Tangled Garden painting continues to in-process
Where it could be if I had the courage to invert all the colours! The other one is closer to the way it is. I just took these in not enough light and there is also too much shine (that's why matte fixative was invented). Tangled Garden, a painting that's not a gift anymore since it's not working the way I had envisaged. Also, I'm not really thinking about painting or anything when I work on it; rather,
Tangled Garden painting in-process
Tangled Garden Painting, in-process (7), 18" x 24" compressed charcoal, watercolour pencils, oils, and other stuff (yeah, the catch-all: mixed media) on triple-primed 100% cotton canvas sheet.I am not happy with how this painting is developing and likely will not offer it as a 'gift' when Tangled Garden reaches 1500 views. I'll think of something else.Anyhow, the blue sky and green grass are painted
Gift Tangled Garden painting in-process
Tangled Garden Gift Painting, in-process (2), 18" x 24" compressed charcoal on triple-primed 100% cotton canvas sheet.Last post, with earlier sketch and video embedded: http://brendaclews.blogspot.ca/2012/05/beginning-painting-as-gift-for-tangled.htmlTangled Garden is a slow art film of a triptych of earth poems, Surreal, mythopoetic, a rhizoma of images, metaphors, explorations, philosophies
Beginning a painting as a gift for 'Tangled Garden' (47sec)
Sun, May 13 2012 08:35 | videopoem
I have been absolutely flabbergasted that 'Tangled Garden' has reached like 800 views already - a 22min art film of 3 long poems, unheard of - and I want to celebrate!!! So I am offering a painting as a gift. I will choose someone by raffle out of the many comments this videopoem has received. If you like the videopoem, do let me know that you've watched it by leaving a comment on Tangled Garden at
Pride at The Keyhole Sessions
The Keystone Sessions in Toronto offers an erotic theatre for artists. The models and poses for the life drawing sessions are presented as a theatre, and are the result of a carefully planned and staged 'still pose' performances. It is held monthly in a bar. The music is amazing. The models are gorgeous. The bonds are beautifully knotted. Everything is composed, from the outfits to the poses to the
Harvest Moon, 2012, 17" x 14", mixed media on 90lb archival paper.I drew two poses of the same model on the same page, and she is holding a mirror in which she is reflected. Gazing upon the self. Selves who witness each other. The multiplicity of the self. I've called it Harvest Moon to celebrate the model's pregnancy of 6 months.Last night I went to a Keyhole Session, great models, wonderful
She, herself, 2012, 12.5" x 12", mixed media on primed canvas sheet.A small offering to Breast Cancer Awareness. The child-like drawing is a return to innocence. She touches herself. She is meditative, aware, loss and trust fill her, her erotic energy is strong. May 7th is also, I suspect (it's not easy to discover which day it is), National Masturbation Day, and celebrates the many benefits of private
Wed, May 9 2012 01:59
Late night cell phone pic, but ah well. Yes, I was at a Keyhole Session tonight. Lots of artists. Not many show their drawings publicly I learned.She, herself. 2012. Whatever it's dimensions are. I'll take another pic tomorrow in the light.
Figurative Art: 'Every Angel is terror' (Rilke) and 'Braille'
Fri, May 4 2012 12:00 | charcoal sketches, figurative painting, poem painting, Toronto School of Art
"Every Angel is terror. And yet, ah, knowing you, I invoke you, almost deadly birds of the soul" from Rilke, 2nd Duino Elegy, 2012, 18" x 24", charcoal, acrylic, primed canvas sheet.When I go to drop-in life painting sessions, which consist of 4 hour poses, difficult for the model for sure, but rather static to paint, I like to make the painting into something which can evoke a poetry in the viewer.
The Artist and Her Muse
The Artist and Her Muse, 2012, 12" x 17", charcoal on primed canvas sheet.This charcoal drawing has been re-named to what I really drew it for. The Medusa is the dreamy poet's muse. I wrote a poem about this half a dozen years ago. It is in my manuscript, which I'm currently shopping around. At first, I thought the image was too sexual, but then I gave the artist breasts, in a manner of speaking, and