Monday, June 29, 2009

... more Dubai

This painting has a slow and rhythmic unfolding. There is an exploring process that is deep and mysterious much like that of a new lover. The red purple hue denotes a passion unrestrained.

Over the next week, I am off to a workshop in Lilydale New York. The workshop is being conducted by Joseph Shiel a world renowned spirit artist. This is something that has interested me for many years and I finally have the opportunity to explore this venue of artistic expression.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

More Dubai...

This morning, fathers day--Sunday, I enjoyed listening to a program on NPR about a spiritual songwriter and singer, Mr. Joe Carter. I had the privilege of listening to spiritual singers in church this past winter by a group that came to the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, in Falls Church, Virginia. That music raised my spirits and moved me in ways I have never felt before. The vocal harmonies were sung with such intensity that I felt a trembling in my soul. I know now what the term spiritual revival means. Joe Carter talks about the music being handed down to him by a woman named Jesse Anthony, who came to him one day with a briefcase full of music. I would imagine such a treasure. The greatest gifts are handed down from our elders. Artists do this by handing down their processes to younger artists. This is the way we keep our traditions alive.

I have always wanted to sing the gospel. I really don't think I would ever give it the same justice as these incredible singers did that day in church. Some day I will have my chance and blast away with a full choir-ed regalia. It may just be other worldly, but I will do it.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Dubai, 60 x 60, acrylic

Today was the first day back in the studio after many weeks off. I have been teaching a painting course at NVCC this summer as well as taking a course in my program of study. So it has been busy. I was inspired by a friends photo today of Dubai. The landscape was a reddish purple-- misty hue. It goes along nicely with the green palette of summer.

I found these pointy earth objects during one of my walks last week. They remind me of claws.

This is the earth object I found. If anyone can identify it, I can get the genus and species.