These new products will be put for sale during the Fall Colors Art Studio Tour, which will be held in the Black Hills region next weekend. I will be showing my pieces in the Dahl Education Complex. If you come, you will get to play with mud with us. Mark your calendar!
A group of us from the Dahl pottery studio pit-fired our ceramics last weekend. I liked the results, and It gave me a new creative direction I should try in the future. These pieces will be for sales at the Dahl during the upcoming Fall Colors Art Studio Tour.
Thank you Steve for organizing such a fun event.
I am adding more fun poses in this series. They will be displayed in the Sculpture in the Park Show and Sales in Loveland, CO in August and also in Fall Colors Art Studio Tour here in Rapid City in September.
Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam" and Jane Goodall's iconic moment with a baby chimpanzee are inspirations for this piece. Reaching out to each other is such a meaningful gesture. Even though mine is kinda silly, it was fun to work with this concept.
"Hatred is born of fear, it’s born of ignorance. Fear is its father, and isolation is its mother." The words of Christian Picciolini grabbed my depths. According to this former white supremacist, a solution to acts of hatred was empathy even though he and other white supremacists least deserved it.
"Conversations stop violence," a black activist, Theo EJ Wilson, said. Only with heart to heart conversations, fear and ignorance can be replaced with understanding and empathy. The pain of isolation may be lessened. Hatred may be broken.
Picciolini and Wilson's ideas and what they have been doing to put an end to horrible acts of killing one person at a time moved me. Just like them, could each of us be a part of solution to gun violence, reaching out to those whose isolation is boiling to the point of hatred? In this piece, the dove that symbolizes peace is very weak. Yet, it is not dead. It is lifting its head and looking at the woman, as if asking us, "I am in your hands. Help me fly again."
This is my first attempt to combine a painting with a sculpture. I intend to return to this piece after putting it aside for awhile. Meanwhile, could you please give me your honest feedback? Are the painting and the sculpture complimenting or fighting against each other? The painting looks too busy, or the figure, too dirty? Are the colors working? Any input is appreciated.
Nine more Little Buddhas are coming in the next 2 months. Please look forward to it.
I'm still playing around with the idea of Fukunokami Jar. The ones made of brown clay look more like Asian deities than the creamy colored one which was made of white clay. The pointy and square hats seem winners. Sorry that my process is slow, but I will have a selection of them ready by this year's Fall Colors Art Studio Tour, which is scheduled for Sept. 21 & 22. Hope many of you will plan to come.
About "Art in Process"
This page is an window for you to see my creative process. I would like to encourage you to leave your comments here. I hunger for a conversation with you about my art. What kind of emotions or thoughts did my art provoke you? What did you like/dislike? What viewpoint do you agree/disagree to? Your honest feedback will feed my art going forward. Thank you.