Poem of the Week: Spirit Song

by Brenda Layman
Central Ohio Branch

 

Nature does not sigh for loss

In littered leaves and soil

She keeps her own ones

Birthed in Spring’s warm blood

Fed on Summer’s bounty

Curled in fur, huddled in holes

Each day light lengthens, shadows bend

And rush before the wind

That breathes tomorrow’s promise

Underneath her quilt of gray and brown

Blanketed with snow

Seeds are sleeping

Soon to wake, as their parents once awoke

Softly green unfurl

Into her world of sun and rain

And everlasting life

 

Art of the Week: Musings on the Bounty

Deborah Melton Anderson
Central Ohio Branch
Musings on the Bounty
44” X 38”, Quilted by machine
www.debanderson.net
 

 

Musings on the Bounty, obviously a play on the title of the famous book, Mutiny on the Bounty, was made with images of Deborah Anderson’s own photographs which were transferred to cotton then collaged and machine stitched.

 

Since the early 1970’s, Anderson’s creations have been exhibited around the USA in both group and solo exhibitions. Non-traditional quilts and liturgical textiles are those works most exhibited. Over 50 commissioned works for Christian and Jewish congregations and schools have been completed.

 

Anderson has been a member of NLAPW since the 1980’s.

 

Art of the Week: Garden Path

Abby Feinknopf
Central Ohio Branch, NLAPW
Garden Path, Acrylic
www.abbyf.com

 

 

Abby Feinknopf considers herself a mixed-media artist who continues to evolve. She began her career in fabric collage and moved to watercolor, then acrylic. She is inspired by patterns: patterns in nature, fabric, and architecture. And she loves bold color! When Feinknopf began working in fabric collage, it felt good to be able to repurpose clothing, notions, vintage flour, sugar and salt bags and to try to keep waste to a minimum. She also loves to needlepoint and embroider, so, often, those touches are added to a piece!

 

After finishing treatment for breast cancer in 2016, she found herself craving color. It was a cold, gray and dreary winter when she began painting in acrylic. Feinknopf decided to paint for herself, and her only! It was very abstract and very bright. Her paintings often come out of a grey canvas, representing her return to creativity after being sick.

 

Feinknopf has been told her work is “happy”. It pleases her that it resonates with others. Currently she is pursuing work for use in children’s hospitals and medical centers, so that hopefully it can lift spirits where needed!

 

Art of the Week: Red Iris

Vivian Ripley
Central Ohio Branch
“Red Iris”
Pastel
www.vivianripleyart.com

 

 

Vivian Ripley developed her unique “water method” using a large flat damp watercolor brush to move the pastel in a free manner to form the basis and much of the painting. Details are added to end the work. This method must be done on one of many pastel papers that will accept liquid treatment. Ripley finds continued interest in the many possibilities with pastel of which she says, “it is endless!”

 

“Red Iris,” created using Ripley’s “water method,” recently took best of show at an exhibit at the McConnell Arts Center In Columbus, Ohio. Her special watercolor technique is spotlighted in a chapter in “The Watercolor Landscape Techniques of 23 International Artists”. Her paintings are in collections in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, France, and Japan.

 

Poem of the Week: The Shawangunk Mountains And Mohonk Preserve

By Cornelia DeDona, Member at Large
Kingston, New York

 

The Shawangunk Mountains And Mohonk Preserve

are my church

a photographer’s dream

an obsession.

 

I return

to scramble

Giant’s Path

Rock Rift

Bonticue Crag.

 

I return

to capture black snakes slithering

through the foothills

to meditate on the serenity at Duck Pond,

snacking on wild blueberries.

 

I rejoice in making a photo

of two Turkey Vultures perched on a ledge

then follow them with my telephoto lens

as they take flight

and then circle back to

inspect their new home.

 

I witness

fellow hikers’ reflections

in pools

beneath waterfalls

the cool mist

sweaty rock panorama.

 

I return with raw

close-ups of Spring’s

trillium erectum

wild ginger, and bloodroot;

all stalwart parishioners.

 

I return

to pan

Summer’s rhododendron bridge,

and zoom into a cloud

of pink and white mountain laurel.

 

I return

to shoot Autumn’s

red oak and mountain ash,

to snap the sugar maple’s

red, orange, and yellow leaves,

ablaze in my continuous shutter release.

 

I return

to marvel at the hypnotic revelation

that is the Gunks.

 

I return

in Winter

to photograph the glacial majesty,

the mirror images in footprints left behind

to find the divine in a frosty pine.

 

I return

to capture

the golden light

the blue hour and the twilights

in slow water and ice.

 

My focus

devout

day in and day out.

 

I return.

I return.

I return.

