Art of the Week: Quiet Walk

Katie Turner
CNY Branch of NLAPW
“Quiet Walk”
Watercolor on Terraskin paper, 23”x30”
Website: http://www.ktartstudio.com/

 

 

Dancing brushes, flowing paint and vibrant colors blend together in Katie Turner’s watercolors.  She has developed a painting style of spontaneity while maintaining a quiet balance of chaos and control.  The slick nature of the papers she uses enables her to keep the paintings fresh, evocative and joyful.

 

“Painting is one way I’m able to share with others. My favorite subjects are from nature and almost always flowers.  They can carry mythological, religious or even medical meaning and can bring such beauty and joy into a space.   A flower is a testimony that the world is designed for enjoyment.”

 

Art of the Week: Magnificent Hummingbird

Judy Bingman
Santa Clara Branch, San Jose, CA
“Magnificent Hummingbird” (photographed in Costa Rica)
Photography
(blog: judybingmanphotography)

 

 

For Judy Bingman, hummingbirds have been a favorite to photograph. But it hasn’t always been that way.

 

Bingman, a two-term president of the Santa Clara branch of NLAPW, taught physical education at Los Gatos, CA High School for 35 years. During the last eleven years she also directed both the LGHS concert and marching bands. She herself plays a haunting saxophone.

 

“After my first trip to Africa in 1998 I knew wildlife photography would be my love,” she says. But it was not until her retirement that she was able to seriously pursue her new career as a professional photographer.

 

Because of her lifelong love of nature and animals, she naturally focused her camera on birds and wild animals throughout the world. Bingman has traveled to India for the tigers; Brazil for jaguars; Africa for mountain gorillas; Antarctica for penguins, and Canada for polar bears. She has snorkeled with the whales, sat 4 feet from an 12 foot long anaconda she was photographing, been awed by the aurora borealis dancing overhead, and figured out how to get her camera to work in minus 42 degree weather. Alaska, Iceland, China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe have also been on her itinerary.

 

With such an eclectic background it’s no wonder other professionals call her photographs “emotion-filled”! But, back to the hummingbirds . . . Bingman continues her excursions to photograph the hummingbirds and now gives workshops at her home to teach others how to photograph these fast little wonders.

 

Art of the Week: Grape Arbor

Maralyn Miller
Santa Clara Branch
“Grape Arbor”
Oil, 20 x 16
www.maralynmillerstudio.com

 

Grape arbor

 

Maralyn Miller has been painting for over 65 years. She has a BFA from California College of Arts in Oakland California and has since studied with numerous noted painters.

 

Miller’s subjects are mostly California landscapes done in a realistic style and her mediums are oils and pastels. She loves to capture the light and shadows of the hills and trees in the State where she lives.

 

Her work is in two California galleries and in over 650 collections. She has had several solo shows and has been honored with many awards including several first places and Best of Shows.  Miller has also judged several shows. She paints almost daily in her Los Gatos Studio.

 

Poem of the Week: Comedy

by Susan Bassler
Pickford Member-at-large

Comedy:

Middle English, from Medieval Latin comoedia, from Latin, drama with a happy ending,

 from Greek kōmōidia, from kōmos revel + aeidein to sing    1300s

 

Fifty years ago Carol Burnett

Starred in her comedic variety show

Timeless as vaudeville

Slip on a banana peel

Everyone laughs

But not today

Democrats would point to recycling

Or the cutbacks in garbage men’s pay

Republicans would point to failed farm programs

Or the lapse of the work ethic

Independents would point to ineffective littering rules

The ha-ha’s  would halt in mid-air

The oxygen needed for a hearty guffaw

Sucked out of the prat fall

Political correctness has made fools of us

Comedy If not impossible, becomes anemic

Society has slipped on a banana peel

And we don’t get the joke

 

Art of the Week: Call for submissions

Call for “Art of the Week” Submissions

Active, Associate and Allied Art Professionals are invited to submit work to be featured as “Art of the Week.”

