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Breathe- The Future Is Ahead


Breathe

Breathe

 

I submitted this photograph to a National Geographic’s Your Shot assignment with the theme of Change In Your Life. Thinking of my daughter’s birthday tomorrow, I remembered this photo which I took of her at a time of change in both our lives. You can see the shot on the National Geographic site, with a description, here. Please like and share if you can.

I have made several prints from this photograph over the years, including ones I posted about here and here, and the ones below.

I don’t think I will ever tire of this image, for it holds the beginnings of my daughter’s future in its hands, as tightly as she is holding it here. Happy birthday, sweetheart!

Breathe, 2

Breathe, 2

Breathe, 1

Breathe, 1


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When Modern Meets Tradition – A Wedding Portrait


Tony

Tony

Christina

Christina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, I had the pleasure of creating these two beautiful portraits of my lovely niece and her charming husband. The pictures were taken by their professional photographer on their wedding day and I was given permission to convert them into these photopolymer gravure etchings. In so doing I was able to give the images my own artistic touch.

The photographs I had to work with were in black and white, but I decided a rich sepia tone would warm them up and give them the vintage quality I was going for. The texture created by the printmaking process also enhanced that sense of a bygone era, and the use of oil paint on rich printmaking paper ensured an archival work of art, rich with the tradition of an old art technique.

This classic tradition contrasts nicely with the totally modern clothes, poses and presentation in two separate, side by side pieces of art. The couple is not together, nor looking at each other or the camera, but a strong connection is created by the dark, rich tones, their gazes somewhat in the direction of the other and the obvious fact that they are bride and groom.

I am happy to report that the couple was overjoyed with the final result and are very eager to hang their portraits in a prominent place in their home.

 


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What You Build


What You Build

What You Build

It has been a while since I have posted about my artwork. Family matters have kept me occupied and away from my computer. It has been a good time, with my son getting married and my sisters coming for an extended visit, but it has ended on a bittersweet note with a lot of departures, including both of my children leaving for parts East as they embark on new adventures. My house, a-flurry with people and belongings for several months, is now a quiet refuge from which I can refocus my creative energies.

When thinking about a piece to present for my Tuesday Tales postings, this piece kept coming into my head, yet, for the longest time, I couldn’t fathom why. It is an older piece, almost five years old, which was part of my first solo show, entitled In Her Eyes. I have talked about that show here, here and here. This is a small image of my son, the photo taken while he was rebuilding our deck, hence the protective glasses. The title, What You Build, alludes to not only what he is doing but to the act, and art, of building a life, hopefully surrounded by family and loved ones. As I thought about the title I realized why this piece kept coming into my mind. With all the recent events and changes in my life I was naturally thinking about the life I had built around and for my children. And just as my son learned the tools and techniques to build a deck I knew that he had developed the tools needed to build his life as a married man, and I hoped that I had helped in that process.

It struck me, though, that I was not only thinking of my family but about my art and this blog. What You Build had been one of many works in a show in which community played a tremendous role. While a significant focus of my blog has been to share and document my art and art process, I now see that an equally important goal for me is to build a community, one that loves to share and revel in the creative force that lies in all of us. And I see that the communication has been woefully one sided and focused on my perspectives. So I have decided to change things up a bit and post more spontaneously on art related subjects, spotlighting not only my own but the creative works of others and welcoming greater imput and discussion from my readers. I will continue to post my Tuesday Tales as new works are created but these posts will be less regular.

So with this in mind, I welcome you, dear readers, to share some fabulous creative work you have done or come across recently.

And today I would like to share this post, Waiting For Michael, about Kate McGloughlin, a painter/printmaker whose work I came just across. Not only is her work wonderful, but the post eloquentfully illustrates the healing power of art.

 


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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.


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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

 


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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!


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Photo Fridays – Seaside Serendipity


I love shooting people and I love shooting landscapes. I especially love shooting people in the landscape, so that they become part of the landscape and the landscape informs the viewer a little about who they are.

Across The Water

Across The Water

Sometimes a scene presents itself that you just have to photograph. When I saw this child and his mother standing across from the boat that had the same colors of his sweater I knew I had to shoot it. Fortunately I was able to find a position to shoot from that both kept them anonomous and spontaneous while creating a lovely composition.

Fisherman

Fisherman

This man’s face is partly obscured by shadow and his downward gaze, but the bucket, clothing and pier tell us a little story about him while leaving us free to fill in the details.

Beachcomber

Beachcomber

The beach places this child on land, yet he is wearing a life jacket. Has he been or will he be on water soon?

Saltspring Family

Saltspring Family

With their backs to us and faces and hands hidden we can only guess what this family is doing or looking at. We know the day is cool and wet, but they are probably having a good time.

Wishing you all good times this weekend!
Chiarina


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Tuesday Tales – Room With A View


Room With A View, 2

Room With A View, 2

The beaches on this island are insanely beautiful: rugged, diverse, never crowded and always overlooking the most spectacular sea views. While they vary is size, shape and proportion of sand to stone, the one thing they mostly have in common is a proliferation of beached and bleached driftwood. One of the games I still like to play on the beach is to walk the entire length along these logs, trying not to step off onto the sand.  Another thing that fascinates me are the numerous shelters that people continually construct out of the driftwood. Of course I like to photograph these structures.

Invariably they find their way into my artwork, as in the piece above. Several years ago I convinced my daughter and her boyfriend to literally sit for me in one of these shelters while I took numerous photographs of them gazing out onto the view. I combined one of these photos with a couple of shots of other large shelters to create this piece which I titled Room With A View. This is a second, ghost print of this image. Being an outdoor room I decided to frame the piece out of the box, wrapping the paper around a wooden cradle and then waxing it for protection from the elements. You can see more of the side below.

Room With A View, 2

Room With A View, 2

The poems below capture the feelings that this piece evokes in me.

Long hot lazy days
Reading sci-fi on the beach
July, times gone by

Summer sweltering
Melting popsicles and dreams
August stars race past

Room With A View, 2 , a 12″x16″ photopolymer gravure etching, will be for sale on my Escape Into Life Art Store shortly at $550, but for this week I am offering it here for $400.


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Tuesday Tales – Time to Say Goodbye


Wraparound Home

Wraparound Home

I linger in rooms
Vibrating with memories
Time to say goodbye

A few weeks ago and two years after leaving this home, I created this print of a house that was a part of my family’s life for almost two decades. It was a constant throughout our sojourns in foreign lands and a comfort to settle into when the journeying ended. It was the place that saw my children grow into young adults and saw me grow into a welcoming community. It was the abode of dinner parties and  Friday night movies, broom burning and blackberry picking, afternoon winds and moonlit trees, long summer days spent at the beach and quiet winter snowfalls that kept us housebound. But change is an inevitable part of life and the time came when we each had to move on.

As I wandered through the house on my last day there, I photographed the empty rooms, saying my farewells to them, while remembering all the happy and sad times, the important events and the quiet days, the hours of labour and love that went into making this house a home. I shed a few tears for the imagined future that would not occur for our family here. And I left my memories and gave the house over to the new family who would come in and make it their home. I hope they are filling it with more wonderful memories and allowing it to wrap itself around their hearts as it did to my family.

More images of my old house can be seen here.

The print above is not for sale, as it is too dear to part with. However, I am offering a special price for any commissions ordered this week, $100 for a 5″x7″ and $60 for a 3.5″x5″, both on 10″x11″ paper, using a photo that you provide. These can be images of people, pets, homes, anything at all that you would like converted into a unique archival work of art. Email me at chiarina@chiarina.com with a digital photo and I will do the rest, turning your photo into a family heirloom!