Be The Water was inspired by the iconic Kung Fu master Bruce Lee. Though I’ve never seen a Bruce Lee movie, I was taken by his style and charisma with a video I saw on YouTube. In this video he speaks of how water is formless. When you put water in a glass it becomes the glass. I’ll let his own words tell you.
As you know I enjoy abstract and water is easily created conveyed with fluid brush strokes. Blending long sweeps of greens, yellows and white to give the impression of flowing water. The paint was acrylic and I wanted to give a modern feel and added the words “be the water”, a play on Bruce Lee’s own words.
Inspirational October is full of promise with the colors, smells and feeling in the air. I search for inspiration in nature as do so many other artists and writers. One particular pairing I’ve wanted to do is Autumn and the American poet Robert Frost (1874 – 1963). Robert Frost’s words from his poem October and my own surroundings outside my window gave me the spark to create this mixed media piece.
October is a mixed media piece using acrylic paints, Sharpie pen, torn paper and construction paper. The bright red, orange and gold background is reminiscent of Autumns colors. A black crow flies from a bare tree. On the bottom of the piece are two leaves fallen over a paper that includes a piece of the Robert Frost poem October which you will find directly below. I hope you enjoy the Autumn season and appreciate change.
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
To-morrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
To-morrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know;
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away;
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.
The red water lily signifies the beginning of something old. Back in the 1990′s I dabbled with creating mono prints by carving on wood and linoleum blocks, vegetables such as potatoes and anything sturdy enough to withstand a carving tool. In 2011 I was cleaning out some old art supplies when I stumbled upon a few remaining lino cut blocks from the past. Memories of having fun listening to ink sing between glass and brayer came to mind and I started to think about taking up the knife again.
The first project was to be a traditional water lily mono print. I’ve always enjoyed the traditional Japanese wood block prints seen and thought I’d try my hand at it. This simple design was easily achieved and I was quite pleased with the outcome.
It was fun getting my fingers dirty with ink again and the creative juices I used to have for hands on art was were coming alive with each print I produced. With out a proper printing press I found using a sandstone drink coaster a good tool to do the rubbing.
Red Water Lily
On this particular piece I took it one step further. I like experimenting and my watercolors just happened to be near by. I decided to transform one of the prints into color. The results were very pleasing to me. The lily became red and popped out of the paper. Not wanting a pastel effect I used very little water with the paints and the colors became as vivid as I wanted them too.
I’ve turned these prints into lovely gifts and more. Just click on the images below to see what is available.
Abstract Pipes became an idea while I was underneath my kitchen sink. Seeing the straight lines and neat corners of the pipes got me thinking. As man has ever sought to control his world, he does so with precision as nature would have done. Though built to last, pipes or buildings crumble eventually into urban decay. In a strange way decay can be beautiful too and this is what I tried to capture in Abstract Pipes.
Underneath the woven acrylic paint are golden pipes. These pipes can be seen in the four rectangular “windows” found on this piece. The red, orange and yellow lines are interconnected are the organic structure with white lines stitched in vertical and horizontal lines holding everything together.
I enjoy working on abstracts. There is a certain freedom available to the artist for expression. Abstracts seem to have their own language which some people can understand and other can not. As an amateur I make mistakes however, in my heart I know I’ve hit the mark with Abstract Pipes.