Tuesday, July 31, 2007
The movie was Happenstance starring the lovely Audrey Tautou (my new favorite actress). P.S. I love Netflix! It was coincidental, if indeed coincidence exists, that the movie was about a full moon. I've seen this film many times. This particular day I just listened to the French words as if they were music. No, I don't speak French, but I love the sound of foreign languages.
I was deeply moved by the paintings of Reed Danziger. Her paintings are amazing, I wish I painted that well. They have particles and movement in them, and like my own swirls, make me think of creation. And while there is a lot going on in them, they are soft with a beautifully subtle use of color.
Okay, I paint no where near as skillfully as she, but man was I digging her work.
I was really digging Buff Monster, too. This is embarrassing to say, but I was completely naive about the subject matter of his paintings. I was so taken with his use of colors, and he had swirls and movement. Okay, I figured out what the swirls are and what the flower-like things are. I can be dense sometimes. Maybe his paintings are vulgar, but damn can he paint. And his use of pink is, well, perfect. He's probably best known by the toys he designs for kidrobot . But don't click on his link if you are faint-hearted.
So here's what you get during a full moon, while listening to French speakers and digging Reed Danziger and Buff Monster:
Untitled, 2007, 16" x 20", acrylic and marker on canvas. I could see this one in a hippy joint. More of the swirl motif.
Untitled, 2007. 16" x 20", acrylic and marker on canvas. Seems to be a combination of my graphic work and swirly work.
Untitled, 2007. 16" x 8", acrylic and marker on canvas. I wanted this one to look like a silkscreen. I love silkscreen, but I don't know how to do it.
Angels, 2007, 11" x 14", acrylic and marker on paper. I really love this one. I think I like my graphic work the best.
I hear music and/or see a movie I like. Sometimes the movie is subtitled and I just listen to the beautiful words like they are music. Sometimes the movie has a soundtrack that moves me.
I see a painting that moves me. A blank canvas sits before me. Sometimes there is a plan, sometimes not. The dance begins. It is like going into a trance, and time stands still. Sometimes when I am done creating, I am surprised to see that 12 hours has gone by when it seemed like only a few minutes.
It was July 22, 2007.
The movie was Wim Wenders' film, Until the End of the World.
The painting was called Sweet Banana by Gabriela Trzebinski.
While watching Wenders' film I was intrigued by the Pigmy music that William Hurt's character played in the car. Equally intriguing to me were the aboriginal characters in the movie. How ignorant I am about aboriginal culture.
As I danced with the canvas, I thought about dreaming and creation. This is what I came up with:
Dark Angels, 2007, 24" x 24", acrylic on canvas.
By far one of my most eccentric paintings, at first I even felt a little afraid of it. Now I love it. I imagine these angels standing at the brink of creation and facing the pure potentiality unafraid. Swirls seem to be a recurring motif for me in my desire to express movement. I don't mean for it to sound pretentious or to over-intellectualize it because it's really about a feeling.
When I wrote to Holly, I remember thinking, what's next? Yellow? Because I have never been a fan of yellow. Well, guess what? I am looking at yellow differently lately. And it's mainly because of Jessie at My Mod Style. She mentioned how she would have to convince her inlaws that yellow, red and white look great together. I am sure they will need no convincing, as the room will be beautiful. Just look at the rooms that Jessie has designed. They are awesome.
Now, I don't want to bring any yellow into my home, because I don't want to start a new wave of decor, but I felt very inspired when I read this. I am beginning to realize how much fun it must be to own more than one home. Oh boy, two homes to decorate! Oh boy, two homes to have design schizophrenia over. Scratch that. It would be more fun to design for other people.
Anyway, Jessie inspired me. And here are a couple of things I would buy for her if I were decorating her house, in addition to the painting I talked about earlier here.
Pillow at my favorite vintage store. $24.99
Italian glass vase at Salvation Army, $4.99
And, Jessie, here's an outfit you can wear when the inlaws come to visit. You will be smashing! Outfit from Urban Outfitters.
I am sure most bloggers have seen Nicole and Yvonne's lovely homes, but if you haven't check them out. You are in for a treat!
Thank you, Holly, for featuring this picture on your delightful blog, Decor8, and thank you for being a constant source of inspiration.
