Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday December 28, 2012 A GLANCE AT THE YEAR THAT IS ENDING

This is the view from my back court.  Taos Mountain, the Mother Mountain, Sacred Mountain overlooking Taos Valley, has disappeared behind the clouds.  Snow has transformed the view.  Three days after Christmas.  I put birdseed out to feed the birds in the neighborhood.  But they are fickle and often find better things to eat.

Near the end of "time"
(Minute, hour, day, month, year)
Sands run quickly
Through the glass
Today, December 28
Very close to the end
Of the year 2012

And what did you do this year
Might be asked
I saw time slip pass me slowly
(Or so I thought)
I worked everyday
In the studio
Completed a series based on still life

A new image of still life

In early spring I began the task of organizing my life's work
My sister Maggie came to New Mexico to help with the work.

I returned to a body of work based on collage

I find as I start a series I have one idea
And soon I begin to think, 
"What If?"

Hopefully this will be the beginning of a new series
Of drawings
(So far this is the only one I have accomplished
But I am hoping in the new year
I will find the time to explore this idea further)

This is a painting based on a nine piece grid

This is a painting based on a four piece grid

When I first came to New Mexico
My work was grids based on the square
I thought that wouldn't work here
After working in New Mexico for 18 years
I realized I could use the grid based on the square
By adjusting the color to include what I know
Of New Mexico

I am now working on a series
Of paintings based on
Geometry and change
This is the first piece
With circles
I found circles
Very difficult to paint

Again I ask myself
What if?

What if?

What if?

What if?

Because of the visual change that happens 
With this composition
When one focus their eyes 
On one part of the painting
We realize 
What we see 
Seems to change
I will be working with it for a while
I think it may be a new form of 

I end this year
With the sands running quickly
Through the hourglass
Never enough time
And I will begin the new year
The same way


Sherry Blue Sky said...

Me too, kiddo. I envy you having your body of work organized. I seem to be "stuck" when it comes to this project which I know will take time I dont have. Of these art offerings, I am most struck by the one that is dark blue with cool black and white shapes in it.....very striking to the eye. Will be interesting to see what 2013 brings!

Mary said...

Beautiful end of year post, Annell. Yes, the sands run quickly....but it seems you are making very good use of your time. I am glad you are working on your 'life's work.' It is wonderful work indeed. You are so very talented and motivated. I wish you the very best of everything in 2013.

SandyCarlson said...

I enjoyed this post very much, Annell. Your artwork has me opening my eyes and seeing form and color in new ways. Thank you for sharing your talent here. I wish you a wonderful 2013!

signed...bkm said...

Annell thanks so much for stopping in and commenting. It has been a busy and rough year but I am vowing to write more and reconnect with blogging friends during this new year. I see you have been busy with painting..I hope all is well with you and yours...I have a new email..

Happiest of New Years...bkm

Elizabeth said...

Annell, I thought I had commented on this a while back. Obviously I'm not here. Today, you asked me if we must continue digging, and then I come here and find you doing your own type of that activity. Going over what you have already done, sorting this from that, and asking "what if?" Allowing the voice of your past work to lead you into new ideas, new questions, and finding your own 'gold mine', in your own creative vein. Does that answer your question? We go on digging as long as we live. As long as we choose to be creative human beings.


Anonymous said...

I love the pic of your sister - so happy and cheerful.

Taking time off.....

I am taking some time off from posting on my blog.  I am studying, practicing, have so much to learn....