Friday, August 10, 2012

Early Morning Thoughts....

There is a quietness in the early morning hours.....when it is dark and still..... that is fertile ground for random thought and inspiration.  Most around me are sleeping and I'm alone in the quietude with the ability to follow whatever thread my mind chooses.
This morning, I'm remembering, with gratitude, the wonderful experiences of being back in school (later than most) to earn a Master's Degree. Yes, gaining the 'paper' that endorsed my endeavors was important for all the usual reasons: career advancement, financial, etc,... but all of that paled significantly by comparison to my own internal quest. This was MY time to see what I was all about as an time to learn from the best and require of myself MY own personal best......and to see where it would/could take me. And, though this was 15+ years ago, the experience then still resounds in me as one of the most profound of my much more than a mere crack of an opening door.....more like an explosion into a new and different world for me.

So, lately... I've been seeking images in the early morning hours......and posting them on my Facebook page. Enjoying the rich resources available online. This has been a personal thing for me......a time of finding inspirational imagery....and placing it on my page.....a little thing I do before going to work in my clay studio.

Perhaps without realizing it at the time, these postings have become a 'visual' of what makes me tick.....of the very core of me......of what 'gives me wings'.....of what I find beautiful in this world and of what brings me the kind of joy that makes life worth living for me.
And this morning I'm drawing a wider vision of how many seemingly fragmented images really are all so very related. In my Master's program, one of the most challenging assignments I had was to select a  favorite piece of that really 'spoke to me' for whatever reasons, then I was to inquire of myself how.... and in what way it related to my style of artwork. Hmmmm, who'd ever have thought to draw such a comparison? And what I learned in this exercise revealed the multiplicity of ways that all surrounding each of us plays into what and who we we perceive and process things taken in by the 5 senses.
So...the music I chose was had a certain lyrical rhythm....a grace.... that was soothing to my ear, my mind and my heart..... but at the same time it was exciting. And it had contrast.....slow in places, faster in others. Though there were no words, it told an auditory story of the desert southwest landscape.....its austere beauty and its many moods.
My artwork? Visual rhythm, not static....loving contrast. Working with clay, which becomes HARD and immovable through firing, I strive in my sculptural work to make it look fluid and full of visual rhythm. The fact that I chose to specialize in the Raku firing process also reflects this aesthetic....for the serendipitous nature of the process is full of visual rhythm created through the element of fire. I am drawn to that which I find graceful and strive to incorporate that quality into my work. I make the things I do because I'm inspired to do it, but beyond is my highest desire that my work actually ministers 'grace' to all who view it... that it is soothing to the spirit and soul.....that it serves to bless.
I think of Georgia O'Keeffe....much of her work was alive with visual rhythm such as this one.
And her partner/love.....photographer Alfred Stieglitz....practically obsessed by the grace and rhythm he saw in her hands.....strong hands, but graceful (contrast again!).
And, this appreciation of contrast.......found in the art of dressage....the incredible beauty of horse and rider performing as one.....seemingly effortless, ....the raw power of the horse fine tuned under the hand/mind/heart of a sensitive rider.....grace, rhythm here as well

The same found in ballet...appreciation of the grace....the visual rhythm..... found in movement of the human body....seemingly effortless to the eye, but in great contrast to the years of training and the physical strength and control necessary to make it appear so....

More imagery of rhythm,......grace.....things I find beautiful......
And, in my own work, some of the contrast I've spoken of.....visual rhythm, grace.....contrast.
It's been an enjoyable little mental journey for me this morning.....and my mind was so busy thinking of all these correlations, it became necessary for me to expound a little! If you chose to read this, thanks for taking the time!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Cherry Days Paonia CO Town Park

Last weekend was the busy festival of "Cherry Days" here in Paonia and I exhibited/sold at what has to be one of the prettiest town parks in the country! The park has tall trees which provide abundant shade and it's just a wonderful slice of old town America. We so enjoyed the weekend......meeting alot of locals and talking art.
These pictures are of our set-up there and, as you can tell, I'm enjoying myself!
We have a few weeks until our next show, then, in the month of August we'll be VERY busy with our show schedule.....three in a row! Alot of studio work will get done in these next weeks......busy, but I love it!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Springtime in Paonia, CO

Getting teased here in Western Colorado with some warm weather, tulips that have made an appearance (no blooms yet) and birds singing their spring courtship songs.......of course, being springtime in Rocky Mountains ALSO means intermittent snow storms blanketing a lawn that is greening and almost needing cutting!
In addition to all of the obvious springtime things, it means Art Show applications for me! I've already applied to and been accepted in shows taking me up to July and will be applying for July-October shortly......MUST adhere to those deadlines.
Husband Robert and I will leave for Las Vegas April 7 where we will exhibit and sell in two different venues: the Steve Powers Art & Craft Show and the World Cup Arabian Horse Show. We're in hopes of catching a Las Vegas Show (maybe Celine Dion?!?) in between.......that'll be the "pleasure" of the business/pleasure combo! Of course, we both truly enjoy the business end of things too!
This picture comprises SOME of the bisqued pieces that I'm readying for the upcoming shows! Still to come are larger wall pieces which just got bisque fired last nite. Busy, busy studio right now!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Liberty Class-Section B

OK......this was "Section B" of the Liberty Class. There are four sections then the WINNERS of each go up against one another for the finals! Boy oh boy,......will that one be fabulous! I just love being here among such gorgeous animals!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

"Liberty Class"-Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

I cannot express in words how beautiful this is to witness! Suffice it to say, I get goose bumps and it brings tears to my eyes.
The Liberty Class is one where ONE horse is brought into the arena and turned loose for a time period of two minutes to do whatever it pleases. In my opinion, this is the Arabian Horse at its most glorious!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Western Pleasure Class-Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo

A couple of riders here preparing to enter main arena to compete in Western Pleasure Class. Oh, so beautiful!