Chiarina Loggia

A printmaker's progress


3 Comments

Tuesday Tales – Breathe


Breathe

Breathe

As I look back on 2013 (how did it end so soon?) I see that I have posted about 100 times, with 45 of these being Tuesday Tales. That’s quite a step up from the meager 5 posts from last year! I have really enjoyed sharing my thoughts and artwork with my growing WordPress community and I cherish the connections made here and all the new blogs I now follow and love. I would like to extend a huge thank you to all my followers for coming along on this journey. I will strive to make it a worthwhile one to share. And I would like to wish you all much joy, love, laughter, adventure and creative fun in 2014!

My final offering for the year is this small piece titled Breathe. It is an image of my daughter taken at a time of change and crossroads for both of us. I know a new year is something we all approach with mixed emotions. Thoughts of the past year, with all its ups and downs, mingle with hopes and determinations for the new one. In all this frenzy of thought and emotion I encourage everyone to take a moment and breathe. Rest in this moment and feel all the beauty of this life you are living. Namaste!

Breathe, right side

Breathe, right side

Breathe, left side

Breathe, left side

                                                                                                                     Breathe, a 6″x8″x1.5″ photopolymer gravure etching on paper collaged onto board, is offered this week at $60. Please contact me at chiarina@chiarina.com to purchase of for further information.


Leave a comment

Music Mondays – Born To Sing


Today’s offering is a hauntingly beautiful song by singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey who bears an uncanny resemblance to the young Ann-Margret though her voice is more reminescent of Judy Garland‘s. She is definitely born to sing!

The video for Born To Die is quite intriguing and includes some beautiful filming at the Palace of Fontainbleu in France. I received the cd of the same name for Christmas and have been enjoying it immensely. Hope you enjoy this song too!


4 Comments

Tuesday Tales – Ornamental Wood


Ornamental Wood

Ornamental Wood

Every once in a while on a walk or run I will come across a small tree in the woods that has been decorated for the season. I marvel at the generosity of the person who has provided this beauty for all to enjoy, in total anonymity.

I saw this little fir on a cold January day in Prince George a few years back. It warmed my heart so much that I had to risk frost bitten fingers to capture a photo of it. I suppose you could call it a selfie for you can just barely make me out in the shiny ornaments on the tree. It’s more clear in the image below.

Winter in Prince George

Winter in Prince George

Another photo of the decorated tree is below.

Winter in Prince George 2

I offer up these images to you all as my Christmas greeting and wishes for a joyous holiday season!

Chiarina


2 Comments

Music Mondays – Gesu Bambino


Today will be the final Christmas song of the year, Gesu bambino (Baby Jesus). It is not only my favorite but one I think really captures the emotion, joy, anticipation and spirituality of the holiday. Pavarotti’s voice is once again magnificent and in the third act it combines with the choir to sublime heights!

Wishing you all the greatest peace and joy this Christmas!


4 Comments

Winter Solstice – Lighting the Way


Sandcut Sunset

Sandcut Sunset

              For the earth turns
While the dark night sings to the dawn

                          Too long December

Today is the winter solstice. It marks the day when the earth tilt begins to bring it closer to the sun, starting the lengthening of our daylight hours once again. As we move out of the darkness our spirits lift with the brighter days. For many this is a solemn moment in the year to be celebrated. It is no coincidence that Christmas falls around the winter solstice, for Jesus is worshipped for bringing light and hope to a troubled world. While I am not a religious person I do embrace spirituality, for I feel it is our path to an enlightened life. And I do believe that the light is there within us, wanting to be brought forth.

A few years ago I wrote a post around the winter solstice. It was a difficult piece to write, and when I reread it, it still brings tears to my eyes. Whenever the winter solstice comes around I am reminded of it, of how it resonated with so many, but also of the charge I laid on myself then to live life fully and true to myself. I think I am about waist deep in the sea now.


6 Comments

Photo Fridays – Winter Blues


Winter Berry

Winter Berry

It’s been a dark, slushy day here today, with the rain melting last night’s snowfall, so I thought I’d post a colorful close-up of a small, winter berry, shrivelled but still beautiful.

Great weekend to all. Hope it’s not all frantic shopping. Find room for some quiet contemplation of beauty.

ps, with the heavy snowfall and ensuing rain my car was so shiny clean I hardly recognized it in the mall parking lot!