 

http://www.corneliadedona.com

http://cornelia-dedona.pixels.com/

 

Art of the Week: Here I come ready or not

Judith (Judi) Polivka Betts
Batton Rouge – New Orleans Louisiana Chapter
“Here I Come, Ready or Not”
Transparent Watercolor
judibettsaws.com

 

Judi Betts paintings are meant to illuminate life and stimulate discussion about subjects and scenes found every day. She wants viewers to be awakened to see something old or new in a different way.

Betts utilizes flat area shapes to weave positive and negative shapes together. These are not “thing” shapes – such as a tree, they are usually patterns of light against a mid-tone or darker value. In her paintings they’ve become known as ‘magical shapes’. They are edited and redesigned. Shape become visual arrows to help direct the eye, to add visual vibration to the painting’s surface, or to combine several small shapes to make a more interesting pattern. Often shapes are used to create intrigue, orchestrate color, and create rhythm. She uses patterning to create vibration, direction, balance and mood.

Among many other honors, Judi is a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies. She is listed in WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN ART. Her paintings are included in corporate, university, museum and private collections. When you visit her website, go to her biography to learn more about her achievements.

judibettsaws.com

 

Art of the Week: Seasons

Anne Price Yates
Portland Oregon Branch
Seasons
20 x 16 Acrylic
www.annepriceyates.com
(also see Facebook.com/Anne Price Yates)

This landscape represents the seasons in a clockwise direction. Fall is upper left, then winter upper right followed by spring and summer. Initially an oil painter of figures and landscapes, Anne Price Yates now paints more frequently with acrylic. In the Portland cold, rainy winters ventilation is not as easy as opening a couple of windows so acrylic paint is a safer medium.

Be sure to visit www.annepriceyeats.com to see more of Anne’s work.
Also see Facebook.com/Anne Price Yates.

Poem of the Week: The Facts of Aging

by Mimi Gould
Atlanta, Georgia Branch

So much to do before I pass
and here I sit upon my ass,
my energy is gone there’s none to spare
I lay on the bed, still in my underwear.

 

I wasn’t warned about getting old
I tried to do what I was told
but none advised me about fatigue,
and laziness and the lack of speed.

 

I munch on ice cream and candy bars
and wonder how my waist got large.
I truly want an exercise routine
but end up with People magazine.

 

It’s disgusting to me, this aging event,
I can’t even remember how my days are spent.
The golden years are simply phony
with time to spare, it’s pure baloney!

 

I’ll wake up tomorrow and hear myself say,
hooray, I’m vertical for another day.
And suddenly the day goes by,
hours seem like seconds, the time just flies.

 

The months and years are gone like a breeze.
I need more days, dear GOD, if you please.
A new year is here, I must take control
of mind and body and this lazy soul.

 

I’ll rid the cupboards of cookies and sweets
and try my darndest to get off my seat.
The stationery bike awaits my butt,
and perhaps a dance class to strut my stuff.

 

I’ve letters to write and a canvas to paint on
and a memoir to write before I’m gone.
I used to run just like a bunny,
batteries charged, yes, that was me.

 

Now I’m down to a turtle pace,
the only speed are wrinkles on my face.
Dear GOD, please hear my prayer,
bless me with vigor and enough to share.

 

Art of the Week: Sunny Sunflowers

Kay Duffy
Santa Clara Branch, CA
“Sunny Sunflowers”
Watercolor
www.kayduffywatercolors.com

 

 

The freedom, spontaneity and speed, the “wet and loose” of watercolor, suits Kay Duffy’s temperament.  She says her approach is “juicy”, incorporating bright colors, broad strokes, and strong shapes to depict feelings and impressions of the natural landscape, flowers and trees, buildings, foreign lands and exotic places.  Duffy finds the freedom of painting on location, en plein air, to be the most enjoyable way to paint. Inspiration for studio work comes from sketches and slides taken while walking in the community, working in her garden, hiking in the wilderness or traveling in foreign lands.

 

Duffy’s recent, more experimental work utilizes an original technique of texturing oriental papers with watercolor pigments. These papers are torn, arranged and collaged to create interesting abstract images.  Metallic foil, pastel and opaque media are also utilized to enhance the image. To see more of her work visit her website.

 

 

Art of the Week: Bug-Eyed Beetle

Elizabeth J. Parrish
Stockton-Lodi Branch, California
“Bug-Eyed Beetle”
Digitally Enhanced Photograph
www.tomorrowsimagestoday.com

 

Driving down a country road, Elizabeth Parrish was initially drawn to a rusty truck on a property in Lodi. After handing a business card to the woman there to let her know that Parrish was a photographer, she graciously let Parrish wander around while she was busy on a project in the barn. The color of a VW car was Parrish’s favorite, opera pink. Intrigued by the headlight overtaken by nature, noticing the sand in its curvature, and seeing how the spider thought it a perfect place to spin its web, Parrish composed the shot. With a little help from Photoshop™, the rest became a magical experience.