“Listen. Can you hear it? The music! I can hear it everywhere. In the wind . . . in the air . . . in the light! It’s all around us. All you have to do is open yourself up. All you have to do . . . is listen.”
From the movie August Rush
This painting started as watercolor on museum-mounted Gessoboard. I stained the sides of this board (to enhance and preserve the wood), then painted an Asian elephant in an imaginary landscape. Using Walnut Ink and a calligraphy brush, I outlined the elephant to help it ‘pop’. Encaustic medium was then brushed around areas of the painting, offering a dream-like texture and appearance. The stately calligraphic symbol stands for “to listen”. “Listen” was donated for a James Albert Foundation fundraisor to benefit the Belize Children’s School in 2010.
Recently I was invited to teach and East Asian Brush Painting class at the library to a group of 7-12 year olds. They practiced different letters is calligraphy, as well as some different strokes and images.
“The Lesson” was juried into the 2010 Iowa Watercolor Society’s Annual Show and donated to Jo (the mentor) or subject of the painting. Jo is a mentor and leader/volunteer in the art world.
“Sit On It!” is a mixed media painting affixed to an Ampersand art board and was auctioned recently to benefit the Des Moines Young Women’s Resource Center.
“Christmas Eve” was displayed and donated to West Des Moines Lutheran Church of Hope in 2010.
“A Creative Mind” was donated to the American Cancer Society’s ‘Bras For A Cause’ Auction in 2011