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For Your Birthday, Dear Friend

During her second bout with cancer, Terry banished her first-time chemo wig and sported a variety of adorable hats.  Eventually she came to the conclusion that she didn’t care to hide her nearly bald head anymore.  At the gentle urging of her friends in art class, Terry removed her cap and as a great favor to me, allowed me to take photos of her.  Terry’s beautiful face never required the embellishment of hair.  While we talked, she graciously posed for my camera.  Her eyes shone, and her smile widened into her quintessential Terry glow, her features merging with the light around her.

Even in the throes of the devastating illness assaulting her body, Terry’s spirit still managed to radiate warmth and joy.  This phenomenon I think, was an outpouring of her capacity for fathomless love.   Love that she so generously shared with absolutely everyone and every living thing.  And this was almost always evident.  I am in awe of Terry, though until now, it was impossible for me to attempt to describe her extraordinary grace with my clumsy words.

Terry endowed us with a well full of incorporeal beauty.  A smidge lives, as a cinematic-like image of Terry in my mind’s eye.  She appears to be absolutely luminescent.  But the greater portion of her largess is free to anyone who cares to look for it.  You can feel it, in the light.

 

 

Looking For Light

b-copy-1While struggling with the dark “Cloaked” series, I felt compelled to search for a little light.  This is one of two recent pieces expressing that urge to find the light.  Tomorrow, another light seeking painting.

Ponytailed

 

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Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″ Alla Prima

More backlight practice.

Working Together

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Part 1:  Ripples

New inspiration, has urged my Bird-Children to travel and to grow up.  Cath Rennie, a marvelous visual artist, musician and songwriter over at Settle and Chase, has adopted a few of the winged kids along with their scary birds, and has taken them on an adventure across the pond.  While the little ones were in Cath’s capable hands and environments, I had the pleasure of entertaining and transforming Cath’s babies.  She graciously loaned me three of her powerful photos;Woodpile, Doll’s House and Ripples, so that I might try to compliment her photos with my Bird-People.  The image above is a joining of Cath’s Ripples with my winged figure over-top.

With Ripples, I knew I wanted to celebrate the fluidity and light in the photo, so my figure waves with the fabric and light.

I enjoyed every minute of the collaborative process and I’m quite pleased to have taken the journey into Cath’s world.  Take a tour of Settle and Chase  and find the original photos.  You’ll be very glad you did.

Part 2: Doll’s House,  tomorrow

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