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1)  “Legs Like Vines or The Dilemma of Venus

“Legs Like Vines or The Dilemma of Venus”acrylic painting on canvas by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

is one of my newest paintings.
It is even wiggier than usual, while being in some ways representative of what  is going on in the world  within our collective psyches.

There is a disturbance between the male and female paradigm, with the female coming up–as if saying “This Far and no Farther!” while the male is  not taking it as seriously as he should. “You better start!” she’s warning.

I was playing with the composition and colors, while breaking many of the laws of realism. Thus the  couple appears to be floating in the air.  Meanwhile the woman  just broke  through that green circle!! and the man is leaning against what could be the Mayan Calendar…

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2) “The Fool”

“The Fool” by Bea Garth, copyright 2016 acrylic painting on paper

was my first attempt at making a Tarot card last fall. Of course I chose the Fool. I bet no one can think of who that might represent these days!

Nevertheless the Fool has a lot of wisdom, inspiration and inner understanding even though  he/she can look very silly while the daily concerns of life bark at him/her.

To his/her left,  the sacred Inner Child sits in a meditative pose encircled by the World Snake of Wisdom protecting him/her.

The God/Goddess of the Unconscious or Watery Depths   is looking on while pointing to the stars; clearly she seems  concerned.

In the background, the Fool trudges on his/her journey towards the unknown future…
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3) “The Whole World Is Watching”

“The Whole World is Watching,” acrylic on canvas by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

This painting arose in response to the Women’s March on Washington at the beginning of January, 2017 although I did have a much smaller version that I was working from.

The heiro-glyphic like symbols on a blue and silver background were entirely new. All eyes are watching her, as well as ears, mouths and noses, eh?

She is petting her cat while  thinking about her next step. She is confident enough to take a time out and repose against her elegant silver and purple/grey pillow and take a sip of  tea while perusing her book of wisdom…or are those tactics??
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4) “Turtle’s Complaint to Gaia”

Turtle's Complaint To Gaia by B Garth June 2015 f

“The Turtle’s Complaint To Gaia” acrylic on canvas by Bea Garth, copyright 2015

I created this painting in response to  the problem of floating islands of plastic poisoning our oceans and choking our turtles, whales, fish and crustacea not to speak of ocean birds.

I could hardly believe it was true, but unfortunately it is. And actually it is only the surface of the problem. We humans have got to change our ways! We are destroying our planetary ecosystem with our throw-away, toxic culture.

In preparing this painting, I had a dream about the World Turtle.  While I was painting it I realized he was complaining to Gaia while the mermaid and merman helped comfort him.  He’s got to have a bellyache with all that plastic, and that is just the least of it!!

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5) “What Did We Eat?”

“What Did We Eat?” (plastic plankton) — acrylic on canvas by Bea Garth, copyright 2015

Is a fairly large painting I did, also in connection with my project depicting plastic polluting the oceans. In this case I am showing the mermaids having just ingested what they thought was plankton, but actually was small bits of plastic now polluting the oceans.

I liked the idea of depicting mermaids  since most of us can relate to them better than  fish. In case you are thinking it is just about fish etc., they are part of our food chain…thus we are ingesting plastic too!

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6) “The Mermaid’s Dilemma

The Mermaid's Dilemmagouache by Bea Garth

“The Mermaid’s Dilemma” gouache on paper by Bea Garth, copyright 2015

is a watercolor/gouache painting I was inspired to do after hearing a story about a legend from the Pacific Northwest. A mermaid fell in love with a Native American landlubber.

She left the ocean to go live with him and then everything in the world started to dry up. Trees and people were dying.

She had a hard choice, leave him and save the world, or stay with him and see his whole world destroyed. The final straw was seeing the whales surface and start to die.

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7) “Different Paths

Different Paths acrylicx by Bea Garth

“Different Paths,” acrylic on canvas by Bea Garth, copyright 2015

is a painting I started after an old friend came to visit. The blond figure on the right is looking like he/she is about to tell a story before leaving.

Clearly the figure on the left is more  situated and grounded. She sits  holding her cat and taking care of the teapot and mug while she listens.

Behind them the red tree is starting to blossom while the grass is  a verdant greenish yellow. The scene with its white capped river water, soft purple mountains and a hazy  green suggest the renewal of nature.

This painting is in Al Preciado’s collection.

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8)  “Joy”

“Joy” acrylic on canvas by Bea Garth, copyright 2015

— I created this painting after watching a modern dance troupe performing an original dramatic dance in Menlo Park, CA. They invited visual artists to get their impressions while watching a practice session. I made several sketches of the dancers in action. I was particularly impressed by the joyful energy of this one black dancer. Of course I made no attempt to make his body anatomically correct. Instead I wanted to capture the movement and expression of Joy! When I showed it to him a couple of weeks later after the premier performance, he cried tears of  recognition.

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9) “Intensity

Intensity acrylic  Bea Garth LR

“Intensity” acrylic on canvas by Bea Garth, copyright 2015

I was inspired by a free for all drumming circle over at Works Gallery in San Jose, CA.  I was carried away by the intensity and exuberance of the moment and created a preliminary pen and ink drawing on the spot.

The painting expresses the power of Venus combined with Mars to focus and inspire with beauty and action combined in the flow of music.

I like the fluidic simplicity as well as the complexity of this painting, and the  emotions it expresses.

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10) “Perspective

Perspective by Bea Garth, copyright 2014 acrylic painting on canvas

Perspective by Bea Garth, copyright 2015 acrylic painting on canvas

The original pen and ink I did of this subject inspired me to engineer a juried art exhibit called “Healing The Planet, Healing Ourselves” at Studio Bongiorno in Santa Clara, CA.

I remember someone saying, “Wow, it looks like you are trying to save the whole world!” Thing is I think we all need to take responsibility given the ecological devastation and resultant changes we are facing. We need to act before it is too late, not just for ourselves but also for future generations.

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11) “Empathy

“Empathy” by Bea Garth, copyright 2014 acrylic painting

is one of my more popular paintings. It won first prize for Painting in the 9th Round of the 2016 Competition at Art/Slant international magazine. It also graces the cover of a book of poetry by Marianne Szlyk (I DREAM OF EMPATHY–available on Amazon).

It is based on a drawing I did while on vacation with my husband in Wisconsin. We were staying at a cabin in the woods next to a small lake. The focus was on relaxing and fishing.

Here with this painting I was exploring multiple realities at once. The woman is consoling her partner  while their cat  is looking on. The fish represent the unconscious, although I suppose they could just be fish!

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12) “Remembering Tim

“Remembering Tim” by Bea Garth, mixed media, copyright 2010

was  a surprise for me. An image that looked like my friend the painter Tim Cottengim suddenly showed up while I was painting. He had died in the fall of 2009 — the result of  illness and hard living. I began this painting soon after Christmas.

The woman in the foreground seems to represent part of myself in the middle of writing poetry or journaling.

I felt a kinship with Tim given our mutual sensitivity; we were both committed to making it as artists by following our own vision even though for me I had taken a step back. At that time I was more focused on work, healing myself, while continuing to organize part of the poetry and art community. In a way Tim’s “visit” helped inspire me to take my artwork more seriously again.

This painting was featured on the Event Page of the San Jose Mercury News, something the Mercury rarely did (i.e., show the work of local artists). I like the soft play  of colors, the inward look on their faces and the movement of her arms on the table. The river and mountains  remind me of the Columbia River Gorge.