The wild cavorting colors of the collage pictured here depict the passion of interior thoughts; the material world burns away.
A few years ago, a Santa Fe gallery solicited work for a juried show with art focused on the human body. I entered and was accepted into the exhibition which was to start in the Spring. The collage I had been working on would be perfect for the show; the second installment of my Elements Series was large, intricate and colorful. I was delighted. At the time, I was also experiencing extreme pain in my eyes – like a thousand tiny daggers stabbing repeatedly – and I could hardly see well long enough to work more than 30 minutes at a time, but I was determined to complete the piece. Then 3 weeks before the art delivery date, the gallery canceled the show, with no explanation. I was devastated.
The moment has come. “My Thoughts Be True” and three other collages will be displayed in a show in Los Alamos. The show is called Spirit Lines and its aim is to “find beauty in the broken and imperfect in the tradition of Wabi Sabi.” The Portal Gallery is in Fuller Lodge Art Center, located at 2132 Central Avenue, in the center of Los Alamos, New Mexico. The reception will be on Friday, March 23, from 5-7 pm. email@example.com
I will be participating in the Fest For Beatles Fans this weekend in Jersey City, on the Hudson, displaying Fan art, and creating a multimedia live presentation of a tribute to the legacy of Brian Epstein. Enjoying Music and the Friendship of Beatles Fans.
Love and Peace!
I went on a hike in the foothills to day around noon; the sky was clear and the sun was warm. We had had some snow throughout the week and snow capped every mountain in five directions. But the air had the feel of Spring. It astounds me every year; it seems that Winter darkness is going to last forever. But that is a falsehood. I wake before sunrise nearly every day, and I no longer see the pitch of night when I draw the curtains open. I sit at a table at a window facing east and as I write my daily notes, I watch the lightshow of dawn coming to New Mexico.
I took some photos of the snowy mountains standing serenely against the blue blue sky. The snapshots can not do the moment justice. Somehow the scale is not honored, the vastness of the landscape is diminished. I was reviewing the photos before writing this blog entry, and I was struck how different my interior vision is from the view I see from the mountains. On one hand, I see the landscape as a still and magnificent abstract in subtle tones, and on the other, I see in my latest work (Coral Reef Series) the swirling and thrilling chaos of my thoughts and feelings in brilliant and colliding hues.
When I am cutting and pasting in public, as I do at the Santa Fe Railyard Artisans Market, demonstrating my technique, people watch me, and ask questions about my procedure. One comment I hear frequently is “Oh my, you must have such patience!”
I always laugh, because while my process is slow, my thoughts are always racing; I experience the thrill of discovery every time I sit at my easel to work.
A few weeks ago, the Railyard Artisans Market hosted a Valentines Collage Workshop. I showed my technique to the participants and we all sat together and made emblems of love for the holiday.
At the end of March, I will be hanging my show in the Northern New Mexico Regional Art Center, in the Plaza in the center of town of Española, New Mexico. The show will be open by March 23, although I plan the Reception for the week after Easter; Holy Week in Northern New Mexico brings tens of thousands of pilgrims to the Sanctuario of Chimayo, and the highways will be crowded. Besides the Opening Reception, on Friday April 6, I plan to do a demonstration of my technique and a workshop, on Wednesday April 18.
Love and Peace,
D E C O
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