Yin

paintings

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

fantasy, flowers, landscape, nature, northwest art, paintings

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. 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

amor, paintings, portrait, process

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

Mural- Ketchikan, Alaska work in progress

animals, mural, northwest art

For this mural the client was interested in themes of peace, wisdom and regeneration, and wanted birds, so naturally doves, owl and the classic stork were chosen. Because the client is also of French origin I choose the Fleur de Lis as a background, also giving it an emblematic or seal quality we wanted- when experimenting with design ideas I originally took the wings and design layout of the American seal but then we opted for a more Native totem design where bird wings are directly outstretched. Lastly, we added the life ring that compliments the fishing life here in Alaska and added an element of owl as protector/ guardian of regenerative life. The mural is on a large industrial garage door and faces the main highway north of town. I enjoyed bringing art to an unconventional surface where many people may see it.

The Wish Painting, for More Love, Eco-Compassion, Forests, and Flowers

human figure, landscape, northwest art

A large piece, the little heart squiggles are each representative of wonderful wishes and creations, the two figures in receptivity and gracious prayer. A giant nasturtium in the background and giant crystals of all types in the front.

Swan, Music Notes

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Swans and Music Notes Series, Notes from a turn of century voice lesson book- swans have already migrated North. A flower in the background.

Protection

sketches

Flower: shade forest flower, arms painted with watercolor and charcoal taken from old growth cedar tree stump -remained from clearings 100 years ago

Eaglets Class Sign

animals, watercolor

I finished the classroom sign for my daughter’s first grade class. They named themselves The Eaglets.