Another Step Forward

Yes–many are stepping forward right now–standing tall for what they believe in.  Step by hopeful step–and I return to working on my painting–wondering what can I do to let my voice be heard?
 
So I continue putting brush to paper–glazing, spattering ... 

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The Work is Finished

FINISHED PAINTING  
Reference photo

 

It is obvious there is a notable difference between my finished painting and my reference photo….two almost invisible footprints have been added in the painted piece!  Here is the story of why I put them there—–
Garbage is being dumped every day in our streams, rivers, and oceans and I am compelled to record this situation in my current body of work.  The particular oil painting you see above is based on one of more than 100 photos taken of trash I found along the beach outside of Hoi An, Vietnam. As I quietly painted, I realized that there just has to be a story to tell about each of these remnants of plastic, rubber, and other such waste.
When I first began the painting on a blank 55″ x 55″ piece of gessoed watercolor paper, I intended to paint just a shredded flip-flop stuck in the sand. As I neared completion of the work, the news of protests emerging from Egypt, Libya, Wisconsin, etc., and also reports of some of the protesters dying in the Middle East, became incredibly disturbing and created in me an immense sense of sadness and loneliness.  I began to also be aware that my painting was lacking something and was empty except for the one flip-flop in the center of the page.
Slowly, I conjectured a story surrounding the black flip-flop I was reproducing on paper.  It could have belonged to someone who died for a cause.  I then felt compelled to add the two faint footprints in the sand heading to the bottom of the paper–thereby implying that the person who had worn this tattered flip-flop could stand up and walk away to reclaim her/his inalienable right to freedom.
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New Painting-New Direction-New Series-New Year!

For the past three years, I used oil paints, watercolors, and even plastic collage pieces in my artwork which was inspired by a brief and exciting trip to Iceland.   Realistic landscapes and figures were the predominant theme early on in the series, but gradually the compelling and majestic beauty ... 

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Art as an Engine of Change

“In most successful movements for social change, artists are in the vanguard”,  says Adele Stan–who further states in an important article titled “Culture Manifesto:  The Increasing Importance of Art as an Engine of Change” (http://www.alternet.org/story/149258/) that “when the going gets tough, the tough make art.  And in America today, there’s some tough going ahead”.  Lastly, she suggests that “as we head into a new year, let’s renew our spirits with an injection of creativity.  As Emma Goldman told us, “a revolution without dancing is not worth having”. I am posting this because I hope that in some small way the art I have recently done will help promote environmental awareness.  As I painted my “icebergs with plastic” pieces during 2009 and 2010, I simultaneously began to develop an increased consciousness of the reality and dangers of global warming and plastic pollution. In addition, I learned about the rapidly expanding global artistic community addressing these concerns. There is no doubt in my mind that this important community helps generate increased attentiveness to these problems through a variety of creative ways.   Above is my oil painting done in 2010 incorporating painted plastic pieces glued onto a 55″ x 55″ piece of gessoed watercolor paper.  I created a number of these works and now feel as though my series of these plastic iceberg picures is complete.  The works are my hypothetical explorations of what could happen to the alarming increase of plastic waste particles accumulating in the oceans.  I have imagined millions of plastic nanoparticles slowly evaporating into the atmosphere and then gradually falling back to earth as rain or snow.  Ultimately, some of this toxic precipitation would create glaciers and icebergs. The paintings are in some ways beautiful to me—especially because I love exploring the depths of the color of blue. Yet the pieces also represent my alarm and my worries about the destruction of our planet. Everyone has a talent or two.  Please use yours to help jumpstart social change.  In addition to this important job, you will also feel better when you engage your creative juices and as Ms. Stan says, you will “renew your spirit!” Read more
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Moving along with painting!

In yesterday’s blog I showed two photos of a large piece (4 1/2′ x 4 1/2′) that I am working on.  Since the oil paint was not dry today, I decided to paint on a smaller piece of paper (20″h x 30″w) that had a quickly rendered old painting on it..a waterfall of sorts.

 

After ... 

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Getting back to painting–Jan 3, 2011

The first week of 2011!  Art Time!  During the recent wonderful holiday season I did not put brush to paper at all.  But I was thinking about the work a lot.  I felt that I needed to turn my piece upsidedown, with the heavier, darker part going on the bottom instead of on top as I had originally ... 

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Second Day on the Painting

While I am quietly painting I think of so many things I want to say on this new blog of mine…and yet, now, when I click keys to computer, those ideas are nowhere in sight!

 

The challenging process of actually cranking up the creative motor and finally, brushing the color onto the paper,  sometimes ... 

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Starting My New Painting on December 18, 2010

Today I began a new painting.  The blog will describe the process up until the painting is finished…whenever that is. The idea for this work has been rummaging around in my mind for a while now…but we’ll see what the final result will end up being.

 

*Beginning size is 54″ x ... 

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On the Way Home

These days lots can be accomplished on your laptop when you can get online while flying.  I have been  cleaning my desktop; catching up on emails and writing my blog!!  I am returning home on a six hour flight from Boston to San Francisco.  Ole Man Winter has his grip in New England at the moment..brrrr! ... 

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