New Work -- Reactions (and Quote)
As the fires have raged throughout California, Oregon and Washington, I found myself reacting to the terrible destruction, but also maintaining hope for regeneration. My two paintings above, Blade Undone and In the Beginning, were created during the most intense periods of the fires. These two acrylics reflect both endings and new starts, including paths forward.
While the mountains behind my home have not burned this year (at least yet), they were seared during the last five years by the Thomas and other fires. I hike in them a lot and am amazed by how much regeneration has occurred. It gives me hope through the sadness of loss. Is this something you feel?
And now for my quote of the month. Noted textile and print maker Anni Albers said, "Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness." I agree, and with everything else going on, deep and creative breathing has never been more important.
As always, thank you for reading my newsletter and for supporting original contemporary art. I look forward to hearing from you.
Warm regards and healthy wishes,
Member, Santa Barbara Art Association
Member, Abstract Art Collective