Sunday, December 20, 2009

Peace and Goodwill

Photograph by Werner Bischof, Courtyard of the Meiji Temple,
Tokyo, Japan, 1951

My Christmas card, 2009

"Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks
wrote so many years ago: to tame the
savageness of man and make gentle the life
of this world." --ROBERT F. KENNEDY
speaking in Indianapolis, April 4, 1968 after the
assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Another Father Christmas, handmade, 24" tall

Say that I was
a drum major
Say that I was
a drum major for justice
Say that I was
a drum major for peace
Say that I was
a drum major for
-----Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bowerbirds or Hoarders?

Bower bird: Australian male birds build a bower - or nest- to attract mates---a collection of look-alike objects that are carefully collected, sorted, and arranged by color into spectacular structures, often including hundreds of shells, leaves, flowers, stones or berries.

Hoarder: a person who accumulate things and hides them away for future use.
Collector: a person who collects things.
Stylist: a finder, keeper and curator of beautiful objects.

Sibella Court, a collector, stylist, interior design artist from Australia writes about bower birds in her fabulous, wonderful book ETCETERA: creating beautiful interiors with the things you love. Her book is like an artful altered book of collages with beautiful photos and imagery. Her text is typed with an old manual typewriter with rubber stampings and collage elements throughout. She bases her designs on themes and color combinations of her collections. She also has a website called THE SOCIETY INC. which you can find here.
You can go to her website for information and links on how to purchase her book. You will also find more images similar to what you will find in her book. Also, check the website from time to time for availability in the USA.

in my studio

"Collecting is, of course, for most collectors, just a reasonably absorbing and largely harmless pastime, looked upon by an uncomprehending world as a kind of gentle madness." --- Stephen Calloway

"I like to collect things that speak eloquently of their history" -- Gail Rieke. Gail works with Asian assemblage and wrapping nature based objects, and you can find her website here.

in my studio

"The pleasure is in choosing the new road, pointed by a single object, and in gaining the insight of discovery along the way." Keith Lo Bue. Keith incorporates his collections, collage and assemblage into his fabulous jewelry and you can find his website here.

in my guest bathroom

in my guest bathroom

Graceann Warn "reveals that there is a strong visual thread between her home decor, her artwork, and even her clothing--as she defines it-- total connection." Graceann works with encaustic, collage and assemblage and you can find her website here.

bedroom interior

on dresser in bedroom

my great room interior

There is a wonderful store in Soho, New York City, called The Evolution Store. You can find fossils, bones, skulls--both real and replicas-- minerals, insects and much more. You can find their website here.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Zen of Line

THE WAY, acrylic and collage, 2009
Everyone knows that even a single line can convey an emotion. ---Piet Mondrian

Zen is a school of behavior and thought based on austerity and an appreciation of the simplest acts in life.
Line: Of all the design elements, I think line is the most expressive and the most versatile. With just a few strokes one can convey a variety and range of emotions. Line can be: thin, light, airy, playful, happy, dancing, lyrical, rhythmic, static, musical, repetitive, staccato, dark, thick, heavy, moody, angry, dramatic, boring, exciting, and on and on.....

"Lines on a map, words on a page, tracks in the snow, carvings on rocks, drawings on cave walls, or recipes in a book; marks record our thoughts, our passages, and our existence. I am drawn to records mark makers have left us from their time in the past. And I make my marks now, constantly saying I am grateful to be here, on this planet and in this time." Leslie Avon Miller. Leslie incorporates dancing lines and lyrical mark marking into her works. You can find her blog Textures Shapes Color here.

This wonderful line work is by Imbi Star from Darwin, Australia. "(She) scratches, makes marks, collects stuff, paints, and thinks a bit". You can find her blog Two Worlds here.

Calligraphy signed by the monk, Nichiren (1222-82)
Antoni Tapies, from the cover of the 1987 Chicago International Art Exposition catalog
The large bonsai-pruned trees in the temple grounds and parks often needed large bamboo stakes to hold up their long, heavy limbs and branches. Their roots also created beautiful line patterns.

"Nature contains the elements, in color and form, of all pictures, as the keyboard contains the notes of all music. But the artist is born to pick and the musician gathers his notes, and forms his chords, until he brings forth from chaos, glorious harmony." ---- James Abbot McNeill Whistler