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Meditations

What if gravity is fear?

 

As a child asleep, I dreamt of flying. For years.  That running start and awkward lateral leap into air – low parallel flying.  Night after night, terrified I would fall, but mysteriously compelled to keep trying……to rooftop…..to treetop…..into clouds……above clouds.  Gradually I began flying during the day – daydreaming.  I got better at it.  Now, at 68, I have skills.  I can fly really fast and high and even deep into space, and yes, getting off the ground is still scary.

 

So what does flying have to do with this body of watercolors?  The subjects in these meditative paintings are metaphors and symbols for serious human worries – survival, religion, money, health, lust, integrity, war, addiction, cruelty, judgement, love, beauty, success, failure, compassion, aging, death, life.  You know, all the stuff we regular folks can’t escape and go crazy over.  But guess what I have discovered – that despite all the worries, I can still fly!  In fact I think I may need to existentially push against the fears to spring past gravity.  These paintings are my explorations into a universe beyond time and gravity.

 

My studio is small and home to many spirits – beautiful papers, luscious paints, sable brushes, weathered bones, rusted iron tools, rocks, jewels, shell fragments, worlds of books.  These treasures tell me their stories.  My job is to listen and to muster enough faith to open the door of fear - step through - liftoff and fly free, with no particular destination.

In these paintings you can share my adventures, the questions I’ve pondered and truths I’ve glimpsed.  If you’re afraid to trust, or your worries are just too heavy, or you’re simply a curious cat, take my hand and we’ll leap together – my treat.  You’re here – so have fun space fans.

One Short of a Dozen
13” X 28” watercolor and gouache
(oil tins, bird eggs & lace panel)
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Surf and Turf with Monkshood Garnish
10 ¼” X 19 ½” watercolor
(pick axe head, shell & monkshood foliage)
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Migration
10 ¼” X 19 ½” watercolor
(human skull, wild rye, aspen twig and ruby-throated hummingbirds)
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Ascension
32” X 18 ½” watercolor
(monkshood, mountain grasses, deer skull, calipers, wings & crusher ball)
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Spiked
12” X 13 ½” watercolor
(beaver skull & railroad spike)
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In the Beginning, I
29” X 9” watercolor
(pelican skull & egg)
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Windchimes
28 ¾” X 13” watercolor
(iron, steel, bacula & locust branch)
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Design 101
17 ¼” X  11 ½” watercolor
(protractor & shell)
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Offering to Winter
28 ½” X 22” watercolor
(cow  femur, mesquite pyre, sulphur matches, aspen twig, wild rose hip, gauze ribbon & rufous hummingbird)
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Balance
18 ¾” X 9 ¾” watercolor
(emu egg  & bison vertebra)
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Against the Wind, Odysseus I
18 ½” X 11” watercolor
(axe head, shell fragment, mountain grasses & snail)
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By a Thread
18 ½” X 11” watercolor
(axe head, shell fragment, cotton twine, mountain grasses & snail)
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Armor
15” X 15” watercolor
(fossilized ammonite and human index finger)
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Empty Nest
14” X 13 ½” watercolor and graphite
(robin nest)
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Devil's Garden, Odysseus II
22” X 18” watercolor
(devil’s claws, Navaho pearls, cultured pearls, gauze ribbon & snail)
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Enthroned
19” X 13” watercolor
(specimen jar with formaldehyde, chameleon, miniature ceramic chair & shell)
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Holier Than Thou
18 ½” X 11” graphite, watercolor, enamel & gouache
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Crusader's Cross
25” X 15 ½” watercolor
(elk sacrum & amethyst pendant)
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Puma and Chipmunk
19 ½” X 14” watercolor
(puma skull, chipmunk & mountain grasses)
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A Small Vice
watercolor
(kit fox skull, iron vice, dead wood fragment & pearls)
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Reviving Ophelia
22” X 30” graphite
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Sabotaging Myself
28” X 21” graphite, watercolor, enamel & gouache
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Bait and Switch
watercolor
(mining ore-bucket hook and chain, ring-necked snake, gold & jewel embellishment)
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Backbone
29 ½“  X 13 ½” graphite, watercolor & gouache
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West Watching
watercolor
(deer skull, quartz and river rock, chipmunk, mountain wildflowers & grasses)
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Love in Paradox, Odysseus III
watercolor
(river rock, pine cone, acorn husk, sea shell, snail shell & snailt)
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