Tuesday, January 27, 2015
V. is now 2 years old, but this is how she looked as a newborn. The reference photo shows her sleeping on Daddy's white T-shirt. At the time I saw the picture, I was looking for inspiration for the annual "Venus Envy" exhibit. In the past, I've used the ideas in Botticelli's "Birth of Venus". Seeing the folds in that T-shirt reminded me of the ripples in Venus' sea shell, and looking at V.'s sleeping pose made me wonder about her dreams. Dreams. "Beautiful Dreamer." The title was born, the background derived from images in that old song. (detail of the drawing/ graphite on rag paper)- gloria
I've instructed art classes at the local museum for a number of years, mostly drawing classes for adults. Graphite is a great starting point. Maybe that's part of the reason that graphite drawings are "under-rated." Pencils are pretty basic- who doesn't have a pencil? It's up to the artist to use them for something unique. I like to play with words and images (I drive myself crazy with creating a title that I then have to live up by creating its drawing!) Last year was a call for entry for a food-related piece of art. It was also the year for all that hullabaloo about a book titled "Fifty Shades of Gray." Pencil was the perfect choice for the medium. The fun began as I found image ideas that related to the number fifty, the word "shades", and the color grey. I created a composition from the ideas (oh, the food part is a bottle of mustard and a textured loaf of bread), and the result was "Fifty Shades of Gray Poupon".- gloria
Monday, August 26, 2013
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Chanoyu…wabi sabi The Japanese tea ceremony developed as a "transformative practice", and began to evolve its own aesthetic, in particular that of "wabi-sabi". "Wabi" represents the inner, or spiritual, experiences of human lives. Its original meaning indicated quiet or sober refinement, or subdued taste "characterized by humility, restraint, simplicity, naturalism, profundity, imperfection, and asymmetry[, emphasizing] simple, unadorned objects and architectural space, and [celebrating] the mellow beauty that time and care impart to materials." "Sabi," on the other hand, represents the outer, or material side of life. Originally, it meant "worn," "weathered," or "decayed." Particularly among the nobility, understanding emptiness was considered the most effective means to spiritual awakening, while embracing imperfection was honored as a healthy reminder to cherish our unpolished selves, here and now, just as we are - the first step to "satori" or enlightenment.