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Sorting through art

Since I gave my art room to my daughter I have done nothing. There is so much stuff to go through and I’m lazy.

Two jam packed portfolios. These are from the Container Store: quite nice. I stored in these the things I liked best.

Another pile on an abandoned computer desk. What do I do with all this? I’ve had the thought to just give everything away. There’s some good art in here but too much.

Lovely weather here in NJ. Hope everyone enjoys the weekend!

what is it good for? (#9)

jm 1c blk s

the
long and
short of war
is recorded
in absence—spattered
between the holes in the
skin of ordinary lives–
those empty spaces echoing
with unknowing, with what could have been

Day 30 of NaPoWriMo linked us to oddness for inspiration–I clicked on “Pieces of History” first and was immediately confronted with war, long and short.  There’s no escaping it, it seems.

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When Nina and I first started our blog, I was doing mostly art, trying to make it a regular practice again.  One of the series I did then was called “what is it good for?” #8 was posted in 2014…and so it goes, the same question continues.  With #9, a nonet.

I want to thank the NaPoWriMo hosting site for connecting me to so many wonderful poets and pieces of writing, and for helping me actually do 30 poems for the first time.

logo-napowrimo

And to Joan Mitchell, for inspiring every piece of art I made for NaPoWriMo.  The works that I used as references are below.

mitchell art comp

 

 

Gouache resist: success

Well, I used the correct ink on this one and it turned out better.

This is the first painting of thick gouache. Painted over it in Black Magic ink but didn’t take a picture.

After washing off the ink. The black ink stayed on the white paper just how I wanted! Much easier to go back in and make marks when you get a ready made background!

Friday and it’s looking nice out there. Have a good weekend!

Procreate for iPad

I’ve been hearing about the Procreate app for a while. I downloaded it the other day on my new iPad. I couldn’t really understand it. My daughter looked at it and said it’s a lot like Photoshop. Anyway, she created this image out of art that was on the iPad. How, I don’t know. But she said she would help me figure it out. I’ve seen some great work done on this app so I hope she can help me. Again (disclaimer) this work is by my daughter, not me, but she gave me permission to post it!

Painting 3/19/19

I’ve been painting a lot more. These take a couple of days ’cause layering/wet paint. I have another one started. They seem to be a more intuitive or free association kind of painting with the sole purpose of working on something!

I’ll try and finish the other to post Wednesday.

The Sukkah

Kerfe reprimanded me in her gentle way for not posting all week. I apologize. It’s been a stressful week as my husband is moving to a group practice and we’re facing some challenges.

My neighbors built their sukkah yesterday and I told the kids I’d paint some of the symbolic fruits and leaves that can hang from the rafters. Here are some that I made for the kids to cut out and hang.

I will post a bird tomorrow for Draw a Bird day. I have been loving what Kerfe has posted this week. She’s a genius.

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.

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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.

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Matisse’s Chair

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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.

matisse porrait s

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.

john wilson mlk s

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.