WA4AP collects 39 pieces!

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Thank you for all who attended and donated to our event!  Also thank you for all the hard work, tenacity, and all smiles of Francisca and April who volunteered at the event!  Specifically thank you to Kayla, Shea, Francisca and the Mercy HS Art Department for their fun, creativity, time and attention to their donations!   For our 5th Anniversary Wall Art for a Purpose will be donating 39 pieces to the local YWCA!  Yes, I am all “!” !!!  

view from yacht off martha's vineyard

This one, I made, of course.  I had wonderful input from the ladies at the event as to its direction.  Its title came from Kathleen, from her perspective of “where I was” when I painted this painting: “View from Yacht off Martha’s Vineyard”.

Thank you to Rochester MakerSpace for hosting this event during the National Week of Making!

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Wall Art for a Purpose 5th Anniversary!

Wall Art For A Purpose is celebrating their 5th Anniversary!!!!
We are very excited to have been collecting and creating wall art for donating to the YWCA’s residents for a 5th year in a row!
Thanks to Rochester MakerSpace for hosting the event on Wednesday, June 26 during the National Week of Making.  Come join us from 6pm to 8pm.  Come create or drop by and donate any ready to hang items like photos, macrame, paintings and the like.  New, old, store bought, home made, whatever you like to donate is fine.  It greatly helps us if it is ready to hang. 
Ooh some munchies will be provided as well!  Thanks to all of our volunteers for making this a success each year.  Thanks to all who donate items or come and create that night for providing the wonderful accents that the residents at the YWCA will receive. 
Below is the flyer and a photo of a previous event.

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Flyer for WA4AP

Enhancement

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This is “Eye of the Jungle”… I decided that the “sunlight fire” edge of the clouds needed some enhancement… It was difficult to execute…   I hope that you appreciate the change… The other change was bringing the labyrinth lines forward.  I had done that awhile ago.  Then Saturday some of the light trails went over the lines… That renewed the debate about bringing the lines forward again… Well… I am handing in the painting as is to the CWO’s “Illumination” annual art show, sale and contest.  Enjoy! 

“Eye of the Jungle” original blog post is from 12/28/2017.  Please check that out too…

Great news!  This piece won a slot for the Annual CWO’s Juried Choice Exhibition on June 18th at 6pm at the JCC.

6×6 Bay View

The one on the left sold at RoCo6x6,

the one on the right is still available(currently at my home).

Imagine kayaking Irondequoit Bay…

Nothing but you and nature’s pleasures…

Shh – do you hear that?

Wait, you’re not as alone as you thought when you decided to sneak away…

 

Both 6″x6″ paintings are on mat board.  The first one has been donated to RoCo for their annual fundraiser.  The other is still available…  They would have both been donated but this year they change the max limit on donations for the 6×6 event…

Labyrinth Bay Scenes

 

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*Two of these paintings are being donated to RoCo for their annual 6×6 fundraiser.  +Two are now at the Creative Wellness Opportunities (CWO) Gallery for their annual art show and sale, this year entitled “Illumination”.  All four were done the same and yet very different.  Different brushes or other tools, different thicknesses of paint to water or paint to gloss medium ratios were implemented.  Also different cut depths, speed and repeat runs on the CNC Router.  The day we cut the lines took 5 hours to set-up, program, test, cut, sand, cut, sand, clean-up…  The first day painting also took five hours.  I’m not sure on the second day how long I spent.  Then there was the several days of coating sealant…  All creations have four coats of an acrylic sealant on both sides to help protect them from the inevitable tracing of the seven circuit labyrinths.  To follow the path use the top, not the grooved lines.  The “teeth” hanger on the back was chosen so that when you have the painting on a table, and not on the wall, it will lay flatter and not bend or brake when leaned into.  

IMG_0253+”Respite Cove”
This one I used a very thin acrylic wash and light clear gloss medium overcoat on CNC Routered 6″x6″ wood.  This technique was used primarily to let the great wood grain show through.  “Respite Cove” brings me a sense of zen pondering and relaxation.

IMG_0254*”Bay edge smiling.”
This one I used not as thin of an acrylic wash and light clear gloss medium overcoat on CNC Routered 6″x6″ wood.  This technique was also used primarily  to let the great wood grain show through.  “Bay edge smiling” seems to answer how the Irondequoit Bay reacts to a days end sunset…

IMG_0257+”Anchoring for the evening.”
This one I mixed acrylic with clear gloss medium on CNC Routered 6″x6″ wood.  This technique was used to give a wet look to the painting.  “Anchoring for the evening” calls me to skip my bedtime and just stay in the moment…

IMG_0259*”For your coming ins and your going outs.”
This one I mixed the acrylic thicker with clear gloss medium on CNC Routered 6″x6″ wood.  This technique was also used to give a wet look to the painting.  “For your coming ins and your going outs,” this is the path to take…

Humongous thanks goes out to Jay, Bill and also Blake(?) at the Rochester MakerSpace for their help and huge patience in cutting, routing, sanding, teaching, and taking the leap to have me be “on my own” operating the machines after tons of teaching.  Thanks guys!!!

