Sunday, October 31, 2010

My Naked Dancing Women Fill Me with Joy (and snooty art critics be damned!) says David Miliband

The "offending" painting shown above the couple.

Who has the right to judge? News story on a self-proclaimed art critic's vicious attack on the middle class AND on artists themselves. Eloquent response from Mr. David Miliband, who would be labelled the middle class art appreciator. Either way, the artist, Ms. Michele Dovey wins, after she finishes applying bandages to the wounds torn open by the art critic. The exposure she has gotten as a result one just can't buy! Good for her!

This photo gained notoriety because the amateur photographer who took it won a contest as a result, but the art-critical vitriol that was heaped on both the couple and the artist who painted the painting shown was jaw-dropping.

Read further to hear the vicious attack and Mr. Milliband's eloquent response to it.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Am I the Only One in Love with the Moon?

Every now and then I just have to paint her. The moon. This year there was what was called a super harvest moon. I gazed up upon her from my 19th floor balcony. She was spectacular! Big, bright, beautiful.

So in honour of her I again, paint her,  a 4" x 6" oil on canvas board titled "Moon Mountain Water". She is such a part of a woman's life. Think of it. Our cycles use to be set by her before the days of electricity. She is the Yin to the Sun's Yang. Think of how different our world would be if we no longer were able to gaze upon her at night, to have her light our way, to rise our tides. What a dark world it would truly be without her to warm our nights. The sun may be the super star of the day, but the moon rules with a loving hand, the night.

Friday, October 22, 2010

9 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

This is from the Environment Working Group website, an excellent resource!
Four of every 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and two of every 10 will die from it. Beyond talking to your doctor about lifestyle changes that are known to make a difference -- stopping smoking, reducing drinking, losing weight, exercising and eating right -- there are things you can do to reduce your risk.
Here are some simple ways you can reduce your exposure to potentially cancer-causing chemicals. Follow the link to learn more!

Posted in honour of breast cancer awareness month. 
And remember if you are on birth control pills, some can actually cause breast cancer with long term use. Wendy Mesley, on "MarketPlace" on CBC found this out on her investigative report on breast cancer. She had been diagnosed with it and had been on birth control pills and found out that the ones she had been taking had a warning about this in, I believe it's called the Merck Manual, a huge tome that includes all pharmaceuticals and their effects.

Oh and I apologize for the multiple posts of this post, I am still, ahem, a little blog illiterate. : )

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

REVEALED the "Reason between Passion"!

Here she is in all her glory, the beautiful original acrylic triptych "Reason between Passion"! 
Each panel is 10" x 10" so the paintings are ten inches high and thirty inches across. This triptych can't help but be the center piece of any room but I see it doing especially well above a fireplace (to match it's glow) or mantle, or, God forbid, behind the couch! Yes, I am more than happy to have my art match the sofa if that is what the viewer is looking for. This piece oh my, she will make a star out of any room!

Viewed from right to left, here the sun is behind me as I shoot. You can see the richness of the colours, the variety of shades of each hue. They have depth, luminosity and brilliance!

Here's a closer look at the red "Passion" and yellow "Reason". 
Note how brilliant the colors are, how they sing out from their backgrounds, the red has deeper reds, and varying depths of dark crimsons around it to set it off. They yellow has deepening golds, orange ochres and burnt umbers to push forward the yellow. It has a clarifying effect on the mind and a mediating effect between the red and green which are natural complements and might fight for dominance if just the two were left. The yellow is the unifier of the series.

And the now refreshing green, to cool the fire of the red and balance it. The green heart passion panel has both warm and cool greens so it refreshes as well as stabilizes. It's representative of the green heart chakra passion.

Now I shoot if from left to right, with the sun to my right (that is why you can see some glare but I shot it this way on purpose so you can see the iridescence at work). The iridescent parts of the painting are revealed, which is over the large maple leaf of each panel. As you move around the painting it's colours shift from saturated brilliance to iridescent luminescence. 

