Bird Songs

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Bird Songs (Inspired by Swanson’s Thrush) watercolor on paper, 6 by 9 in. Emilia Kallock, 2019

Laying in the Driveway: 45 minutes

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An account of: Laying in the Driveway for 45 minutes.

I did something different today after I dropped off my daughter and her

friend at school.  I pulled into my driveway and decided to lay down. I awoke today with really strong pain in my shoulder sockets and lower neck. It was hard to wash my hair in the morning, and I could feel it when I made breakfast and packed lunch for my daughter.   My friends, who are staying with me for a while took these pictures.  The first ones are of me laying my stomach, holding my glasses so they didn’t break.  The ground felt cool, and I tried to relax my neck.  About 10 minutes went by and I saw no need to get up. I thought about some things that can stress me out- the large trucks that decompress their brakes in front of my house, the bills, my laptop, the garden that needs tending, do I need to get married?, helping my daughter prepare for her end of year school play, fixing the car, the ridiculousness of why I was laying down near the middle of my driveway- and then after a while I let the thoughts pass. I wasn’t angry or sad, I just wanted to participate in all of it differently. I listened to the birds chirping and the wind in the trees.  I turned around to lay on my back and that helped my shoulders relax more against the hard ground.  I know dirt was sticking to my clothes and hair.  The sun was strong and started stinging my face. I flipped my shirt up over my head and let the sun fall on my armpits. I hear animals lay in the sun and use it to heal themselves. Although I’m sure my friends thought it was weird, my cat didn’t, and just walked passed me and laid down.  In total 45 minutes passed.  I slowly got up as one does from savasana practice in yoga, and had a partially smoked cigarette in my studio.

Outdoor Stanwood plein aire

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My Safari easel is a bit cumbersome and heavy but once I set it up it’s sturdy, but it was SO nice to paint outdoors for a change. A friend and I walked to the very end of the Stillaguamish River, through mud puddles and over driftwood (which I painted) and set up a picnic. The wind picked up and it finally got to chilly and we returned shortly after sundown.

Driftwood, Stillaguamish Delta, oil on paper, 20 by 23 in .Emilia Kallock 2019

Driftwood with Picnic Supplies, Stillaguamish Delta, oil on paper, 20 by 23 in .Emilia Kallock 2019

Planet (Dance)

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Painting in progress 4/25/19

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Dedicated to Charles- 1/4 around the globe so far, painting outdoors- something new-

Painting in progress 4/25/19

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Dedicated to Charles- 1/4 around the globe so far, painting outdoors- something new-

Informal Non Structured Joy Painting

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Informal Non Structured Joy Painting, acrylic and chalk pastel on repurposed Starbucks wallpaper, 54 by 55 in. Emilia Kallock, 2018

Some elements in this painting are: Xingfu, or Happiness in Chinese, a twinflower (known for female reproductive health, named after taxonomist Carl Linnaeus), a snail for taking time, Robot DJ for providing good music, the masked apple from Magritte’s painting, and reishii mushrooms for health and longevity. Non Structured in the desire to introduce themes in an unconscious, automatic, free flow way. Starbucks wallpaper purchased from Skagit Salvage, a 2nd use building supply store in Skagit Valley.

Yin

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Initially this painting began with a lot of yin energy intentions, the portrayal of the girl and young woman with flowers and an essentially soft, floral, and peaceful energy, but the bold colors are more yang. I intend these two attributes balance each other. It is also a painting of hopeful regeneration with the planting of a pine tree sapling and the rope delineation from Shinto shrines (marking a sacred space in nature) and the background of prayer and praise emoji hands.

Secret Garden Design

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Even though I created this garden design painting in the states, it’s fitting I post about it now in Chile, initially inspired by the dreamy courtyard gardens at Huilquilemu – a large Spanish era colonial villa southeast of Santiago used for community festivals and currently under restoration by the local university. The garden in Chile was originally planted by a well traveled widow 150 years ago that brought plants from all over the world for her yard. When I visited, the space was a little wild, but that added to the mystery of the place. Araucaria (monkey Puzzle tree, indigenous to Chile) palm and pine shaded the geometric layout of the grounds.

finished Secret Garden Design, 50 by 50 in. watercolor on repurposed wallpaper, Emilia Kallock 2019,. Huilquilemu as well as the two parks in Seattle (Greenlake and Volunteers Park) created by the Olmstead Brothers in the early 1900s inspired greatly my “secret garden” design here. My painting explains the type of trees and plants to comprise the approximately 2 acre garden as well as the surrounding wall plantings and the 4 additional entrances besides the main gate. I chose the trees according to aesthetics and viability in the Pacific Northwest. My grandmothers in Chile and Washington State were both avid gardeners and both planted gardens where they lived, leaving a legacy of a large variety trees, plants and flowers. Many of these are drawn into the secret garden blueprint.

An experiment in love

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This new painting revisits my interpretation of romantic love by experimenting with the space of being in love. I was programmed to follow societal, parental and cultural definitions of the way love should progress. If it doesn’t go in this fashion, quick are we to dissect each other in shortcomings and failed expectations, however nuanced they are. When we follow this linearity, it becomes almost second nature to explore feelings of scarcity and inadequacy. With this painting, I’ve decided to flip that entire scenario and create an alternative space to contemplate love. I want to sustain a different consciousness where we can nurture the gift of love in whatever quantity or capacity it appears, without the need to define it. Here, the painting itself becomes a totem to this new approach, and the very act of painting becomes an exercise in pausing, to serve as meditation about all the ways love becomes a contribution. And when we amplify this path, unexpected avenues may appear.

Reception for new painting October 20th, 2018 5-9 pm

The Hideout, 1500 Boren Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Papaya Tree/Palm Fronds Interior Wall Sun Room Painting

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For this interior wall painting, the client wanted a tropical theme on one wall of her Pacific Northwest sunroom.  I went with a papaya tree and simple palm fronds to give a feeling of relaxation and luxurious warm weather.  She gave me a few ideas and pictures to work from, and as part of the service, I drew up a couple mock up paintings to visualize the scale and dimensions.

Butthole licking studies

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Two new works to be added to the Eros section, password Pompeii.