Design for cafe Brák
Last winter and spring, documentation and applying for grants resulted in two generous cultural grants from SSV Samtök sveitarfélaga á Vesturlandi. One of which will be used for the construction of an exhibition in Borgarnes and the other was for BFF Borgarnes Film Freaks. Although I am not actually painting, I AM sewing seeds for future projects. In just a few days the prototypes of the new Pareos will arrive from Italy hand delivered (heart heart). Endless proposals to the summer school programs together with teaching workshops shows real interest in the arts in Borgarnes. Finally I am back on track with learning Icelandic and Italian and slowly mastering how to file taxes in Iceland - which is a high point of self education. The digital sketch above is one of the three designs I'll be painting this summer in Borgarnes.
Fun facts: my daughter and nephew have new websites.
Phase 1 Blindfolded Painting blindfolded releases the creator from ambition, merit or competitive performance. It provides an environment to flow into the brush stroke and find your unique expression. This part of the workshop is accompanied by instrumental music.
Phase 2 left handed After removing our blindfolds we will then review the nature of the work completed and it’s discuss qualities. Next using our left hand only we exercise our ambidexterity. This part of the workshop is accompanied by experimental music.
April 8th 2018
Gain new perspectives by intuitively tapping into your creativity while stimulating artful team building. Blindfolded, left handed and experimental painting to music. This experiment takes place in my art studio and the participants work individually exploring creative process.
Switzerland's Kanton Schule Zurich has invited Michelle Bird to host more than a dozen demonstrations for their program A Wie Atelier. She has given group workshops in experimental and blind painting to the engineers at Google Zurich, GIS-Zentrum Baudirektion Kanton Zurich and to the Integrative Psychiatric clinic in Winterthur. In Iceland she has taught art for the Ungmennasamband Borgarfjarðar Borgarnes and in Italy she taught workshops for adults with disabilities for the Comune di Torino. In San Francisco she lectured at San Francisco's Academy of Art University on drawing from memory techniques. - Languages Dutch, German, Italian, English & Icelandic
The Safnahús Borgarfjarðar
is our museum here in Borgarnes Iceland. It houses two permanent exhibitions. One is a photo exhibition of children and families throughout the century in Iceland who lived in the area and the other is a extensive collection of prepared birds that migrate this way. In the hallway there is a third exhibition which is about the french explorer Charcot, his crew and the story of their shipwreck off the shores of Borgarnes. On the right as you enter there is a public library. The main hall is an excellent spacious well lit exhibition space featuring artists works about the region.
As an artist it is essential to me that Borgarnes has an excellent museum for art and cultural buzz. I can view the Safnahus from my living room window. Bordeaux red, tall and dignified. It is centrally located on the coast of the Borgarnes bay. This gives me pride and cultural identity...Read More
þakka þér kærlega Skessuhorn fyrir yndislega greinina
Here I am presenting custom prints on fabric and wallpaper. The first is a 2 ft x 2 ft roll of woven removable wallpaper. The paper is self adhesive and the brilliant colors pop with endless design details to enjoy. For more information on how to order please follow this link.
Below is a 2 meter order of the Mermaid motif in cotton linen, this piece will be used as curtains.
Traveling with artwork in progress requires planning and safe packaging. This panel will travel with me by train to Switzerland, then fly back to Iceland where I will finish painting the details. I am trying to use my time and materials wisely as there are plenty of things that are difficult to find in Iceland. This painting is acrylic on linen however I will most likely finish with oil - because that's the material I have at home. If I am ambitious Ill prepare another canvass to roll up and take with me ... I was hoping to return my Italian culinary series but did not have time. This panel will remain in Italy until I can return to finish it.
L'ape regina wades in a pool of honey that oozes from a honeycomb. Trying to recreate a sense of larvae somewhere in the painting, perhaps the silver leafed part will help me achieve an opalescent quality. Copper leaf was added to random nests cells. I have one compound eye and shall begin on the ocelli in the next Christmas days. I'd like to see some bees collecting nectar. Contemplating flowers...My favorite springtime is in Switzerland when the streets are flooded with yellow pollen.
Painting 4. The Queen Bee - This panel is a journey home to the honey pot of Switzerland.This series of the Elements - Humbled by Nature is a fusion of styles; abstract and figurative, morphing people I know and places I've lived to create my own mythological archetypes in surreal landscapes. I paint on heavy large linen panels which eventually hang loosely, to evoke the feeling of Italian tapestries.
oil on canvass board 30 x 40 cm 2014
This series of the Elements - Humbled by Nature is a fusion of styles; abstract and figurative, morphing people I know and places I've lived to create my own mythological archetypes in surreal landscapes. I paint on heavy large linen panels which eventually hang loosely, to evoke the feeling of the exquisitely woven paintings I saw in Villa Borromeo.
This panel is a journey home to the honey pot of Switzerland.
Painting 4. The Queen Bee
Painting 1: Siren The Mermaid
The first painting in this series is of a mermaid La Sirenia, Siren or Hafmeyjan in Icelandic, who is swimming in the Borgarnes bay in Iceland. Her sextant drifts in the swells behind her. She swims in the splendor of Hrongkelsavik bay in Borgarnes, among the plankton and lump fish (also known as the sea owl. The mermaid is self portrait although it's also the face of my daughter. I morphed selfies with images of Bernini's magnificent statue The Rape of Proserpina which stands in Galleria Borghese in Rome.
Painting 2. The Fire Goddess
The second painting is of the Hawaiian fire goddess Pele. One of my first treasured stories was the adventures of the shape-shifter Kamapua'a and his romance with Pele. These legends and the islands endless color variations are engraved in my palette. The figure in this painting is a portrait of sculpture by a turn of the century artist Leonardo Bistolfi. "A Segantini" La Bellezza liberata dalla materia translated beauty liberated from matter.
Painting 3. Mother Earth
The third panel is of Gaia the Earth Goddess praying to the coastal Redwoods in California. These ancient giants hallmark my teenage memories and high school graduation in the Mount Tamalpais state park. - perhaps I am also praying for a diploma. This is also a self portrait using fetal position photos and photo if the roots of trees from last visit home.
Three days in into this painting, A painting takes place in many places. This canvas will cross pollinate through out Europe until she reaches her final destination in Iceland.Read More