Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Alaska Dreamin On Such a Winters Day

It's been along time since I sold my 102 year old Victorian home in SLC packed up my paired down belongings, grabbed my boys Joel and Porter, took my Mercury Topaz and drove the Alcan Highway to my new home. People especially family and friends ask; why did you move so far away? Why? I often ask myself the same question and then I remember why, the decision was made because I began to feel this inexplicable pull to move to Alaska. I found myself longing for my Alaskan cabin, solitude, new beginnings, a chance to paint and create to my hearts content and I wanted a wonderful relationship (men in Alaska outnumber the women 10 to 1 or so they say).. Like my header said: As with all great notions it started with a daydream.Yet it was more like a pull in my soul, I couldn't explain it because it didn't make sense; sell everything, leave your job, leave your friends and family and move 3,000 miles north where you do not know anyone and start over at 40 + years old. Crazy! Yet the call of the wild was too strong to ignore, my pioneer spirit was excited unknown frontiers. So being true to myself I came to Alaska.

The reason for this story is a coincide-God, I noticed today while tidying up my studio. This is a painting/assemblage' that I created in 1994 in SLC. This work of art contains the seeds of my current artistic style.  My artistic skills has improved quite a bit, still I love this piece. It contains my mission statement I made: Through my passion, power, and beauty. I create a world where others recognize their unique spirits and all live in joy and a celebration of life.

The interesting coincidence is this painting exactly duplicates this scenic outlook of the Matanuska River in Palmer. Sharen and went out late, late one summer evening to sketch this scene. Sheren is my crazy doppelganger artist/friend http://sakharris.blogspot.com/ she also moved to Alaska from Massachusetts with a similar story.

The first one came totally from my imagination and the other one is the chalk sketch I make that night. They are the same! Is that weird or what! My dream existed in my imagination and was brought to a painting before it was a reality literally. My minds eye saw it first, this is my coinci-God.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Candle Delerium in West Hollywood

Candle Delerium
7980 W. Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046

It makes a funny story one of those serendipitous coincidences that I love to share, so hang in there. Here is what happened. Anthony the owner of Candle Delirium he saw my Raven Skeleton Man piece on his friends smart phone screen saver. He likes skeletons, skulls and deviant art, so he asked where did that art come from? His friend said it came from the Internet. Anthony did some detective work and found my business “Cabin Fever In Alaska” so he called “Cabin Fever” http://cabinfeveralaska.com/ in Anchorage, that’s a nice gift store for tourists in downtown Anchorage, they did not know what he was talking about. Through some more cyber stalking he found me on Facebook and informed me my web-site was down and asked me about some of my dark art, I messaged him back on FB and told him they were at Wytchwood http://www.wytchwoodak.com/,  and forgot about it, until Rhonda the witch called me and told me that Anthony had bought every one of them! We were both so excited we screamed in each others ears and jumped up and down! Rhonda earned her commission taking and sending pictures she did a great job. Anthony commissioned me to recreate Raven Skeleton Man for his friend. We have had several conversations and transactions since then. Through the power of the Internet, social media (FB), positive thinking and keeping my blog, I have a collector and friend from Hollywood, my art is in his private collection featured in his store Candle Delirium.  I am planning a show there in the near future. It’s wonderful when the planets line up and everything goes my way. Like today 11.11.11

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Today Is All Souls Day

Strange late last night I had a strong desire to light my jack-o-lantern even though Halloween is over!
Then I was motivated to gather pictures and momentos of my departed loved ones. Blanche and Geneva my grandmothers, Albert and Betty my mother and father, Marge and Ed my mother and father-in laws, Jim who was my neighbor, Douglas my younger brother, Bobbie his son, and last but not least Joy-E-Loy my loving dog who lived 15 years!

Today is All Souls Day on this day the Catholic Church prays for all the souls still is purgatory this is not to be confused with All Saints Day which commemorated the souls that are in Heaven.  Now who am I to assume that my dear departed loved ones are spending some of their eternity in purgatory? Still a little prayer couldn't hurt, right?

O Lord, who art ever merciful and bounteous with Thy gifts, look down upon the suffering souls in purgatory. Remember not their offenses and negligences, but be mindful of Thy loving mercy, which is from all eternity. Cleanse them of their sins and fulfill their ardent desires that they may be made worthy to behold Thee face to face in Thy glory. May they soon be united with Thee and hear those blessed words which will call them to their heavenly home: "Come, blessed of My Father, take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."