This painting will be put to use as a blueprint for a real life tree house whose construction will begin this week! My daughter climbed the tree and pointed out where the main structures should go- one main floor where the branches begin to grow outwards and a higher up crows nest lookout. A slide and a hanging ladder will bring the finishing touches. (We are looking for an upcycled play slide at least 9 ft long.) My grandmother planted the tree of choice in our back yard about 70 years ago. It is a flowering cherry with pale pink blossoms in March and then is covered in deep burgundy foliage the rest of the summer and fall. The branches a very strong and will make an excellent base for a tree house. More to come…
My Interior Study, pen on paper, 4 by 4 in. Emilia Kallock 2019
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.