before the journey

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.

Honey & Abundance

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

The Elements Continue

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. 

Shay & Michelle Hula.jpg

'Over The Rainbow' & 'What A Wonderful World'

A little beautiful song

My big sister and I were learning a little Hula.

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