These two paintings joined the other painting most recently shown in its forever home. I’ve thought for some time that people who like one body of my work (oils, acrylics, traditional painting) are a different set from those who like my mixed media contemporary work. However, this is not always the case, there are a few who like both.
“Heartrise” is one for the raising of the saddened soul – the words are written first on a lower heart, then on a couple higher ones. It was one that I thought was appropriate for the competition “Gateway to Imagination” for which it is entered. I won’t find out if it is accepted until late August, though.
Sometimes I think poets go through all the circumstances themselves so they can write about things from a personal perspective.
Outside of prejudice, a place that’s learned
like old wives’ tales, absorbed at parent’s knee
to recognize the ones that should be spurned,
no why, just that’s the way that it should be.
Inside of prejudice, that face is turned,
for reasons I can’t fathom, away from me,
til whispers, giggles stop when I get near
and conversation turns to other things.
I know I am the joke I cannot hear
and my imagination then takes wings
and rises on the heat of latent fear,
the wind that is despair, and all it brings.
Outside of prejudice can see no wrong.
Inside of prejudice I don’t belong.
I had heard that Bombay Beach is such a close-knit community, it’s one of the last places that you can let your kid run the streets in safety, but I had not realized it was becoming such an artists’ community. I guess they reach out to LA artists more than local ones…..
Here’s the full article on the Palm Springs Life website.
Some of my newer pieces are just flying off the wall. No, it hasn’t been windy, it’s just that a few are going out at every show, which ends up being before I can post them. So, before the next show this weekend, here’s one of the new babies. It’s one of those where the writing is more obvious. It says “Chance will take you places you would never go alone.”
One of the galleries I work with, Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley, is on a mission to create a Veteran Artists Cooperative. Rick’s ultimate hope is to create a Museum of Veteran Art in Southern California – but the cooperative is a good place to start. It would be wonderful if you feel you can contribute a few dollars to the project. Or if you are willing to share this to others who might.
I arrived at the reception for the Riverside Art Museum Membership show later than intended (ah, traffic in Temecula) and just caught the tail end of the awards. Ran into a friend of mine – r. mike nichols. He hadn’t won an award, and neither had I, apparently, but his friend Mike had. Here are some images from the show.