I'll be part of a group show at the beautiful Lucia Douglas Gallery in Bellingham from Dec 2-22 and Jan 4-14. There is a reception on Friday night from 6-8 and I'll be there. I'm looking forward to seeing art from my friends Susan Melrath and Jennifer Phillips and for the first time I'll see work by Emily Peck, Alison O'Donoghue and Kim Murton.
So if you live in Seattle but are driving up past Bellingham for the holidays, why not stop in! It's right off the Fairhaven Parkway.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
A wet and beautiful Thanksgiving Day in the Snoqualmie Valley. The river is rising.
A tree farm.
Trumpeter swans resting on their migration south. I painted one of these amazing birds here a couple of years ago.
Weird and wonderful plants. I think it is kale but it was pouring so hard I ran back into the car without checking.
Posted by Safi Crafts at 9:57 PM
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I heard a while ago the idea that many secularist people are treating environmentalism and conscious food consumption as a new sort of religion. Maybe this is so and maybe I am a believer.
I think about this when I wonder why I am drawn to the organic farms I have been painting. Wild nature, not arable land, is the traditional subject of nineteenth and twentieth century American and Canadian landscape painters. But for me there is something brutal about nature. I walk in a forest to be filled with awe, but not to find comfort. If one of the functions of religion is to bring solace to the human condition, then I look for this solace in the gently managed landscapes of sustainable farms. They remind me of all that is positive in being human. They are places of nurturing.
For much of human history art has been used to express ideas of religion. Giotto did not paint still lifes. Raphael did not paint abstracts. The study of European art history is frequently the study of religious expression. (Music of course followed the same journey) Some think that the greatest European art of the pre Renaissance was the cathedral - a celebration of art, science and community, drawn together under the flying buttress of religion.
When I am alone in a farm field, surrounded by the extraordinarily harmonious combination of nature and civilization, I am consoled as my medieval great great grandmother must have been when visiting her church. And maybe she also felt this when tending her crops at the end of a long day.
This painting is 36x48 inches and is oil on canvas. It is a reworking of a painting I started a couple of years ago.
Posted by Safi Crafts at 12:25 PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The rich golden light of the November afternoon saturated all the colors in this Full Circle Farm field. The cabbages were dazzling against the green grass and the shadows were deep with the sun so low. Wow. I felt like a queen surveying a palace of jewels.
This painting is 9x12 inches.
Posted by Safi Crafts at 2:23 PM
Friday, November 11, 2011
I was so lucky to enjoy yesterday's glorious weather at Full Circle Farm. A couple of paintings were made, many little airborne spiders were lifted gently off my sweater and my boots were dignified with farm mud.
This painting is 5"x7" and is oil on canvas. The parsnips are the bright green leaves on either side of the leek bed.
Full Circle posted this wonderful link on their web site about the root systems of vegetables. It blows my mind! A carrot root system running 7.5 feet down. Really makes you wonder what your veggies have been eating down there.
Posted by Safi Crafts at 12:43 PM
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The chickadees are very active in my garden right now eating sunflower seeds. Their call makes me think of winter.
I have called this "Chickadee on a Swing" in reference to a favorite Fragonard painting "The Swing". The style of the background is similar.
This painting measures 5"x7".
Posted by Safi Crafts at 10:31 AM