I think we are all on some kind of spiritual quest, searching for something that makes sense. I finally found my calling in my artwork. This is what I am here to do! Now, it all makes sense, I know what I have to do. Paint!!!
I’m excited to announce that my very first entry in a juried art show was accepted!!! I submitted two paintings for Ashton Gallery/Art on30th upcoming exhibit “The Color of Love” and one of them was chosen to be displayed in the show! I’m absolutely ecstatic!
The opening reception will be held at Art on 30th/Ashton Gallery this coming Saturday, February 16th, from 6PM to 8PM. I do hope you can stop by to see my work displayed along with my peers of incredibly talented San Diego artists!
Art on 30th, 4434 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92116
I spent the 80’s madly in love with David Bowie. He was my reason for living. I gathered every book, magazine article and interview that I could get my hands on, this was before the internet mind you. I owned every album and played them over and over with my headphones, searching for hidden messages, and over-analyzing the lyrics.
It was during this time that my fashion sense was a bit, well, outrageous. My hair was every color in the rainbow, depending on the day, my clothes were all hand made or altered thrift store finds, the more bazaar the better!
Anyway, this painting started out as a really bright and beautiful pour, and then I screwed it up. I tried the wet paper towel swipe thing, but it didn’t turn out the way I was anticipating. It’s still pretty cool, it makes me think of space, and maybe, just maybe, this was the view for Major Tom while he was floating round in his tin can!
I’m so excited to start promoting my next art show!!! This one is going to be a solo show at Pariah Brewing in North Park, Thursday night February 28th, from 6pm to 9pm.
If you haven’t been there yet, you are going to love the place! About to celebrate their 2 year anniversary, Pariah Brewing puts out some outstanding and unique brews making sure there is something for every taste! The building itself is really cool, great for an art show.
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!
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! ❤️