Chiarina Loggia

A printmaker's progress


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Photo Fridays – Toes R Us


Toes in The Sand

Toes in The Sand

Two years today and I am feeling very blessed.

Photo taken last month while kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park on New Zealand’s South Island.

Wishing everyone a great weekend!


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Tuesday Tales – Two In The Wood


 Two in the Wood

Two In The Wood

Today is my birthday and as I count my blessings, not only do I run out of fingers and toes, but one of them stands out shining brightly. So I dedicate this post to D, who shelters me in his home in the woods and in his warm, abiding heart.

This piece was created several years ago when I first began exprerimenting with monotypes. It is primarily brayer and palette knife work with added collage of printed handmade papers. The contrasting light and dark elements is a study of opposites attracting and complimenting each other, allowing each to shine against one another. It has special meaning for me today as I was gifted with this beautiful quote.

“I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”
Og Mandino

Two in the Wood, a 10″x12″ monotype on 15″x20″ paper, is offered this week at $200, unframed.


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From a Poet’s Heart – for the late bloomers


for the late bloomers.

A beautiful poem by Sirena Tales  that couldn’t have arrived on a more serendipitous day for this late blooming November child!

Thank you, Chloe, for the continued magic of your poetry.


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Tuesday Tales – Up In The Air


A Far Green Country

A Far Green Country

I flew home today after a two week holiday out East. While I had a wonderful time on my trip (images and report to follow in a later post) I was very happy to come home. And while there are many beautiful places in this world, the sight of my island from the air always brings a big smile to my face. Whether day or night, sun, fog or rain, the view always fills me with a sense of wonder and gratitude that I can call this enchanting place home.

Naturally I had to choose these prints to present today. They are mixed media pieces based on photographs of Vancouver Island and the surrounding sea taken from the air.

Over A Swift Sunrise

Over A Swift Sunrise

Both pieces are photopolymer gravure prints on paper wrapped around a wooden board and then waxed for protection. Over A Swift Sunrise has the edges of the image showing on the sides of the board, as seen below.

Over A Swift Sunrise, detail

Over A Swift Sunrise, detail

A Far Green Country and Over A Swift Sunrise are offered this week at $350 each or $600 for the pair.

Ps, the titles are inspired from the passage below, one of my all time favorites in a book. Kudos to anyone here who can tell us where it’s from!

“And then it seemed to him that as in his dream … the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

Cheers to all who wander! May they find their way home to friendly shores, be they old or new.


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Two Thumbs Up For Kindness


Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Today I read an article in The Chicago Sun Times about the passing of Roger Ebert, probably the most well known movie critic ever to grace the media. It was quite a long, well written article about the man and his life, well worth a read. Many of us will remember his long running weekly show along with Gene Siskel, Siskel and Ebert At The Movies, where the term “two thumbs up” was coined. I loved that show and often decided on what movies to watch depending on their reviews.

The article had much to say about his life, quite an amazing one, but what struck me the most what was Ebert  himself wrote in his autobiography. The words brought tears to my eyes for their profound observation of life as a human. The sentiment is one I agree with deeply and so I wanted to share it with you here.

“‘Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs,” he wrote, at the end of his memoir, “Life Itself.” “No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”

It is instinctual with me, to want to contribute joy in this world with my artistic pursuits, but sometimes other motivators get in the way which often lead to frustration. I was glad to be reminded of this essential directive today. Thank you and may you rest in peace, Roger Ebert.


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Tuesday Tales – Water, Water Everywhere


Cascade I

Cascade I

cascade II

Cascade II

Water, Water Everywhere

 

Water—it rains down on the earth, seeking every nook and crevice, cleansing and bringing forth life.

 Water—it surrounds these hard lands we live on with vast oceans of sustenance for our souls.

 Water—it separates our world into islands of diversity, while providing passage to wonderment and discovery.

 Water—it brims within us, bursting forth through effort and emotion, to be borne away by cycling winds.

These two monotypes were created for a show entitled Water. They represent the flowing, circling life force that water gives our world. The second one ‘flows’ from the ghost imagery of the first, which also contains ghost imagery of a previous print.

They are offered this week at $150 each, unframed, or together for $250.

What are your thoughts on water?

 


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Tuesday Tales – Wishing and Hoping and Dreaming


Morning View

Morning View

It was well past morning on that warm September day in Châteauneuf-en-Auxois. We had taken hundreds of photos in and around the picturesque village and the impressive chateau high on its hilltop. But as we sat down to a late lunch by a cosy window I knew I had to take a few more. The window’s lovely stone arch and the delightful view beyond were captivating enough but the little clay figure looking out wistfully tugged at my heart. It spoke to me of longing and dreaming. I thought of how it awoke every morning to that alluring village view, watching the people stroll by and real cats race past, all the while stuck on that window ledge, unable to move. I thought of how we often find ourselves in similar situations, seeing life’s brilliant possibilities and wishing for something more but not quite knowing how to get unstuck from our present circumstance. I thought of the enormous effort and courage it can take to bring about change, and of the true possibility of falling down and being broken in the attempt. I imagined this happening to the little figurine, of getting knocked over and being shattered into little pieces. But as the light shone into the broken fragments, there would occur a transformation into a winged thing that would then fly out into that enchanting world beyond the glass. And I smiled, for we were the same, that figurine and I.

