ART AND APPALACHIA’S BIG COAL DAMAGE

December 19, 2014 Uncategorized 0

Black Bird, a song that foretells a coal miner’s death. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgGT89_aEWA   I painted this blackbird in January of 2014 just as I began a year-long series of artworks depicting the harm wrought by the mining, transportation, burning and disposal of coal. While creating these paintings in my studio I played over and over  the sad and heartbreaking coal mining songs from a 2007 “Music of Coal” CD set I would highly recommend listening to if you are interested.   Today, Robert Kennedy Jr., in... Read more


The Circle

November 14, 2014 Uncategorized 1

What can a simple circle denote?     Here is a calligraphic copy of one of venerable Thich Nhat Hanh’s circle meditations: “In Zen Buddhism, an ensō (円相 , “circle”?) is a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.  The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (the void). It is characterized by a minimalism born of Japanese aesthetics“. (Wikipedia) I very recently was in Japan and experienced first hand the art and simplicity found in Zen Buddhist monasteries.  I... Read more


Painting at the End of Summer in New Mexico

October 13, 2014 Uncategorized 1

Sunrise at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico Watercolor 12″ x 10″   Sculpture of the Mountains Watercolor 12″ x 10″   The beauty of the mountains and land in Abiquiu, New Mexico inspired these two watercolors that I painted with immense pleasure.  I spent a week at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu just at the end of summer this year and painted every day in those glorious surroundings. “To me it is the best place in the world,” Georgia O’Keeffe said (at 94) of Ghost Ranch.  I tend... Read more


AIR

September 17, 2014 Uncategorized 0

BLUE SKY and TWO BLACK BUILDINGS Acrylic painting 30″w x 40″h   This is the second in a new painting series calling attention to the air we breathe.  These works are part of a larger group of work I began in January reflecting my concern about the burning, transportation, and mining of coal. A recent article posted by the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology carries the title  “Air Pollution Linked to Cognitive Decline in Older Adults”.  I feel that my “Blue Sky and Two Black... Read more


Remembering

September 11, 2014 Uncategorized 0

Twin Towers   Oil Painting  24″w x 30″h   Today marks the 13th anniversary of the tragic attacks on the twin towers.  Three days after 9/11 I created this oil painting and today is the first time I am showing this piece. September 11, 2014 is also the thirteenth anniversary of the death of a family member, Amy Jarret, who was a flight attendant on the ill-fated United Flight 175. Please take a few moments to watch the You Tube video that honors Amy with a beautiful... Read more


SUMMER TRAVELS

August 23, 2014 Uncategorized 0

SOURCE PHOTO   “And It Rained”  Acrylic on 30″ x 40″ canvas   How did a photo of laundry hanging out to dry in Croatia inspire my latest painting? During fun travels this summer along the Adriatic, I took numerous photographs of clothes drying outside in the sun. Upon returning home, I chose one of the photos as reference for a new artwork.   As you can see above, the original photo is in color and I then Photoshopped it into black and white for a contrast study.... Read more


Two Paintings of Iceland

June 26, 2014 Uncategorized 0

“Jen”  Oil on Canvas, 20″w x 30″h     “Tectonic Plates-Iceland”  Oil on Canvas, 20″w x 30″h   Inspiration for artists comes from many places and a memorable visit to Iceland moved me to create numerous works of art.  Please look on my website (www.maryloudauray.com) to see some of that artwork. Pictured here are two oil paintings that were just juried into a show at the O’Hanlon Art Gallery in Mill Valley, California.  The first one, entitled “Jen”, depicts the entrance into the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa... Read more


COAL EMISSIONS AND MY IPAD

June 14, 2014 Uncategorized 1

Here is some art created on my iPad of three coal plant smokestacks billowing with polluted smoke. Now here is the same work of art photoshopped!     Did you know that “coal plants are responsible for more than half of the US human-caused emissions of mercury?  Just 1/70th of a teaspoon of mercury deposited on a 25-acre lake can make the first unsafe to eat.  A typical uncontrolled coal plan emits approximately 170 pounds of mercury each year.  However, activated carbon injection technology can reduce mercury emissions by... Read more


ART ABOUT COAL TRANSPORT

June 1, 2014 Uncategorized 0

“Coal Train Through the Forest” done on my iPad.     “Coal Car After Coal Car” done on my iPad.   When I am on an airplane or do not have brush in hand, I create art on my iPad.  The two pictures here were made using the Brushes app. Since January 2014, I have been doing artwork related to the problems caused by the burning, transportation and mining of coal. Last year, while in Sandpoint, Idaho, I witnessed one train pulling 126 (I actually counted!) open... Read more


CONCERNED ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING

May 22, 2014 Uncategorized 0

Acrylic on Gessoed Watercolor Paper  51″ x 39″   Global warming’s tumultuous effects in the future concern me.  Every day I do  art work related to this worry in the hopes that the paintings will help raise awareness to find solutions.   If you want to read more about what I am doing, please check out this link to a recent article from Luxe online magazine: http://luxebeatmag.com/mary-lou-dauray-artist-world-traveler-advocate-positive-change/ Read more