I’ve been working on expanding the Mudras works to include what I call portraits. These are images of other people’s hands and then my zen interpretation of that person.
Our way of communicating isn’t limited to words on a blank screen, let alone the noise that comes from our mouths. I’d argue much more of a story is told in how we use our hands and our bodies to convey our selves.
This concept developed as my dad was dying. I took photos of him to capture his transition from this world to where ever it is we go, consciousness goes after so many years of life.
I started the series using the hands of a dear friend, Miguel, who also is afflicted with Parkinson’s. I asked for some images of his hands, shaking and all. What he sent in response was a beautiful performance video of his hands in motion and experiencing the shaking so typical of his condition. From there, I pulled several stills from the video and went to work.The title of the work reflects our friendship and humor.
After Miguel’s portrait, I felt confident enough to sit down and work on the piece I created as a requiem for my dad. This work required the cooperation of my siblings and nephew. In fact, the work is representative of the family lineage.
In order to start a portrait, I ask the proposed subject a few things about shapes, preferred colors, and so on. What makes this portraiture work is my intimacy with the subject, who is either family or friend.
It is my desire to move this group of imagery beyond my circle of influence and into new territory with people I don’t know, by taking commissions.
Varkyland is the name of my new Etsy shop. Varky is the name my bird gave me. Varky is an abstraction or is it extraction (I never get it right) of Lover and Kitty. Lover is the name the bird has given to my husband. Kitty is the first word Cucuy learned from me and yes, it does mean kitty as in cats.
Lover-Kitty was the name she first bestowed upon me, affiliating me with “Lover” and the kitties. Because Cucuy is a macaw and they are the lazy talkers of the bird world, Lover-Kitty shortly thereafter became Laverky. And after a few months was shortened up even more to Varky.
And Varky I have been for, gosh, about 20 years now.
Varkyland came about today because I have an inventory of posters and other prints that I really want to get into the hands of someone else besides me and the bird and the cats.
My first set off offerings is the As Above, So Below posters. I’ll be adding more products in the coming days. Do take a look. This is an easy and affordable way to grab some of my limited edition prints.
Always looking for way to help out other artists, I was recently added to the Mentorly roster of mentors. You may have read about them recently in Artsy.
Mentorly also has scholarships for mentoring sessions for those on really tight budgets.
Most of all, I want to help you be the best artist you can be, whether that’s about pushing your skills and creative processes into new territory or perhaps to provide you a safe place to sort out ideas, I want to help you.
Caveat: I look a this as a “we are all in this together” process. I’m still a working artist and learning all the time. I hope that through my experiences I can give you worthwhile, actionable ideas to help you grow.
You’ve been a fan for a while. Or perhaps you were waiting to see where my work would go. Now’s the time to come and check it out. This is also a great opportunity to get your hands on your favorite works, before prices go up.
Meeting you in person will make my day!
January 26 – 28, 2017
The Kinney Venice Beach
737 West Washington Blvd.
Venice, CA 90292
Friday January 26, 2–10 pm
Saturday January 27, 12–9 pm
Sunday January 28, 12 – 7 pm
Perks are in production! ETA late next week. Shipping begins the following week.
In the coming days, I’ll be working on the production for the actual fine art prints. Thankfully, I left myself some production notes along the way regarding output issues like banding in gradients. Specifically the way I make clouds. A good thing happened along the way to producing this series and we figured out I had a banding problem early on when my then mentor asked for a set of images at full size. Banding happens from time to time when you pull a gradient from the Illustrator platform into the Photoshop platform.
It was an expensive lesson in giclee output limitations and what to do about it, but a good one. (Yeah, it’s tax deductible, baby!)
No, I won’t work Photoshop native, get over it. I’m all about the vectors. (That’s a size joke, btw.)
There is still time to grab yourself a little astrological art treat. No tricks. No sugar, no fillers, vegetarian, eco-friendly too! Seriously, if you were ambivalent about the Hatchfund campaign, but saw something you liked, now is a great time to grab it.
It is tax-deductible and you deserve a gift that gives more than once.