1 Comment

Tuesday Tales – In Her Dreams


In Her Dreams

In Her Dreams

Today’s piece is one that began several years ago but was completed just recently. It is the last one I have of a series of three, each with its own variation of inking and chin colle, as seen below. The piece includes a drypoint plate, with a smaller photo etching plate laid on top. The chin colle is thin paper glued on the surface while running the plates through the press, creating  the lightly shaded and irregularly shaped passage around the etching.

In Her Dreams They Are Not yet Grown

In Her Dreams They Are Not Yet Grown

In Her Dreams They Are Not yet Grown

In Her Dreams They Are Not Yet Grown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The title of the piece above is shortened for it is collaged onto a small wooden block with added imagery on the sides, so it is  a newly designed piece.  Yet it refers back to the other two for the essential subject is the same, a reflection on the passing of time and our perceptions through it.

The smaller image in the piece is a photo etching of my children on the beach when they were younger. The larger more abstract line work in the drypoint loosely resembles a face with closed eyes and long flowing hair. The chin colle portion represents memory and the vagaries of dreams. The images combined refer to how in my dreams my children are always young, sometimes babies, even though they are fully grown. This is something many parents experience, as I’ve learned by sharing this piece. I guess those early years, when our lives are so intensely intertwined, leave their indelible mark on our psyche, our hearts, and our dreams. And I know, as my children prepare for adventures away from here, they will continue to remain young and close by in my dreams.

Below are two side views of the piece.

In Her Dreams, a 6″x 8″x 1.5″ monoprint, is offered this week at $80.
Contact me at chiarina@chiarina.com to purchase or for more info.

In Her Dreams

In Her Dreams

In Her Dreams

In Her Dreams

 


1 Comment

Music Mondays – The Voice of An Angel


No Christmas music collection is complete without this incredible performance by Luciano Pavarotti, O Holy Night at Notre Dame Church in Montreal in 1978. If you don’t have the dvd, go get it! Here are two of my favorites from that show. The first is Panis Angelicus (Bread of Angels) written by Thomas Aquinas and composed by Cesar Franck. While Pavarotti’s voice alone is wonderful, the beatific accompaniment of the choir make it sublime.

Schubert’s Mille Cherubini In Coro ( Choir of a A Thousand Cherubs) is probably the most beautiful lullaby ever composed. It is a song I often sang to my children at bedtime when they were little, though not nearly as beautifully as sung here by Pavarotti. The lyrics and their translation follows below.

Mille cherubini in coro
ti sorridono dal ciel.
Una dolce canzone
t’accarezza il crin
Una man ti guida lieve
fra le nuvole d’or,
sognando e vegliando
su te, mio tesor,
proteggendo il tuo cammin.

Dormi, dormi,
sogna, piccolo amor mio.
Dormi, sogna,
posa il capo sul mio cor.

Chiudi gli occhi,
ascolta gli angioletti,
dormi, dormi,
sogna, piccolo amor.

Chiudi gli occhi,
ascolta gli angioletti,
dormi, dormi,
sogna, piccolo amor.

TRANSLATION:

A choir of a thousand cherubs
smiles on you from the sky.
A sweet song
caresses your brow.
A hand is gently guiding you
through the clouds of gold,
dreaming and keeping watch
over you, my treasure,
protecting your path through life.

Sleep, sleep,
dream my little love.
Sleep, dream,
rest your head on my breast.

Close your eyes,
listen to the little angels.
Sleep, sleep,
dream, my little love.

Close your eyes,
listen to the little angels,
sleep, sleep,
dream, my little love.

Dream, my little love.

If you want to see the entire concert online click here.

Wishing you all a beautiful week and may a choir of a thousand cherubs sing you to sleep!


Leave a comment

KINDNESS! Pour It On


Cause it just can’t be said enough, kindness is the greates gift you can give to others!

Sirena Tales

IMG_0400

And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion….”

You and me, Martin Scorsese.

I’ve been mulling over this piece about kindness for quite awhile. But I had been stymied by wondering what new and meaningful I could add to the topic.  I realized that simply adding my voice again to the rising chorus singing the essentialness and pricelessness of kindness is reason to write.

My realization was underscored after I gratefully received several kindnesses over the past few days–everything from joking with appreciative strangers about my Santa Hat to kind words from supporters about my dancing and writing.  What a difference kindness can make.

We all know “how desolate the landscape can be/ between the regions of kindness....,” as Naomi Shihab Nye so eloquently put it.  A kind word or thoughtful gesture, costing…

View original post 255 more words