From November 2016

“Legs Like Vines” work in progress by Bea Garth

Another update on my painting, “Legs Like Vines.” A bad headache the other day (from an egg  I hadn’t boiled quite enough–I have histamine sensitivity) slowed me down.

But late tonight I was back at it again.  There is more to do with it of course. But am sharing my  process. I am not one of those really quick painters. Am a perfectionist  more or less in this area of my life. Plus all those intricate patterns take time to get right! I use the principle of spontaneity and structure working together to create tensions and harmonies.

“Leaves Like Vines” acrylic painting in progress by Bea Garth copyright 2016

On yet another level, this painting is starting to make even more sense to me considering the fact I discovered very recently that I need to take a lot more silica than I thought I’d ever need in order to be OK. My legs etc. have truly in their way been like vines.

I laugh since what else can one do. There are both positives and negatives to being what is considered to be too flexible. The big problem for some of us is that we have a hard time making enough collagen. This eventually starts to become a real negative, especially as one gets older. And yes, more silica is needed to make the collagen.

Now even my eyes are improving, as well as my hair, teeth, nails, nerves, joints etc.  I am even having less jerking at night. And overall fewer headaches. I am now able to exercise more regularly without hurting myself.  Have less reflux etc. Amazing! Its only been two months since I started taking the food grade diatomaceous earth. Literally a dirt cheap source of silica!! and healing…

With everything improving, who knows where I will be at in a year. Though one thing is for sure, more than likely I’ll be painting up a storm!!

For more info on this condition, I suggest you look up Ehrlos Danlos Syndrome. If you think you might have it, please consider joining some of the EDS  support groups on Facebook. The Cusack Family Protocol is the best!

Legs Like Vines contd., painting by Bea Garth

Its been a rainy Thanksgiving so far. Plenty of chance for me to work on my painting! Though today I was able to go out for a walk before it started raining again. I wore my poncho just in case!

This painting is changing before my eyes. I am really uncertain what I will call it. How the pillow or rock/Mayan Calendar (!!) turns out will affect it quite a bit, of that I am certain.

Legs Like Vines, painting in progress by Bea Garth copyright 2016
Legs Like Vines, painting in progress by Bea Garth copyright 2016

I still have to work on the male figure quite a bit, it needs the definition shadows bring. I also need to finish the edging around the carpet.

And yes I do like the carpet. The rectangles and triangles are subtle but effective. They echo the Calendar symbology nicely.

This piece is kind of blowing my mind, such as it is. Not at all what I expected! But that is the fun of painting for me–I let my unconscious come through and have free reign.

I had a dream last night that suggested I put in roots around in the blue area, but today am uncertain that would be right for this painting. Maybe the next one? Might be too busy and unnecessary. However I will play around with it and see if it could work or not…

 

Legs Like Vines painting in progress by Bea Garth

I got some more work done this weekend on my new painting. Am thinking the name of the piece will change, as is often the case. For now still calling it Legs Like vines however… Maybe should include arms too, lol! Even more extended than usual even for me!

I was listening to the local Portland jazz/community radio station. A lot of pieces from the sixties. A good reminder of what all is going on now and likely will for the next four years. Both the ‘what the world needs now is love sweet love’, plus ‘whats going on’. Remember? It definitely is happening now…

Legs Like Vines in progress by Bea Garth acrylic on canvas in studio
Legs Like Vines in progress by Bea Garth acrylic on canvas in studio

This new work of mine meanwhile is an experiment in color and composition. So far the woman has definitely increased in importance…

Art/Slant 9th round 1st Place for Painting by Bea Garth

Ironically here I am just coming off a bad migraine and contemplating my new award from the international art magazine Art/Slant.  I won a First Place for Painting in the 9th 2016 round of their contest this year (a 9th 2016 ARTSLANT PRIZE SHOWCASE WINNER) and have a chance of winning a big prize at the end of the year and being part of their show in Florida next February. I honestly did not expect to win anything so this has come as a big surprise. You can find it listed here:

https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/422378-bea-garth?tab=AWARDS

Its for my painting Empathy–you can see here. Just click on the picture to see a screen size shot of it. It seems to be a popular or at least semi controversial painting of mine.

"Empathy" by Bea Garth, copyright 2014 acrylic painting
“Empathy” by Bea Garth, copyright 2014 acrylic painting

Marianne Szlyck used it for the cover for her book of poems I DREAM OF EMPATHY last year which you can find on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/I-Dream-Empathy-Marianne-Szlyk/dp/1517160677/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1479330057&sr=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=Marianne+Szlyck+Empathy

I also almost got into a group show this fall all about story and the imagination (A Magical Kingdom…) with this same painting here in Portland, but didn’t. I was told they loved the piece but felt  it didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the show. What can one say?

Thus to then win first prize for this 9th round at Art/Slant magazine based on this same painting was quite a nice kick in the pants!

Yes tonight (or to be more realistic, tomorrow) I paint, after attending to my other love — my art/poetry/commentary e-zine: Eos: The Creative Context (http://eosthecreativecontext.com).  And more fully recover from the after effects of my migraine… Ever wonder why my work is so “dream-like”??

Art Studio with work in progress Bea Garth

A friend of mine asked to see what my art studio looks like these days. So tonight after I was done painting for the day I decided why not?

You can see the painting I am working on now on the easel, and my other painting I still need to finish sitting on the floor on the right.

Bea Garth Art Studio photo by Bea Garth copyright 2016
Art Studio photo by Bea Garth copyright 2016

Yes I am one of those messy artists. Nothing to be done about it! Though I want to build some more storage so I will have room to work on some clay too.

Legs Like Vines by Bea Garth work in progress

I just got started putting the color in. Thought I’d do something a little different, more like what I sometimes did working on clay. Let design have it’s say more and keep it playful.

As you can see, I am not done!

Legs Like Leaves in progress by Bea Garth copyright 2016 acrylic on canvas
Legs Like Leaves in progress by Bea Garth copyright 2016 acrylic on canvas

I have not worked on the bodies or pillow (except for the sketched in underpainting) or even finished the background. I like the bold design and colors so far however.

I may or may not put any actual leaves into the painting. I’ll  be playing around with that concept in my head whether or not I try it.

As you likely can see, the painting is in my studio in the unheated garage next to my kilns. I was working there late tonight all bundled up. The  weather is starting to get chillier.  Nevertheless, the act of painting seems to keep me warm!! I even took off my coat and hat! Though this time my second sweater stayed on…

Discombobulations and Spirit etc., Goddess CE plaque by Bea Garth

 

Goddess with Star by Bea Garth, ceramic plaque copyright 2007
Goddess with Star by Bea Garth, ceramic plaque copyright 2007

I think the events of this week have me more than a little discombobulated and disheartened. I just hope every one remembers to love and speak their truth with compassion rather than fall victim to fear or hate and other polarizations.

Just been honing my artist statement. Writing about the sources of my artwork reminds me of my years of making ceramic plaques and sculpture. I want to make some more, maybe in the spring… Once I get my kilns going again.

Life does go on. We meanwhile need to learn to access spirit and learn to work together while nurturing the Earth and respecting our differences.