It’s easy and there is no submission fee, no deadline, and no limit to how often you may submit.

To submit work:

  1. Select your best work and send a good quality digital image toarteditor@nlapw.org,
  2. In the subject line put “Art of the Week”,
  3. In a separate document add:

a.   Your Name

b.   Branch name

c.   Medium/size

d.   Your website URL

e.   A brief statement written in third person . . . what inspires you or inspired this particular work;
what your process is; any special techniques you use or have developed; a little about yourself.

 

If you have any questions, I’m just an email away (arteditor@nlapw.org). I’m here to help.

Darlene Yeager-Torre
NLAPW Art Editor

Poem of the Week: Upon Falling from Its Nest

 

by Barb Whitmarsh
Bayou City 2, TX Branch

 

Had it sung but one brief song

Known one moment of Spring

Taken one brief flight

Piped in one dawn

Or one night

Had it made one boastful call

To an unknown mate

Its brief life

Would have been

An enviable fate

 

Poem of the week: From Generation to Generation

by Jill Maura Rabin, M.D.
Long Island, New York Branch

 

From Generation to Generation: ‘L’Dor v’ Dor’
(‘Give me the keys, please’)

 

From generation to generation,
L’Dor v’Dor – a song, a wish, a prayer
pouring from my lips each Sabbath,
Responsibility light years from today.

 

L’Dor v’Dor – a weight, my eyes strain
and discern elders’ traces, admonitions,
‘Do not forget’, soundless warnings,
Knowledge shared in haste over time.

 

L’Dor v’Dor – twilight fills a father’s senses, dawn just yesterday,

Struggle and accomplishment, a life defined by service,

Care, control and days slip through gnarled fingers,

‘Give me the keys, please.’

 

L’Dor v’Dor – How to find you in the darkness?’

I am dizzy from earth’s ever faster spin,

Time, invisible, yet palpable, moves me up life’s ladder,

The next ones’ breath is on my neck asking for more.

 

L’Dor v’Dor – precious, ancient words, fiery letters blaze,

Past and future coalesce, generations of truth shared

in an instant, all is given, lost and gained, my son

is next – ‘give me the keys, please.’

 

L’Dor v’Dor – a song, a wish, a prayer

poured from my lips, each Sabbath,

Responsibility fulfilled, we rise together,

from generation to generation, L’Dor v’Dor.

 

Art of the Week: Maine: Buoys and Lobster Traps

Patricia Levey
Palm Beach Branch
“Maine: Buoys and Lobster Traps,” 24″ X 30″
www.patleveyfinearts.com

 

 

Since childhood, Pat Levey’s life as an artist has been spent drawing and painting, usually inspired by the sea and animals. She began her career as a New York City art teacher then served as a school administrator and taught at Queens College Graduate Programs. Leaving education to pursue her creative potential, Levey studied classical painting with J.Acetus Jackson and also studied at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL. She has continued to take Master workshops.

 

Levey paints realistically as well as surrealistically working in oils, metal, and vitreous and limoges enamels. By having three paintings juried into the National Society of Art exhibits from the year 2003 to 2010, she was awarded a gold medal. Earning a gold medal gave her a signature membership in the NSA. Her work, including paintings, murals and jewelry, has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally.

 

Pat Levey is currently the vice president of the Palm Beach (FL) Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

 

Art of the Week: Musings on the Bounty (corrected)

Note from the Art Editor, Darlene Yeager-Torre: The art featured last week on “Art of the Week” was upside-down. I offer my sincere apologies to Deborah Anderson, and to all the blog followers, for this error and now show the quilt as it was meant to be viewed. You will also find additional, more detailed information on Anderson’s technique.


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

 

 

Images on this quilt are transferred to cotton fabric by applying heat and pressure, a heat press, used for T-shirts. The photographs are transferred to special transfer paper using a color laser copier. The images are then collaged to complete the design in readiness for a single press, since the transfers are semi-translucent. The final step is to make the quilt “sandwich” (front, center batting and back), stitch through all layers, and bind the edges.

 

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