This painting just sold. Went to print out the blog post for the buyer, and whaddya know–no blog. (How did I manage to skip this one, one of my favorites?) Well… here goes, the nick-of-time blog post:
There he sits, in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace (imperial summer residence of the former monarchs of Austria, no less). He is not waiting for anyone; he is not fidgeting, nor chewing gum; he is not listening to music, fiddling on a phone, picking at threads, nor pulling hangnails; he is not doing any of the infinite small things people do instead of being.
There he sits, in solitary splendor, enjoying the sights, smells, sounds, sensations of that particular moment in that place. Making a memory. Taking it in.
It occurred to me that this image is what we mean when we talk about “being in the moment,” or being “mindful.” And how hard that is, and how infrequently any of us actually manages it.
Worth noting. Worth painting. Worth being reminded–by good example. Enjoy the moments.
Talk about nostalgia! This terrific show is the most serendipitous thing that’s happened to me for a while: As part of the celebration of the centennial of San Diego’s Balboa Park (and “The Panama Exposition” that occasioned the development of our famous park), The San Diego History Center reassembled a show of San Diego Landscapes that appeared at the 1915 expo, and there they hang once more. I mentioned this to my mother recently, and she told me something I never knew: that her parents came to San Diego to spend their honeymoon at The Panama Exposition. I got all goosebumpy, knowing that my grandparents had seen this very art show on that honeymoon trip. And here I am exhibiting my work right next to it… .
Noel-Baza Fine Art, formerly a brick and mortar gallery in Little Italy, has taken up residence as a sales gallery in the History Center, and are exhibiting a sister show of contemporary views of San Diego. My two pieces above are just a couple of the many they are showing. I am in the wonderful company of a big group of excellent San Diego artists:
Alison Haley Paul
Truly a bit of history, and some lovely, exciting painting. If you haven’t made plans to help celebrate our city’s jewel of a park, this is a great excuse. It’s a diverse eyeful of places you will recognize and appreciate differently after seeing them through these artists’ eyes – from the perspective of then, and of now.
Helen Davey, an Australian musician now living in Switzerland, composes and performs music in response to artworks that move her. I am so honored that she chose my painting, “Still Waters.” It is now part of her new body of work, “Project 52, Sound-Paintings.” That title says it all: a full year of one-a-week compositions inspired by different artists. Check it all out on her Facebook page, and on her Blog, and enjoy more of her music on Soundcloud.
As for my tri-colored heron, I was out with a camera stalking the natives, and he was patiently going about the business of breakfast. The sea and sky were indistinguishable in that still, overcast dawn. He kindly chose a handsome point of rock, and stood stock still – not a feather out of place, not a blink of that reptilian eye. He shot out once, like lightening, then bolted the proceeds down that long, long neck. Then all was still once more.
Thank you, Helen, for the audio love, and for sharing your gifts. And as always, thanks to you all for reading my blog!