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Grief -- Using the Body for Expression

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Grief   Using the Body for Expression
The focus of the painting, Grief, is a woman inmourning experiencing a private moment.Her hands protect her broken heart, and holdingherself gives her warmth and comfort.
As far back as medieval times, it was recorded that people used hand gestures to express moods and emotions.Religions adopted blessings using the hands, the legal system uses certain handgestures as a promise of truth and often parents comfort their children with their hands.A gesture can speak for a person when they are unable or forbidden to speak.I believe that these ritualized gestures came from the natural responses toemotions or behaviors.
Oil paint mixed with cold wax allows me to give a softer look to the image.The colors are gentle.
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Listening and Looking EverywhereOver the years, I have grown more and more interested in the Southern Writers.  I did not grow up in the South, but my mother tells me that being raised in a southern Indiana town might be similar to living in the South.  

Southern novels and the Southern Writers-you may have heard of them - William Faulkner, Walker Percy, Harper Lee, Zora Neal Hurston, Flannery O’Connor, Richard Wright and Eudora Welty, to name a few—are an important part of our country’s literary history.  Some moved out of the South—New York, Europe, Chicago, Detroit—but are still considered part of the Southern Writers.  Wikipedia defnes southern writers as a group of authors who focus on a common Southern history, the significance of family, a sense of community and one's role within it, a sense of justice, the region's dominant religion - Christianity and the burdens and rewards religion often brings, issues of racial tension, land and the promise it brings, a sense of soci…

The Art of Making a Life

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THE ART OF LIVINGWhat kind of life will you make?


Making things.  Self-expression.  Creating solutions.  This is art and it comes to you in many forms.





Most artists can name their "art heroes."

"Art heroes" show us the way -- they offer examples of how to craft an idea, how problems could be solved and sometimes, they show us a completely different approach.

Who gets to define art?  What defines a life well lived?  Those fortunate enough to have had wonderful teachers during their life, look back gratefully at the many examples of a well-crafted life.

This past weekend, family and friends paid tribute to Winifred Wickes, my mother-in-law, who died at age 99 this past year.

From Winifred, her studio was her life and her special gift, her artistry, was her spirit!  
By example, she taught that life had many adventures in store and if you were curious, flexible and adventuresome, they came your way.

She expressed how important it is to be accepting and affirming
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