Thursday, July 19, 2012

Art Takes Time Square!!!

Last month I had the pleasure of participating in an interesting art event, Art takes Times Square, hosted by "Artist Wanted”. Artists from all over the world put up art portfolios on the web. They were then judged by the public and Artist Wanted, and those who received enough votes were chosen to exhibit their art in Times Square. Here is a video of the event and winner, Vicki DaSilva
 It was an incredible experience for me. I hadn’t been to NY in 20 years, and this was my first time traveling by myself without my kids! So just being there was amazing….I lived and breathed art for 10 days. The event itself was a celebration of art and artist. Artist from all over the world, standing together, watching our art on huge screens in Times Square New York! It was an amazing feeling. Here is my painting up on the big screen-
I then spent the next week trying to see as much art and museums as possible, spent time with old friends and family, and came home refreshed and inspired! I will be sharing some of the amazing art I got to experience with you in the next few blogs….I have also started a new painting and look forward to sharing it with you all when it’s finished.
 Thank you to everyone that has written to me lately about my blog. I am truly touched to get such beautiful letters from such inspiring people and am thrilled that my art may inspire others. I know there are artists that just paint and don’t think about what people will think or feel when looking at their art; but I am not like that. My art is my way of connecting. Connecting to myself, and the world around me. So if my art touches you, I would love to hear! And feel free to write your beautiful words on this site as well, so that others can be inspired by you! Thank you again. And till next week…..

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Nature Series

I love trees, and have always felt connected to them and their earthy tones; from the brown of the mud from which they grow, to the different shades on tree trunks, up to the branches and leaves of green. The changing colors and shapes of the leaves as the sun hits the tree.
Trees are so much more then just plants. They represent life. Their roots spreading underground, growing up and out into the sky, interacting with our breath and air. We are connected.

My Beautiful Tree- Family, Motherhood and Life

My tree is beautiful
Sometimes bent and broken
Full of leaves
At full blossom
Others bare and hopeful
Peaceful and calm
Or rattling in the wind
But always beautiful

The trees in this series, represent for me, family and life.
Sometimes, soft, simple, beautiful and blooming,

Others bent over and broken , the branches are all complicated and intertwined and yet so beautiful. Life growing from the desert sand.

Or that one last hopeful leaf clinging to the bare branches.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Nursing Collection

The Nursing Collection

Within 2 weeks of my daughter being born, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The focus of my life that year was  nursing and nurturing my daughter, and being  with my mother as much as possible.
That time in my life influenced and molded my artistic style. I wanted to capture the love I felt for both my mother and daughter and relate the strong bonds we build through love and nurturing relationships.

The symbol of the breast and what it means to a woman, was very much on my mind during his time.
While nursing my daughter, nourishing her from my body, I became obsessed with that look she gave me while nursing. Looking up at me with pure love, honesty, calmness and the faith in me to give her what she needs.
I started sketching while nursing, trying to capture that look, that feeling..
After awhile those sketches turned into the drawings and the paintings in this collection.

My spiritual and creative connection to the spiral  started with these paintings. The movement and symbol were meditative. Each spiral and color brought me peace and serenity. The spiral represents birth, life and death. The never ending love of a parent for their child. Spirals are femininity; the cycles of womanhood.

This painting is very big, 168cm*200cm. I broke up that perfect moment into lots of spirals.  When standing close you get lost in the abstract- spirals and color. But as you step back, the picture becomes more clear and focused.

This painting is the last in the series. It was painted during the time my daughter was self -weaning, and finished after she had stopped.
It is one spiral: starting  at its center , and painted in a spiral movement. I wanted to give her her own spiral. It starts with us together, and our special bond…but moves out and off the canvas, growing as she grows….

For more paintings and drawings in this collection see the "Gallery"

I now paint and draw these moments for other mothers. Capturing that look, and that feeling…..