Fly High (with a red buffalo)

I've been spreading a lot of paint in my studio recently....working on large panels, 3ft x 4ft.

These pix show some details of the whole.

The piece(s) will be shown later, once I see how they are working....not everything in these images made it through unscathed......in other words some of this is now painted over.

Had to lose some of this imagery for the sake of the whole. It's like that sometimes...in paint and in life.

 

Wild Buffalo, mixed mediaon panel (detail)

 

The following animal medicine quotes are from  Shamanic Journeys.

Bunnies and buffalo both have powerful symbolism.

 

Buffalo/Bison’s medicine includes manifestation, protection, earth creativity, feminine courage, abundance, knowledge, generosity, hospitality, sharing work, courage, strength, challenge, survival, giving for the greater good, formulating beneficial plans.

Buffalo teaches us that true prosperity comes when we are grateful for what we have and when we live in harmony and love with every body and being contained within the universe. You will live like buffalo when you know that abundance is present and when ALL relations are honoured and known as sacred, when you express gratitude for all parts, all aspects of creation.

 

Brave Bunny, mixed media on panel (detail)

 

Rabbits are guides into the shadow world, where our personal fears lie.

When the rabbit shows up it is time to examine those deep reflexive fears that hold you back from growing. Do you keep bounding for the safety of your old patterns every time something new or challenging presents itself? If the answer is yes, the rabbit asks you to face your fears with compassion for yourself. You must accept that it is part of human nature to feel fear at times, but also believe that our fears need not paralyze our growth and movement.

 

Rabbit medicine is also very positive, showing us how to attract love, abundance, health, and a warm, dry burrow. We are guided to move through fear, living by our own wits, receiving hidden teachings and intuitive messages, quick thinking, strengthening intuition, and paradox. Rabbit represents humility, being quiet and soft and not self-asserting. If you see Rabbit or in any way feel attracted to him, this may be a sign for you to wait for the forces of the universe to start moving again, to stop worrying and to get rid of your fears. Rabbit always indicates a need to re-evaluate the process you are undergoing, to rid yourself of any negative feelings or barriers, and to be more humble.

 

Fly High, paint splatter detail

 

Lots of things to think and feel when I paint.

Painting and Repainting, or The Transformation.

"Love Yourself" Chicken is a mixed media piece that is a Re DO....in other words, if you look at the 2nd image you will see what the original painting looked like...I painted the fish several years ago...it's been kickin' around my studio, never really been shown.....

and so, the other day I decided to change it up a bit....it was quick and easy....and I like the result! I often like the 2nd or 3rd or 4th painting that comes through on a panel....I like how the under layers add so much texture....and I am building on what came before...it's all still there...

I learned about doing this by my mentor and friend Sheila Norgate
she does an amazing presentation called "The Blank Canvas" in which she shows you her process in a slide show....it is fascinating...and I have been doing the same for many years now too.

What do you think?

mixed media on panel "Love Yourself says the Chicken" redo
1st painting, "Fish"
 mixed media on panel

Playing with Frida (Kahlo) and The Buddha

I've been playing around with paint, paper and colours in general....this first piece is a mixed media collage on watercolour paper.....I guess it started out roughly 24" x 30".......

mixed media on paper

and, since it is a fairly big piece..... and I wanted to play..... I decided to cut it up into smaller pieces that are easier to display and share.....

beginning to cut up the large mixed media piece

after cutting the paper into pleasing compositions to my eye, I began to look around for supports to glue them to......I used old plywood and cradled panels.....

finding supports for the new cut pieces

it's been a FUN process and I am starting on another one while the kilns melt glass pieces.....back and forth between glass work and mixed media work is FUN too......I am Grateful.....

Frida Kahlo and a skull

It is possible that these pieces may still change...I may add some meaningful text or more marks....not sure yet...

finished mixed media with Frida Kahlo 10"x10"
preparing paper for support
small piece nailed onto plywood

thick watercolour paper with edging

Buddha....mixed media 6"x6"

collection of mixed media 

1st Painting of 2012!!! inspired by glass.....

this painting came about as a starter for getting some paint squeezed out and to start the process of playtime!!.....it was inspired by one of my fave glass bowls from a couple of years ago....which you can see in the next image....as you can see, glass and paint are quite different.....the glass is glossy and finely finished....and perhaps i could do that with paint, however, i don't want to even try!!!!

