Lately, I have been mesmerized by crows and pomegranates. The painting below was inspired by the crows I see on my morning walk down by the creek . They are so very intelligent and I love their wickedly funny antics.
The Golden Pomegranate ~ Acrylic/ Mixed Media ~ 12 x 12 inches on canvas
Below is a sampling of the work currently on my easel. The first one is an experimental piece on 10 x20 canvas~Layers of texture built up with art tissue paper, plaster, fabric, mixed “Golden” gel mediums, Golden acrylics, charcoal, etc…
The Bone Mother Mask is another experimental piece on 24 x 36 inch canvas ~ Layers of plaster, gel mediums, sand, cheese cloth, pieces of tree bark, Golden acrylic washes, tea stains, etc…
My goal for this year is to dive into some projects that I’ve kept on the back burner for awhile. You know those ideas that always begin with the words “someday, I’m going to begin . . .
I am so tired of pushing my sculpting tools further and further back into our storage unit, all the while thinking I really need to start working with clay again. There is this deep need inside of me to experience the alchemy of fire, earth and water. The feel and texture of clay in my hands that feeds the soul in some way. And yes, there is an open studio near our home. So excited!
Until the veil of the unknown yields
And something original begins
To stir toward your senses
And grow stronger in your heart.
Happy solstice everyone ~ wherever you are in the world! Summer has arrived and it’s been a sweltering hot day. Outside its 96 degrees.
However, I have been managing to stay nice and cool with a fan blowing, tucked away in my studio working. Here are a couple of projects I’ve been working on lately.
This ~ . . .
Then followed that beautiful season ~ Summer. Filled was the air with a
dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the
freshness of childhood.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And This . . .
Now it is time to put away the mess on my table and clean my dirty brushes. I have finished dipping my brush into a soup in which bits of inspiration have been simmering for months or maybe years. The perfect word for today ~ Unfurling . . .
Here is one of my favorite poems by Mary Oliver
Something whispered something
that was not even a word.
It was more like a silence
that was understandable.
I was standing
at the edge of the pond.
Nothing living, what we call living,
was in sight.
And yet, the voice entered me,
with so much happiness.
And there was nothing there
but the water, the sky, the grass.
The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. ~ Harriet Ann Jacobs
Spring is here! The season of renewal & rebirth is upon us.
I love everything about spring, especially watching mother nature constantly rearranging and changing the landscape. Splashes of vibrant color here and there mixed in with shades of varying green.
Even though Spring has arrived it’s still very cold and blustery. I found myself puttering around the studio, drinking hot chocolate and day dreaming about the warm days ahead.
What I have been working on Lately
The Lady of Spring ~ sketch #1
I scanned it and used Painter 9 to develop the painting.
A work in progress . . .
Still working . . . . and working . . .
quote for the day;
Spring ~ the birthday of the world
‘Tis like the birthday of the world,
When earth was born in bloom;
The light is made of many dyes,
The air is all perfume:
There’s crimson buds, and white and blue,
The very rainbow showers
Have turned to blossoms where they fell,
And sown the earth with flowers.
What I have been working on lately . . .
This . . .
Golden Bamboo & Kwan Yin ~ 16 X 20 inches ~ Mixed Media on Canvas
and this . . .
Gathering ideas for my next collage project ~
and this sketch of a dream I had . . .
I am going to sit with this for a while, before deciding whether to create a painting or just leave it in my journal. The dream was strange and I want to process the imagery more fully.
The sun has returned for a couple of days along with warmer weather, and I’m feeling the sap rise ~ as the sun kisses my face. A perfect day for a walk by my beloved creek . . . xo
thought for the day:
“Participating in the creation of art is like being one element in a process of improvisation, where a brushstroke responds to a color, and a shape evokes a texture.” Eileen Ross
On these cold bleak days of January I find that my dreams intensify and are filled with colorful, surreal imagery. They are rich in detail, along with extended messages, visions and dream friends to help me traverse through this mysterious inner world.
I have recorded these dreams in journals along with sketches and key words so as to help me recapture the essence, feelings and characters who show up in my dreams. Dreams have always been a rich resource for my writing and paintings and the image below is representative of one such dream.
Here is a peek at what I’m currently working on.
Nocturnal Journey ~ Digital Painting ~ 5 x7 inches. Digital Painting ~ using Corel Painter 7 ~ soft charcoal variant of dry media.