Morning View is a 5”x7” photopolymer gravure etching, offered this week for $90 unframed, $110 framed.  It was one of four pieces entered in the Portals Show at Coast Collective.

You can see more images of Chateauneuf-En-Auxois here.


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Tuesday Tales – A Question of Time


Time races forward

Streaming tendrils of the past

Gossamer weavings

A few years past I took part in a show with the theme of Interleaving.  Interleaving is a term traditionally used to describe translucent, protective papers between the pages of an often illustrated  book.

Thinking about the nature of the interleaf, of how it protects precious text and illustrations and of how its translucent fabric gives the smallest glimpse of what lies below, I began to see how time works in the same fashion. For time is the ultimate interleaf, acting as a shifting veil between past, present and future.

The passage of time is something I think about often. I view my life in distinct blocks of time, defined mostly by the places I have lived, which have been numerous. I see these as the building blocks from the past that determine who I am in the present. Yet I notice how time fades memory, eroding these blocks into weathered ruins that I revisit and treasure. My creative outpourings then become my interleavings, stemming the tide of time, forming a protective barrier to the inevitable loss of memory that it brings.

Sometimes my musings about time find their way into my artwork in unintended ways. The monotype illustrated here is an example of that. Done as a demo for a monotype class, it illustrates the projective power of abstract imagery. Working quickly and instinctively, my mind inevitably chose to follow a well worn path.

Ruins

Ruins

Beginning with the ‘ghost’ imagery of a previous monotype, most evident in the top left quarter with the faded leaf and crumbling pot, the reference to memory and left over objects in far away spaces is apparent. The roll of rich, dark, broken color across the bottom half takes on the shape of an ancient bridge or aqueduct, alluding to past worlds and cultures. The pale strip of land beyond and the veils of color on the right speak of distance and time and its obscuring effect. The addition of delicate leaves and thin blades of grass growing at the base of the ‘aqueduct’ bring us to the present, from which we ponder over our fragile connections to the past. The piece is titled Ruins.

Ruins, a monotype, measures 5″x7″ on 10″x11″ paper, and is offered this week only at $60, unframed.


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Human-Nature


Today marked the first day of the show, Human-Nature, which I am in, along with fellow artists, Jane Baigent and Arlene Nesbitt, and I spent the better part of it taking photographs of the work. It was a fun show to hang and thrilling to see how well the pieces worked together despite coming at the theme from different perspectives and using varied media. While I shot photos a number of visitors wandered in, all expressing a delight in and appreciation for the work. This bodes well for our opening reception tomorrow night, when we will be honored to present the work to the public.

Below is our artist statement for the show.

“This show explores our changing and profound relationship to nature and how it shines a light on our own human nature. The dichotomy of the destructive and protective forces both within and around us, the illusion of permanence, the beauty as well as dismay in disaster, the ebb and flow and convergence of people and place are themes that the three artists ponder and feel passionate about.

Jane Baigent loves to play with scale. She creates large sized images on canvas, portraits of places that exist only as drawings. The bold, finely textures renderings of rockfaces and tidelines appear eerily human in form and at the same time these close-ups of nature resemble much larger landscapes seen from a great distance. The depictions of stone eroded by wind and water allude to the impermanence of all things.

The inspiration for Chiarina Loggia’s work comes from her journey through this life. Meditations on love, loss, passion and compassion, solitude and connection, constancy and impermanence, strength and fragility, beauty and sorrow abound in her work. Places she has lived have left their indelible mark on her spirit and her artistic sensibilities. The figurative elements in her work combine with landscapes, words, natural materials and three dimensional forms to reveal a love of story-telling through visual imagery.

Passion is uppermost in Arlene Nesbitt’s work. Her watercolours are redolent with energy and emotion and infused with a love and respect for our natural world in all its beauty and force. The battle between destructive and nurturing forces are played out on her abstracted landscapes in vibrant organic forms and color.

All three artists feel a strong sense of the interconnectedness within our planet. They feel the pull of the natural world and its call to arms; they present its beauty and also a plea for stewardship so it may continue to sustain us all. The result is a powerful presentation of evocative and inspired artwork.

First follow Nature, and your judgment frame
By her just standard, which is still the same:
Unerring Nature, still divinely bright,
One clear, unchang’d, and universal light,
Life, force, and beauty, must to all impart,
At once the source, and end, and test of art.

by Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)

The show is on at The Main Gallery at Cedar Hill, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria B.C., V8P 3Y3

Opening reception, August 2, 7-9pm

Artist talk – August 9, 7pm

Show continues till August 13, 2012