 Here is a close up of the red - the primal passion...

      Then the middle panel of yellow - the reason between them...

and the last panel of green - the heart love passion.

And there it is my friends! Yes, it was a lot of work but well worth it. No leaves were harmed in the making of these paintings! I used what the trees released and when the leaves are gone then I am done these series of paintings. These pieces would look FANTASTIC in black floater frames so that is what I am going to do with them. However, if someone wants to vie for them without frames that can be done as well at this point. Just let me know.

Okay, have a great day people! I know I'll be dreaming of rich reds, bright yellows and sweet greens tonight.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Reason Between Passion

May I introduce the "Reason" between the "Passions" of this triptych. This illuminating yellow/gold panel is the optimistic and effervescent moderator and peacekeeper of the series and sits in between the other two panels. It's yellow/gold focus aids in creating an optimistic view and strengthens the mind's clarity and ability to reason while the gold ochres and deep forest browns support and strengthen this position. Truly, this panel in the triptych keeps diametrically opposed passions from overwhelming the work!

Stay tuned for the complete unveiling of the trilogy. I must say it is one of the most visually impressive and luminescent pieces I have ever done. It truly is a thing of glowing beauty.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sneak Preview of the NEW Tryptych!

This is the last panel (10" x 10" canvas) of the trilogy, or rather, tryptych called "Reason between Passion". I just wanted to get it up tonight and see how she looks and oh my, she is a beauty! Another equally fitting name would have been "Autumn Jewels" but there is color method behind the art choices. Green here is the heart passion, that of love, growth and renewal. I also used shimmering green iridescent paint and leaf printed it over the vibrant green. The greens shimmer and GLOW! Who would have thought green could be a positive passion, but it is.

Stay tuned for the rest of the series and I promise, it's worth the wait!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Introducing Healing Hues Art - Positive Paintings for Healing and Meditation

UPDATE:  August 2011 - The Healing Hues Art website will be up in 2012 as I work to create a new art inventory for it as well as now having to move to a bigger and better art studio! This will be happening September 2012. So it looks like I need to change that website forecast (stated below) a wee bit, but, when it arrives, it's going to be beautiful, with a great inventory of healing and gorgeous paintings, helpful information for clients and visitors, some great demo videos, a forum to chat about all things healing and share information on that, a guest book and links to other healing sites, both art and health. Soooo, there's lots to come. Now if only I were at least 3, no, make that 5 people!

This is now the official blog for "Healing Hues Art - positive paintings for healing and meditation". The official launch of the website, will be in fall 2011, HOWEVER, this blog will follow it's development and what is truly needed is YOUR input. What colours attract you? What colours create aversion within you? Do you know why? 

As you can see, I am currently on a GREEN kick. Summer is over and I feel like I just didn't get enough of the healing from nature this year at all. I think I will be doing many more green inspired paintings. I need the restoration and healing that comes from being in nature, being surrounded by the sounds, sights and smells that come forward from Mother Nature's green abundance! I feel a deep need to see green - to be enveloped in it. Stay tuned for more of these healing, restorative paintings and if you are in need of some yourself, just contact me. Many more to come my friends. It's going to be a looooong winter but these paintings will give me sustenance!
I will be building a whole new website based around this concept of Healing Hues Art. As mentioned the official launch wont' be till the fall of 2011 but you can be a part of it so please send me your color stories, what you love, what you hate and what you would love to see! 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Oh NO it SOLD!

I was just informed that my little original acrylic "Dreaming of New Mexico" sold today and I can't believe it made me cry? Yep, just a little bit. I guess I was expecting to have my dream come home, but, I then thought that it was my dream taking flight - that someone else had seen in it what I poured into that little painting, a dream, a desire, a hope and that realization made me smile.

I'll miss her BUT I am happy she is out there now. Another one of my children took flight away from the studio nest today out into the big, beautiful world. God speed little One and may whomever took you home have much joy from your presence. : )