Here’s a fun little painting, well, I call anything 12″ x 12″ or smaller little, and this is exactly that. I really love how the blue shows up, almost cobalt, and I don’t know what exactly makes it cosmic, but there is something perhaps extraterrestrial there to me.
Many of those who know me know that I spent a good chunk of my life following the Grateful Dead, and if you don’t know me, now you know that about me! I don’t listen to them nearly as much as I used to, but I always find inspiration in their songs. “Cosmic Charlie” is one of their songs, it’s possibly about an old hippy named Charlie that took too much LSD, I just really like the tune!
When I was like 7, I heard and fell in love with I Am The Walrus by The Beatles. I remember listening to the radio with my old-school cassette recorder, when a song I liked came on, I quickly hit record and listened very quietly until the end of the song. Push stop, rewind and hope it turned out. It was usually a terrible recording, but that was the way it was.
Anyway, I recorded I Am The Walrus, and played it a thousand times before the tape eventually broke. Thing is, I had no idea who sang the song. I don’t know how long it was until I stumbled across the song while listening to my parents albums, I was shocked and delighted to learn it was the Beatles!
From there on out, I have always been drawn to the weird, the different, the obscure, the abstract. This is true of my taste in music, men, and my art.
If you are wondering what this story has to do with Blue Jay Way the painting, absolutely nothing. It just made me think about The Beatles and how they were perhaps, my first introduction to abstract art!?
I’ve long been a fan of classic literature and I’ve fallen in love with many of the characters that I’ve met in my books. I suppose it’s the hopeless romantic in me, I love getting lost, lost in a book, or lost in my art.
I would like to think that someday my paintings will be considered “classic” and that people will love and admire them for years to come. I love getting lost in this painting!
I had some fun with the camera the other day! It is rare that we get rain in San Diego and we have gotten a lot lately, so I felt compelled to wander in the yard to, A) pour out the standing water sources, and B) find something pretty to photograph!
An old deteriorating abalone shell caught my eye, and became my muse for awhile, its bright iridescent colors still shine through after all these years. I also found some submerged rusty screws and forgotten rocks to entertain me. I thought the contrast was intriguing.
Crazy how over 100 photos were narrowed down to just a handful that I feel are worthy of sharing! I hope you enjoy!
Painting is extremely personal to me. It is how I express myself and my feelings. Often as a form of therapy.
Not all of my thoughts and feelings are positive and happy, some are deeply rooted and painful. I suppose that is why I hesitate sharing some paintings and explaining what they mean to me. This is one of those.
As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I’ve always carried the pain with me silently. Therapy and time help, but it never goes away, you can’t wash it away.
However, it is possible to heal, maybe even love and trust again. Artistic expression or art therapy can be a wonderful outlet and means of healing. I encourage everyone to seek a source of artistic expression, for therapy or just for pleasure.
“Art is not always about pretty things. It’s about who we
are, what happened to us, and how our lives are affected.” Elizabeth Broun
This is my last post of 2018. Since there’s still a few hours left, it’s probably not my last painting of the year. I’m going to take advantage of some time in the studio and reflect, renew and make some plans for the new year!
I’m excited to take my art business to the next level and really put myself out there, improve my website and get more connected with my art community!
I want to wish you all a happy healthy and inspired new year! ❤️
I’m finally having a proper Art Show Debut, and you are all invited!
When: Thursday December 13th, 2018 6pm to 10pm
Where: Caffe Calabria 3933 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104
What: I will be showcasing my original paintings along with my dear friend and co-host Xavier Bailey who will be displaying some of his brilliant abstract photography and talking about his new creative endeavours.
There will be originals and prints for sale!
Come say hello and enjoy a glass of wine and some wood fired pizza from our host Caffe Calabria! It happens to be the North Park Farmers Market taking place just down the street from 3pm to 7:30pm, so make a whole night of it, North Park is always extra festive this time of year!
There is plenty of parking at the North Park parking structure, enter on 29th Street.
Please email me if you have any questions, hope to see you there!