It’s unusual to receive a card in snail mail nowadays. Increasingly, social media, text and e-mail messages are the choice for everything from birthday greetings to wedding invitations. It was a nice surprise to receive a card from Sharon Bonin-Pratt (A “CURIOUS” Well Done Woman) and was struck by how lovely and whimsical the trees were.
I was even more surprised and delighted when I saw Sharon had hand drawn and painted it.
Peggy, too, loved it and made it into a poster. With Sharon’s urging we are donating one third of all profits to The Gentle Barn, Animal Rescue charity. (Judy)
“It is a tree of life to all who grasp it,
and whoever holds on to it is happy;
its ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all it paths are peace.
Perhaps because I was a psychotherapist, the human form and face is what draws me (pun intended) as art subjects.
There is an interesting process in painting that mirrors our human progression: Start with a sketch, fill in the darks and lights, correct, edit, change colors, redo, undo, fill in more detail and continue with more redirection and correction.
Each of these studies has layers and layers of acrylic paint. Traces of the colored layers are still visible . . . like all humans . . .
I should take more pictures to chronicle the changing layers. Here’s a glimpse into two stages
I finally run out of steam . . . or interest . . . declare it done and move on to the next challenge. Like my life
I have no words – which happens, as you know, infrequently. It is so worth taking 40 minutes of your time to watch, listen and admire this remarkable film, remarkable woman and creative expression at its most powerful
Watch: Oscar Nominee ‘Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405’ Short Film
by Alex Billington
February 5, 2018
“One of the categories that gets very little attention at the Academy Awards is Best Documentary Short, usually featuring an impressive selection of international short films that are not always easy to watch. One of the films nominated as a Best Documentary Short from 2017 is one called Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, directed by Frank Stiefel. If you live in Los Angeles, you know the 405 is one of the worst highways to drive and almost always has traffic. The film examines the life of LA-based artist Mindy Alper, who has struggled her entire life with mental disorders and depression, even though she produces remarkably deep, honest work. This short runs 40 minutes, but it’s worth a watch to get an inspiring look inside the mind of a tortured artist. You can find out more about Alper on the film’s official site after you’ve watched this. Enjoy.”
Thanks you Becky Grant for sending this to me.
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I am not a split personality I’m a “thrip”. There are three me’s.
Didn’t consciously intend this drawing to be a self-portrait but I believe that any form of creative expression, whether it be visual art, dance, music etc. is reflective of who we are.
My first thought is the middle head is being squished which is reflective of how exhausted I’ve been lately.
On second thought, I wonder if the little head is the glue holding together the other two???
Wow! Fascinating! – A “bag” of ingenuity and a lot of talent. Click here and listen to the short video!
“Mbongeni Buthelezi collects plastic bags from the streets around his Johannesburg studio and melts them to create a unique kind of art – he calls it “plastic fantastic”.”
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
The class will run the week of July 27-31, 2015. It’s for kids (especially!), but also teachers, homeschoolers, parents, grandparents, or anyone who has access to a child and/or wants to tap in to the child inside!
If you sign up, no questions asked about your age!
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