Wisdom Watch (15x30)
The world is a place where the extraordinary can sit
just beside the ordinary with the thinnest of
What a whirlwind this summer has been! A whirlwind of emotions, a whirlwind of activity, a general whirlwind of life. I truly believe summer is going to end and we will be picking apples before we know it.
I am writing to invite everyone to the opening of my show this Friday (Aug. 12) in Glen Arbor, Michigan. I know many of you aren't close but wouldn't it be nice if you were? I would so love to show you my new paintings in person.
Bearing Witness. Last fall I took a semester long class led by Terry Tempest Williams on climate change. While digesting all of the information, I kept thinking about how to include it in my art.
And that is how new series are born.
Right when I started working on the series - life is magical sometimes - I was invited for a solo show in Lake Street Studio's Center Gallery in Glen Arbor. And suddenly - well, 36 paintings later - the time is now!
The opening reception is this Friday, Aug. 12th, 6-8pm. Everyone is invited!
To me, bearing witness invokes a sense of interconnectedness with all beings and acknowledges the wholeness of life with open awareness.
We are bearing witness right now to dramatic changes to the planet and the impact on all living creatures.
While working on the show, I kept thinking “the birds are watching us.”
Included in the show are also a series of small 5”x5” paintings created while “bearing witness” to my mom’s death.
Through that time period, art, nature and square breathing (a deep breathing technique) helped me stay grounded. While spending time with my mom, I found myself imagining ways to creatively express my emotions on canvas. I would then go home and in the quiet moments, paint. Sharing these paintings for the first time in the show touches my soul deeply.
I would love to see you Friday! Bearing Witness will be up for one week: Aug. 12-18th. The gallery's hours are daily 11-5pm. On Wednesday they will be open until 7. You can find all the info you may need on their website: Center Gallery. (Stillness, 16x20)
My art. Where else can you see my art? My small paintings are available for purchase on Daily Paintworks. Once purchased, I will happily put them in the mail to you. You can also find my paintings at Sleeping Bear Gallery in Empire, MI, Betsy Bay Furniture in Frankfort, Mi and Hayley Gallery in New Albany, Ohio. If you are interested in a painting on my website, please email me directly. If it is in a gallery, I will put you in touch with them.
Thank you to all. Please stay healthy and happy and creative and enjoy the dog days of summer!
My love to all,
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Barefoot Beach Ballad (36x48)
Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road,
but when many people walk on it,
the road comes into existence.