Saturday, March 21, 2020

Somber Light - A Dreary Month

Somber light

March has been a dreary month distinguished by somber light, ill weather and a deadly virus. During this muddy stretch, we usually get most of our sleet and snow but this year it has been all rain and drizzle.

The clocks were struck ahead so twilight is later but the dawn is diffused by a morning mist that cloaks the landscape in a depressing aura. The individual shapes are broken into receding planes that gradually disappear into a blank slate of firmament.

The sun strains desperately to filter its first light into an eerie woodland shrouded by dense fog. Some of the rays are funneled through narrow passages between the trees creating surreal beams that flood the forest floor.

The desaturated colors are dull, the black mountains are buttressed by a tawny meadow and slags of gray snow slide across the scene. The interior is filled with a thick atmosphere of soupy moisture that softens every sharp edge.

Citizens have been asked to disperse, interact socially from beyond a certain distance and refrain from unnecessary activity. The State of Emergency is an unprecedented time of dramatic cancellations and closures that have broken life down to its basics.

Extremely superstitious and a devout believer in Karma, I could never take lightly the lethal ramifications of a global pandemic. I have learned long ago to never underestimate the power of nature so if I’m not out alone in the wilderness, you’ll find me confined in a necessary quarantine.

Surreal beams of light

Rays are funneled through passages

An eerie woodland

Black mountains

Morning mist

Shrouded in dense fog

Receding planes

A depressing aura

A dreary month

A State of Emergency

Alone in the wilderness

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Butterflies - Colored Pencil Drawing

"Butterflies" Colored Pencil

“Through art we can change the world.” ~ #twitterartexhibit

It’s an incredible morning in September as a profusion of painted lady butterflies migrate leisurely through the Front Range Foothills. Their fluttering course seems to be at the mercy of a fickle breeze that blows down from the snow-covered divide.

During the fall, the mountain landscape is ablaze in fiery color and the sudden arrival of so many butterflies stirs even more spicy tones into the mix. Out of the thousands passing through, a pair has paused to pollinate on a purple, Scotch thistle.

Intentionally constructed to be a little bit larger than life, this close-cropped composition lends the scene its dramatic sense of immediacy. The tiny niche in nature’s garden is an enlarged, abstract arrangement of hard-edged shapes and saturated color.

The pure pigment is brightened by the black outlines that encompass the separate sections much like a stained-glass window. A deep violet shadow spreads across the petals forming a dark value that pushes the travelers into sharp relief.

This rare, migratory phenomenon is one of nature’s great spectacles, displaying unparalleled beauty and an air of mystery. These carefree, little creatures have only a short time to spend on earth because their average life span is just a couple of weeks.

During their abbreviated existence on this planet, the painted lady butterflies dash about with a joyful enthusiasm. When contemplating the impending future, take your cue from these breathing works of art and always try to live your life to the fullest.

Butterflies is my contribution to the upcoming Twitter Art Exhibit: Myrtle Beach. This unique event is an international exhibition of original postcard art supporting Horry County Disabilities and Special Needs.

HCDSN is dedicated to providing services and supports, to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism and Head and Spinal Cord Injuries all the while ensuring the person is at the center of services delivery. Their philosophy of person centeredness is aimed at helping individuals with disabilities to become the very best version of themselves.

This is accomplished through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, social and recreational opportunities, community involvement and through unleashing their creative spirit and passion through art.

The art program is designed to promote self-expression, social interaction and the development of peer relationships through various art classes. The program began with art lessons and has evolved to include pottery classes with the local Art Museum.

Improvement in hand eye coordination, visual acuity and self-esteem has been witnessed by so many of the individuals who participate. Individuals with significant intellectual and physical challenges have realized significant emotional and personal growth through their involvement in the arts.

Proceeds from TAE20 will enable Horry County Disabilities and Special Needs to develop and extend the art program to offer additional art classes but enhance the individual’s opportunity to also engage in statewide community art exhibitions.

Twitter Art Exhibit: Myrtle Beach is the tenth installment of this open, international exhibition of handmade postcard art for charity, donated by artists from around the world.

Social media plays a major role in the Twitter Art Exhibit. It is their intention to tweet, share and promote contributing artists to thank them for their participation, and to make this event a success for all involved.

The event will be highly publicized and well attended by art buyers and enthusiasts, members of the press, local artists and the TAE community.

For more information, please check out this link: #twitterartexhibit