Yellow Vases, 2007, 8" x 24", acrylic and marker on canvas
Monday, July 30, 2007
Page from my art journal.
The full moon over Lake Erie is a thing of beauty. This weekend's full moon was no exception. I laughed to myself as I thought of Cher's grandfather crying "La Bella Luna!" in the romantic comedy Moonstruck.I've heard the moon referred to as grandmother. Grandmother looked beautiful and graced me with her elegance this weekend.
Full Moon, 2003
8" x 10", acrylic on canvas
Klimt's work, especially his paintings of women. I think many people have seen his work in fashion magazines and greeting cards, and not even known who the artist was. His work is everywhere. The Klimt woman is wrapped in mosiacs and full of romantic mystery.
The best thing about heading west on the way home from work is the Lake Erie sky. Lake Erie has the most beautiful sunsets. Every night the sky is a treat of pink, blue, purple and orange. Never the same.
I once kissed a man who was much taller than me under that sky. As he held me, I imagined that I was the woman in Klimt's painting, and instead of Klimt's mosaic quilt enveloping me, I was enveloped by the beautiful Erie sky.
The Kiss or Dark Angel, 2004
18" x 24", acrylic on canvas
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Images from Allposters.
I went through a period of time where I was looking at a lot of Picasso and reading Matisse's words. I was fascinated with Matisse's line drawings. He said he attempted to do a drawing quickly, with one uninterrupted line, without taking the pencil from the paper. I remember reading somewhere that to unblock the creative spirit to draw quickly and without thought. Try not to impose your will on the paper, try to feel an image that you are simply freeing. I filled notebooks with this type of drawing. And it must have worked in unblocking my creativity. In fact, today I am so flooded by creativity that I cannot keep up with it. Whenever you are feeling blocked, sit with an empty notebook and a pencil, and just keep that pencil moving. You will be surprised.
Here are the drawings I created during this period. I tried to do what Matisse said, not think, draw quickly. And they are clearly influenced (even stolen perhaps) from Picasso.
8" x 10"
water color, marker and lace on paper
Friday, July 27, 2007
The Designer, 2007
11" x 14" acrylic and marker on paper
P.S. Dearest Prince - that album cover is fabulous!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I suggest one rainy morning, sit with a good coffee or tea in your most elegant cup, and treat yourself to these three posts. If you don't have an itch to travel - you will after you read these blogs. If you are not fearless about using color - you will be after reading these wonderful blogs.
Opium Den, 2007
24" x 24", acrylic and glitter on canvas
This painting shimmers very romantically in the candle light. It's very erotic. I think I'd like to do a series of trance dance paintings.
How appropriate. They were reading my mind. Many of their pieces could fit into my new Minimal Bohomo Retro-Mod Asian/Moroccan design. And, even though it is trite for a place to be decorated hastily from only one source, I could see my place redone in almost all West Elm. (No wonder some fortunate people have more than one home.)
Isn't this the most beautiful lamp in the whole world? Would look great with my new style. Would also look great in my sister-in-law's home. Since it's way out of my price range, the contest is my only hope.
If I were doing my place totally in West Elm and IF money were no object, here's what I love. Red sectional. Two Parsons desks. (Who doesn't want one or more of these perfect desks? My office area is in such disarray, I really need these.) Chunky console.
And, of course, pottery.....
I hate to add celedon and mustard to my place now that I've settled on fushia and turquoise (I think). But wouldn't these pieces look cute with these cheapies that I saw at Old Time Pottery ($10.99 - $16.99)?
Here is a teaser not available on West Elm's website - the large white vase on the floor to the right. A fabulous reinterpretation of a temple vase. Love it!
Another teaser. The foo dogs are the latest "it" accessory, but I don't really like them, I think they have ugly faces. Until now that is. I love this groovy foo dog from West Elm. I had to scan this puppy, because he's not available on line. I might have to make a trip to a West Elm store. I love iconic images reinterpreted. Especially, Chinese Communist propoganda, but that's for another post....
Very romantic. Hmm. Now is my style Romantic Bohemian Modern Retro-Mod Asian/Moroccan? Oh, oh, forgot about the minimalism....