I've been having a great time making my own bead necklaces. This one is a carved clay raku fired bear spirit mask with pewter freshwater pearls, square hematite, coral, and polished lava rock beads. The coral looks like teeth.
It took a long time to finish this Moonlit Tree oil painting, what with re-arranging stuff in the studio, getting ready for my niece's wedding and my daughter's graduation. It took a while, but I'm finally happy with it. A soft moon behind a gnarled tree on a deep blue night.
Moonlit Tree oil painting
24" x 30"
detail of "Moonlit Tree"
It's been a busy time with my son Cerulean's end of school year activities,
my niece Celine's wedding (she also graduated from Vet school),
and my daughter Celadon's graduation from Cardozo Law School in NYC.
And the contractor installed a utility sink in my basement studio! What a difference running water in the studio makes. Silk painting classes have started on both Saturdays and Sundays.
One of my favorite kiln sites in Japan, Mashiko, was severely damaged from the quake. The historically famous Hamada museum took a hit. Please donate and help the village rebuild their kilns and their museum:
This is a 24" x 36" abstract oil painting depicting the emotional turmoil in one's life that twists and turns, but seeing and knowing that there is the lightness beyond all this underneath it all. The turmoil and the emotions move through life, fluxing and undulating but the lightness of being is always there in the background helping dissolve the negativity. Let the emotions pass through knowing that they are just doing that - passing through.
Just for fun I thought I'd show you how I took an old unfinished canvas and am painting over it. Many times the painting underneath will influence the painting I'm working on which I find to be both challenging and inspiring. Because of the interference of the original half finished painting underneath, it can give ideas either for use now or for future reference, ideas that I may not have thought of.
The plan is to have white-ish tree trunks and branches against a dark night sky. I like to play with the negative spaces, those spaces in between that we think we don't see when looking at an actual treescape. The plan was to have different colors painted in these negative spaces, but after having done some of that I didn't like the effect and painted it all in in blues.
As I worked the trunks and branches the painting "speaks" and there is an urge to put a full moon in the background.
As the moon gets painted in, I feel that many of the lower branches need to be painted over and the tree trunks need slimming and be muted to give a more mystical feeling to the work.
At this point I stop and hang the painting on the wall and let it rest. I want to see it with fresh eyes days or weeks later and make sure this the "feeling" I want to convey through this painting is happening. I will be changing things around and fine tuning certain areas.
The painting below is nowhere near finished but now the basic overall part is done for now. Now comes the "real" fun of finishing it, which may take days or weeks.