Ars longa, vita brevis. Translated from the Latin, this phrase succinctly states the theme for this page. "Art is long, life is short." Having been sick for so many years, I find comfort in art. I know that if I create something it is permanent, whereas if I just sit around existing, my presence on earth is merely fleeting. Art takes my mind out of the situation in which I find myself, and carries me away to a land filled not with technicolor, but by watercolor. The ground is covered with quilted squares, the trees are made from paper mache, the stars are glittery sequins, and the houses are made from tag board. Anything and everything can be decorated with the help of scissors and a hot glue gun.
From a very small age, my "art" was encouraged and cultivated. However, as I grew older, paint pens and glitter glue were substituted with Cross pens and White-Out. I shed my skin of paint and feathers for the world of books and letters. But like the phoenix, I rose from my own ashes, and embraced the world of Art that I had long forgotten, that is until I had nothing but time to focus on Art. So, in an attempt to create permanence, I have taken up the watercolor pencil, paintbrush, needle, camera, and pen once again. It is my hope that my ephemera will bring an air of permanence and tranquility to the fast-paced world of today.
As you view my attempts at Art, please take the time to enjoy the creation as well as appreciate the inspiration which it has brought to my own life.
|Handheld Mirror with an excerpt from "The Mirror" by Sylvia Plath - mixed media via Microsoft Publisher|
|FibroGraces - sketched with pencil|
|Hand over Knee - sketched with Pencil|
|Lilith - sketched with pencil|
|Feminine Hamsa with Hoshen Artist Trading Card - watercolor pencil|
|Heart to Heart (obverse) - mixed media|
|Heart to Heart (reverse) - black ink, fine point|
|Identity Artist Trading Card (obverse) - mixed media|
|Identity Artist Trading Card (reverse) - paper art, mixed media|
|Joyful Adoration ATC - mixed media|
|Bouquet - pencil|
|Golden Slumbers - pencil|
|Lilies - pencil|
|Renaissance Man - pencil|
|Strumming My Pain - pencil|
Going digital is a very foreign idea to me. I love the texture of paper, the smell of ink, even the sound that an eraser makes as it rubs canvas, erasing all of the smudges that I make as I create transfer the images in my head to a more pleasing medium. There are no mistakes when it comes to art. Creating this website was a test of my technical acumen, and as successful as it may seem, I still need to push the boundaries of my imagination. In art, there should be no boundaries. So, with the advice of some lovely ladies at Milliande Art Community for Women, I have joined the world of digital art. First, I merely dabbled in Microsoft Paint. Now I have downloaded GIMP 2.0 (along with a plethora of images in the public domain) so that I may expand my artistic universe through digital collage. Here are the beginnings of what I hope to be a beautiful collection of collages.