I see the world from many different perspectives. My curiosity has taken me to many countries. I enjoy learning about other cultures. I create art with texture, color and form. Most often I make mixed media artwork. I admire the creativity of others. Another joy in my life besides family and friends is the written word.
I continued working with the effects of climate change in my series called “Ice Thins.” Above Ice Tower which represents a singular floating iceberg.
Ice Arch represents when the effect of melting ice in different places create a giant arch of ice. This is the arch will eventually collapse to join the extended family of former ice shelves that become invisible once diluted in the ocean.
The effects of rising temperature causes certain parts of an ice shelf to melt in such a a way as to create an a bridge made entirely of ice. This is the type of bridge is certainly unstable in its long stage of melting. Eventually all of this will become one with the ocean and add to the rise of sea level globally.
Of late I have been working with the effects of climate change in a series called “Ice Thins.” Some titles are long involved titles like: Arctic Ice Cap Flows to Ocean or Significant Split. While others are simple like Ice Tunnel and Ice Islands. The most complex piece I completed in 2017 was Antarctica which incidentally was the first completed.
Here are the more simple pieces titled Ice Tunnel and Ice Islands.
In my mixed media pieces I use a variety of items in addition to water media, I use fabric, lace, handmade paper, torn pieces of paper, pieces of batik, suminagashi and found objects. Suminagashi is the Japanese art of marbling by floating inks on water and then dipping paper or fabric to pick up the colors. It sounds simple but it takes practice to achieve a great piece. Fortunately I save those pieces I am not happy with and use fragments of them in my mixed media art.
I continued working with the effects of climate change in my series called “Ice Thins.” Above Silhouettes which represent a grouping of large icebergs but I wanted to leave it up to interpretation as others may see it differently.
Ice Calving represents when huge chunks of ice fall into the oceans. Once in the ocean, they can melt overtime and increase the waters in the ocean.
Fire plays a part in climate change so this is why I included this piece in the series.
Fire can destroy trees and land which in turn demolishes habitat for animals and people. It can also destroy fields of crops.
I love titles. I usually find myself collecting titles for use at some future time.
While wanting to get feedback about my art work, I went into a gallery in San Francisco in 2007. I told the owner that I was not seeking representation in his gallery because my work would not fit with the work of their current artists. He looked at my binder full of images of my work.
He stopped at one called Mt Rushmore and said the work reminded him of Romare Bearden. I was honored to be compared to a well known exceptional artist. That piece is an early one from the 1990s. I had the idea to create not only their faces but include other symbols that spoke of their influence. He said looking at my work, you should make them all untitled. I took his suggestion with grace but I thought, there is nothing like finding the right title for a work of art or a piece of writing. Like naming a child before birth and then either confirming it or finding a suitable one later.
Many times, I come up with the title before completing the piece or sometimes even before the piece has been birthed.
Footnote about Mt Rushmore. I got the best reward for that piece that I have gotten in my entire life. Two teachers in Nebraska had their students visit an art show where there was an abundance of artwork. The students were to write a letter to the artist of the painting they liked most. I received about 20 letters from 9 and 10 ten olds. They are still a treasure to me. I answered each one with my animal note cards. The surveyor’s map was because Washington had been a surveyor. The revolutionary drum joined Washington and Jefferson as they were both active in the American Revolution. Jefferson was a man of many talents. Teddy Roosevelt was one of the rough riders and eventually started the national parks. It was under Lincoln that we started have our paper money known as greenbacks.
water wets my whistle
salts my tears
runs down the panes of windows
courses through my bloodstream
floats in my eye
flows down the planes of my face
quenches my thirst
cleanses my body
nourishes my being
the color of water appears
clear in the liquid we drink
white in rushing rivers
green in still waters
red in lakes reflecting sunsets
deep blue in global seas
rain drop, snowflake, puddle, pond,
lake, geyser, glacier,
iceberg, spring, stream, river,
waterfall, whirlpool, ocean
water surrounds us in the womb
comforts us in a bath
cleanses our senses
nourishes our beings
taste, feel, smell, hear and see water
wonderful water wanders the world
willfully wild or carefully constrained
Life takes a tumble, the wind blows fires out of control, hurricane winds blow around selected spots to make a change, wipes things out or leaves a protected oasis. We never know where we might be when it happens. So all of us need to be ready.
Recently in California, we have had so many wildfires that were out of control. For days and often weeks firefighters worked to contain and stop these fires. We all owe them a great debt for putting their life on the line. Often the air was tinged with ash.
It became so hard to breath. We moved into the worst air conditions for all living beings. Vegetation was threatened. So many trees were cremated. It was deeply disturbing for our state, our country, our planet and all wild life and humanity.
Make a list of what is important in your life and pack your emergency bag.
sunlight filters warmth into the library windows while Bob works with tiny brown leaves places them on small white papers lines up the leaves rolls all the leaves into a tube my five year old self mesmerized My favorite part he licks his tongue on the white paper so it all stays together
The tubes are my fingers’ size
he make the tubes over and over I love Bob mother calls him father others call him Doctor or the Maj
he sits back in his favorite chair in the library he stretches puts a match to the tiny tube then into his mouth he breaths out puffs of white and gray
blows round my empty heart spreading through the ice cave chilling even passion’s fire not stopping dispersing all emotions up, down, around stalactites breathing into every vein chilling (champagne) in the ice cave of lost love bits chip off quiet melt thread thin silence CRACK snapped finished ENDED
days of yore on the radio that masked man followed by the thunder of hoof beats. now, no hoof beats thumping heart beats hiding behind that paper mask that medical grade surgical mask or that piece of fashion mask
Are we in an annual, biennial or dreaded perennial mask year
mask as a disguise playful or sinister intention is prevention hiding droplets to protect others
Instagram search finds many masks funny serious gorgeous or mundane
a zebra mask a leopard mask but no ant eater or elephant masks.