Saturday, July 24, 2010

Where have I been?

I haven't traveled very far in the physical but mentally and emotionally I've been all over the place. I've been out of this world joyful over my new little grandbaby. She's amazing and lives close by so I get to bask in her super baby-ness on a frequent basis.

I've been learning, reading and meeting people in the adoption world. Meeting another mother of adoption loss can be very healing. It's incredibly sad to know how many other women have walked the same road I have but at the same time it's good to meet and share stories. We had our own therapy session over lunch and wondered what the people around us were overhearing.

In my last post I mentioned starting a painting about the Magdalen Laundries, well here's the start of it....

You might not be able to see it very well in the photo but there's a number carved into one of the stones in the wall, 30,000. That's the number of women that are estimated to have been through the laundries in it's 150 year history. Across the stone wall there will be glass shards and of course hanging above the wall is the Pope's mitre. The design is done in gold leaf, you can see the shine of the gold better below.

I was going to go with a stained glass design in the background with some other symbolism but decided it would be too busy. The sky turned out to be a better idea. Now I'm working on getting the glass shards back in place and I have text to add to the mitre. You'll see the finished piece soon. We'll see if I get any hate mail over this one. If you're not familiar with the story read here

So.... where else have I been? Kelli and I got to take off to the beach for a couple of days. Did I take any pictures while there? No! I brought the camera but never got it out, sorry, no pictures to share but we did have a great time. On the way there we went to the Florida Museum for Women Artists in Deland and met some of the artists participating in the Witness to Creativity exhibit going on there now. As always, it's a treat to talk with other artists, watch them work and get insight into what they're creating. If you're able to get to Deland, check out the exhibit.

With all this running around (a lot of it in my head) I didn't get much painting done this past week so it's time to hit the studio.


Friday, July 9, 2010

Finished! TV Project #2

Kelli Money Huff

Hey All,

I finally finished the second project in my Work of Art: The Next Great Artist challenge. As you may know from previous posts, I am using the television reality series as a way to stimulate my creative muse by doing all the projects assigned to the TV artists. I am waaaaaaay behind them, they are now doing the 5th project and I have just finished #2. However, as I mentioned before, my goal is different and I am not eligible to win the $100,000 that they are competing for.

The title of this episode is The Shape of Things to Come and it is a sculpture to be built from appliance/electronic junk. This is my interpretation of that challenge. Below is the inspiration for my piece.

This photo depicts a Flax Bow, a American Paiute totem that was hung in the homes of tribal members and was believed to promote harmony and good communication between family and household members. As I was looking at the junk that I had accumulated to work with, it occurred to me that the ubiquitous electronic stuff that most of us now have cluttering up our homes and our lives are all mostly about communication. (Does anyone ever have enough electrical outlets?)

Of course, true to my usual methods, this idea came to me in the middle of the night. While it is frustrating and even scary to not have any creative purpose, it is annoying to have it constantly visit in the night. I would like some sleep, thank you very much!!

Finding extremely little information on Flax Bows, even on the Internet, this was the only photo available and I am drawing my own conclusions about the name. My research turned up the fact that the Paiute used flax for weaving and other purposes and it appears that the lower part of the Flax Bow is made of strands of flax. The top which it hangs from is bow shaped. Thus that is where I believe the name came from. My piece derives it's name (e-flaxbow) from the electronic connection. Pun intended.

I like to use symbolism in my work and this piece is no exception. CD's, DVD's, cell phones, a keyboard, a mouse, and an intercom, form the whole concept of communication, both with the people in the home as well as good harmony with the electronics. The weaving which takes the place of the flax on both sides hanging down, is symbolic of the grid, both electrical and the Internet grid that is a vital and indispensable part of our lives. Numerous cables and wires of all types bind all the elements together.

You may have guessed that this is not my usual media or genre, however, I did enjoy this and even became excited about my idea. The next challenge is to create a book cover for a classic novel. I am using a book that holds lots of personal meaning for myself and my daughter, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Thanks to ennadoolf, one of our blog readers, for the idea.

As always I welcome your comments and ideas. Wish me luck.
Peace, love and creativity.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Birthday Wishes 3
Acrylic on canvas

Birthday Wishes 2
Acrylic on canvas

The holiday weekend is over, over way too fast in fact. It was a lovely peaceful weekend and I had time to spend in the studio. I'm working on the next piece in the Silent Voices series. This one is about the Magdalene Laundries - tough topic but I have most of the image worked out now. I'll post when I'm a little farther along.

For now what I want to show you are the candle paintings. In a previous post I showed you the the large piece with the 3 candles and the first mother's names with dates in the background. I'm continuing that theme with these small pieces. The reason for this is to support an organization that is working toward reform in the adoption industry. Origins-USA works to increase public awareness of how adoption separation affects mothers and to bring about legislative changes to protect the rights of mothers to nurture their children. Adoptees also suffer as a result of adoption. There's a lot to be done to lessen the pain of adoption and being a first mother myself this is an area close to my heart. I'm selling these small original acrylic pieces for $30 and donating half to Origins. I will personalize the painting with the first mother's name and child's date of birth if requested and I can also customize the candle color.
Please visit the Origins site and see what they're doing. If you or someone you know is interested in helping or if you just have a thing for birthday candles, leave a comment or send an email.