Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The unpredictable series. Life as an artist...

Painting a day -
A Gaggle of Goddesses No. 48 Goddess series No. 39
9x12" Acrylic on Masonite Card 7x5" Acrylic on recycled Paper
$45.00 $6.25 each
I usually think I am a good judge of human nature. But when it comes to art there is no way to know how people will respond. I guess sometimes it surprises me that I really can't predict what people are going to be attracted to.
The Goddess grew out of my grieving for the death of my dear friend and mentor Ann Aves Martin. Ann was a larger than life woman who for most of her life lived basically as a recluse from health and emotional reasons. Still she encouraged me to explore my world and to first develop my talents as a musician and singing actress, and later to enjoy the process of exploring communicating through art.
Ann died last April. But her spirit is always with me still. It was her images that began the Goddesses. I always thought that, like the Venus of Willendorf, there was something powerful and empowering about this style of full feminine figure. But I was unprepared for the way that people respond to them in the market place. I have been working on the Goddesses as painting and hand made cards, and am now also expanding that line to include silk painted scarves and clothing. The combination of brilliant color and strong line seems to really entice people. I am so glad they touch people. Through these images Ann Aves Martin ( and I hope I) will continue to make the world a better place!
Until next time
Create Beauty and fill the world with love!