From September 2016

“Music Genie” painting in progress…

"Music Genie" painting in progress, by Bea Garth copyright 2015/16
“Music Genie” painting in progress, by Bea Garth copyright 2015/16

This will be one of my first projects I get back to when my studio is done (which should be soon!!): the painting “Music Genie.” I had to quit working on it in order to focus on fixing up our old house to sell and then our move north. The painting was inspired by my boyfriend (now husband). I had made a pen and ink drawing (please see below) and then later decided to make a painting from it. Its all about music and the altered state it inspires. The Genie emanates from out of the music, which really makes sense given my husband’s trance like state when it comes to composing music.

Yes I am now thinking I should call the type of art I do “Magical Realism.” I have long felt a kinship with the art in Mexico and South America for starters, although as said, I also have many other influences too. Feedback on this? Is “Ancient/Modern/Surrealist” better??

 

 

Heron About To Take Flight

We saw this grey heron over at Rooster Rock Beach along the Columbia River a few days ago. The sky was magnificent, as was he with his wings unfolding. I felt the bird and I have a connection. It got me thinking of this new phase in my life wherein I am finally released from other obligations and can focus on my art full time again.

"Heron About to Take Flight" photo by Bea Garth, copyright 2016
“Heron About to Take Flight” photo by Bea Garth, copyright 2016

 

Music Genie

This is the pen and ink drawing I did before working on a painting inspired by it last fall. I

Music Genie pen and ink 2013
“Music Genie,” pen and ink by Bea Garth, copyright 2014

made the drawing of my boyfriend (now husband) playing his stringed instruments. A couple of months later he got together to play music with two of his friends. They are still at it and quite amazing, IMHO! I intend to finish the painting once its unpacked. Still setting up my studio in the garage here in Vancouver, but made great progress the other day.

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Dragon's Lair pencil and inkx sepia by Bea Garth copy
“Dragon’s Lair” pencil and ink sepia by Bea Garth

Dear Art Appreciators,

I have been musing about what style it is I exactly have–and have been thinking I should call it: Ancient/Modern/Surreal Art. Or is that just too clumsy?? Perhaps I should just call it Magical Realism?? I need to think on it. My work has never fit into any kind of box, which on the positive side makes it unique. But for purposes of the Internet, I need to find a way to classify what I do to get those who might be interested in my work to have any easy path to my site. So my dilemma dear readers, lol!

Certainly I have been influenced by ancient art from an early age. I was exposed to Native American art here in the Pacific Northwest as well as ancient and indigenous art from around the world as a child. My parents worked as anthropologists when I was very young. In addition I was very much influenced by my great Aunt Lottie’s amazing artwork and rugs she brought back from the Philippines.

I have also been influenced by the early moderns–Picasso, Modigliani, Gaugain, Matisse, ┬áCassat and Kahlo amongst many others.

Further I very much interested in imagery inspired by Carl Jung’s notion of the Collective Unconscious as well as New Age metaphysics such as astrology and the tarot. I tend to focus on feelings expressed in the body language between people and our necessary connection with the Earth and its creatures–including the mythic dimension.

No matter what, I have been going through a major shift, just having moved back to the Pacific Northwest–so I am now setting up my new art studio. I want to continue painting and drawing on canvas and paper. But now, in addition, finally also get back to ceramic sculpture and wall plaques.

My good friend and tarot scholar Christine Payne Towler has also been encouraging me to begin a project of creating a new tarot deck–since, as she says, my work is iconic in nature. I am itching to begin!

Being here by the Columbia Gorge is for me like coming home with its beautiful vistas, abundant trees and wildlife and friendly people. This truly is where my heart is!

 

New Work in Progress: Picnic Along the Columbia

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“Picnic Along The Columbia” pen and ink on paper by Bea Garth copyright 2016

We are planning on spending one of the last warm days of summer at the beach along the Columbia tomorrow. In its honor, I just finished working on the black ink part of this drawing. Am thinking of adding color soon!

Addendum: We just got back this evening, and again were stunned by the beauty of the magnificent Columbia Gorge!