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.
Gratitude, acrylic on canvas, 63 by 56 in. Emilia Kallock, 2018
I drew inspiration for this piece from Gauguin’s “Jacob Wrestling With The Angel” 1888. Overall, it is an image to serve as a meditation guide beginning with an element of gratitude. Gratitude for trees, flowers, love, the Divine Feminine, the Divine Masculine, dancing, fish (salmon), birds and totem animals (seen behind the human figures). Gauguin stated: “Don’t copy nature too much. Art is an abstraction; derive this abstraction from nature while dreaming before it, and think more of the creation which will result (than of the model). This is the only way of mounting toward God – doing as our Divine Master does, create.”
Jacob Wresting With The Angel, 28 by 36 in. oil on canvas, Paul Gauguin, 1888
Paddling to the Fremont solstice parade, documented some beautiful men washing off body paint in the Lake, and drew my dear friend in the canoe and in lovely conversation.
Men Bathing in Lake Union, Seattle, watercolor on paper, 9 by 12 in. Emilia Kallock
Kolbe with Lake Union, watercolor pencil on paper, 9 by 12 in. Emilia Kallock 2017
Canoeing in the Rain, Lake Union Seattle, watercolor pencil on paper, 9 by 12 in. Emilia Kallock
Don’t You Know We’re Here to Save You? Isn’t That Obvious By Now?, watercolor on paper, 12 by 10 in. Emilia Kallock 2016
Plaza, 12 by 10 in. watercolor and pen on paper, Emilia Kallock 2016
Parque Ideas, watercolor and pen on paper, 10 by 12 in. Emilia Kallock 2016
A continued focus on flowers, trees and public parks while I am here in Chile. The following watercolors are observations on the peaceful vibe always felt in the well attended plazas. I also continue fantasizing about park designs which I feel would be like 3-D painting but with living things. The Jacaranda tree and the Bougainvillea vine are currently stealing my heart.
If You Could Have a Tree Planted In Your Honor What Would It Be?, watercolor on paper, 10 by 8 in. Emilia Kallock 2016
Study of Two Poplars, watercolor on paper, 8 by 5 in. Emilia Kallock 2016
Study of Dark Pine, watercolor on paper, 8 by 6 in. Emilia Kallock 2016
Study of Pine Tree (Tree of Dreams), watercolor on paper 10 by 8 in. Emilia Kallock 2016
Study of Old Apple Tree, watercolor on paper, 8 by 6 in. Emilia Kallock 2016
Study of Weeping Pine, watercolor on paper, 5 by 8 in. Emilia Kallock 2016
Trees move closer towards the spotlight for me, and I spent the better half of yesterday doing watercolor studies of some of my favorite, some to be used in a larger piece. I sat on the ground to do most of these, while the mosquitos attacked and my daughter kept me company for a while. The thought crossed my mind how wonderful it would be to plant a tree in honor of friends, family, loved ones and the sketch “If I Could Plant One Tree In Your Honor What Would It Be” ensued.