Working from the Inside Out

Wood-Resin-Steel & Luminescence
Wood-Resin-Steel & Luminescence

I keep focusing on light in and on my work. The light and background in this photographed is a polished steel box, with a very dark patina, almost black. The light comes from a LED light bar hidden by a steel light hood. Beautiful background to photograph this piece entitled “Canyon Spirits”.

I was inspired by the atmosphere of lands and skies of northern New Mexico and Arizona, combined with memories of living on the ocean. For a color palette, I use several shades of blues, greens, purples, coppers and pearl white. Favorite woods: Mesquite, White Oak,  Cedar, Hickory and Walnut.  This piece is re-purposed wood, not sure of the hardwood but once carried trains throughout the south west.
Welded a steel stand for this piece in the form of a classic surfboard shape and finishing the stand with a pearl white resin layer and then add a layer of clear aqua phosphorescent. http://www.stor-ybox.com to see my online gallery. This piece is sold but I have others.

You’re blessed when you get your inside world-Your Mind and Heart put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. The Message

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elizabeth Kubler Ross.

Sacred Places-Sacred Light

Light Sconce1 Fence Standard e-mail viewAs the story goes, the creation of light was the first command given by the Creator.

“Light serves as a powerful metaphor of knowledge, clarity, warmth, spirituality. In art light can serve as a stand-in for the experience of higher states of consciousness. Artists through the ages have appreciated the attractive properties of light and incorporated its qualities into their works. From the reflective gold and jewels of Byzantine mosaics to the changing atmospherics of the Impressionists, from the dramatic chiaroscuro of the Baroque painters to the electrically powered pieces of contemporary artists, each era has found its own articulation for the divinely originated illumination.” Richard Bledsoe

Somehow the small cross sections  in this series, seemed to enclose vast tracts of sky and earth. They held a sense of great distances and the interplay of atmospheric conditions within the translucent resin casts. Clouds meet air and land near the sea. The smell of creosote, a natural desert plant in imbued in the wood a former railroad tie with years of service in my desert landscape and formerly a header in a territorial arch that once was part of my home/studio.

Light comes from two sources, a hidden LED light source which in turn radiates in the various layers of the piece that were cast with pearlescent and phosphorescent powders. An internal glowing light, a light from within is created with the phosphorescent layers, blues-greens and aqua colors.

There is a sense of reverence in the land around Taos; New Mexico, and Taos is an inspiration to my new work. My studio is both for the creation of my work, and is is a sacred space as well; working as an artist is a religious rite with me at time.I hope that my pieces  evoke a sacred feeling and can be hung in sacred places and created for prayer and meditation where you might feel the shadow of the spirit of God himself.

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A Kingdom Temptation

CloseupEdgeEarth meets Heaven

After fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, Jesus meets Satan in the remote wilderness. After several  providing several temptations, Satan brings him to a mountain and the rest of the story is presented in Matthew 4:8-11

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you,[d] Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”[e]

11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

The transluscent layers on one of the sides of the piece was created from multiple cast of resin, some clear casts, some layers showing colors and shapes that depict floating clouds and desert rain showers, sunlight, land and sea masses from earth and transcend even deeper to the depths of hell. My imagination takes me to the Kingdoms  describe in the passage. High above the valley below, I can see the miles and miles of earth, sea and air and the kingdoms promised.

Spiritual Horizons

 

 

Spiritual Horizons View from a New Earth
Spiritual Horizons
View from a New Earth

 

A new series of mixed media pieces inspired by Land-Sky-Desert and Oceans entitled” Spiritual Horizons” and will be shown at New City Studio on First Friday, October 3rd in a group show entitled Land and City for more on the show visit https://www.facebook.com/newcitystudio

The mixed media pieces incorporate re purposed wood, casts resins, steel and light which have been my favorite media for the past few years.

This is my first time showing pieces incorporating phosphorescent powders in my resin casts. The effect is an eerie light emitted best seen in a darkened setting. Light is a central theme of my work and unlike previous works which concealed the LED light source, the new pieces incorporate an inner light energized by sunlight or other light sources. Unlike previous “steel boxes” housing my cast pieces, the steel stands take a secondary role, supporting the smallish landscape vignettes, yet notice the archetype in the shape of the stand.

Spiritual Horizons were inspired by my summer travels throughout the southwest visiting and observing deserts, mountains, skies and ocean vistas.  I have vivid memories of a critique from my two person show a year ago. Art critic and fellow artist Richard Bledsoe  mused “Light serves as a powerful metaphor of knowledge, clarity, warmth, spirituality”. My use of light as a media comes through a vastly different source from a year ago. Richard also observed and commented ” Somehow the small cubes seemed to enclose vast tracts of sky and earth”. That is the influence of land that I live.  www.stor-ybox.com

All the best

 

 

Light From Within

Light fascinates me as an artist and I have been incorporating concealed LED lighting to illuminate what I call my Story Boxes. Several artists and photographers pointed me in the direction of Phosphorescent light and resins. This has opened up many new realms to explore in my own spiritual journey and theme of Light.

These pieces are a continuation of a series of mixed media works using Wood-Resin-Steel and Light. Combining phosphorescent powders mixed in my resin casts as a source of light. Entitled “Light from Within” continues my reflections of time spent on a#spiritual journey to #Taos and #Santa Fe this summer. 9″ x 9″ x 1 1/4″. The steel stands also have cast resins with pearlescent powders and phosphorescent powders. The steel stands have a classic surfboard design that has been part of me and many designs since the 60’s.  See more on www.stor-ybox.com including show dates for the fall.

 

 

Light From Within Mixed Media Wood-Resin-Steel & Light

 

 

A Pool That Heals


Bench Horizontal

I have to confess; I fantasized about this bench. The power to #heal would have great value and I coveted a notion that those that sat on this bench would have a supernatural healing of some sort. At the same time remembered the experience of healing that I have had in my own life. How forgiveness healed anger and how prayer has been the key to healing. Other #spiritual musings included the thoughts and notions of altars and sacred spaces and artifacts. Milagros come to mind, religious folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings in Mexico.

From this photo perspective, I am reminded of the coves along the coastline of Prince Wales Island in Alaska. I see the eye of a whale in the piece, or some deep water fish possessing bioluminescence ability. Additional photographs depict other images, but I do continue to focus on the notion of healing and the thought “Be still and know that I am God”.  Nature has a way of healing and connecting you to the Divine.

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