Saturday, April 28, 2007

New Print - Radiant Forest


Radiant Forest 8" x 10"

I finally made a print of this painting! It is my absolute favorite accomplishment to date! You can find it in my online shop.

It has been really fun, taking walks in my paintings lately. I have been trying to create worlds where the viewer can go on a bit of a mental trip for a bit as they wander around the piece. MMMM color! color! color!

Here's the Statement I wrote for the show it was in at Plaza Design in Arcata.

Artist’s Statement: March 9th, 2007


Magic:

For the longest time, since I was a youngster, I have been fascinated with magic. I don’t mean the kind of slight of hand stuff that “magicians” do. I mean the real stuff … “MAGIC!” The kind that comes from making a wish. The kind that dreams are submerged in. The kind that happens when you love someone and the whole world glows!

Somewhere along the way I learned the difference between story magic and spiritual magic. The stories are a way to talk about things that we already intuitively know. It is through story magic that we learn how to know and long for spiritual magic.

I learned that spiritual magic comes from focus and discipline; faith and inspiration. Along the way I met many people on many different paths. I read the insightful writings of others. I learned to cultivate my own intuitive magic.

As an artist, I’m finding that the best way for me to talk about magic is to return to the sentiment of my youth. The children that I work with and raise show me the space that can be created, when intuition makes the rules for play; when love is held right out on your chest for all to see!

22 comments:

  1. What a vibrant and vivid painting! So interesting to look at and so very pretty, well done!!

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  2. Just gorgeous Andrew! Love your blog, your work is so bright and wonderful!

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  3. I love the forest, it's pure fantasy - and the magic shows through in all of your paintings.

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  4. You have now been tagged, by me. Please read my blog post to discover the rules of the game.

    Sandra Eileen

    http://artisan-jewelry.blogspot.com/

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  5. Andrew, I tagged you. :-)

    http://mcfarlanddesigns.blogspot.com/

    You don't have to do it if you don't want, but it's kind of a fun way to get new people to visit your blog...

    Tamara

    Oh no, I see that Sandra tagged you too!! Eek, you are popular. Oh well.

    Maybe see you tomorrow?!?

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  6. Andrew,

    Every time I look at your work I am truly energized and inspired! It's time for me to take out the paintbrushes...they're collecting dust!

    I absolutely love the card you sent - and thanks for the little goodies ;)

    By the way, I know that Arcata is a very good place to create. I love that town!

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  7. I can really relate to your artist statement! Love this painting!

    Thanks for adding my link, I have added yours too.

    Peace!

    Paula :)

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  8. I am so happy to read your artist's statement again. It lifted me when I first read it at Plaza Design, and it does again today.

    Thank you.

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  9. He he he, I'm tagging you. The rules are in my latest post http://circularaccessories.blogspot.com/
    Have fun!

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  10. Awesome painting, as usual =) Is that fabric project coming to reality ?

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  11. Andrew - your work is absolutely beautiful!

    I would like to read your blog regularly - have you considered putting in a feedblitz subscriber thing so I can get it delivered every day? Just an idea.

    You inspire me!
    ~ Diane Clancy
    www.dianeclancy.com/blog

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  12. Wow, I loved your artist statment. It resonates with a post I wrote in my blog entitled Nurturing the Creative Spirit. Read it if you get a chance and you will see what I mean. Love, love, love your work!
    June

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  13. update!
    i want to hear about open studios, since i missed the opportunity to come see you :-(

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  14. I love this painting - you have such a wonderful sense of color. It really does allow the viewer to wander through the scene slowly and discover little details along the way. I agree with what you say about magic in your work... I am trying to accomplish something similar with my personal work in puppet animation. My sense of color needs a lot of practice, but artists like you are a great inspiration!

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  15. WOW, what fabulous work, so vibrant and colourful, so fantastic, love it

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  16. This is wonderful! And you have a wonderful way with words as well. Just terrific! I'm a new fan and will link you on my blog :)

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  17. This is really wonderful! WOW! I love it.

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  19. Oh wow! I love Radiant Forest and your Artist's statement is....pure magic. I'm feeling so energised, I think I'll have to go create something right this minute.

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  20. I really love your work!
    It is so innocent child with a child like quality of pureness to it. I love your blog so much that I have put your link onto mine!

    I too am an artist who travels the path of spirituality and I work with children in a Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten :-) I love your artist statement!

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