Saturday, February 14, 2015
Winter Trees Abstraction #2
20x16 (with 3" painted top and sides)
What a strange winter in the Northlands, one day it's -0 and the next day it feels more like Spring there has been very little snow, the nights are long. This tranquil yet moody painting reminds us of our long winter night we enjoy in Alaska. Winter is a time to hunker down and read a good book by the fire.
When the midnight sun returns and one is too hyped up to sleep the long days brings its own kind of madness.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Winter Trees Abstraction
Last nights full moon has inspired me with a sense of wonder, awe and gratitude because I live in Alaska one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
This moody abstract painting reflects the winter blues in Alaska also known as Cabin Fever. Cabin Fever is not necessarily a bad thing, when the days are short and the temperature is below zero it allows time to reflect into a blazing fire, make mulligatawny, bake bread and catch up on the works of Shakespeare.
Who am I kidding, what I really enjoy is some good Netflix binge watching; Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, Sons of Anarchy and my Dead Files and for a lighter fare Downton Abbey. But before I settle in for a long winter's night and while the sun is still bright, I shall take one of the dogs to get the mail and give myself a little vitamin D which keeps SAD Seasonal Affect Disorder at bay.
But not to despair come June old Sol will be up all night which brings about it's own kind of madness.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
Butterflies and Elk Mount Vanitas
20" X 16" X 2"
The pretty butterflies with their ethereal nature float upon the air and seem to enjoy their happiness; they fly about on their gossamer wings dancing around the once proud elk. They both remind us of the paradoxes in life and death and give us a vision of some of mother earths delights.
This is my latest in a series of memento mori paintings (translated to remember that you will die) or vanitas paintings. Vanitas art explores the age old theme of resurrection, transience and transcendence. Up until recent history death was seen as a motivator to live a good and meaningful life. To help men remember artists created paintings depicting skulls, and other symbols of death. The skulls and skeletons on some grave markers remind the visiting family members to get right with God before they bit the dust. So quit wasting your time on stupid stuff and start living your life the way you want today.
We acquired this European elk mount at an auction held to raise money for dying friend’s medical expenses. My husband the carver is going to carve Celtic patterns onto the skull but in the mean time it resides in the corner of my studio, the only problem with this is it is as big as a lazy boy! The antlers have poked me while trying to find a book or get my supplies. So needless to say I was cussing the elk daily, after spending some time painting this once proud creature we are on better terms.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." Maya Angelou
"If we catch a glimpse of freedom, we wish to possess it; if we catch a glimpse of death, we want nothing to do with it." One we cannot have, the other we cannot avoid. Jeremy P. Johnson