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Halloween began as the ancient festival of Samhain.
It was believed that at the end of summer and the beginning of winter (november 1)
the barrier between the worlds of the living and the dead became very thin.
Disguises were worn to make oneself unrecognizable to the spirits,
negativity was released to make way for new energy to enter.
Two different artists,
two different days,
sharing an understanding.
An artist creates a visual language.
In the beginning it is unknown even by the artist but over time with repetition there is recognition and vocabulary expands.
But the language is not only visual it is also spatial, consisting of shapes and dimensions.
It communicates direction and movement, inward and outward.
Postures and gestures convey mood and complex subtle qualities.
When we give our attention to a piece of art we are learning a language,
one that touches the memory of our senses.
We may be surprised that we understand.
All of these dogs are waiting for their persons to get coffee at Sumac Espresso Cafe.
I was at a table drinking mine and drawing them.
Different dogs, different days, different postures,
same expressions. (with one or two exceptions)
Dogs have more variations than any other species
but it is always their nature to be loyal.
Drawings by debroah harris
What a gift to have a hawk land in our backyard. He stayed here on the fence for at least 30 minutes. Hawks have great overview, flying high and seeing far and wide. In many native traditions they ask us to rise above the details and expand our perspective heavenward to embrace the spiritual element. Today we have received that message.
We at the gallery, Sae, Floyd, Vivian
and deborah have been drawing
together using copies of paintings by
the masters as our shared subject.
Picasso, Modigliani and Francis Bacon
are the originators of these works. We
challenge ourselves to complete a
drawing in approximately 5 minutes. It
is an extraordinary way to enter into
their work and to see how each of us
interprets the work in such different
ways, ways that make every drawing
Every year at this time I am asked to write a summary of all the exhibits that have happened in that year.
I try to remember just how each show has evolved from the previous one. I am reminded of the continuity leading to
this moment now. It is a challenge to return to the past but a good way to enter into the present.
How did this mysterious horse enter into the city
resembling the legendary Trojan horse
with the scaffolding of its making still in place
a painting of the Greeks before they hid inside merges with Sae's photo
a magical meeting of gestures