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Riotous

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Riotous

Riotous

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6×6 Print (4 color digital process): $20

8×8 Print (4 color digital process, limited edition, 100 in a series):  $50 
12×12 Giclee Print (12 color process, limited edition, 50 in a series):  $250

Original: $800 

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This was inspired by a quote from a Rumi poem…

“And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter.
It’s quiet, but the roots are down there, riotous.”

  Form Is Ecstatic 
 
There is a shimmering excitement in
being sentient and shaped. The
 
caravan master sees his camels lost
in it, nose to tail, as he himself is,
 
his friend, and the stranger coming
toward them.  A gardener watches the
 
sky break into song, cloud wobbly with
what it is.  Bud, thorn, the same.
 
Wind, water, wandering this essential
state.  Fire, ground, gone.  That’s
 
how it is with the outside.  Form
is ecstatic.  Now imagine the inner:
 
soul, intelligence, the secret worlds!
And don’t think the garden loses its
 
ecstasy in winter.  It’s quiet, but
the roots are down there riotous.
 
If someone bumps you in the street,
don’t be angry.  Everyone careens
 
about in this surprise.  Respond in
kind.  Let the knots untie, turbans
 
be given away.  Someone drunk on this
could drink a donkeyload a night.
 
Believer, unbeliever, cynic, lover,
all combine in the spirit-form we are,
 
but no one yet is awake like Shams.
 
-Rumi (from the book, Soul of Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks.)
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The Nesting Place

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This piece was done for Karen Pecora, midwife in Southern California. Each flower portrayed has a different significance:

  • The cherry blossom is a symbol of feminine beauty.  It also represents the feminine principle and love.
  • The jasmine flower is attachment, sensuality, modesty, grace and elegance.
  • The orange blossom is innocence, eternal love, marriage and fruitfulness. The orange blossom, which is the state flower of Florida, is traditionally associated with good fortune, and was popular in bridal bouquets and head wreaths for weddings.
  • The flower symbolism associated with poppies is beauty, magic, consolation, fertility and eternal life.
  • The flower symbolism associated with pussy willows is motherhood.

“Folk Art”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $35
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $130

Original: SOLD

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I decided to do something that’s a little more folk-art-ish, almost Moroccan.  I really like the way it turned out!

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“Floral III”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $35
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $100

Original: $200

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Here’s just another free association floral design.

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“Birthing Process”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $140

Original: $250

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This was actually a really interesting experiment. I set out to do a piece that was very similar to batik. This is a way of dying fabric using resists of wax to mask out parts you want to keep the color dye you’re doing at the time. You do consecutive washes of color, each time masking out what you want to keep, going lightest color to darkest, then removing the wax using salts and heat. I achieved the same effect using watercolor washes and a resist of liquid frisket (yes, that’s really a word).

I think this piece was very like birth in a lot of ways. I started out wanting to have a plan for how it should look, envisioning the colors, etc. Then at some point I realized I had to surrender to the process and let it be whatever it wanted to be. The watercolor is so transparent that it really melts into the previous colors so it’s impossible to tell the finished product. I just had to go with the flow of the painting and allow it to take shape.

Also after I removed the frisket it was interesting to see the little perfections that showed through. Places that the darker colors seeped through the frisket and crackled into the lighter colors, etc. These are organic things that I could never have planned. And yet they end up making the piece more beautiful in its imperfection.

It actually turned out nothing like what I had set out to create, and yet I’m very pleased with the outcome. That’s the beauty of relinquishing control.

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“Floral II″

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $35
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $100

Original: $200

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Just going floral again today, getting lost in symmetry.  The symmetry is really a lot of fun.  You can try it yourself, start with a central element and then add elements around it mirroring it to the other side.

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“Heather”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $40
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $120

Original: Not Available

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This one I specifically made for Heather, one of my best friends on her 30th birthday. She said entering this decade she feels like she’s a “woman in bloom” and in “the spring of her life.” I chose a lotus for the center to represent (as the Buddhists do) one’s pure innermost nature. Lotus’ bloom pristine from the muck to remind us that no matter what we do or what happens to us our nature is always intact and pure. Around the lotus I have four panels representing the seasons of Heather’s life. Not that any one particular season is good or bad, but all enrich us and teach us new things. Then around the outside I have things that to me represent Heather. She is very attune to to moon and astrology so I have the phases of the moon and symbols of the zodiac to represent what really propels her in her life.

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