As my Grandmother Gardner would say, “Lord Have Mercy!” It has been crazily busy since I last wrote about WiFi and Mookey. This is a GREAT thing. There’s an exciting weekend ahead for me chalking at artSPARK on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. No matter the results, it is one of my favorite events of the year. I hope it is as beautiful as this last week has been in the low 80’s with low humidity. I’m just happy thinking about it!
I am also ecstatic about my artwork being presented in Margaux’s Restaurant located at 8111 Creedmoor Rd, Suite 111 in Raleigh. Steve Horowitz is such a delight to work with! He loves art, is knowledgeable about art and has a magnificent permanent collection of one of a kind pieces in the restaurant that I love to go back and see because I see something new or realize something different every time I go. It is a great place and I am so happy and excited that I am showing there.
What I am hoping to do in the next few posts is to shed a little light on my work. I would describe myself at this point in my career as a contemporary traditionalist with a surrealistic twist. I am drawn to symbolism, color and usually constructed realism. I take my photographs or family photographs and endeavor to create a story. I do not wish that the viewer see exactly what I believe is the story, but to create a story of their own. I love that their imagining has common elements of narrative to my vision, but it’s not necessary. Some of my favorite reviews have been on a different and absolutely wonderful story line. That is exciting!
One of my recent works was a series entitled Friendship. I’m not quite sure all the whys in this piece. It was what I saw. The inspirational little building is a small shabby shed in the front yard of a house I pass by on the way to Seagrove. It is one of my favorite little buildings because it is homemade and has little quirks that make me wonder why this little part was left like this or that part left like that. I like to think of it as outwardly awkward, but inwardly hospitable and sheltering.
The first painting , Early Spring, shows the little shed surrounded by all the things it takes to make a friendship gesture (crossing arrows) and an inviting, colorful, friendship quilt in the window. There are string, sticks, faith and a little bird looking to the future.
The little shed becomes a beacon for those who know where to find it in second piece, Warm Summer (not literal). It is a place of mystery and invitation. I like to think of the shed as offering a private campfire. The sticks, rope and feathers have been made into crossed arrows. Someone inside has a welcoming light. The season is in full bloom. All is well.
The last panel, Warm Hearth, shows the little building patched, the friendship quilt in the window greying, and the twine on the arrows fraying from age. A closer look also shows the continuing lighted crack in the door, the key still hanging on the nail and the warm inviting core light remaining for the visitor. The pieces can stand alone, or they are a story together. I am thinking I will rename these pieces when I realize it ;-). I have some conflicting ideas here, but they do describe my thoughts on the pieces. I am sure others will have a different story.-That is wonderful!