It was a still evening as the sun set over the bay on the landscape in front of my art studio, and I specifically painted this oil painting to celebrate the rare remaining coastal woods in the area that animals call home. Stanwood is the closest town to the south. We are at a crucial time where City and County Council’s decisions directly affect what happens to this land by either creating tax incentives for landowners to preserve wild spaces, create nature preserves, support the creation of self-subsistence rural home lots, or they can provide incentives for large corporate track home developers and businesses to alter the landscape forever. Other areas in the state that have preserved their way of life and have created large green spaces for habitat and recreation are the ones with the highest appeal and have the greatest tourist draw ($$). Their communities and businesses benefit immensely from visitor’s revenue. And they are not the only ones who benefit: so will the ecosystem and the wildlife that call this place home.
First of the 2016 One Up Mushroom Paintings sold!
Maude, oil on board, 18 by 24 in. Emilia Kallock, 2018
I drew from various points of inspiration for this piece, starting with it being the year of the dog on the Chinese Zodiac. The dog is red, like Clifford, the big red dog from school storybooks, and adapted to look like a Labradoodle, which I’ve sometimes considered as my totem animal. Dogs in general to me are creatures of play and protection, and I like them because they demand fun if you want to make them happy and are loyal companions. Mixed in its fur are Japanese paper cranes and flowers symbolizing peace. There’s rain in the background because I live in the Pacific Northwest of the North American continent, where it rains a lot.
The first painting is an illustration to the following poem from the 1200s by a woman from Antwerp.
Knowing love in herself.
I do not complain of suffering for Love,
It is right that I always obey her,
For I can know her only as she is in herself,
Whether she commands in storm or in stillness.
This is a marvel beyond my understanding,
Which fills my whole heart
And makes me stray wild in a desert.
The other sketch is about control, and the last two are about people coming together to talk about exciting new ideas.
I painted this portrait from a sports article in a newspaper. This person struck me as particularly beautiful, so I titled the piece, “Beauty”. Oil on resalvaged old growth cedar shingle, 7 by 5 in. Emilia Kallock 2016
I produced only four live paintings during the Cascadia festival last weekend- three standing from the dance platform at the River Stage looking in various directions, and one of my friend napping in the hot tent at our campsite. There were simply too many fascinating beautiful things to focus on at this world class gathering in the forest. I plan to work of photographs for the next pieces.
The Painting from Facebook
This turned out to be an interesting piece. It’s a collage from a ‘call for ideas of what to paint’ query among my Facebook friends. In this sense it is a collective piece, and not my own. Among the donated images I used an elderly woman as the central character, and formed a narrative from there. From what I can see, she abnegates all that which exploits life in an unethical and unsustainable way.