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!!

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.....