Nocturnal Journey in progress #4
The inspiration for this painting came from several recurring dreams that I have been having over the past few weeks. Strange landscapes and a woman’s face which keeps hovering at the edges of my vision. She is always there as if waiting just beyond the bend of my awareness…waiting… waiting there just long enough for me to capture a glimpse or a scent of her essence. I never see her whole face because half of her face is always hidden or lost in shadow. However, there is always an overwhelming sense of peace when she enters the dream.
“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” ~ Marsha Norman
Lately, I have been obsessed with all things related to Puzzlewood, in the Forest Dean. Forest Dean is located in the western part of the county of Gloucestershire, England. I watched a video awhile back and was inspired by it’s beauty, magic and mystery.
I would love to spend a few months living there, sketching, painting and mostly drinking in the sheer beauty of this forest, but for now I am satisfied with the inspiration and burst of creativity the video stirred up in me.
From a dream; A young woman walking in the forest with a crescent moon suspended in the sky where trees dream and owls fly overhead. She loved the play of moonlight on the leaves ~ shadow and light. The wind playing with her hair ~ the sweet smell of the damp earth beneath her feet, Mother Earth whispered “Child of the forest reach out and touch your wild nature for therein lies your power.” To be continued….
Forest Spirit ~ Digital Painting ~ 11 x 15 inches
This is as far as I got on the painting today. I’m not sure about the background. The crescent moon will stay but the rest may change. The forest floor in my dream sparkled with shades of purple, muted greens and browns with silver moonbeams thrown in. The forest bejeweled in moonlight.
I was able to capture the forest floor part of the dream in a necklace that I created last week. I have only three of these ceramic goddesses left ~ one of a kind ~ each one different from the other.
I chose this Goddess pendant because it reminds me of an ancient goddess relic with the soft muted moss colored glaze and rich earth colors sprinkled about. The piece is signed and will soon be available at http://www.rosearizmendi.com/shop/
To learn more about Puzzlewood located in the Forest Dean click here
If you love owls ~ You will love this beautiful Video!
A peak at a new digital painting I am working on.
Taking a break on the patio. It’s been a rather stressful week and I just needed to relax for awhile, so as I sat down, I noticed the antique bottle I had left out on the table yesterday.
I love these old bottles, the way the light reflects off of them, the soft muted colors and the way they make me feel nostalgic. Like dear old friends!
This bottle belonged to Aunt Margie and I know she would love the fact that I found such an unusual use for it.
Cleaned up my messy studio. Whew! Organized my acrylics, brushes and art journals.
Organic lettuce, homemade balsamic honey dressing, add some wine and good company and you have the makings for a perfect meal.
At the end of the day …
Nothing left to say …
Watching the sun go down over the hill … xo
The days of summer are going by so fast and I have been taking lots of photographs to capture the precious moments to soothe and comfort me in the winter. I will post more later.
Thought you might like to take a peak at my work space.
I am painting more. . .
Playing with beads and creating more necklaces . . . Enjoying myself
Making heavenly organic cacao truffles. Yummy! Many thanks to my friend Salina for this wonderful recipe.
I love this time of the year and all the good things that come with warmer weather barbecues, unplanned adventures, gathering my thoughts, journaling, sipping tea, going for long walks, visiting friends and creating fearlessly.
Finding refuge in the simple things – roses, stones and tree roots.
That’s all for today folks. xo
Last night I dreamed of a Jack Rabbit sitting in a freshly plowed field.
In the east, a full moon hung over the countryside, and I could see the dark silhouette of trees in the distance as coyotes howled at the moon. The dream was oddly comforting because it reminded me of my childhood in Texas.
I did a few preliminary drawings to attempt to capture the essence of the rabbit and I finally settled on the one below. Now, I definitely need to work some more on the rabbit and the background. I’ve got miles to go … But…it’s a start.
Jack Rabbit Moon - Mixed Media – 11 x 14 inches
“The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.”
- CARL JUNG, The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man
Today I added the finishing touches to the second I Ching piece I have been working on. I reworked some areas and added beach glass to the hair. I also added an old Chinese coin and finished off with a flower shaped abalone shell.
I found the abalone shell flower at the Gem Show. It was the only one which had a butterfly shape in the center and I thought it would be perfect for the hair. There’s not much left to do … but varnish the canvas. Yea!
I Ching - Tui - watercolor mixed Media and collage – 8 X 10 inches on wrapped canvas