Art Journal: January 2019

New Year, New Ideas.

I bought several books and a crapload more art supplies over break. Merry Yuletide to me! I have been feeling energized, dipping into books and magazines that might inspire me and giving me new pathways to explore.

I actually started the Sacred Hearts in the last week of December, but I don’t believe I finished them until Jan. 1 or 2.  Clarissa Pinkola Estes talks a lot about the Sacred Heart, and I had been thinking about sorrow, forgiveness, and reconciliation at the end of 2018.

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The first heart, above, is the Sacred Heart of Mary. It is wreathed with roses, as she is certainly the Mother of sweetness, sorrow, and compassion. The white rose at the top is her symbol.

 

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Of course, the Sacred Heart of Jesus is bound by thorns and crowned with fire. The wounded heart is also filled with the flames if illumination. The Blood of Christ rains out, but feeds the earth below.

I am not a Christian, but my beef has never been with Mary or Jesus. I just think Jehovah/Yahweh is a dick, and I’m not that fond of the Church in general. They symbolism of the Mother and Son as bringers of light, compassion, and love, I can totally get behind.

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Perhaps a background for something, eventually, I was playing with texture and color.

 

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Wanting to start a daily project I’m pretty sure I can keep up with, I decided on a “Circle a Day” project.  This is just the start. when it’s done, I think it will be pretty cool.

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An envelope for a letter to a friend.

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I have a feeling that this is the beginning of a series of women in STEAM. Women who have found success in careers based on or rooted in Mathematics. I am experimenting with different types of stylized portraiture. This page depicts Maryam Mirzakhani, the first Iranian and first woman to receive the Fields Prize in mathematics. Unfortunately, this brilliant woman died at age 47 from cancer. She was a unique creative, often doodling her equations and formulas into pictures. Math was an artform to her, and her passing is a loss to the world.

 

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This year I am experimenting with more mixed media, including altered books. This is a children’s book on colors. Page one: Amarillo. Looking forward to many more adventures.

I am also looking forward to more soul-searching, personal work. Sometimes we need to step back before we dive deep again. I will continue to post my work, both light and dark,  and hope you continue to enjoy it.