nature mind is a state of mind.
when I free my mind
this is what happens.
Art has taken me many places. In many places I have met many faces. Many faces have offered many lessons. Many lessons have made me wiser. Wisdom guides me when storms get heavy. Navigating life’s unexpected dangers to calmer waters.
-dedicated to those who have aided in the journey, as my exploring turns to stewardship, woven words and fotos come together in the tapestry if life. An accordion plays softly in the background.
-fotos to go with words
Detail of a painting called ’Stewardship’ (private collection)
‘Woven’ the abstract years 30 x 30 acrylic on canvas 2006 (private collection)
Be well -ivy
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There was a time when all of my attention was put into my art. I was literally living, eating, breathing art. I had a such a sense of urgency and I have come to learn that my creative verve was quite normal for that stage of my development. When I began painting I had little knowledge of the discipline, or the materials. I was anti gallery, anti establishment. I had a tonne of talent, albeit undisciplined, and was very ambitious. Now some ten years later I have mellowed out on that a little bit, the urgency that drove me to create at a feverish pace morphed into a meditative state, painting calmly and expressing a bigger picture than just my own two cents. I have come to realize that although the world seems fast, nothing really does happen overnight, and when it comes to discipline, that never really goes away. I recommend you study painters, living and otherwise, and similar to a writer rewriting his favourite novel, explore the language, and with stamina and some gumption, find your own voice, made solid by a foundation of mentors, teachers and wisdom. Painting for painting’s sake is healing to the practitioner, if you are interested in making art that speaks to the human spirit, or evokes emotion from a viewer, as I am, than be prepared to put in the work, be prepared for rejection, be prepared for the chance of doubt, and keep a good head space as best you can throughout and you will see your work come into a wonderful fruition.
fotoMahaloness – at work in he studio back in the day circa 2005
No matter what the economy says
No matter what the taxes are
No matter what disease we cure
No matter what the herbalist speak
No matter what the disgruntled worker says
No matter how many satellites we send
No matter how much technology we bring
No matter how loud a bullet is
No matter what the war may be
No matter what the division is
No matter what
It doesn’t matter
If we lose this.
dedicated to Lady Pacifica, Mother Earth, and for all of its inhabitants, no matter the classification.
fotoMahaloness -what is the world going to look like in 5,10, 20 years? Think about this and than
How many layers go into a painting?
Well thats really difficult to say, lots!
fotoMahaloness -from this to this. Follow the link to see what lies beneath the layers of the painting below, titled simply as ‘Mahaloness’, although originally it was called ‘Phantasm’. I have been working on this one for 2 years, if time is your thing. What began as a live art painting has now morphed into what you see below. Since it’s inception it has been in 3 live art performances, it has been hung in art 3 shows, it has been through a flood, just to name a few. Is it done? When is a painting done? Well thats also difficult to say, it really depends on how far you want to go with it, if it feels right, than go with it, never hesitate.