Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My Wednesday Wall Show

Back to my question: What is on your walls?
As an artist, I simply love art and I buy art when I can because I so like living with it on my walls. This mask is a favorite of mine, measures 6" x 8" and is hand carved wood and hand painted. I bought it in San Francisco at a small shop specializing in hand made crafts from Mexico and Central America. I like the boldness of her pink face and expression...the simple cuts and paint handling. Right now she is hung between other art pieces and masks above my tub. I am always drawn to her and never get tired of her lines.
My work is going slowly. I attended a free mini monotype workshop at a local art supply store. It was offered by Golden acrylics and their representative (also an artist) gave a demonstration on monotypes but mainly introduced a product called "Open" by Golden. It is a paint (all the same colors) that is a longer lasting paint, good for monotypes and any other work that needs more time before it dries. It has a nice creamy consistency and we received two sample 1 oz. jars...one burnt sienna and one alizran crimson. We also got to make our own monotypes and all in all it was a couple of hours....fun! I have several 4oz jars of this Open and I'll most likely buy more.
Tonight is meditation....Pablo and I try to go every Tuesday evening. It begins with a walking meditation, chanting meditation and then a longer (36min.) silent meditation. It's a good practice for us...I always feel "quieted". There are about 6-8 of us regulars and then occasional drop-ins. I get such a busy head and this is as I said quieting.


  1. Heh-heh. She looks just like Mrs. Kirby, my old gym teacher from 7th grade.

  2. I can see why you love this mask - it's wonderful - sounds like you found a product that you really like and to get free samples is always good! :)

  3. I do like masks, also. I can see why you are drawn.
    On the meditation, why 36 minutes? I like the idea of meeting with people for meditation. I would imagine that you feel the force of the other people and it is easier to fall into that place.

  4. Looks like grandma! A nice English nose.

  5. Reminds me of a sad mime, very expressive! On our walls, I rotate some of my work (encaustics and oils), we have some black and white photos, some found object constructions by an artist/psychologist, plus graffiti photos we've taken on our travels. I wish we had a bigger house (or several more houses) for more wall space.

  6. Mmmmm. The meditation sound wonderful to me. Like tuning the human instrument.

    And I love the expression on your mask.

  7. Willow, Mrs. Kirby lives on...incased in a wooden mask!!

    Jeane, Free samples are always good and in this case I like the product too!

    Pat, The walking and chanting are 9mins each...it is an ancient rule having to do with multiples of 9...I'm not remembering all the details.

    Karen, Yes, I believe the mask takes on the memory of the person gazing on her. I take strong notice of the mask's eyes.

  8. Lia,Thank you for stopping by...your home and it's walls sound alive with art. The graffiti photos sound fascinating.

    Patrice, Each time it is good and each time different...like going to a well or a quiet oasis.

  9. Oh the mask makes me laugh. I'm so enjoying your Wednesday wall show. Like Lia, I wish I had more wall space.

  10. Robyn, I agree, more walls. When I look at homes for sale, I look to see wall space!

  11. Meditation and prayer and walking. Good things for quieting the soul.

    And a benevolent mask to watch over one's tub. That works too.