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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mixed media artworks

"The Center"
watermedia collage
I often combine enamel and mixed media elements to make collages and or assemblages.  The myriad of materials, textures, and colors scattered around my workspace cultivates a sense of living on the edge of chaos, which further promotes imaginative thinking.  Delight in the process of making art is a result of the transformation of separate elements into a unified whole.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Enameling; my earliest medium

Enameling, -
I have been developing this fascinating medium for over 35 years.  what is it?  Well, it is fine quality glass fused to metal by means of intense heat.
Take 16-36 ga. copper.
Sift one or more prepared enamel colors.
Place in a kiln heated to 1500-1600 degrees F. for 1-3 minutes.
Remove from the kiln, and enjoy the transformation!

Aerial View
glass on metal assemblage
The separate elements no longer exist; they are forever fused together.  Before me is the start of an enamel piece, the canvas on which to express my vision.  There follows many hours of layering colors, exploring possibilities, problem solving, 2-20 more firings, and developing the piece until it is completed.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The adventure of making art is a journey into the unknown.  Traveling with us are imagination and creativity.  We are co-creators traversing the vast landscape of mind and Spirit.  As in all adventures we face obstacles when uncertain of direction, and times when ideas bubble up from the depths, and we are one with the flow of life.  I trust the process and allow the composition to unfold.  There is a great joy in this relationship with the inner life,- Spirit.
"Lunar high country", collage

I work in several mediums depending on ideas.  My task is to stay awake and aware for the quiet whispers of Soul.  Then I am ready to begin the adventure....

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Expression through art

The process of making art is an expression of my journey towards recognizing wholeness.  It challenges me to greater creativity, to learn to simplify, to overcome limitations.  The qualities of the materials, textures, and colors evoke the mystical, the paradoxical, the awakening to truths older than time.