstone, a diamond!  My new signature piece of jewelry. Thank you Kerfe!

Abstract (splashing paint around)

I haven’t been painting enough. This piece started with three main globs of color and went on from there. Shout out to Davisbrotherlylove whose abstracts inspire me a lot, although his are well thought out and considered while this one is pretty much a mess. Still, it’s a start and I will do some more like this. 

Excited that Kerfe is taking the train to see me today for my birthday (next week). I will show her around and we will go to the Matisse show at the Montclair Museum. I’m trying to decide where to go for lunch. We have 120 restaurants here so it’s hard to decide. I will post our adventures later.