Spiral Focus - The Calm in the Chaos

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Spiral Focus – 20” x 10”, oil and metal leaf 2017

My solo show is open at Red Cloud Indian Arts.  It will be up through November and I hope if you can, you will stop in to see it.  Here in this blog I wanted to share the concept for the show which includes the list of paintings.   For that list, I wanted something that, like the work itself, would remain in flux, continuously unfolding, communicating directly. And so I set out to create a story, a poem, reflecting and uniting all of the pieces as one.   

2017 marks my second solo show at Red Cloud. In 2014, at my first show I was painting about the death of my mother. Trying to release the pain, making my peace.  The idea for that show started with a painting inspired by a piece of Royston turquoise in an old ring.  That stone transported me to the safety of a cave full of light made of crystal and ice, where a pool of water stands. Symbolically for me it is the womb of the world.  It is earth center, the all mother.  That private place that keeps you safe, that allows your journey. I stand at the edge of the mountain and peer into the darkness, and I fly towards the light. I stop in that still point to listen to the silence, hopeful for the calm’s embrace, yearning to fill up the cup of my soul without coming so close to the flames that I burn up and vanish. 

 Following the Hummingbird #2 - 30”x 24”, oil 2017

Following the Hummingbird #2 - 30”x 24”, oil 2017

 Conversations with the Mockingbird – 30” x 40”, oil 2016

Conversations with the Mockingbird – 30” x 40”, oil 2016

 Wisdom in the Trees – 24” x 18”, oil 2015

Wisdom in the Trees – 24” x 18”, oil 2015

This new show is my return to self. My mother is gone yet I remain.  It is everyone’s journey and yet we make it alone….

 Interconnections – 24” x 20”, oil 2015

Interconnections – 24” x 20”, oil 2015

While following the hummingbird I stopped to have a conversation with the Mockingbird and she told me about the wisdom in the trees and the great interconnection.

 Spiral Focus the Calm in the Chaos – 60” x 36”, oil and metal leaf

Spiral Focus the Calm in the Chaos – 60” x 36”, oil and metal leaf

Spiral Focus, Spiral Focus the Calm in the Chaos

 Ravens Circle #1 – 8” x 16” oil 2017

Ravens Circle #1 – 8” x 16” oil 2017

 Ravens Circle  #2 – 8” x 8”oil 2017

Ravens Circle  #2 – 8” x 8”oil 2017

 Ravens Circle  #3 – 8” x 8”, oil 2017

Ravens Circle  #3 – 8” x 8”, oil 2017

Ravens circle one, two and three

While Clare rises with the owl.

 Clare Rises – 30” x 24”, oil 2017

Clare Rises – 30” x 24”, oil 2017

Sky rider soars upon the Path of Souls contemplating the standing pool.

 Sky Rider – 30” x 24”, oil and metal leaf 2017

Sky Rider – 30” x 24”, oil and metal leaf 2017

 Path of Souls – 24” x 20”, oil and metal leaf 2017

Path of Souls – 24” x 20”, oil and metal leaf 2017

 Contemplating the Standing Pool – 20” x 16”, oil

Contemplating the Standing Pool – 20” x 16”, oil

Reflections of the moon cast long shadows

 Reflections of the Moon – 30” x 40”, oil 2017

Reflections of the Moon – 30” x 40”, oil 2017

 Long Shadows – 30” x 40”, oil 2017

Long Shadows – 30” x 40”, oil 2017

while the Spiral River runs amid the caves of ice  ~  Yael Kelley -  11.10.2017

 The Spiral River Runs – 60” x 36”, oil and metal leaf 2017

The Spiral River Runs – 60” x 36”, oil and metal leaf 2017

 Amid the caves of Ice – 20” x 10”, oil and metal leaf 2017

Amid the caves of Ice – 20” x 10”, oil and metal leaf 2017

The show can be seen at Red Cloud Indian Arts Gallery -  214 Beach Drive St. Petersburg FL 33701       phone - 727-821-5824 website - redcloudindianarts.com

 

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