Friday, July 16, 2010

Stones, stones, and more stones

Today I'm back at my megalithic series.  Feels good to be back with stones. 
Stoney Littleton is in Somerset, England near Bath.  It has an ammonite cast at the entrance which is my inspiration for this piece.  I was looking to paint a chambered cairn, but as they are basically lowish mounds of earth - how to get that magical enchantment into a painting.... The ammonite in the sky.  How fun.

Then there is Callanish.  So huge. So beautiful. So enigmatic.  I didn't want to portray the layout (which astoundingly enough looks like a celtic cross).  I wanted the mystery of the why and what to come through.  Callanish is in Scotland on the Isle of Lewis and Harris.  That's one island, folks. 

For further exploration into neolithic and megalithic sites check out these links:

as always, look to the past to find what matters in the present.

just for the love of art

I saw this on Karin Wells' blog. 

Just toooooo good!  These guys are my new favourite performing artists.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Valise - The Show

Vashon Jam/Slam/Glam All-Island Art Show

There's a newish gallery on the Island called Valise.  It's run by a collective of great island artists who have come up with a stupendous idea for our community artists: 

It is widely understood, both here and "abroad," that 100 percent of the residents of our island have artistic talent. In the spirit of "What if everyone on Vashon read the same book,"

VALISE Artist Collective and Gallery invited island artists of all ages, experience levels and visions, to bring one original artwork to the gallery.  There was a tremendous response, and more than 100 works of art now hang in the gallery.  One of which is mine:

La Femme

and another is from my talented watercolourist husband:

Ruby Beach

We attended the gala opening and here's a few pics - Boy, was it ever crowded!   I had no idea they could get so much art in the gallery. 

Monditza Fournier


LOVE the woodpecker!

And finally another of my favourites:
'The Hunt for the Light is Over'

This show will run throughout the month of July. VALISE gallery is open every Saturday, from 11 am-5 pm, and by appointment.