Sacred Wild 24" x 24" painting on panel
the whole reason that paint and mixed media is sooooooo appealing to me is because it can be raw and rough and kinda messy and still be quite groovy.....and even though my glass is quite imperfect, it is still a particular process and needs more care in assembly.....all of which suits me just fine too!!! 
detail of round glass bowl

i feel endlessly grateful to have the choice to decide which medium to play in....depending on how i feel that day....(or sometimes depending on what opportunities i have for my creative offerings!) either way, i love it!!!!

p.s. oh yah, the painting is upside down...i didn't paint it that way, but that's the direction i liked best when it was done!!! with a bowl, every way is right side up!!

p.p.s.  i'm in good company too, marc chagall was a painter and glass crafter as well!! not that i think i'm in his league or anything...just saying, there is a history of this....!!!! ha ha

Creative Balance

As some of you may know by now.....i am playing with paint and mixed media as well as my glasswork....it seems to always require some balance, as does most of life actually.....because i love both mediums, and also because i am best known for glass....so, i want to take people gently by the hand and ask them to follow me down a new and unknown path.....
mixed media on plywood  2009
and i have been most fortunate in that i have had a lot of support from my glass loving crowd.....thank you so much....i have some issues with allowing myself the time to play with paint...and i really need and want to play...i know that this is when really cool, heartfelt, sometimes raw, connected, brave art happens.....this winter i intend to create lots of time to play with paint and mixed media....and i also intend to share it with you.....wanna come along for the ride?? 

Old Stuff with Recurring Themes...

I have posted a few older pix this time...not because i have nothing new....anyone who knows me knows that there is plenty of new art in my studio and heading out into the world!!! because i am what you might call a "prolific creator"....this is something i used to be kind of embarrassed about...yah, weird hey??....i think it's because i used to equate quantity with less quality, or the slower and more meticulous the process the better the work....however....i now know differently, it can and does work both ways....and i have absolutely excellent examples of practicing artists who are every bit as prolific, if not more so, than i am...and they are producing great work! and for me, the more i make, the better it is...whether it is glass art, mixed media, my journal/messy art book....
mixed media on junk wood

 and, i have learned sooo much more about the creative process, and how different it is for everyone....but also, that there are many similar things about successful artists.....and also, how creativity goes in cycles, just like everything else in life....and sometimes you just need to be accepting of where you are in your own cycle....

mixed media on junk wood

 and now, i am learning to embrace my obsessive, endlessly curious and kinda even "driven" creative nature....it's who i am, and that's cool....hey, it works for me.....

mixed media on a piece of canvas fabric

 and i DO need to remind myself of these very things, in the above painting....as a daily practice.....

Even More BEES Please!

sketchbook page my sketchbook shows many things of my life...including giant bees, no kidding....i saw bees as big as small hummingbirds in indonesia this past winter.....luckily they did not seem to sting....
6 x 6 inch glass dish

and i have been digging the whole bee scene for awhile now....since last year for sure....we have a boat named "honeybee" and then my talented friends with a kid's band called "The Kerplunks" wrote a song called honeybee.....it's a great little tune....

glass and mixed media painting

this pic above shows 3 versions of something quite similar...the first dish is a fused glass piece...all 100% pure glass, and then beside that is a fused glass tile mounted onto painted wood, and the 3rd in line is mixed media paint on wood panel....the same sentiment runs through them all....Bee True.....i feel this is important, most especially to yourself....

all glass various sizes

.....Bee Gentle....again, most especially with your self....and of course....bee cool and bee wild!!!!!!! yay!!

Shine On

 i just love glass!!!! i am sharing a pic of "Ruby"....she is a beautiful prairie buffalo....bison to be totally correct...but i really like the word buffalo...in Indonesia there are many words like this...names like kalibukbuk....and words such as hati hati...this means "use caution"....but it is a fun way of saying it....hati hati when cutting glass, or you will be bleeding from super sharp glass cuts on your fingertips in no time!!!

 Here are a few new small dishes....there are fish, chicks and pineapples....the fish and pineapple have been long time motifs in my glass...in the top pic of tulips in my garden you will see a pineapple garden stake, from several years ago....this year the pineapples have made it into bowls and platters ....they are very bright and summery looking...i'll have more images of these as they come through the fusing process in the next few days.... 

 and then these bottom 2 pix....well, i just love colour, and coloured glass, and also the way the light shines through and adds a whole other dimension to the art work....it bring me joy to see the colour just shining on through...hhhmmmmm.....yum...

Chickens, Chickens running round my brain....

Oh yah, there are some chickens running around my studio.... they all began in bali, where i painted the top image ...where there are chickens runnin' around everywhere....totally free range....and slim and athletic....especially compared to our heavy breasted birds here in the west.....although i did just see some new not quite fully grown chickens here on gabriola island, and they were looking pretty sassy....  

 all of these pieces are mixed media on wood panel...i really love the texture that comes through when you over paint many times on the same canvas a la sheila norgate   she's the "queen of the blank canvas"....no fear about beginning again, and creating anew on an existing painting.....you can look back at one of my earlier posts, "new images from spring studio" and see the where the inspiration of colour and texture came from......funky boxes made from old javanese fishing boats.....go back and take a peek, you'll see what i mean..... 

 little chick here has already been about 4 different paintings underneath....and i really LOVE this one....i think it's a keeper for sure.....

 and i made the "run wild" piece for my mom, cause she was playing with paint, and i wanted to encourage her to PLAY!!!! cause i know that this is where all the best stuff comes from...when we loosen up and just see what happens....ya know, that little voice that says "i wonder what would happen if i tried this??" and before we can judge ourselves out of spontaneity, we just allow ourselves to go there.....it is good for your soul....ahhhhhhh

it's all about "allowing ourselves"....and the results are often heartfelt and magical.....