my garden

My gardens did well this year as we've had a hearty rain almost every week. This is the first year the hydrangea bush has bloomed at all, never mind the magnificent color. I believe in a self-sustaining garden, one which requires no care except the occasional pruning as I find this meditative and relaxing. The close ups are better than the overall picture....I tend to plant the flowers too close together and the gardens end up looking like a hodge podge of overstuffed messy beds. I have made it a good nesting place for honey bees, as they've built a home in an old tree stump and seem quite happy to have an abundance of food sources close by. I have decided not to disturb them as I hear there's a shortage of honey bees and it appears to be getting worse every year. Also, I feel if you are going to plant all these flowers you should expect to attract insects and you shouldn't then go and kill them all....It's kind of like entrapment, well, sort of....



The Starn Twins most recent series involves the study of the nocturnal and ephemeral nature of moths and why theses creatures are attracted to light. The works are typical Starn style in that they are certainly unconventional and continue to use photography as a mixed medium. These series of photographs are created by coating handmade mulberry paper with gelatin emulsion and are then toned in sulpher. Although I have yet to see these images up close and personal these photographs are described as being as soft and as brittle as the wings of the moths they depict.


She stands so tall. She has no arms.

I finished this piece about six months ago and I am really not happy with it. All that I admire about Egon Schiele's work I feel is lacking in my own, those confidant free flowing brush strokes that carry so much passion. Although I feel the top half of Winged Victory of Samothrace is successful, the bottom portion is overworked with a thicker application of paint which results in an unbalanced piece. I also think the piece is stiff...almost too graphicy (yikes...not that!!) with everything placed "just so". I was hoping to solve this issue before the exhibition but I have not worked through it yet and probably wont as I have to hang the show next week. Maybe next year ;) Just as a side note for those of you who are interested, the bottom left portion is a shadow image in reference to The Pied Piper of Hamelin, specifically Robert Browning's 1842 poem. You are welcome to leave comments if you would like to discuss :)


Sonnenblume II

Egon Schiele (1890-1918) was an expressionist on the Vienna art scene and was regarded by his contemporaries as a narcissist as well as possibly Gustav Klimts future successor. Egon died at the age of 28 but had created more than 3000 works. His pieces are known for their radical formal elements as well as their emotional intensity.

What I truly admire about Schiele's work is that it is simply dripping with emotion and the pieces seem to have such a substantial feel to them....it seems like they would weigh a ton if you were to pick them up. I think the tonal quality of his color choices, the absence of a background color, and the use of sharp jagged lines add to the weightiness of his drawings and paintings. I don't really agree that Schiele was a narcissist, I think he explored his self in a much deeper, more complex way and tried to understand his soul and it's relationship to the physicality of his body. The spiritual self in relation to the physical self.


Last Light

It was a weird sort of day which encompassed a sort of laziness and productivity that comes around once in awhile. The weekend goals were smashed due to the humid hot weather and I was silently gleeful as they were house oriented dirty work goals (one was fixing the huge crack in my asphalt driveway...this entails a gas torch, liquid tar, sand, and regular gooey tar). So instead I hibernated inside and read, made tofu w/ pesto pasta for the weeks dinner, and vacuumed in all the crevices that need attention every five months or so. Then I went for a much desired run as the day cooled and was unsuccessful because of my dental saga, which I'll maybe go into some other time. It's very trying and exhausting being in constant pain and I'm just plain tired of it....it's only been about four weeks and I have 17 months to go. After my unsatisfying jaunt around the reservoir I went to Boarders and then for my weekly grocery shopping spree at Trader Joe's. On my way home I had to hang out my car window and photograph the sunset.....I love these digital cameras!! Quite the extreme from my Nikon FM4 (which I still dearly love in a nostalgic sort of way).

Quote of The Day

"Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write; find out whether it is spreading out its roots in the deepest places of your heart, acknowledge to yourself whether you would die if it were denied you to write. Must you write? If the answer is 'I must,' then build your life according to this necessity."
-Letters to a Young Poet
Rilke is one of my favorite poets, he has come to be regarded as a modern German classic and was well admired in his later years. In his philosophical works he meditated on life and death, time & eternity, art verses ordinary things. He believed in the spiritual realms which he believed artists had the ability to merge reality with the spiritual.


Julia Margaret Cameron

The Whisper of the Muse, 1865
albumen silver photograph
The Wilson Centre for Photography

The central figure in this photograph is the well-known painter G. F. Watts, who was the artist-in-residence at Little Holland House and a close friend and advisor to Cameron. Two children from Cameron's hometown of Freshwater are posed as Muses beside him, Freddy Gould is on the left, and Lizzie Keown is on the right. Watts is shown communing with the Muses who offer creativity and inspire the highest forms of art - philosophy, poetry, literature and music.
Cameron had a relatively short career photographing and printing, a mere ten years, but was able to produce a lifetimes of work. The archetypal women in her work are portrayed as reservoirs of spiritual strength, and men as reservoirs of genius. Children were often portrayed as angelic as they often died at a very young age during the Victorian time. The fine details in her prints are transitory and accidental as her preferred technique was out of focus.

The Earth Heaves

This is a piece I have been living with for about five months now. At first I was disappointed as it didn't really capture what I had envisioned it to be. Then I grew to hate it for all the typical reasons artists hate their own work. Now I think I actually like it. The digital photograph doesn't do it justice, actually it's quite crappy. I will replace it with a better quality one once I do a shoot in the gallery during the exhibition. I was debating whether or not to frame this piece but due to monetary reasons it's not going to happen. I don't do the cheap frames as I think this can actually ruin a piece... you either go all the way with a good quality frame or don't bother framing at all.


The Otherness Of Things

After a seven year hiatus I am having a solo art show. I've exhibited in a variety of group shows but haven't done a solo in a very long time. There are a variety of excuses I could spew but the reality is I am finally in a somewhat good and stable place, both mentally and physically (although the leaking chimney is giving me MINOR stress). My work is contemporary mixed media having majored in photography. I switched from a painting major after my professor said my paintings were "laughable", so now I do a little of both :)...and have managed a happy medium that seems to work for me. The wonderful ability to work in mixed mediums, which I do not protest to have mastered, is to create something harmonious out of such seemingly opposite elements.