Saturday, October 18, 2008
I've been around but have been busy with a few things other than my garden and paintings lately. The mural needed some changes which became apparent once it was installed. So much silver and black on a large scale was looking a bit cold so I have been adding more branches of cheerful green leaves and happy pears. I go in after the cafe closes and stand up on the ladder in the big dark space, listening to music, reaching higher and higher with an extra long paint brush that I made, hoping that if I fall off the ladder some of the baking staff in the back rooms will find me.
During the day I have also been painting up on a ladder, and having lots of fun. My front porch is finally finished and now has red railings, gold columns, a robin's egg blue ceiling, and other rich shades of olive, brown and navy blue. OK I got carried away, but I figure my neighbors know that I am an eccentric painter already. There is no hiding it. I love color. (I kept the colors dark in general so as not to make my house look too much like a circus) I mix my own paints, buying them in quart sized cans and muddling them together with additions of acrylics until they are just right. Yes I am very particular about color.
And finally, I have been in the studio getting ready for a show of my oil paintings. The show will be at the new Macrina and I am excited to see my small pieces in such a big dramatic space. This is an important show for me since I have never before shown my oils of plants and animals, though I have been painting in this style for years now. I have been saving them for the right time to expose them to the public. I use the word "expose" since it feels a little like I am exposing my most personal thoughts and feelings. Most of the paintings are about how emotionally vulnerable we are in this beautiful and treacherous world. There are paintings of my son and paintings of small creatures. There are also paintings of weasels, who dance in defiance of uncertainty.
You are invited to join me at the opening of this show. If you see me there, and I have the same wary expression on my face as the bunny of honesty, it is because, like the honesty bunny, I am not hiding anything.
Posted by Safi Crafts at 8:15 AM