Monday, September 29, 2014

creative activity

woman can best re-find herself in some sort of creative activity of her own
Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Just in case you thought I have been lazy, uncreative or lost...  

A little proof that I although I have not been blogging, it does not mean that I have not been creating....


24 x 24 inch prestretched canvas
acrylics & ink
untitled
12 x 24 inch pre-stretched canvas
give thanks
seasonal art
Option 1

13 inch letters
for Jasper's Room
WIP 


12 x 12 canvas paper
WIP
The Oak Island Mermaid Illustration

12 x 24
Seasonal Art
Personalized Option

12 x 24
Seasonal Art
Give Thanks Option 1

If you have any questions or want to commission any personalized work contact me!

Peace,
Valerie

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Point Where Hypothesis and Fact Meet

Back on August the ninth, I posted a photo of a WIP (along with the Rooster update) This is the finished piece. 

Honestly, I thought I would be farther along with this body of work than I am by this time of the year. Oh well.


18 x 24 inch pre-stretched canvas
Untitled
watercolor & Ink

One of my daughters thinks this piece is kind of creepy and it reminds her of a carnivorous plant from an old horror flick, like the venus fly trap. While the other called the painting, metamorphic and like a botanical centaur. 


The carnivorous plant interpretation pleases me because a little research revealed that these plants (carnivorous) had to adapt, learn to feed and grow in poor soils in order to survive. Also they not only survived but evolved independently, over six times. This more than doubles the plants genera. Now that is an awesome metaphor in the making. 

I also like the metamorphic and centaur interpretation. The centaur, which was a mythical creature, are often described as savage, drunken and lustful, a part of an untamed nature. This painting could definitely read as aggressively evolving and untamed in its efforts. Yet another great metaphor to build from.

 I like them both.

What I see: (you know I don't explain my work very often, so mark this down)
a transformation of the tree into a flower, as it twists and pushes forward to become beautiful flowers. Your mind is encouraged to consider both the roots as darker and rough as they slither over and underground while the limbs begin to color with life as they open and flower, upward to the light. The roots, pulling from it the earth, nutrients they need for survival. Then as your eyes move upward, the flowers pull your eye into their vitality, their beauty as they appear to be straining toward a sky both blue and cloudy. 

Some will like this piece of art other may feel uncomfortable and still others may see something altogether different. But the writer Lillian Smith's quote seems almost to have been written for this painting:
To find the point where hypothesis and fact meet; 
the delicate equilibrium between dream and reality; 
the place where fantasy and earthly things are metamorphosed into a work of art; 
the hour when faith in the future becomes knowledge of the past; 
to lay down one's power for others in need; 
to shake off the old ordeal and get ready for the new; 
to question, 
knowing that never can the full answer be found; 
to accept uncertainties quietly, 
even our incomplete knowledge of God; 
this is what man's journey is about, I think.

I love art!
Peace,
Valerie 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

To Be Awake is to Be Alive

“The millions are awake enough for physical labor; 

but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, 

only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. 

To be awake is to be alive.” Thoreau

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My family and I just returned from a stay at my favorite place on the east coast. We managed to coordinate seven different jobs in order to share time together for my big 50 birthday in Oak Island and Southport, North Carolina.


Every time we go there, I have a lot of grand plans for making art, sketching, doodling, etc....but those plans wash straight out with the first day's tide. 

Once I get my toes in the sand with the cool relaxing breezes blowing strong with salty sweet smells, well,  that is it for me. I am officially on island time. 

I did find time for one drawing which I added to the "from where I sit" sketch book: 



There is something about Oak Island for me, and, the rest of my family. We've shared many years of memories from there and add to the list with each visit. This year, being no exception, the additions are both good and not so good, but memorable nonetheless.   

1) Shark Sitings: While sitting beachside, we observed three different baby sharks in the waters edge, one who almost seemed to be playing with my oldest daughter (perhaps he was sizing her up for a tasty treat?!) 

2) Dolphins: Watching dolphins chase the fisherman in their boats one day (not a new experience, but always an enjoyable one)

3) Aquarium: There is a wonderful new exhibit called the Butterfly Bungalow, be sure to check it out if you get a chance. It is guaranteed to bring a smile to even the guys in your group. During our aquarium visit I filmed some of the fish and reptiles for a certain young friend I have who loves animals and sea life. There was a large cotton mouth snake lazily watching people come and go by his tank, so I decided to make a short video of him. He began to slowly navigate toward the water and I thought he was oblivious to me as he had been the others watching him before, WRONG! As I recorded, he slide gracefully into the water and BAM! before I realized what was going on, he sprang out of the water at me! Not once, nor twice, but three times. Of course I didn't get a great video of this actually attack attempt, because I nearly jumped out of my skin....

4) Sea Gull Christening: While riding the ferry back from Fort Fischer, and our visit to  NC Aquarium (I highly recommend) I was christened by too closely following sea gulls! (they say this is good luck, I am here to tell you it really doesn't matter either way, it is gross! All in all, worth it to see my family giggling and trying to hide the fact from me)

5) Under Water Adventure: And, the mysterious brush with either an unfriendly specimen of fish or jelly (the more exciting version of this story is a shark attack, depending on how imaginative you wish to be, resulted in a not so pleasant burning, stinging, itchy rash on my ankle/shin area.  I will refrain from sharing any photos. (you may post your thank you's in the comment section) :)

There were many more moments of laughter, joy, sun worshipping, seafood eating and beach time enjoyment. After I get some of our photos organized and edited please check back and I will add a page where I may share them with you as well. 

Until then,
Peace
 and Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Valerie