 

“For your coming ins and your going outs.” Sold at RoCo!

“The Illumination”

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“The Illumination”

The illumination is from the light of God’s love bursting forth; entering your life in a multilayered pursuit to steer your pathway to home.

“Illumination Obscured” This was the first piece done…

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“Illumination Obscured”   How I once saw how God influenced my life…

“The Illumination”   How I now see how God influenced my life…

The journey:  All along this process it seemed as if I was being directed to be on this path…  The inspiration for these two paintings starts with my weekly yoga at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.  During the final relaxation, or Savasana, on 1/28/19 our meditation was about the full moon’s bright glow descending upon you and anchoring you to the earth.  During this meditation I immediately was called to paint this piece.  The colors and positioning of details were generated then.  The following week was about the “pathway to home”.  That’s when the orange path came into view.  The next day I was on the Creative Wellness Opportunities Gallery website to see if they were having a First Friday event, that’s when I learned about the poster contest for their annual show.  …The theme to be illustrated was/is “Illumination”… ! …  Two days later I went to the CWO to get more details.  I had a wonderful encounter there.  Then 2 days later I went to Michaels to get the 20″ x 16” canvas for the acrylic painting… they were on sale, for that day only!  The next day I painted the first one at Rochester Makerspace. More wonderful encounters…  When I was done with the first one, I knew it was not what I truly wanted as the finished product.  So the next week at RMS I created the painting at the top of this blog.  I was sooooo excited when I finished that I blurted out with excitement.  That, of course, brought people over.  All of the exchanges then and during, were very fruitful on gaining incite on the incident, the painting, and God’s intent of the whole thing.

Color choices:

Black:  not of God, the illusion of the absence of God

Orange:  starting at the bottom, youth- wide opportunities, later life seems to narrow them, then it seems that the light pulls you to the love of God

Blue:  swirling winds of change

White lines:  what seems as “getting the lines crossed” is actually the multilayered paths the light of love has entered your life

White blast:  God’s love streaming forth into the world

A comment about the “accidental” scar:  When I was painting the black and using a pallet knife to streak out the color, I, by accident, created a scar on the orange path.  At first I was very upset and wondered out loud how I was going to fix it.  At that moment someone was walking by and when I was trying to explain my dismay a burst of inspiration hit me that I shared with him. – We all have scars etched on our being.  Marks that are etched into our life pathway.  I therefore must leave the oops in the painting for that reminder.scar & dollopA comment about the “accidental” white dollop:  A few days later, before painting the white burst, I prayed out loud for the proper inspiring method or technique to create the representation of God’s love bursting forth.  I then commenced in the fun mess of transferring white paint everywhere.  Yup, everywhere. (Hmmm)  When I was feeling complete and after I exclaimed my excitement, I noticed the dollop of white that preceded the scar on the path.  The indication that God’s love was very present and noticeable in my life-being, preparing me for the “scar”.  Creating a place to rest, or step off of, or step up from, in times of great need.

A comment about the poster competition:  This is the statement that I included with the piece:  “The illumination is from the light of love bursting forth; entering life in a multilayered pursuit to steer a pathway to home.” 

I’ve been struggling with this debatable compromised version.  It is from a suggestion from someone at the gallery, where the contest is being held, for the intent of making it more sensitive to the environment it would be shown.  I was initially happy to make the change.  I understand the impact and that it is nice that more people will see it.  But is that enough?  Is it correct to let someone change my words given to me via sweet inspiration and let it be watered down for the purpose of mass appeal in an environment that is more sensitive to this like “your path” or “God’s love”?  Part of me is upset to the debate and part likes the debate.  Hmmm…

All in all, I am delighted in all of the wonderful interactions.  The amount of positive energy surrounding all of the aspects of this journey has been fascinating and well, yes, illuminating!

Sketches created a week later:         Concerts on Park:  During February’s fundraising “Concerts on Park” at the Immanuel Baptist Church I used colored pencil, crayon and oil pastels to illustrate the music that was being performed by George DeMott.  Please mind the fact that I was also drawing on a clip board in partial ambient lighting…  Two are below and two others were included in “Concerts on Park” blog piece.

 

I thoroughly encourage experiencing concerts this way…   It leads to a deeper connection…

Concerts on Park

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During February’s fundraising “Concerts on Park” at the Immanuel Baptist Church I used colored pencil, crayon and oil pastels to illustrate the music that was being performed by George DeMott.  Please mind the fact that I was also drawing on a clip board in partial ambient lighting…  Two are below and two others will be included in The Illumination blog piece.

The top piece, “Caruso”, is represented by the red, a Manilow mash up is the blue and the yellow is from Sinatra. 

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“The Way You Look Tonight”, a few others and “Some Enchanted Evening” are included in this overwrought piece.  It started off with simple expressions of color and line and then I became impassioned to saturate the field.

I thoroughly encourage experiencing concerts this way…

It leads to a deeper connection…

I did show Mr. DeMott the pieces.  He had never seen anyone draw to his music and was very happy with the engagement.

hobby artist spreading her wings…