Leading from the heart, and remembering to do so in challenging times. A wish for the health of the forests, and for all animals that they may have access to humane living conditions . Little wish squiggles of other beautiful things. Topaz, olivine, and other precious gems. A friend took pictures of me in recumbent poses for figure guides. A giant nasturtium flower in the background painted with pigment I bought in Vietnam. Tree saplings on either side of the flower, symbolizing hope for the future. I actually watered a bunch of saplings yesterday, so maybe art mimics life or life mimics art-
Untitled, oil on board, 50 by 26 in. Emilia Kallock, June 2016
He Started To Wake Up and Began Respecting Nature After Thousands of Years Asleep, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 84 by 72 in. Emilia Kallock 2016
For the protagonist in this piece I worked from photographs I snapped of my friend Steve, 65, in dramatic poses so that I could narrate the fairly straightforward title: “He Started To Wake Up and Began Respecting Nature After Thousands of Years Asleep..” 7 ft by 6 ft. acrylic and glitter on canvas. For me, this painting helps navigate current thoughts on environment and society that can at times be very overwhelming, tragic and debilitating: offering up direction in the fray.