I have had a visceral reaction to not being able to create. Long overdue hand surgery (carpal Tunnel and trigger finger release) on my left hand. I am six weeks down the road from the surgery and I hear my studio calling. Each year around this time I am busily finishing a series of paintings for my exhibition at Kennedy Point Vineyard. This year is different. Big changes in the wind for me. So to start this new year properly I am curating a sculpture exhibition at Kennedy Point and have invited; Linda Young, Jeff Young, Bryan and Gael Gartrell, Maria and Jay Lloyd, Matthew Muir and Sharon Adrichem. A few others are still deciding if they are able to participate.
Each sculpture will be constructed from at least 50% recycled materials.
The theme and title is Weather Or Not.
As my sculpture unfolds I will endeavour to share my learning curve. I will need to learn about solar panels and led lights to make the sculpture. A found Mussel Buoy that collects sun to create a light at night and an anemometer on top to show wind speed with artistic flair. Once a science teacher…Always a science student.
Let the learning begin!
Trey’s birthday present to Abi…two days with Kelley.
She happened to book when the pohutukawa’s were blooming…right before Christmas…right before their wedding….
Abi and I are the only ones that know what is written beneath the layers of this painting. Maybe Trey will know too some day.
Meet the Christmas flower in New Zealand. It’s almost summer but hey, it is red and green y’all.
This is Abi creating her wedding present.
Hey all you people who crave a shot of creative energy to start off your new year…Come visit me at the bottom end of Waiheke Island, just a short ferry from Auckland, New Zealand.
We will take nature walks in the bush and on the beach with camera in hand. We will collect shells on the beach and put together a shadowed still life. We will sketch live in the blooming garden. We will use technology to open our artist’s eye. Then there’s the food. (and wine)
Had a really fun art play day with Sophie Bennett.
make a wish Sophie
a soupy mixture of lusciousness
now let it drip all over the place
for a dia de los muertos quad trych
the mean look
hmmmm side view
perfect for skeleton teeth
mixed media play
Let me know if you want our playlist…a la sophie
Also, our lunch was out of the garden accompanied by gin over muddled mint and fresh lemon and sugar.
Okay I am going to start this off by saying that the last two weeks have been hell for me.
My body has revolted over the last year with aching around my joints. My hands get stuck in clench position.
So last week my son Brett accompanied me to sugery to release middle and ring finger and a carpal tunnel release at my wrist.
Okay. I have so much respect for people with handicaps after this.
Back to the You Know You’re a Hopelessly Devoted Creative when:
I painted these pickets less than 24 hours after this hand surgery…JUST to get my creative fix!
Absurd, but it was what I needed to do. Naturally Brett made one…he says his is interpretive.
Nothing Says it like a Picket
Do you have a You Know You’re a Hopelessy Devoted Creative when…story? Please share.
The last painting in my four seasons in one day series.